US 10,376,688 B2
Neurostimulator interconnection apparatus, system, and method
Joey Chen, Valencia, CA (US); and Leslie I. Halberg, Valencia, CA (US)
Assigned to Greatbatch Ltd., Clarence, NY (US)
Filed by Greatbatch Ltd., Clarence, NY (US)
Filed on Nov. 18, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/355,117.
Application 15/355,117 is a continuation of application No. 14/316,960, filed on Jun. 27, 2014, granted, now 9,539,422, issued on Jan. 10, 2017.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/841,965, filed on Jul. 2, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2017/0065813 A1, Mar. 9, 2017
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61B 5/06 (2006.01); A61B 8/08 (2006.01); A61N 1/05 (2006.01); A61N 1/36 (2006.01); A61N 1/372 (2006.01); A61N 1/375 (2006.01); A61N 1/378 (2006.01)
CPC A61N 1/0551 (2013.01) [A61B 5/064 (2013.01); A61B 8/0841 (2013.01); A61N 1/05 (2013.01); A61N 1/0553 (2013.01); A61N 1/36017 (2013.01); A61N 1/36021 (2013.01); A61N 1/36071 (2013.01); A61N 1/36125 (2013.01); A61N 1/36139 (2013.01); A61N 1/36146 (2013.01); A61N 1/36153 (2013.01); A61N 1/3752 (2013.01); A61N 1/3787 (2013.01); A61N 1/37223 (2013.01); A61N 1/37235 (2013.01); A61N 1/37252 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A neurostimulation interconnection apparatus comprising:
an elongate lead body including a lead proximal end and a lead distal end, the lead proximal end including a first connector portion; and
a stimulation device including a header, the header including a second connector portion including a shape complementary to a shape of the first connector portion, the first connector portion being mateably engageable with the second connector portion, wherein at least one of the first connector portion and the second connector portion includes a substrate including a plurality of connectors disposed on the substrate, and the other of the first connector portion and the second connector portion includes a plurality of conductor tabs, there being an equal number of connectors and conductor tabs, wherein, with the first connector portion mateably engaged with the second connector portion, the connectors align and electrically couple with the conductor tabs, wherein at least one of the first connector portion and the second connector portion includes a seal, the seal including:
a seal protrusion extending entirely around and outwardly from a perimeter of one of the first connector portion and the second connector portion; and
a seal groove disposed within and extending entirely around the other of the first connector portion and the second connector portion, the seal protrusion being complementary to and sealingly engageable within the seal groove with engagement of the first connector portion with the second connector portion.
 
12. A neurostimulation interconnection apparatus comprising:
an elongate lead body including a lead proximal end and a lead distal end, the lead proximal end including a first connector portion; and
a stimulation device including a header, the header including a second connector portion including a shape complementary to a shape of the first connector portion, the first connector portion being mateably engageable with the second connector portion, wherein at least one of the first connector portion and the second connector portion includes a substrate including a plurality of printed traces printed on the substrate, and the other of the first connector portion and the second connector portion includes a plurality of conductor tabs, there being an equal number of printed traces and conductor tabs, wherein, with the first connector portion mateably engaged with the second connector portion, the printed traces align and directly electrically couple with the conductor tabs.
 
18. A neurostimulation interconnection apparatus comprising:
an elongate lead body including a lead proximal end and a lead distal end, the lead proximal end including a first connector portion; and
a stimulation device including a header, the header including a second connector portion including a shape complementary to a shape of the first connector portion, the first connector portion being mateably engageable with the second connector portion, wherein one of the first connector portion and the second connector portion includes a printed circuit board including a plurality of printed traces printed on the printed circuit board, and the other of the first connector portion and the second connector portion includes a plurality of conductor tabs, there being an equal number of printed traces and conductor tabs, wherein, with the first connector portion mateably engaged with the second connector portion, the printed traces align and directly electrically couple with the conductor tabs, the conductor tabs being biased in a direction to maintain contact with the connectors, wherein the printed circuit board and the plurality of printed traces disposed on the printed circuit board are disposed in a substantially linear configuration.