US Patent No: 5,334,193

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Fluid cooled ablation catheter

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A thin, elongate and flexible ablation catheter, suitable for delivery to an internal organ, comprises a fluid delivery lumen centrally located within the catheter, and first and second electrodes disposed on an outer surface of the catheter. The electrodes preferably are helically oriented about the catheter. At least one of the electrodes is in communication with a source of electrosurgical energy so as to deliver ablative electrosurgical energy to tissue. The lumen communicates with a fluid supply source such that fluid is conveyed through the lumen and is discharged to adjacent tissue during the delivery of ablative energy. The fluid delivered through the lumen assists in optimizing the electrode temperature. A method and apparatus is also provided to regulate the fluid flow rate based on monitored electrode temperature and/or tissue impedance.

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AMERICAN CARDIAC ABLATION CO., INC.TAUNTON, MA5

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Nardella, Paul C Wareham, MA 29 6668

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6,991,645 Patient temperature regulation method and apparatus 1 2002
7,101,386 Patient temperature regulation method and apparatus 21 2002
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (1)
7,972,328 System and method for tissue sealing 22 2007
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP AG (11)
* 5,776,130 Vascular tissue sealing pressure control 411 1995
6,280,441 Apparatus and method for RF lesioning 205 1997
6,179,834 Vascular tissue sealing pressure control and method 245 1998
* 6,039,733 Method of vascular tissue sealing pressure control 406 1998
6,575,969 Cool-tip radiofrequency thermosurgery electrode system for tumor ablation 464 2000
* 6,506,189 Cool-tip electrode thermosurgery system 332 2000
6,881,214 Ablation treatment of bone metastases 56 2002
7,300,435 Automatic control system for an electrosurgical generator 230 2003
7,255,694 Variable output crest factor electrosurgical generator 62 2003
7,480,533 Ablation treatment of bone metastases 40 2005
7,282,049 Electrosurgical system employing multiple electrodes and method thereof 97 2005
 
ADVANCED NEUROMODULATION SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
6,208,881 Catheter with thin film electrodes and method for making same 79 1998
 
Philadelphia Heart Institute (2)
* 5,447,529 Method of using endocardial impedance for determining electrode-tissue contact, appropriate sites for arrhythmia ablation and tissue heating during ablation 104 1994
* 5,562,721 Method of using endocardial impedance for assessing tissue heating during ablation 72 1995
 
E-WATCH, INC. (1)
8,201,563 Method for introducing materials into a body 4 2006
 
MEDERI THERAPEUTICS, INC. (7)
* 6,273,886 Integrated tissue heating and cooling apparatus 289 1999
* 7,585,296 Method to treat gastric reflux via the detection and ablation of gastro-esophageal nerves and receptors 13 2005
8,696,660 Devices, systems and methods for treating tissue regions of the body 0 2007
8,906,010 Graphical user interface for association with an electrode structure deployed in contact with a tissue region 0 2007
8,870,862 Method to treat gastric reflux via the detection and ablation of gastro-esophageal nerves and receptors 0 2009
* 2010/0004,648 Method to treat gastric reflux via the detection and ablation of gastro-esophageal nerves and receptors 12 2009
8,728,074 Devices, systems and methods for treating tissue regions of the body 0 2009
 
SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
7,727,232 Fluid-assisted medical devices and methods 1 2005
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
* 5,680,860 Mapping and/or ablation catheter with coilable distal extremity and method for using same 411 1995
 
SUPFINA GRIESHABER GMBH & CO. KG (1)
* 6,080,151 Ablation catheter 106 1997
 
RESPIRATORY DIAGNOSTICS, INC. (1)
7,122,031 Graphical user interface for association with an electrode structure deployed in contact with a tissue region 108 2001
 
STD MANUFACTURING, INC. (1)
* 7,311,702 Ablation technology for catheter based delivery systems 77 2003
 
INNERCOOL THERAPIES, INC. (1)
6,254,626 Articulation device for selective organ cooling apparatus 107 1998
 
TRANSAMERICA BUSINESS CREDIT CORPORATION (1)
* 6,002,956 Method of treating using an over-the-wire EP catheter 44 1997
 
VENTURE LENDING & LEASING, INC. (1)
* 5,542,916 Dual-channel RF power delivery system 231 1994
 
ECLIPSE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
6,267,757 Revascularization with RF ablation 37 1997
* 6,156,031 Transmyocardial revascularization using radiofrequency energy 61 1998
 
TEAM MEDICAL, LLC (1)
* 5,554,172 Directed energy surgical method and assembly 104 1995
 
GE MARQUETTE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
* 5,743,859 Integrated electrical signal switching and amplifying system 11 1996
 
SEEDLING ENTERPRISES, INC. (1)
* 5,647,871 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 458 1995
 
Webster, Cordis (1)
* 6,217,574 System and method for measuring subsurface temperature of tissue during ablation 62 1999
 
XENOGEN CORPORATION (14)
7,403,812 Method and apparatus for determining target depth, brightness and size within a body region 7 2002
7,616,985 Method and apparatus for 3-D imaging of internal light sources 5 2003
7,797,034 3-D in-vivo imaging and topography using structured light 3 2005
7,298,415 Structured light imaging apparatus 11 2005
8,044,996 Surface construction using combined photographic and structured light information 2 2006
7,599,731 Fluorescent light tomography 5 2007
7,764,986 Method and apparatus for determining target depth, brightness and size within a body region 1 2007
7,603,167 Method and apparatus for 3-D imaging of internal light sources 6 2007
7,555,332 Fluorescent light tomography 4 2007
8,279,334 Structured light imaging apparatus 0 2007
7,860,549 Method and apparatus for 3-D imaging of internal light sources 1 2009
8,180,435 Method and apparatus for determining target depth, brightness and size within a body region 1 2010
8,909,326 Method and apparatus for 3-D imaging of internal light sources 0 2010
8,825,140 Imaging system 0 2012
 
