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Keith R Mullett: Position-responsive neuro stimulator. Medtronic, Terry L Wiles, Harold R Patton, August 30, 1994: US05342409 (463 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and technique for electrical stimulation of the central or peripheral nervous system based upon changes in position of the patient. A position sensor may be chronically implanted in the patient. One preferred mode uses a mercury switch position sensor which indicates whether a patient i ...


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Lynn M Otten: Percutaneous epidural lead introducing system and method. Medtronic, Harold R Patton, Terry L Wiles, October 26, 1993: US05255691 (324 worldwide citation)

An improved method and apparatus for introducing a flexible member into the epidural space of the spinal column of a patient employing an introducer assembly for achieving access to the epidural space. The introducer assembly includes an epidural needle assembly, including an elongated needle having ...


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Lynn M Otten: Catheter with retractable anchor mechanism. Medtronic, Harold R Patton, Terry L Wiles, September 6, 1994: US05344439 (278 worldwide citation)

A catheter with a retractable anchor mechanism for providing drugs and/or electrical stimulation to the human body. The catheter has a flexible tubular casing consisting of a outer member and an inner member which enclose at least one lumen. The retractable anchor mechanism is located near the dista ...


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David J Stanton, Gregory A Hrdlicka, Charles M Meyerson, Todd A Kallmyer: Handheld patient programmer for implantable human tissue stimulator. Medtronic, Curtis D Kinghorn, Terry L Wiles, Tom Berry, June 19, 2001: US06249703 (189 worldwide citation)

A patient programmer for facilitating patient control over an implanted medical device, such as an implanted spinal cord stimulator or the like, is disclosed. A programmer in accordance with the present invention is a portable, light-weight, easy to use patient programmer. The programmer enables a p ...


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Keith R Mullett: Lateral displacement percutaneously inserted epidural lead. Medtronic, Harold R Patton, Terry L Wiles, John L Rooney, June 16, 1992: US05121754 (160 worldwide citation)

An insulated electrical lead for coupling the output of a neurological stimulator with the tissue to be stimulated. In most situations, the neurological stimulator is an implantable pulse generator and the tissue to be stimulated is the spinal cord, although other configurations are contemplated. Th ...


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Douglas J Zimmerman, Frank D Dorman: Electromagnetic flow meter. Medtronic, Terry L Wiles, Harold R Patton, July 5, 1994: US05325728 (153 worldwide citation)

An electromagnetic flow meter for measuring the flow of blood through a conduit. Flow rate is measured by applying an electromagnetic field around the conduit, with the moving electrolytic blood inducing a current that is sensed by electrodes. The flow meter includes a substantially "E"-shaped magne ...


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Gregory A Hrdlicka, David L Thompson: Method and apparatus to limit control of parameters of electrical tissue stimulators. Medtronic, Terry L Wiles, Harold R Patton, August 22, 1995: US05443486 (125 worldwide citation)

Electrical tissue stimulator and method for limiting the programmability of stimulation pulse parameters. The tissue stimulator includes a plurality of electrodes and a memory for holding a stimulation pulse parameter limit value and a programmed parameter value of a stimulation pulse. A pulse gener ...


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Robert J Klepinski: Implantable neural electrode. Medtronic, Harold R Patton, Terry L Wiles, John L Rooney, March 17, 1992: US05095905 (116 worldwide citation)

An electrode for establishing electrical contact with nerve tissue. The electrode is chronically implantable. The outer substrate of the electrode is a semi-rigid, body compatible, insulating material such as a chronically implatable polymer. The outer substrate is molded as a single structure havin ...


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Lynn M Otten: Lead with stylet capture member. Medtronic, Terry L Wiles, Harold R Patton, November 1, 1994: US05360441 (110 worldwide citation)

A lead having a capture member for releasably engaging the enlarged distal tip of a stylet. The capture member is connected to the flexible tubular casing of the lead near the distal end and includes an aperture having a necked down portion and a socket portion. The socket portion is shaped to accom ...


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Jane L Kohnen, Jeffry C Palm, Roger L Struve: Medical connector and method for connecting medical tubing. Medtronic, Terry L Wiles, Harold R Patton, April 11, 1995: US05405339 (99 worldwide citation)

A medical connector and method of using the connector to connect separate sections of medical tubing, especially tubing which is to be implanted in the human body. The connector includes generally cylindrical first and second end portions, the diameter of which are smaller than an enlarged middle po ...