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American Medical Systems, Inc. Patents
Assignee:
American Medical Systems, Inc.
Address:
Minnetonka, MN
No. of patents:
90
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
7315762 Non-surgical incontinence treatment system and method January 1, 2008
Devices, systems, and methods can treat incontinence by heating between about 100 and about 800 cubic millimeters of endopelvic fascia for sufficient time to effect substantial collagenous tissue shrinkage. A probe body may directly engage the endopelvic fascia, or may be separated f
7291104 Surgical articles and methods November 6, 2007
Surgical instruments, implantable articles and surgical procedures disclosed for treating medical disorders, particularly incontinence. Improved surgical sling procedures are disclosed. Novel surgical instruments and kits for use in sling procedures are also disclosed. The present in
7267645 Surgical instrument and method September 11, 2007
An apparatus and method of use are disclosed to treat urological disorders. The invention is a repositionable handle for an arcuate needle configured to be minimally invasive. The invention is for use with a sling assembly that allows a sling to be controllably implanted in a therape
7048682 Surgical articles and methods May 23, 2006
Surgical instruments, implantable articles and surgical procedures disclosed for treating medical disorders, particularly incontinence. Improved surgical sling procedures are disclosed. Novel surgical instruments and kits for use in sling procedures are also disclosed. The present in
7015253 Regimen for treating prostate tissue and surgical kit for use in the regimen March 21, 2006
The present invention provides treatment regimens for treating diseased prostate tissue, including the steps of chemically ablating prostate tissue and coadministering an antiandrogen. In some embodiments, prostate tissue is chemically ablated by injection of ethanol, or an injectable
6971986 Sling delivery system and method of use December 6, 2005
An apparatus and method of use are disclosed to treat urological disorders. The biocompatible device includes a handle, needle, dilator and sling assembly configured to be minimally invasive and provide sufficient support to the target site. In addition, the configuration of the sling
6802807 Surgical instrument and method October 12, 2004
An apparatus and method of use are disclosed to treat urological disorders. The invention is a repositionable handle for an arcuate needle configured to be minimally invasive. The invention is for use with a sling assembly that allows a sling to be controllably implanted in a therapeutic
6652450 Implantable article and method for treating urinary incontinence using means for repositioning t November 25, 2003
An implantable article and method of use are disclosed to treat urological disorders. The biocompatible device includes a sling assembly configured to be minimally invasive and provide sufficient support to the target site. In addition, the configuration of the sling assembly also allows
6616653 Method and apparatus for coagulation of superficial blood vessels in bladder and proximal urethr September 9, 2003
An apparatus and method of use are disclosed to treat and/or diagnose urological disorders. The non-implantable device includes a light source housed within a light source segment. The light source segment is of a sufficiently small size and configuration so that it can be inserted t
6612977 Sling delivery system and method of use September 2, 2003
An apparatus and method of use are disclosed to treat urological disorders. The biocompatible device includes a handle, needle, dilator and sling assembly configured to be minimally invasive and provide sufficient support to the target site. In addition, the configuration of the sling
6599235 Transvaginal bone anchor implantation device July 29, 2003
The bone anchor implantation device of the present invention comprises a shaft or body having a grip at a first end of the shaft, an anchor mount at a distal end of the shaft, and a bone anchor removably mounted in the anchor mount. The shaft is preferably bent so that the anchor mount
6471718 Method and device for loading a stent October 29, 2002
A device for loading a self expanding stent into a deployment tool has an outer tube defining a space. The device has a constricting sheath with a stent delivery end and a stent receiving opening opposite thereto. The constricting sheath is open therethrough with the stent delivery end a
6461291 Device for alleviating urinary incontinence October 8, 2002
A device for treating leakage from an external orifice in the body of a patent which comprises a first member having a body-contacting first surface and an opposing second surface about an aperture, which first surface is attachable to the patient with said aperture positioned over s
6443887 Switch based spontaneous inflation inhibitor in a pump for an inflation prosthesis September 3, 2002
A pump assembly for a penile implant is provided having a mechanism that prevents spontaneous inflation of the cylinders implanted within the patient. The preventative mechanism includes a switching mechanism for moving a valve into either a closed or an open position. When closed, the
6443886 Valve and methods for urinary control September 3, 2002
A valve movable between open and closed positions is described. The valve preferably has an integral hinge and includes an inherent bias toward the closed position. The valve is particularly suitable as a component of an article for treating urinary incontinence.