CO-REPAIR, INC. (1)
7,455,670 System and method for the treatment of heart tissue 2 2005
 
CARDIAC PATHWAYS CORPORATION (1)
* 5,997,532 Ablation catheter tip with a buffer layer covering the electrode 69 1997
 
EP Technologies, Inc. (43)
* 5,577,509 Systems and methods for examining the electrical characteristics and timing of electrical events in cardiac tissue 16 1994
* 5,800,432 Systems and methods for actively cooling ablation electrodes using diodes 73 1995
* 5,735,846 Systems and methods for ablating body tissue using predicted maximum tissue temperature 204 1995
7,048,734 Systems and methods for electronically altering the energy emitting characteristics of an electrode array to create different lesion patterns in body tissue 43 1995
* 6,001,093 Systems and methods for creating long, thin lesions in body tissue 102 1995
* 5,871,525 Steerable ablation catheter system 198 1995
* 5,732,698 Systems for examining the electrical characteristics of cardiac tissue while minimizing contact with blood within the heart 79 1995
* 5,925,038 Expandable-collapsible electrode structures for capacitive coupling to tissue 140 1996
* 5,891,135 Stem elements for securing tubing and electrical wires to expandable-collapsible electrode structures 126 1996
* 5,891,136 Expandable-collapsible mesh electrode structures 189 1996
* 5,871,483 Folding electrode structures 168 1996
* 5,853,411 Enhanced electrical connections for electrode structures 73 1996
* 5,846,238 Expandable-collapsible electrode structures with distal end steering or manipulation 166 1996
* 5,836,874 Multi-function electrode structures for electrically analyzing and heating body tissue 182 1996
* 6,071,278 Tissue heating and ablation systems and methods using porous electrode structures with specified electrical resistivities 33 1996
* 5,961,513 Tissue heating and ablation systems and methods using porous electrode structures 61 1996
* 5,879,348 Electrode structures formed from flexible, porous, or woven materials 76 1996
* 5,868,736 Systems and methods to control tissue heating or ablation with porous electrode structures 14 1996
* 5,846,239 Tissue heating and ablation systems and methods using segmented porous electrode structures 54 1996
* 5,840,076 Tissue heating and ablation systems and methods using electrode structures with distally oriented porous regions 77 1996
* 5,830,213 Systems for heating and ablating tissue using multifunctional electrode structures 101 1996
* 5,797,903 Tissue heating and ablation systems and methods using porous electrode structures with electrically conductive surfaces 177 1996
* 5,871,523 Helically wound radio-frequency emitting electrodes for creating lesions in body tissue 268 1996
6,241,754 Composite structures and methods for ablating tissue to form complex lesion patterns in the treatment of cardiac conditions and the like 157 1996
* 6,146,379 Systems and methods for creating curvilinear lesions in body tissue 143 1996
* 6,106,522 Systems and methods for forming elongated lesion patterns in body tissue using straight or curvilinear electrode elements 141 1996
* 6,030,379 Systems and methods for seeking sub-surface temperature conditions during tissue ablation 55 1997
* 6,113,591 Systems and methods for sensing sub-surface temperatures in body tissue 93 1997
* 6,053,912 Systems and methods for sensing sub-surface temperatures in body tissue during ablation with actively cooled electrodes 191 1997
* 6,056,745 Systems and methods for obtaining desired lesion characteristics while ablating body tissue 151 1997
* 6,099,526 Electrode structure including hydrophilic material 33 1998
* 6,030,382 Flexible tissue ablatin elements for making long lesions 48 1998
6,514,246 Systems and methods for forming large lesions in body tissue using curvilinear electrode elements 94 1998
6,197,021 Systems and methods for controlling tissue ablation using multiple temperature sensing elements 78 1998
6,447,506 Systems and methods for creating long, thin lesions in body tissue 36 1999
6,475,213 Method of ablating body tissue 80 2000
7,115,122 Composite structures and methods for ablating tissue to form complex lesion patterns in the treatment of cardiac conditions and the like 37 2000
6,471,699 Systems and methods for forming elongated lesion patterns in body tissue using straight or curvilinear electrode elements 48 2000
6,500,172 Systems and methods for controlling tissue ablation using multiple temperature sensing elements 72 2000
7,413,568 Composite structures and methods for ablating tissue to form complex lesion patterns in the treatment of cardiac conditions and the like 14 2001
6,736,811 Expandable-collapsible electrode structures made of electrically conductive material 42 2002
7,335,196 Systems and methods for creating long, thin lesions in body tissue 18 2004
7,837,684 Composite structures and methods for ablating tissue to form complex lesion patterns in the treatment of cardiac conditions and the like 0 2007
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (5)
7,150,747 Electrosurgical cutter 37 2003
7,655,003 Electrosurgical power control 15 2005
8,052,675 Electrosurgical power control 2 2010
8,348,934 Electrosurgical power control 0 2011
8,603,082 Electrosurgical power control 1 2012
 
