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US10179019B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10179019B2
Publication date: 2019-01-15
Application number: 14/719,037
Filing date: 2015-05-21
Abstract: A method and system of providing therapy to a patient's uterus is provided, which can include any number of features. The method can include the steps of inserting a uterine device into the uterus and performing a uterine integrity test to determine that the uterus is intact and not perforated. If it is determined that the uterus is not perforated, a patency test can be performed to determine that the uterine device is not clogged or embedded in tissue. If the uterus is intact and the device is not clogged or embedded in tissue, the uterus can be treated with the uterine device, e.g., uterine ablation. Systems for performing these methods are also disclosed. A method and system of providing therapy to a patient's uterus is provided, which can include any number of features. The method can include the steps of inserting a uterine device into the uterus and performing a uterine integrity test to determine that the uterus is intact and ...more ...less
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US10179027B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10179027B2
Publication date: 2019-01-15
Application number: 15/862,452
Filing date: 2018-01-04
Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for treating hypertension, e.g., via a pulsed electric field, via a stimulation electric field, via localized drug delivery, via high frequency ultrasound, via thermal techniques, etc. Such neuromodulation may effectuate irreversible electroporation or electrofusion, necrosis and/or inducement of apoptosis, alteration of gene expression, action potential attenuation or blockade, changes in cytokine up-regulation and other conditions in target neural fibers. In some embodiments, neuromodulation is applied to neural fibers that contribute to renal function. In some embodiments, such neuromodulation is performed in a bilateral fashion. Bilateral renal neuromodulation may provide enhanced therapeutic effect in some patients as compared to renal neuromodulation performed unilaterally, i.e., as compared to renal neuromodulation performed on neural tissue innervating a single kidney. Methods and apparatus are provided for treating hypertension, e.g., via a pulsed electric field, via a stimulation electric field, via localized drug delivery, via high frequency ultrasound, via thermal techniques, etc. Such neuromodulation may effectuate irreversible ...more ...less
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US10179028B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10179028B2
Publication date: 2019-01-15
Application number: 15/878,746
Filing date: 2018-01-24
Abstract: A method and apparatus for treatment of heart failure, hypertension and renal failure by stimulating the renal nerve. The goal of therapy is to reduce sympathetic activity of the renal nerve. Therapy is accomplished by at least partially blocking the nerve with drug infusion or electrostimulation. Apparatus can be permanently implanted or catheter based. A method and apparatus for treatment of heart failure, hypertension and renal failure by stimulating the renal nerve. The goal of therapy is to reduce sympathetic activity of the renal nerve. Therapy is accomplished by at least partially blocking the nerve with drug infusion or ...more ...less
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US10179031B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10179031B2
Publication date: 2019-01-15
Application number: 15/027,606
Filing date: 2013-10-28
Assignee: Brainlab AG
Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for acquiring the position of points for navigated surgery, the method being constituted to be executed by a computer and comprising the following steps:—acquiring, on the basis of detecting a first tracked device, first point position data for each of at least two points, wherein the first point position data comprise point position information describing the three-dimensional position of the point within a first co-ordinate system assigned to the first tracked device;—acquiring first co-ordinate transformation data for each of at least two points, wherein the first co-ordinate transformation data comprise co-ordinate transformation information describing a transformation of the three-dimensional position of the point from the first co-ordinate system to a second co-ordinate system;—acquiring second co-ordinate transformation data for each of at least two points, wherein the second co-ordinate transformation data comprise co-ordinate transformation information describing a transformation of the three-dimensional position of the point from the second co-ordinate system to a third co-ordinate system assigned to a second tracked device;—determining, on the basis of the first and second co-ordinate transformation data, second point position data for each of at least two points, wherein the second point position data comprise point position information describing the three-dimensional position of the point within the third co-ordinate system; wherein the second point position data of at least one of the at least two points are determined on the basis of the second co-ordinate transformation data of at least one other of the at least two points. The present invention relates to a method for acquiring the position of points for navigated surgery, the method being constituted to be executed by a computer and comprising the following steps:—acquiring, on the basis of detecting a first tracked device, first point ...more ...less
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US10179048B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10179048B2
Publication date: 2019-01-15
Application number: 15/042,049
Filing date: 2016-02-11
Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a delivery apparatus for delivering a prosthetic heart valve to a native valve site via the human vasculature without the need for a separate introducer sheath. The delivery apparatus is particularly well-suited for advancing a prosthetic valve through the aorta (i.e., in a retrograde approach) for replacing a stenotic aortic valve. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a delivery apparatus for delivering a prosthetic heart valve to a native valve site via the human vasculature without the need for a separate introducer sheath. The delivery apparatus is particularly well-suited for advancing a ...more ...less
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US10179060B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10179060B2
Publication date: 2019-01-15
Application number: 15/231,167
Filing date: 2016-08-08
Abstract: In one aspect, an obesity treatment device includes multiple inflatable space-filling compartments and a valve system for introducing fluid into each compartment, where the device forms, upon filing the compartments, to a curved shape conforming to a natural three-dimensional kidney shape of the stomach. In one aspect, a method for deploying a gastric balloon structure in a gastric cavity includes determining dimensions of the gastric cavity in a feeding state, selecting a fill volume for each of a number of isolated chambers of the balloon structure, and filling each chamber while the balloon structure is in the gastric cavity. In one aspect, a system for treating obesity includes a means for conforming a flexible, space-filling structure to a natural kidney shape of the gastric cavity, a means for maintaining at least two isolated inflatable regions of the flexible, space-filling structure, and a means for introducing fluid into each inflatable region. In one aspect, an obesity treatment device includes multiple inflatable space-filling compartments and a valve system for introducing fluid into each compartment, where the device forms, upon filing the compartments, to a curved shape conforming to a natural three-dimensional ...more ...less
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US10179062B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10179062B2
Publication date: 2019-01-15
Application number: 14/673,825
Filing date: 2015-03-30
Abstract: Medical devices and methods are presented for protecting a limb, e.g., an arm, of a patient during a medical procedure. The medical devices and methods utilize a plurality of longitudinal sealed fluid pockets to thermally insulate and cushion an extremity of a limb. The plurality of longitudinal sealed fluid pockets is incorporated in a protective body that is shaped to wrap around the extremity when the medical device is deployed. The protective body has at least one access opening to provide access through the protective body to one or more corresponding portions of the extremity. Access panels may be formed into the protective body to allow portions of the extremity to be covered or uncovered and used with left or right limbs. Other devices and methods are presented. Medical devices and methods are presented for protecting a limb, e.g., an arm, of a patient during a medical procedure. The medical devices and methods utilize a plurality of longitudinal sealed fluid pockets to thermally insulate and cushion an extremity of a limb. The ...more ...less
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US10179073B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10179073B2
Publication date: 2019-01-15
Application number: 15/113,403
Filing date: 2015-01-20
Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed relating to the creation and use of bespoke wound fillers and other wound treatment apparatuses. Some embodiments provide for the creation of bespoke wound fillers based on characteristics of a wound. Certain embodiments also include the use of bespoke wound fillers in combination with negative pressure to treat a wound. Methods and apparatuses are disclosed relating to the creation and use of bespoke wound fillers and other wound treatment apparatuses. Some embodiments provide for the creation of bespoke wound fillers based on characteristics of a wound. Certain embodiments also include the use ...more ...less