6387040 Urinary continence device and methods for urinary control May 14, 2002
A design and method of manufacture are disclosed for a female continence augmentor device used to alleviate urinary incontinence. The female continence augmentor includes a mount formed of a resilient material, an intralumenal part carried on the mount and a resilient portion carried on
6383211 Stent placement instrument and method of assembly May 7, 2002
An instrument places a stent axially and is reusable with different size stents. A loop on an arm extends tangentially so at least one bore aligns axially. A tab extends from the arm axially and from the loop in a plane. A ring on a limb extends tangentially and has an axially aligned ho
6382214 Methods and apparatus for correction of urinary and gynecological pathologies including treatmen May 7, 2002
Apparatus and methods for treatment of male incontinence and a method for female cystocele repair are disclosed in which a sling material is positioned between the descending rami of the pubic bone. In such an operation a "hammock-like" sling material is positioned below the urethra
6378525 Combined cryotherapy and hyperthermia method for the treatment of airway obstruction or prostrat April 30, 2002
A method of reducing tissue volume for treatment of airway obstruction, obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, prostate tumor, and other pathologies comprising: applying a cryoprobe with a diameter preferably less than about 2 mm and with a sharp tip to first freeze the affected interstitial
6368346 Bioresorbable stent April 9, 2002
A bio-compatible and bioresorbable stent is disclosed that is intended to restore or maintain patency following surgical procedures, traumatic injury or stricture formation. The stent is composed of a blend of at least two polymers that is either extruded as a monofilament then woven
6346492 Fabric for use in prosthetics February 12, 2002
A fabric used with an inflatable penile prosthesis and having a high fabric weave density is disclosed. The fabric is comprised of substantially non-distensible warp fibers and expandable/contractible fill fibers. The warp fibers are made of a 40 denier polyester yarn and the fill fibers
6334446 Medical sling procedures and anchor insertion methods and devices January 1, 2002
A procedure for treating urinary stress incontinence by using bone anchors, whether screw or staple type, with or without suture, inserted pervaginally for use with a sling material for supporting the bladder neck and/or proximal uretha.
6328744 Bone suturing device December 11, 2001
A bone boring device and method wherein the device includes a hinge, a handle coupled to the hinge, and at least one curved needle with a tip. The needle is rotatably mounted on the hinge such that when the tip is placed against bone and the needle is rotated on the hinge, the needle is
6328686 Transvaginal system and method for treating female urinary incontinence December 11, 2001
A pubic bone-mounted urethra stabilization and support system includes a pair of anchors which are affixed to the posterior/inferior pubic bone, sutures attached to the anchors, and a mesh sling which is passed behind and about the urethra and the adjacent endopelvic fascia. The ends of
6322492 Transvaginal method for securing a bone anchor November 27, 2001
A pubic bone-mounted urethra stabilization and support system and method therefor for the long term cure of recurrent female urinary incontinence. The system comprises, a pair of anchors affixed to the posterior/inferior pubic bone, sutures attach to the anchors and a mesh sling passing
6312405 Self-sealing detachable balloon November 6, 2001
A detachable balloon system includes an inflatable balloon with a self-sealing valve. The balloon has an elastomeric membrane and a proximal opening. The self-sealing valve is made up of a valve body for receiving an inflation instrument to inflate the balloon. The valve body is pref
6200261 Valve and methods for urinary control March 13, 2001
The apparatus for closing a body orifice. The apparatus includes a valve having a flexible bulbous tube with an inlet and outlet. A passage in the bulbous tube extends from the inlet along an axis. A wall of the tube is between the inlet and the outlet and has a barrel shape tapered to t
6143021 Stent placement instrument and method of assembly November 7, 2000
An instrument places a stent axially and is reusable with different size stents. A loop on an arm extends tangentially so at least one bore aligns axially. A tab extends from the arm axially and from the loop in a plane. A ring on a limb extends tangentially and has an axially aligned ho
6132458 Method and device for loading a stent October 17, 2000
A device and method for loading a self expanding stent into a deployment tool is disclosed. The device includes an outer tube and a constricting sheath having a stent delivery end and a stent receiving opening opposite thereto. The stent receiving opening is shaped and sized to receive a
6091993 Methods and apparatus for an electrode balloon July 18, 2000
A flexible support for a thin electrically conductive electrode has an edge around its major surfaces. One or more circumferential frames on the support capture the edge of the electrode. An under cut on the frame holds the edge. A membrane is integral with the one or more frames to exte
6056687 Device for alleviating urinary incontinence May 2, 2000
A device for treating leakage from an external orifice in the body of a patient which comprises a first member having a body-contacting first surface and an opposing second surface about an aperture, which first surface is attachable to the patient with said aperture positioned over
6030337 Continence augmentor and methods for urinary control February 29, 2000
A female continence augmentor stops involuntary urine loss due to transient increases in bladder pressure but allows urine flow when automatically opened by transmitted bladder pressure during voluntary voiding. The augmentor improves coaptation and increases midurethral resistance to
5895356 Apparatus and method for transurethral focussed ultrasound therapy April 20, 1999