COVIDIEN AG (71)
6,478,793 Ablation treatment of bone metastases 139 2000
7,137,980 Method and system for controlling output of RF medical generator 205 2003
7,749,217 Method and system for optically detecting blood and controlling a generator during electrosurgery 36 2003
RE40388 Electrosurgical generator with adaptive power control 65 2003
7,364,577 Vessel sealing system 89 2003
8,808,161 Redundant temperature monitoring in electrosurgical systems for safety mitigation 0 2003
8,104,956 Thermocouple measurement circuit 14 2003
7,131,860 Connector systems for electrosurgical generator 211 2003
7,044,948 Circuit for controlling arc energy from an electrosurgical generator 199 2003
8,012,150 Method and system for programming and controlling an electrosurgical generator system 26 2004
7,722,601 Method and system for programming and controlling an electrosurgical generator system 28 2004
7,396,336 Switched resonant ultrasonic power amplifier system 160 2004
7,303,557 Vessel sealing system 212 2004
7,901,400 Method and system for controlling output of RF medical generator 44 2005
7,766,905 Method and system for continuity testing of medical electrodes 15 2005
7,780,662 Vessel sealing system using capacitive RF dielectric heating 30 2005
7,628,786 Universal foot switch contact port 12 2005
* 7,879,031 Cooled RF ablation needle 4 2005
7,776,035 Cool-tip combined electrode introducer 4 2005
7,553,309 Electrosurgical system employing multiple electrodes and method thereof 14 2005
8,734,438 Circuit and method for reducing stored energy in an electrosurgical generator 0 2005
7,947,039 Laparoscopic apparatus for performing electrosurgical procedures 9 2005
7,467,075 Three-dimensional finite-element code for electrosurgery and thermal ablation simulations 3 2005
7,513,896 Dual synchro-resonant electrosurgical apparatus with bi-directional magnetic coupling 48 2006
7,824,400 Circuit for controlling arc energy from an electrosurgical generator 8 2006
7,651,493 System and method for controlling electrosurgical snares 35 2006
7,648,499 System and method for generating radio frequency energy 16 2006
8,795,270 System and method for ablating tissue 0 2006
7,651,492 Arc based adaptive control system for an electrosurgical unit 25 2006
8,753,334 System and method for reducing leakage current in an electrosurgical generator 0 2006
7,763,018 Cool-tip thermocouple including two-piece hub 15 2006
8,034,049 System and method for measuring initial tissue impedance 19 2006
7,731,717 System and method for controlling RF output during tissue sealing 39 2006
7,416,437 Connector systems for electrosurgical generator 53 2006
7,637,907 System and method for return electrode monitoring 7 2006
7,794,457 Transformer for RF voltage sensing 8 2006
8,105,323 Method and system for controlling output of RF medical generator 16 2006
8,663,214 Method and system for controlling an output of a radio-frequency medical generator having an impedance based control algorithm 0 2007
7,927,328 System and method for closed loop monitoring of monopolar electrosurgical apparatus 33 2007
8,080,008 Method and system for programming and controlling an electrosurgical generator system 5 2007
8,182,477 Electrosurgical system employing multiple electrodes and method thereof 3 2007
8,287,528 Vessel sealing system 9 2008
7,766,693 Connector systems for electrosurgical generator 17 2008
8,113,057 Switched resonant ultrasonic power amplifier system 6 2008
8,096,961 Switched resonant ultrasonic power amplifier system 4 2008
8,672,937 Cool-tip thermocouple including two-piece hub 0 2008
7,699,842 Electrosurgical system employing multiple electrodes and method thereof 1 2008
7,702,495 Three-dimensional finite-element code for electrosurgery and thermal ablation simulations 1 2008
8,685,016 System and method for tissue sealing 0 2009
8,216,223 System and method for tissue sealing 7 2009
8,147,485 System and method for tissue sealing 12 2009
8,202,271 Dual synchro-resonant electrosurgical apparatus with bi-directional magnetic coupling 2 2009
8,187,262 Dual synchro-resonant electrosurgical apparatus with bi-directional magnetic coupling 1 2009
8,025,660 Universal foot switch contact port 8 2009
8,556,890 Arc based adaptive control system for an electrosurgical unit 0 2009
7,972,332 System and method for controlling electrosurgical snares 8 2009
8,062,290 Electrosurgical system employing multiple electrodes 0 2010
8,303,580 Method and system for programming and controlling an electrosurgical generator system 7 2010
8,298,223 Method and system for programming and controlling an electrosurgical generator system 7 2010
8,377,057 Cool-tip combined electrode introducer 0 2010
8,523,855 Circuit for controlling arc energy from an electrosurgical generator 0 2010
8,231,616 Transformer for RF voltage sensing 1 2010
8,267,928 System and method for closed loop monitoring of monopolar electrosurgical apparatus 0 2011
8,241,278 Laparoscopic apparatus for performing electrosurgical procedures 1 2011
8,398,626 Electrosurgical system employing multiple electrodes 1 2011
8,267,929 Method and system for programming and controlling an electrosurgical generator system 5 2011
8,647,340 Thermocouple measurement system 0 2012
8,485,993 Switched resonant ultrasonic power amplifier system 0 2012
8,668,688 Soft tissue RF transection and resection device 0 2012
8,475,447 System and method for closed loop monitoring of monopolar electrosurgical apparatus 0 2012
8,966,981 Switched resonant ultrasonic power amplifier system 0 2013
 
MEDTRONIC VIDAMED, INC. (1)
* 6,887,237 Method for treating tissue with a wet electrode and apparatus for using same 35 2002
 
