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Inventor:
Laufer; Michael D.
Address:
Menlo Park, CA
No. of patents:
99
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8584681 Method for treating an asthma attack November 19, 2013
A method for treating the lung during an acute episode of reversible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease such as an asthma attack. The method comprises transferring energy to an airway wall of an airway such that a diameter of the airway is increased. The energy may be transferred
8291915 Method and apparatus for treating venous insufficiency using directionally applied energy October 23, 2012
A catheter introduces electrodes in a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of venous insufficiency by the application of energy to cause selective heating of the vein. The catheter is positioned within the vein to be treated, and the electrodes on the catheter are moved toward one
8285393 Device for shaping infarcted heart tissue and method of using the device October 9, 2012
A device and method for treating an infarct scar on a heart comprising an electric cable with proximal and distal ends; a handle with proximal and distal ends with the proximal end connected to the distal end of the cable; a stem with proximal and distal ends with the proximal end of the
8277468 Tissue reconfiguration October 2, 2012
A medical instrument for engaging tissue includes a flexible shaft, a tissue piercing coil at a distal portion of the shaft, and a tissue stabilizer positioned over the shaft and biased in a distal direction such that as the tissue piercing coil enters tissue, the tissue stabilizer i
8267094 Modification of airways by application of ultrasound energy September 18, 2012
Methods of increasing gas exchange performed by the lung by damaging lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and/or destroying airway smooth muscle tone with an apparatus inserted into an airway of the lung. The damaging of lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and destroying
8251070 Methods for treating airways August 28, 2012
This relates to a method of treating airways in a lung to decrease asthmatic symptoms. The method also includes steps of measuring a parameter of an airway at a plurality of locations in a lung, identifying at least one treatment site from at least one of the plurality of locations b
8226671 Methods and devices for providing direction to surgical tools July 24, 2012
Methods and devices are provided for providing direction to surgical tools. In one embodiment, a surgical device can include a cannulated elongate shaft with a cannulated curved distal tip. The device can be configured to be introduced into a body of a patient, and one portion of the
8206386 Methods and devices for removing omental tissue June 26, 2012
The invention relates to a method of treating obesity, insulin resistance and co-morbidities of these conditions by removing tissue from the abdomen. More specifically, it relates to a method of removing abdominal fat and omentum to which the fat is attached, in order to improve health.
8181656 Methods for treating airways May 22, 2012
This relates to treating an asthmatic lung and more particularly, relates to advancing a treatment device into the lung and treating the lung with the device. This also includes additional steps of treating the airway wall, applying energy or heat to the airway wall in an asthmatic lung.
8161978 Methods for treating asthma by damaging nerve tissue April 24, 2012
A method for treating the lung during an acute episode of reversible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease such as an asthma attack. The method comprises transferring energy to an airway wall of an airway such that a diameter of the airway is increased. The energy may be transferred
8118767 Gastrointestinal implant and methods for use February 21, 2012
Methods and devices for modifying the location at which bodily fluids interact with nutrients in a gastrointestinal tract having a conduit having a first end and a second end, the first end configured to divert bodily fluids from an entrance within a gastrointestinal tract to a locat
8092474 Methods and devices for placement of an intra-abdominal or intra-thoracic appliance through a na January 10, 2012
Natural orifice transenteric surgical methods and devices for placing a band or other appliance around a hollow bodily organ such as the stomach. In one alternative embodiment, such a band is placed in order to reduce the inner volume of the stomach.
8057494 Methods and devices for tissue reconfiguration November 15, 2011
Methods and devices are provided for reconfiguring a tissue within a hollow body organ using an entirely endoscopic approach in order to effectively reduce flow of fluid contents into a second hollow body organ in fluid communication with the first.
8052672 Fat removal and nerve protection device and method November 8, 2011
A fat removal device includes a screen which includes passages through which fat can be extruded, to be cut or melted away from the surface of an internal organ. The device includes a blade to cut the fat or radiofrequency monopolar or bipolar electrodes to melt the fat, aspiration t
8034062 Methods and devices for placement of an intra-abdominal or intra-thoracic appliance through a na October 11, 2011
Natural orifice transenteric surgical methods and devices for placing a semi-circumferential appliance around a hollow bodily organ such as the stomach. In one alternative embodiment, such an appliance is placed in order to reduce the inner volume of the stomach.
8012151 Devices and methods for tissue applications September 6, 2011
Devices and methods are described for sealing tissue such as melding the two flaps of the foramen ovale together without the need for a permanent implant or closing openings in vessels.
