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Kurt D Sparks, Jeffrey L Emery, Brent D Seybold, David J Kupiecki, C Danielle Pinson, Allen W Madsen, Michael D Keleher, Sergio Salinas, Benjamin J Clark, Matthew R Selmon: Catheter system for vascular re-entry from a sub-intimal space. LuMend, Courtney Staniford & Gregory, February 28, 2006: US07004173 (142 worldwide citation)

A catheter system and corresponding methods are provided for accessing a blood vessel true lumen from a sub-intimal plane of the vessel. The catheter system includes visualization elements for determining the orientation of the true lumen with respect to the sub-intimal plane at an identified entry ...


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Kurt D Sparks: Method and apparatus for crossing intravascular occlusions. LuMend, Perkins Coie, August 6, 2002: US06428552 (97 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for treating occlusions. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises an outer catheter shaft with at least one axial lumen therethrough, wherein the outer catheter shaft comprises a distal end having an outer diameter, and an inner catheter shaft having an average diameter slidably dispo ...


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Kurt D Sparks: Infusion balloon catheter. Cordis Corporation, Watts Hoffmann Fisher & Heinke Co A, October 20, 1998: US05823996 (70 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and method is disclosed relating to an infusion catheter for treating a subject region with a treatment solution. A guide catheter allows the infusion catheter to be inserted into the subject and placed near a treatment region within the vascular system. A solution source is used to select ...


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Kurt D Sparks, Charles R Brynelsen, Mir A Imran: Method and devices for stimulation of an organ with the use of a transectionally placed guide wire. Intrapace, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, March 24, 2009: US07509175 (29 worldwide citation)

Devices, systems and methods are provided for electrical stimulation of a body organ, particularly within the gastrointestinal tract. In preferred embodiments, the stomach is the organ within the gastrointestinal tract which is targeted for such stimulation. A guide wire or other delivery device is ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, Ramiro Reyes, Kurt D Sparks: Uterine therapy device and method. Aegea Medical, Shay Glenn, July 10, 2012: US08216217 (12 worldwide citation)

In some embodiments the method includes inserting an access tool through a cervix and a cervical canal into the uterus; placing an expansion mechanism in contact with tissue within the uterus to move uterine tissue surfaces away from an opening in an access tool lumen; delivering vapor through the v ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, Ramiro Reyes, Kurt D Sparks: Uterine therapy device and method. Aegea Medical, Shay Glenn, July 17, 2012: US08221403 (8 worldwide citation)

A method and system of providing therapy to a patient's uterus. The system has an access tool with a lumen, the access tool being adapted to be inserted through a human cervical canal to place an opening of the lumen within a uterus when the access tool is inserted through the cervical canal; a seal ...


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Raj Subramaniam, Josef V Koblish, Zaya Tun, Guy R Harvey, Minhchau N Cao, Kurt D Sparks: Ablation device with multiple ablation modes. Boston Scientific Scimed, Faegre Baker Daniels, September 8, 2015: US09125668 (5 worldwide citation)

Devices, systems, and methods for performing ablation therapy on body tissue are disclosed. An example ablation device for treating body tissue includes an ionically conductive balloon and a radio-frequency electrode that delivers RF energy into a distal section of the balloon. The balloon is config ...


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Robert K Deckman, Erik Thai, Amiel R Aguilar, Benjamin J Clark, Sergio Salinas, Daniel E Francis, Kurt D Sparks: Catheter systems and methods for crossing vascular occlusions. April 22, 2014: US08702679 (3 worldwide citation)

Interventional catheter-based systems and methods are described herein for use in generating an initial pathway through vascular occlusions. The catheter systems generally include two elements. A first element is a Blunt Dissection Catheter including a manually actuated assembly located at the dista ...


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Charles R Brynelsen, Michael F Wei, Kurt D Sparks, Kenneth L Wong, George Pool: Gastric stimulation systems and methods utilizing a transgastric probe. Intrapace, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, July 3, 2012: US08214049 (3 worldwide citation)

Gastric stimulation devices, systems and methods are provided, particularly for stimulating a gastric organ having an internal cavity. Such devices and systems are typically implanted outside of the gastric organ while the environment of the internal cavity is probed and monitored by one or more sen ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, Ramiro Reyes, Kurt D Sparks: Uterine therapy device and method. Aegea Medical, Shay Glenn, July 17, 2012: US08221401 (2 worldwide citation)

A method and system of providing therapy to a patient's uterus. The method includes the steps of inserting an access tool through a cervix and a cervical canal into the uterus; actively cooling the cervical canal; delivering vapor through the access tool lumen into the uterus; and condensing the vap ...