NEUROTHERM, INC. (28)
* 6,122,549 Apparatus for treating intervertebral discs with resistive energy 299 1997
* 6,095,149 Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 266 1997
* 6,073,051 Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy 333 1997
* 6,007,570 Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs 275 1997
* 5,980,504 Method for manipulating tissue of an intervertebral disc 300 1997
* 6,126,682 Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 348 1998
* 6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 242 1998
6,261,311 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral discs 213 1999
6,517,568 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral discs 67 2000
6,547,810 Method for treating intervertebral discs 81 2000
6,767,347 Catheter for delivery of energy to a surgical site 68 2001
6,749,605 Catheter for delivery of energy to a surgical site 67 2001
7,069,087 Apparatus and method for accessing and performing a function within an intervertebral disc 41 2001
6,832,997 Electromagnetic energy delivery intervertebral disc treatment devices 35 2001
6,733,496 Intervertebral disc device employing flexible probe 146 2001
6,726,685 Intervertebral disc device employing looped probe 86 2001
6,638,276 Intervertebral disc device employing prebent sheath 71 2001
6,878,155 Method of treating intervertebral disc tissue employing attachment mechanism 64 2001
6,997,941 Method and apparatus for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 63 2003
7,400,930 Method for treating intervertebral discs 32 2003
7,282,061 Method of treating intervertebral disc 59 2003
7,267,683 Method for treating intervertebral discs 28 2003
7,226,447 Electrosurgical generator 70 2004
7,309,336 Catheter for delivery of energy to a surgical site 31 2004
8,226,697 Method for treating intervertebral disc 0 2007
8,187,312 Method for treating intervertebral disc 0 2007
8,128,619 Method for treating intervertebral discs 0 2007
7,647,123 Method for treating intervertebral discs 16 2007
 
MEDTRONIC CRYOCATH LP (8)
7,097,641 Catheter with cryogenic and heating ablation 27 1999
7,465,300 Catheter with cryogenic and electrical heating ablation 6 2005
7,842,031 Bioimpedance measurement system and method 0 2005
7,896,870 Catheter with cryogenic and electrical heating ablation 0 2007
7,951,140 Catheter with cryogenic and electrical heating ablation 1 2008
7,914,525 Bioimpedance measurement system and method 0 2008
8,083,732 Catheter with cryogenic and electrical heating ablation 0 2011
8,287,526 Method of simultaneously freezing and heating tissue for ablation 0 2011
 
COVIDIEN LP (31)
7,824,408 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 7 2004
7,625,372 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 17 2005
D574323 Generator 65 2007
8,777,941 Adjustable impedance electrosurgical electrodes 0 2007
7,777,130 Microwave cable cooling 6 2007
7,834,484 Connection cable and method for activating a voltage-controlled generator 13 2007
8,216,220 System and method for transmission of combined data stream 2 2007
8,181,995 Cool tip junction 1 2007
8,512,332 Real-time arc control in electrosurgical generators 0 2007
8,211,099 Thermal feedback systems and methods of using the same 19 2008
8,226,639 System and method for output control of electrosurgical generator 8 2008
8,608,739 Electrosurgical devices, systems and methods of using the same 1 2008
8,852,179 Apparatus, system and method for monitoring tissue during an electrosurgical procedure 0 2008
* 8,734,444 System and method for delivering high current to electrosurgical device 1 2008
8,292,880 Targeted cooling of deployable microwave antenna 8 2008
* 2011/0077,636 Management of Voltage Standing Wave Ratio at Skin Surface During Microwave Ablation 12 2009
8,361,061 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 0 2009
8,093,500 Microwave cable cooling 1 2010
8,936,631 Apparatus and methods for treating hollow anatomical structures 0 2010
8,083,738 Method and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 0 2010
9,033,973 System and method for DC tissue impedance sensing 0 2011
8,357,157 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 0 2011
* 8,945,113 Electrosurgical tissue ablation systems capable of detecting excessive bending of a probe and alerting a user 0 2012
8,480,665 Cool tip junction 0 2012
8,353,905 System and method for transmission of combined data stream 1 2012
8,568,402 Thermal feedback systems and methods of using the same 1 2012
8,480,666 Thermal feedback systems and methods of using the same 5 2012
8,486,061 Imaginary impedance process monitoring and intelligent shut-off 0 2012
8,795,266 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 0 2012
8,721,639 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 0 2012
8,956,350 Thermal feedback systems and methods of using the same 0 2013
 