7992572 Methods of evaluating individuals having reversible obstructive pulmonary disease August 9, 2011
This relates to treating an asthmatic lung and more particularly, relates to advancing a treatment device into the lung and treating the lung with the device. This also includes additional steps of treating the airway wall, applying energy or heat to the airway wall in an asthmatic lung.
7976536 Method and apparatus for treating venous insufficiency July 12, 2011
A catheter introduces electrodes in a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of venous insufficiency by the application of energy to cause selective heating of the vein. The catheter is positioned within the vein to be treated, and the electrodes on the catheter are moved toward one
7967782 Apparatus for treating venous insufficiency June 28, 2011
A catheter delivers an electrode within a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency using RF energy. The catheter is introduced into a patient and positioned within the section of the vein to be treated. The electrode radiates high frequency energ
7938123 Modification of airways by application of cryo energy May 10, 2011
A method for decreasing responsiveness or decreasing resistance to airflow of airways involves the transfer of energy to or from the airway walls to prevent or reduce airway constriction and other symptoms of lung diseases. The treatment reduces the ability of the airways to contract
7921855 Method for treating an asthma attack April 12, 2011
A method for treating the lung during an acute episode of reversible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease such as an asthma attack. The method comprises transferring energy to an airway wall of an airway such that a diameter of the airway is increased. The energy may be transferred
7906124 Inactivation of smooth muscle tissue March 15, 2011
Treatment and procedures for treating bodily conduits involves deactivating, killing, or otherwise treating smooth muscle tissue of the conduit.
7896893 Methods and devices for tissue reconfiguration March 1, 2011
Methods and devices are provided for reconfiguring a tissue within a hollow body organ using an entirely endoscopic approach in order to effectively reduce flow of fluid contents into a second hollow body organ in fluid communication with the first.
7857823 Tissue reconfiguration December 28, 2010
A medical instrument for engaging tissue includes a flexible shaft, a tissue piercing coil at a distal portion of the shaft, and a tissue stabilizer positioned over the shaft and biased in a distal direction such that as the tissue piercing coil enters tissue, the tissue stabilizer i
7776057 Methods and devices for tissue reconfiguration August 17, 2010
A method includes advancing an apparatus having an elongated member transorally into the stomach. The apparatus includes a distal end effector having first and second members configured to engage tissue. The first and second members are movable relatively toward one another generally
7770584 Modification of airways by application of microwave energy August 10, 2010
Methods of increasing gas exchange performed by the lung by damaging lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and/or destroying airway smooth muscle tone with an apparatus inserted into an airway of the lung. The damaging of lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and destroying
7740017 Method for treating an asthma attack June 22, 2010
A method for treating the lung during an acute episode of reversible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease such as an asthma attack. The method comprises transferring energy to an airway wall of an airway such that a diameter of the airway is increased. The energy may be transferred
7736373 Methods and devices for tissue reconfiguration June 15, 2010
Methods and devices are provided for reconfiguring a tissue within a hollow body organ using an entirely endoscopic approach in order to effectively reduce flow of fluid contents into a second hollow body organ in fluid communication with the first.
7722633 Tissue reconfiguration May 25, 2010
A medical instrument for engaging tissue includes a flexible shaft, a tissue piercing coil at a distal portion of the shaft, and a tissue stabilizer positioned over the shaft and biased in a distal direction such that as the tissue piercing coil enters tissue, the tissue stabilizer i
7713277 Tissue reconfiguration May 11, 2010
A medical instrument for engaging tissue includes a flexible shaft, a tissue piercing coil at a distal portion of the shaft, and a tissue stabilizer positioned over the shaft and biased in a distal direction such that as the tissue piercing coil enters tissue, the tissue stabilizer i
7708768 Devices and methods for tracking an energy delivery device which treats asthma May 4, 2010
Methods for treating a network of organs including generating a map of at least a portion of the network of organs using a rendering system; selecting at least one treatment location within the luminal passageway of the network of organs; and applying an energy therapy to the treatment
7689290 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues March 30, 2010
Devices, systems, and method for treating urinary incontinence generally relying on energy delivered to a patient's pelvic support tissue to selectively contract or shrink at least a portion of that pelvic support tissue so as to reposition the bladder. The energy will preferably be
7641633 Apparatus for treating venous insufficiency January 5, 2010
A catheter delivers an electrode within a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency using RF energy. The catheter is introduced into a patient and positioned within the section of the vein to be treated. The electrode radiates high frequency energ
7594925 Control systems for delivering energy September 29, 2009
Methods for treating a network of organs including generating a map of at least a portion of the network of organs using a rendering system; selecting at least one treatment location within the luminal passageway of the network of organs; and applying an energy therapy to the treatment
7556624 Method of increasing gas exchange of a lung July 7, 2009
Methods of increasing gas exchange performed by the lung by damaging lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and/or destroying airway smooth muscle tone with an apparatus inserted into an airway of the lung. The damaging of lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and destroying
7542802 Methods of regenerating tissue in airways June 2, 2009
This relates to treating an asthmatic lung and more particularly, relates to advancing a treatment device into the lung and treating the lung with the device. This also includes additional steps of treating the airway wall, applying energy or heat to the airway wall in an asthmatic lung.
