US Patent No: 7,729,771

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Nerve stimulation and blocking for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders

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At least one of a plurality of gastrointestinal disorders is treated by stimulating an enteric nervous system of a patient to enhance a functional tone of the enteric nervous system. A treatment includes electrically stimulating a vagus nerve of the patient at a stimulation site proximal to at least one site of vagal innervation of a gastrointestinal organ. The electrical stimulation includes applying a stimulation signal at the stimulation site. An optional proximal electrical blocking signal is applied to the vagus nerve at a proximal blocking site proximal to the stimulation site. The proximal blocking signal is selected to at least partially block nerve impulses at the proximal blocking site.

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ENTEROMEDICS INC.ST PAUL, MN33

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Conrad, Timothy R Eden Prairie, MN 152 2657
Knudson, Mark B Shoreview, MN 203 7548
Tweden, Katherine S Mahtomedi, MN 89 2219
Wilson, Richard R Seattle, WA 84 1236

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EnteroMedics Inc. (8)
7,844,338 High frequency obesity treatment 12 2004
7,986,995 Bulimia treatment 5 2007
8,103,349 Neural electrode treatment 6 2009
8,010,204 Nerve blocking for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders 3 2010
8,046,085 Controlled vagal blockage therapy 6 2010
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8,538,542 Nerve stimulation and blocking for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders 0 2011
8,538,533 Controlled vagal blockage therapy 0 2011

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