ORATEC INTERVENTIONS, INC. (19)
* 5,785,705 RF method for controlled depth ablation of soft tissue 268 1995
6,482,204 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 40 1996
* 6,068,628 Apparatus for treating chondromalacia 188 1996
6,461,353 Orthopedic apparatus for controlled contraction of collagen tissue 8 1997
6,168,593 Electrode for electrosurgical coagulation of tissue 159 1998
* 6,135,999 Concave probe for arthroscopic surgery 151 1998
* 5,954,716 Method for modifying the length of a ligament 217 1998
* 6,007,533 Electrocauterizing tip for orthopedic shave devices 58 1998
* 6,004,320 Clip on electrocauterizing sheath for orthopedic shave devices 48 1998
6,283,960 Apparatus for delivery of energy to a surgical site 87 1998
6,214,001 Electrocauterizing tool for orthopedic shave devices 88 1998
6,176,857 Method and apparatus for applying thermal energy to tissue asymmetrically 110 1998
6,350,262 Method and apparatus for applying thermal energy to tissue asymetrically 121 2000
6,391,028 Probe with distally orientated concave curve for arthroscopic surgery 84 2000
6,645,203 Surgical instrument with off-axis electrode 26 2001
6,695,839 Method and apparatus for treatment of disrupted articular cartilage 39 2001
6,645,204 Intervertebral disc device employing flexible probe 2001
6,757,565 Electrosurgical instrument having a predetermined heat profile 25 2002
6,939,346 Method and apparatus for controlling a temperature-controlled probe 178 2002
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (75)
* 5,431,649 Method and apparatus for R-F ablation 492 1993
* 5,609,151 Method for R-F ablation 456 1994
* 5,876,398 Method and apparatus for R-F ablation 139 1995
* 5,725,524 Apparatus for R-F ablation 316 1996
* 5,913,854 Fluid cooled ablation catheter and method for making 125 1997
* 6,016,809 Method and apparatus for R-F ablation 117 1997
* 5,906,613 Method for R-F ablation 106 1997
* 6,409,722 Apparatus and method for creating, maintaining, and controlling a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 325 1999
* 6,736,810 Apparatus and method for creating, maintaining, and controlling a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 164 2001
6,537,272 Apparatus and method for creating, maintaining, and controlling a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 226 2001
7,967,816 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical instrument with shapeable electrode 6 2002
* 6,849,073 Apparatus and method for creating, maintaining, and controlling a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 273 2002
7,507,235 Method and system for organ positioning and stabilization 29 2002
7,294,143 Device and method for ablation of cardiac tissue 28 2003
7,118,566 Device and method for needle-less interstitial injection of fluid for ablation of cardiac tissue 26 2003
6,989,010 Ablation system and method of use 98 2003
7,497,857 Endocardial dispersive electrode for use with a monopolar RF ablation pen 1 2003
7,615,015 Focused ultrasound ablation devices having selectively actuatable emitting elements and methods of using the same 46 2003
7,083,620 Electrosurgical hemostat 182 2003
7,156,843 Irrigated focal ablation tip 25 2003
7,367,972 Ablation system 99 2003
7,347,858 Method and system for treatment of atrial tachyarrhythmias 6 2003
* 7,169,144 Apparatus and method for creating, maintaining, and controlling a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 126 2003
7,094,235 Method and apparatus for tissue ablation 38 2004
* 8,162,933 Vibration sensitive ablation device and method 8 2004
8,333,764 Device and method for determining tissue thickness and creating cardiac ablation lesions 15 2004
* 7,247,155 Apparatus and method for creating, maintaining, and controlling a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 147 2004
7,470,272 Device and method for ablating tissue 49 2004
6,949,098 Pen-type electrosurgical instrument 96 2004
7,322,974 TUNA device with integrated saline reservoir 61 2004
8,512,337 Method and system for treatment of atrial tachyarrhythmias 0 2004
7,250,048 Ablation system and method of use 81 2004
7,628,780 Devices and methods for interstitial injection of biologic agents into tissue 8 2004
7,364,578 System and method of performing an electrosurgical procedure 66 2004
7,963,963 Electrosurgical hemostat 73 2005
7,435,250 Method and apparatus for tissue ablation 14 2005
7,706,894 Heart wall ablation/mapping catheter and method 11 2005
7,706,882 Methods of using high intensity focused ultrasound to form an ablated tissue area 9 2005
7,758,576 Clamping ablation tool and method 2 2005
7,758,580 Compound bipolar ablation device and method 1 2005
7,678,108 Loop ablation apparatus and method 12 2005
7,566,334 Ablation device with jaws 49 2005
7,740,623 Devices and methods for interstitial injection of biologic agents into tissue 4 2005
7,309,325 Helical needle apparatus for creating a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 46 2005
7,818,039 Suction stabilized epicardial ablation devices 3 2005
* 8,911,438 Tuna device with integrated saline reservoir 0 2005
* 2008/0262,491 Tuna Device with Integrated Saline Reservoir 18 2005
7,156,845 Method and apparatus for creating a bi-polar virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 55 2005
7,166,105 Pen-type electrosurgical instrument 47 2005
7,678,111 Device and method for ablating tissue 24 2005
8,221,402 Method for guiding a medical device 9 2005
7,824,399 Ablation system and method of use 11 2006
7,250,051 Method and apparatus for tissue ablation 22 2006
7,975,703 Device and method for needle-less interstitial injection of fluid for ablation of cardiac tissue 2 2006
7,744,562 Devices and methods for interstitial injection of biologic agents into tissue 1 2006
8,414,573 Device and method for ablation of cardiac tissue 0 2006
7,422,588 Pen-type electrosurgical instrument 10 2006
8,663,245 Device for occlusion of a left atrial appendage 0 2007
7,959,626 Transmural ablation systems and methods 65 2007
8,262,649 Method and apparatus for tissue ablation 1 2007
8,221,415 Method and apparatus for tissue ablation 4 2007
7,699,805 Helical coil apparatus for ablation of tissue 7 2007
8,235,984 Tuna device with integrated saline reservoir 0 2007
7,794,460 Method of ablating tissue 5 2008
7,871,409 Endocardial dispersive electrode for use with a monopolar RF ablation pen 0 2009
8,821,488 Tissue lesion evaluation 0 2009
8,623,010 Cardiac mapping instrument with shapeable electrode 0 2009
7,875,028 Ablation device with jaws 2 2009
8,409,219 Method and system for placement of electrical lead inside heart 1 2009
8,926,635 Methods and devices for occlusion of an atrial appendage 0 2009
8,273,072 Devices and methods for interstitial injection of biologic agents into tissue 1 2009
8,172,837 Clamping ablation tool and method 0 2010
8,162,941 Ablation device with jaws 0 2010
8,706,260 Heart wall ablation/mapping catheter and method 0 2011
8,801,707 Method and devices for treating atrial fibrillation by mass ablation 0 2012
 
BIOSENSE WEBSTER, INC. (2)
6,602,242 Irrigated tip catheter 130 2000
6,458,123 Ablation catheter with positional sensor 39 2000
 
MEDTRONIC ABLATION FRONTIERS LLC (12)
8,617,152 Ablation system with feedback 0 2005
8,657,814 User interface for tissue ablation system 0 2006
7,850,685 Ablation catheter 43 2006
8,834,461 Low power tissue ablation system 0 2006
8,641,704 Ablation therapy system and method for treating continuous atrial fibrillation 0 2008
8,771,269 RF energy delivery system and method 0 2008
9,005,194 Atrial ablation catheter adapted for treatment of septal wall arrhythmogenic foci and method of use 0 2008
8,273,084 Atrial ablation catheter and method of use 1 2008
8,486,063 Ablation catheter 8 2008
* 8,556,891 Variable-output radiofrequency ablation power supply 0 2010
8,337,492 Ablation catheter 11 2010
8,979,841 Ablation catheter 0 2014
 