7483755 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues January 27, 2009
Devices, systems, and method for treating urinary incontinence generally rely on energy delivered to a patient's own pelvic support tissue to selectively contract or shrink at least a portion of that pelvic support tissue so as to reposition the bladder. The energy will preferably be
7455670 System and method for the treatment of heart tissue November 25, 2008
A device is disclosed for locating and treating an infarct scar in a heart. The device includes a catheter, a collapsible heater and energizing means connected to the collapsible heater for energizing the collapsible heater to raise the temperature of the infarct scar to a temperatur
7425212 Devices for modification of airways by transfer of energy September 16, 2008
This relates to a device for treating lung disease, and more particularly, relates to a device for exchanging energy with airway tissue such as that found in the airways of human lungs. The exchange of energy with this airway tissue in the airways reduces the ability of the airways to
7410465 Devices for counteracting hypotension August 12, 2008
Devices and methods are disclosed to address blood pressure control. More particularly, the present invention relates to correction of transient low blood pressure.
7273055 Methods of treating asthma September 25, 2007
This relates to treating an asthmatic lung and more particularly, relates to advancing a treatment device into the lung and treating the lung with the device. This also includes additional steps of treating the airway wall, applying energy or heat to the airway wall in an asthmatic lung.
7264002 Methods of treating reversible obstructive pulmonary disease September 4, 2007
This relates to treating an asthmatic lung and more particularly, relates to advancing a treatment device into the lung and treating the lung with the device. This also includes additional steps of treating the airway wall, applying energy or heat to the airway wall in an asthmatic lung.
7167757 Energy induced bulking and buttressing of tissue for incontinence January 23, 2007
Devices, systems, and method for treating urinary incontinence generally rely on energy delivered to a patient's own pelvic support tissue to selectively contract or shrink at least a portion of that pelvic support tissue so as to reposition the bladder. Devices and methods apply gentle
7153314 Tissue reconfiguration December 26, 2006
An apparatus includes an elongated member configured for transoral placement into a stomach, and a distal end effector including first and second members configured to engage stomach tissue, e.g., tissue beyond the esophageal junction. The first and second members are movable relativ
7066944 Surgical fastening system June 27, 2006
Devices and systems related to surgical fasteners and more specifically to surgical fasteners suitable for use in both open procedures, and minimally or less invasive procedures where the operative site is remote from the surgeon.
7039469 Device for shaping infarcted heart tissue and method of using the device May 2, 2006
A device and method for treating an infarct scar on a heart comprising an electric cable with proximal and distal ends; a handle with proximal and distal ends with the proximal end connected to the distal end of the cable; a stem with proximal and distal ends with the proximal end of the
7027869 Method for treating an asthma attack April 11, 2006
A method for treating the lung during an acute episode of reversible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease such as an asthma attack. The method comprises transferring energy to an airway wall of an airway such that a diameter of the airway is increased. The energy may be transferred
6981972 Apparatus for treating venous insufficiency using directionally applied energy January 3, 2006
A catheter introduces electrodes in a vein for a minimally invasive treatment of venous insufficiency by the application of energy to cause selective heating of the vein. The catheter is positioned within the vein to be treated, and the electrodes on the catheter are moved toward one
6836688 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues December 28, 2004
Devices, systems, and method for treating urinary incontinence generally rely on energy delivered to a patient's own pelvic support tissue to selectively contract or shrink at least a portion of that pelvic support tissue so as to reposition the bladder. The energy will preferably be
6835200 Method and devices for tissue reconfiguration December 28, 2004
A method includes advancing an apparatus having an elongated member transorally into the stomach. The apparatus includes a distal end effector having first and second members configured to engage tissue. The first and second members are movable relatively toward one another generally in
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