An apparatus and method for the treatment of diseases of the prostate, including BPH and prostate cancer, utilizing transurethrally applied focussed ultrasound energy to produce hyperthermal and thermotherapeutic effects in diseased tissue are disclosed. A first preferred embodiment of
5720415 Apparatus for delivering fluid at a controlled rate and pressure February 24, 1998
An apparatus for delivering fluid to a site at a controlled rate and pressure, which comprises a housing enveloping three interconnected chambers comprising a first end chamber, a connecting chamber and a second end chamber, an inlet port and an outlet port each located in a side wall
5704895 Implantable penile prosthetic cylinder with inclusive fluid reservoir January 6, 1998
A surgically implantable prosthesis for the treatment of penile erectile impotence in male patients. The device comprises at least one elongated cylinder implanted within one of the corpora cavernosa of the penis. The flexible, distal end of the cylinder is adapted to rigidize upon being
5672171 Apparatus and method for interstitial laser treatment September 30, 1997
An apparatus for delivering laser energy to a target through a radiation-transmitting waveguide having a distal end terminating in a tip which is in contact with the target during delivery, while protecting the tip from heat damage, which apparatus comprises a waveguide for transmitt
5588965 Device for slowly dilating the prostatic urethra December 31, 1996
A device for dilating at least an obstructed portion of the urethra, includes a urinary catheter having a proximal portion and a distal portion; a dilation balloon capable of expanding radially outwardly disposed between the proximal and distal portion of the catheter; and a pressure
5553379 Malleable penile prosthesis September 10, 1996
A malleable penile prosthesis adapted to be implanted in a corpus cavemosum of a penis comprising an elongated core which is bendable about its longitudinal axis with the capability of holding the configuration to which it is bent and is substantially rigid when in the unbent straight
5518504 Implantable sphincter system utilizing lifting means May 21, 1996
An implantable artificial sphincter system for reversibly occluding a body passageway, preferably the urethra, enables the body passageway to be opened and closed in sequence due to the action of a lifting and lowering device which is adapted to be in integral contact with or disposed ab
5512054 Dual action syringe April 30, 1996
A dual action syringe which comprises a hollow body defining a rear chamber and a front chamber, wherein the rear chamber has a greater internal cross-sectional area than the front chamber, a double action plunger mechanism comprising a primary plunger with a cross-section which matches
5512033 Malleable penile prosthesis April 30, 1996
A malleable penile prosthesis adapted to be implanted in a corpus cavernosum of a penis comprising an elongated core which is bendable about its longitudinal axis with the capability of holding the configuration to which it is bent and is substantially rigid when in the unbent straight
5499994 Dilation device for the urethra March 19, 1996
A device for dilating at least an obstructed portion of a urethra includes a hollow core member with opposed open ends permitting urination therethrough from the bladder, a confining covering disposed on the hollow member having a length of at least that of the obstructed portion and
5496271 Combined hyperthermia and dilation catheter March 5, 1996
An apparatus and method for treatment of conditions in which it is desired to simultaneously hyperthermally treat diseased target tissue in a patient and dilate a lumen of a patient which is compressed and/or obstructed by the diseased target tissue and/or surrounding tissue is disclosed
5468213 Mechanical penile prosthesis November 21, 1995
A mechanical penile prosthesis which comprises an elongated, tubular, prestretched, elastic outer sheath having a distal tip, a proximal tip and an intermediate portion defining a hollow tubular chamber having positioned therein a central core anchored at each of its ends to a tip, a
5415656 Electrosurgical apparatus May 16, 1995
An apparatus for electrosurgical incision of a stricture within or adjacent to a body lumen, which comprises an electrically conducting, deflectable wire associated with an introducer for introducing the apparatus into the body lumen, wherein a proximal portion of the wire is deflectable
5356423 Resectable self-expanding stent October 18, 1994
A stent for transluminal implantation comprising a single-piece tubular member having a fenestrated side wall exhibiting a pattern of uniformly spaced openings defined by intersecting strands where the strands are integrally joined together at their points of intersection whereby the
5335669 Rectal probe with temperature sensor August 9, 1994
A rectal probe comprising a catheter having a longitudinal axis around which is mounted an inflatable, low pressure, compliant balloon having a temperature element associated with the wall thereof, means for holding the probe at a proper position within a patient's rectum and means for
5263981 Implantable penile prosthesis November 23, 1993
A penile prosthesis for alleviating erectile impotency includes a generally tubular enclosure which is implantable within the corpus cavernosum. The tubular enclosure includes a generally non-distensible pressurizable chamber which when filled with fluid substantially to capacity will
5254092 Fluid flow check valve October 19, 1993
A valve for controlling the flow of fluid through a flow path, which valve comprises a housing defining a flow path and having two indented portions about the flow path, a poppet mounted within each indented portion such that the internal end of each indented portion defines a seat which
5171272 Fluid pump for penile prosthesis December 15, 1992
A hand operable, two-component fluid pump for inflating an inflatable penile prosthesis. The pump comprises a high-volume, low-pressure first pump component and at least one low-volume, high-pressure second pump component. Fluid to be pumped to the prosthesis is housed within the first
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