HADRONIC PRESS, INC. (1)
6,245,068 Resilient radiopaque electrophysiology electrodes and probes including the same 27 1999
 
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL (1)
6,312,426 Method and system for performing plate type radiofrequency ablation 56 1997
 
AVENT, INC. (8)
7,163,536 Determining connections of multiple energy sources and energy delivery devices 52 2004
8,882,755 Electrosurgical device for treatment of tissue 0 2005
8,043,287 Method of treating biological tissue 0 2005
* 7,799,021 Electrosurgical treatment in conjunction with monitoring 8 2005
8,096,957 Method for removing material from a patient's body 0 2006
8,361,063 System and method for controlling energy delivery 0 2007
8,518,036 Electrosurgical tissue treatment method 0 2007
8,343,146 Methods for control of energy delivery to multiple energy delivery devices 0 2008
 
MEDTRONIC CARDIORHYTHM (1)
* 5,584,830 Method and system for radiofrequency ablation of cardiac tissue 179 1994
 
CATHRX LTD (1)
* 6,346,104 System for simultaneous unipolar multi-electrode ablation 168 1998
 
E.P. Technologies Inc. (1)
* 5,810,802 Systems and methods for controlling tissue ablation using multiple temperature sensing elements 315 1997
 
ST. JUDE MEDICAL, ATRIAL FIBRILLATION DIVISION, INC. (24)
* 5,676,662 Ablation catheter 198 1995
6,264,654 Ablation catheter 83 1999
6,605,087 Ablation catheter 70 2001
7,235,070 Ablation fluid manifold for ablation catheter 79 2003
7,101,362 Steerable and shapable catheter employing fluid force 14 2003
7,819,866 Ablation catheter and electrode 17 2003
7,311,704 Spring-tip, flexible electrode catheter for tissue ablation 32 2004
7,087,053 Catheter with bifurcated, collapsible tip for sensing and ablating 89 2004
7,776,034 Ablation catheter with adjustable virtual electrode 15 2005
7,419,486 Treatment and diagnostic catheters with hydrogel electrodes 28 2005
7,819,868 Ablation catheter with fluid distribution structures 5 2005
7,879,030 Multipolar, virtual-electrode catheter with at least one surface electrode and method for ablation 4 2005
7,416,552 Multipolar, multi-lumen, virtual-electrode catheter with at least one surface electrode and method for ablation 25 2005
7,326,208 Ablation catheter having a virtual electrode comprising portholes and a porous conductor 18 2005
7,419,489 Ablation catheter assembly having a virtual electrode comprising portholes 32 2006
* 7,766,907 Ablation catheter with sensor array and discrimination circuit to minimize variation in power density 0 2006
8,128,620 Irrigated ablation electrode having proximal direction flow 4 2007
8,273,082 Irrigated ablation catheter assembly having a flow member to create parallel external flow 5 2007
8,221,409 Thermally insulated irrigation catheter assembly 4 2007
8,216,225 Irrigated ablation electrode assembly having a polygonal electrode 0 2007
8,118,809 Flexible conductive polymer electrode and method for ablation 7 2007
8,864,758 Catheter design that facilitates positioning at tissue to be diagnosed or treated 0 2008
8,012,152 Treatment and diagnostic catheters with hydrogel electrodes 0 2008
8,585,697 Irrigated ablation catheter assembly having a flow member to create parallel external flow 0 2012
 
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7,789,846 System and methods for selective thermal treatment 0 2005
7,704,220 Systems and methods for selective thermal treatment 0 2006
 
MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (1)
* 2011/0118,601 Ultrasound Guided Systems and Methods 0 2009
 
THE GENERAL HOSPITAL CORPORATION (1)
8,268,332 Method for dermatological treatment using chromophores 6 2005
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC. (20)
7,860,555 Tissue visualization and manipulation system 31 2005
7,930,016 Tissue closure system 3 2006
7,860,556 Tissue imaging and extraction systems 21 2006
7,918,787 Tissue visualization and manipulation systems 0 2007
8,050,746 Tissue visualization device and method variations 6 2007
8,137,333 Delivery of biological compounds to ischemic and/or infarcted tissue 14 2007
8,221,310 Tissue visualization device and method variations 9 2007
8,934,962 Electrophysiology mapping and visualization system 0 2007
8,758,229 Axial visualization systems 0 2007
8,131,350 Stabilization of visualization catheters 13 2007
8,078,266 Flow reduction hood systems 3 2008
8,657,805 Complex shape steerable tissue visualization and manipulation catheter 0 2008
8,709,008 Visual electrode ablation systems 0 2008
8,235,985 Visualization and ablation system variations 1 2008
8,858,609 Stent delivery under direct visualization 0 2009
8,333,012 Method of forming electrode placement and connection systems 3 2009
8,694,071 Image stabilization techniques and methods 0 2011
8,417,321 Flow reduction hood systems 1 2011
8,419,613 Tissue visualization device 1 2011
8,814,845 Delivery of biological compounds to ischemic and/or infarcted tissue 0 2012
 
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6,673,063 Epidural thermal posterior annuloplasty 71 2001
 
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* 6,557,559 Electrosurgical systems and methods with temperature control 102 1998
* 7,422,585 System for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 26 1999
7,505,812 Electrosurgical system for treating restenosis of body lumens 10 1999
7,572,251 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment 33 1999
7,678,069 System for electrosurgical tissue treatment in the presence of electrically conductive fluid 21 2000
7,442,191 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of turbinates 108 2001
* 7,270,661 Electrosurgical apparatus and methods for treatment and removal of tissue 101 2002
7,435,247 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment 88 2002
7,297,143 Temperature indicating electrosurgical apparatus and methods 71 2004
8,012,153 Rotary electrosurgical apparatus and methods thereof 3 2004
7,491,200 Method for treating obstructive sleep disorder includes removing tissue from base of tongue 35 2005
7,892,230 Electrosurgical device having planar vertical electrode and related methods 9 2005
7,632,267 Fuse-electrode electrosurgical apparatus 23 2005
7,691,101 Electrosurgical method and system for treating foot ulcer 35 2006
7,429,260 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction within the spine 53 2006
7,445,618 Methods for tissue ablation using pulsed energy 49 2007
7,862,560 Ablation apparatus having reduced nerve stimulation and related methods 21 2007
7,507,236 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 50 2007
8,114,071 Hard tissue ablation system 2 2007
7,988,689 Electrosurgical apparatus and methods for treatment and removal of tissue 5 2007
8,663,216 Instrument for electrosurgical tissue treatment 0 2007
8,192,424 Electrosurgical system with suction control apparatus, system and method 31 2008
8,747,400 Systems and methods for screen electrode securement 0 2008
7,819,863 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 8 2008
8,355,799 Systems and methods for limiting joint temperature 10 2008
8,574,187 System and method of an electrosurgical controller with output RF energy control 2 2009
8,876,746 Electrosurgical system and method for treating chronic wound tissue 0 2009
8,663,152 Electrosurgical method and system for treating foot ulcer 0 2009
8,663,153 Electrosurgical method and system for treating foot ulcer 0 2009
8,663,154 Electrosurgical method and system for treating foot ulcer 0 2009
8,636,685 Electrosurgical method and system for treating foot ulcer 0 2009
8,257,350 Method and system of an electrosurgical controller with wave-shaping 3 2009
8,323,279 System, method and apparatus for electrosurgical instrument with movable fluid delivery sheath 16 2009
8,372,067 Electrosurgery irrigation primer systems and methods 3 2009
8,747,399 Method and system of reduction of low frequency muscle stimulation during electrosurgical procedures 0 2010
8,696,659 Electrosurgical system and method having enhanced temperature measurement 0 2010
8,685,018 Electrosurgical wand and related method and system 0 2010
8,568,405 Electrosurgical wand and related method and system 2 2010
D658760 Wound care electrosurgical wand 11 2010
8,747,401 Systems and methods for turbinate reduction 1 2011
8,444,638 Hard tissue ablation system 0 2012
9,011,428 Electrosurgical device with internal digestor electrode 0 2012
8,870,866 Electrosurgical system with suction control apparatus, system and method 0 2012
* 2012/0215,221 ELECTROSURGICAL SYSTEM WITH SUCTION CONTROL APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD 10 2012
 
ZOLL CIRCULATION, INC. (82)
* 6,051,019 Selective organ hypothermia method and apparatus 156 1998
* 6,042,559 Insulated catheter for selective organ perfusion 175 1998
* 5,957,963 Selective organ hypothermia method and apparatus 209 1998
6,231,595 Circulating fluid hypothermia method and apparatus 127 1998
* 6,096,068 Selective organ cooling catheter and method of using the same 174 1998
6,261,312 Inflatable catheter for selective organ heating and cooling and method of using the same 119 1998
6,251,129 Method for low temperature thrombolysis and low temperature thrombolytic agent with selective organ temperature control 108 1998
6,251,130 Device for applications of selective organ cooling 149 1998
6,245,095 Method and apparatus for location and temperature specific drug action such as thrombolysis 116 1999
6,491,716 Method and device for applications of selective organ cooling 18 1999
6,238,428 Selective organ cooling apparatus and method employing turbulence-inducing element with curved terminations 99 1999
6,312,452 Selective organ cooling catheter with guidewire apparatus and temperature-monitoring device 107 1999
6,224,624 Selective organ cooling apparatus and method 123 1999
6,235,048 Selective organ hypothermia method and apparatus 111 1999
* 6,149,677 Circulating fluid hypothermia method 162 1999
6,325,818 Inflatable cooling apparatus for selective organ hypothermia 73 1999
6,491,039 Medical procedure 26 2000
6,471,717 Selective organ cooling apparatus and method 14 2000
6,464,716 Selective organ cooling apparatus and method 32 2000
6,582,455 Method and device for applications of selective organ cooling 21 2000
6,482,226 Selective organ hypothermia method and apparatus 16 2000
6,478,811 Method for low temperature thrombolysis and low temperature thrombolytic agent with selective organ temperature control 21 2000
6,468,296 Method for low temperature thrombolysis and low temperature thrombolytic agent with selective organ temperature control 28 2000
* 6,527,798 Method and apparatus for regional and whole body temperature modification 49 2000
6,576,002 Isolated selective organ cooling method and apparatus 19 2001
6,478,812 Method and device for applications of selective organ cooling 27 2001
6,475,231 Method and device for applications of selective organ cooling 24 2001
6,540,771 Inflatable catheter for selective organ heating and cooling and method of using the same 34 2001
* 6,533,804 Inflatable catheter for selective organ heating and cooling and method of using the same 26 2001
6,818,011 Circulating fluid hypothermia method and apparatus 8 2001
* 2001/0007,951 Circulating fluid hypothermia method and apparatus 7 2001
6,602,276 Method and device for performing cooling- or cryo-therapies for, e.g., angioplasty with reduced restenosis or pulmonary vein cell necrosis to inhibit atrial fibrillation 55 2001
6,551,349 Selective organ cooling apparatus 31 2001
6,692,488 Apparatus for cell necrosis 17 2001
6,558,412 Selective organ hypothermia method and apparatus 14 2001
6,676,688 Method of making selective organ cooling catheter 21 2001
6,599,312 Isolated selective organ cooling apparatus 20 2001
6,726,708 Therapeutic heating and cooling via temperature management of a colon-inserted balloon 34 2001
6,905,509 Selective organ cooling catheter with guidewire apparatus and temperature-monitoring device 12 2001
6,685,732 METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PERFORMING COOLING- OR CRYO-THERAPIES FOR, E.G., ANGIOPLASTY WITH REDUCED RESTENOSIS OR PULMONARY VEIN CELL NECROSIS TO INHIBIT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION EMPLOYING MICROPOROUS BALLOON 51 2001
6,719,779 Circulation set for temperature-controlled catheter and method of using the same 39 2001
6,585,752 Fever regulation method and apparatus 22 2001
6,576,001 Lumen design for catheter 36 2001
6,786,218 Medical procedure 8 2001
7,291,144 Method and device for performing cooling- or cryo-therapies for, e.g., angioplasty with reduced restenosis or pulmonary vein cell necrosis to inhibit atrial fibrillation 5 2002
6,660,028 Method for determining the effective thermal mass of a body or organ using a cooling catheter 19 2002
6,905,494 Method and device for performing cooling- or cryo-therapies for, e.g., angioplasty with reduced restenosis or pulmonary vein cell necrosis to inhibit atrial fibrillation employing tissue protection 34 2002
7,001,378 Method and device for performing cooling or cryo-therapies, for, e.g., angioplasty with reduced restenosis or pulmonary vein cell necrosis to inhibit atrial fibrillation employing tissue protection 32 2002
6,695,873 Inflatable catheter for selective organ heating and cooling and method of using the same 22 2002
6,676,689 Inflatable catheter for selective organ heating and cooling and method of using the same 22 2002
6,648,908 Inflatable catheter for selective organ heating and cooling and method of using the same 46 2002
6,755,850 Selective organ hypothermia method and apparatus 12 2002
6,702,842 Selective organ cooling apparatus and method 24 2002
6,869,440 Method and apparatus for patient temperature control employing administration of anti-shivering agents 6 2002
6,830,581 Method and device for patient temperature control employing optimized rewarming 3 2002
6,740,109 Isolated selective organ cooling method 17 2002
7,063,718 Selective organ hypothermia method and apparatus 8 2003
7,094,253 Fever regulation method and apparatus 0 2003
7,004,960 Circulation set for temperature-controlled catheter and method of using the same 8 2003
7,651,518 Inflatable catheter for selective organ heating and cooling and method of using the same 0 2003
7,052,508 Inflatable heat transfer apparatus 0 2003
7,211,105 Method for determining the effective thermal mass of a body or organ using a cooling catheter 0 2003
7,018,399 Method of making selective organ cooling catheter 5 2003
7,449,018 Method and device for performing cooling- or cryo-therapies for, e.g., angioplasty with reduced restenosis or pulmonary vein cell necrosis to inhibit atrial fibrillation employing microporous balloon 10 2004
7,300,453 System and method for inducing hypothermia with control and determination of catheter pressure 9 2004
7,066,948 Selective organ cooling apparatus and method 1 2004
7,491,223 Therapeutic heating and cooling via temperature management of a colon-inserted balloon 3 2004
7,189,254 Method and device for patient temperature control employing optimized rewarming 5 2004
7,371,254 Medical procedure 4 2004
7,351,254 Method and device for patient temperature control employing optimized rewarming 9 2004
7,422,600 Method and apparatus for patient temperature control employing administration of anti-shivering agents 7 2005
7,288,089 Method and device for performing cooling- or cryo-therapies for, e.g., angioplasty with reduced restenosis or pulmonary vein cell necrosis to inhibit atrial fibrillation employing tissue protection 17 2005
7,998,182 Selective organ cooling apparatus 0 2006
7,311,725 Patient temperature regulation method and apparatus 4 2006
7,766,949 Fever regulation method and apparatus 0 2006
8,157,794 Method and device for performing cooling-or cryo-therapies for, e.g., angioplasty with reduced restenosis or pulmonary vein cell necrosis to inhibit atrial fibrillation 2 2007
8,043,351 Method and device for performing cooling- or cryo-therapies for, e.g., angioplasty with reduced restenosis or pulmonary vein cell necrosis to inhibit atrial fibrillation employing tissue protection 3 2007
8,043,283 Method and device for performing cooling- or cryo-therapies for, e.g., angioplasty with reduced restenosis or pulmonary vein cell necrosis to inhibit atrial fibrillation 0 2007
8,163,000 Selective organ cooling catheter with guidewire apparatus and temperature-monitoring device 0 2007
7,951,183 Medical procedure 0 2008
8,968,378 Methods for preparing a heat exchange catheter system and for heating and/or cooling a subject's body 0 2012
* 8,740,959 Method and apparatus for modifying the temperature of a patient 0 2013
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK INC. (2)
8,505,545 Method of and device for introducing materials into a body 0 2012
8,740,897 Electrosurgical tissue treatment method and device 0 2013
 
Dorsal Med International (1)
* 5,514,130 RF apparatus for controlled depth ablation of soft tissue 577 1994
 
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (1)
* 7,781,195 Electroporation device 1 2004
 
CYNOSURE, INC. (1)
9,028,536 Picosecond laser apparatus and methods for its operation and use 0 2009
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