US Patent No: 7,651,494

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Fluid-assisted medical device

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The invention provides a medical device that includes a housing, a tubular member extending from the distal end of the housing, a first arm extending from the distal end of the tubular member, the first arm including a first electrode, a second arm extending from the distal end of the tubular member, the second arm including a second electrode and being disposed coaxially with the first arm, at least one solution infusion opening on each electrode, and a solution delivery channel for delivery of a conductive solution to the solution infusion openings. According to the invention, at least one of the first arm or the second arm is translationally moveable, and at least one of the first arm or the second arm is adapted to be coupled to a source of radiofrequency energy. The invention also provides a corresponding method for treating blood vessels or other tissues of the body.

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MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLCMINNEAPOLIS, MN50

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Luzzi, Robert Exeter, US 58 4314
McClurken, Michael E Durham, US 30 2360

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WILSON-COOK MEDICAL INC. (1)
2006/0178,699 Biopsy forceps 18 2006
 
XIAN BANBIANTIAN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT CO., LTD. (1)
2004/0176,760 Electrosurgical apparatus with cooling device 23 2003
 
CIRCON CORPORATION (1)
4,532,924 Multipolar electrosurgical device and method 622 1982
 
WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH FOUNDATION (1)
6,740,058 Surgical tool with integrated pressure and flow sensors 29 2001
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (23)
5,558,671 Impedance feedback monitor for electrosurgical instrument 735 1994
5,709,680 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 713 1994
5,688,270 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with recessed and/or offset electrodes 654 1995
5,599,350 Electrosurgical clamping device with coagulation feedback 452 1995
5,807,393 Surgical tissue treating device with locking mechanism 545 1995
5,755,717 Electrosurgical clamping device with improved coagulation feedback 558 1996
5,817,093 Impedance feedback monitor with query electrode for electrosurgical instrument 563 1996
5,810,811 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 792 1997
6,003,517 Method for using an electrosurgical device on lung tissue 409 1998
6,165,175 RF bipolar mesentery takedown device including improved bipolar end effector 244 1999
6,296,640 RF bipolar end effector for use in electrosurgical instruments 277 1999
6,251,110 Combined radio frequency and ultrasonic surgical device 92 1999
6,468,275 RF bipolar mesentery takedown device including improved bipolar end effector 313 2000
6,485,490 RF bipolar end effector for use in electrosurgical instruments 308 2001
6,929,644 Electrosurgical jaw structure for controlled energy delivery 496 2001
6,676,660 Feedback light apparatus and method for use with an electrosurgical instrument 485 2002
6,802,843 Electrosurgical working end with resistive gradient electrodes 486 2002
6,926,716 Electrosurgical instrument 553 2002
6,770,072 Electrosurgical jaw structure for controlled energy delivery 494 2002
7,074,219 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 127 2003
7,041,102 Electrosurgical working end with replaceable cartridges 505 2003
6,905,497 Jaw structure for electrosurgical instrument 407 2003
2004/0193,211 Fingertip surgical instruments 79 2004
 
OLYMPUS CORPORATION (2)
2004/0172,111 Electric surgery apparatus for supplying electric power suitable for subject tissue 14 2004
2005/0283,147 Surgical treatment device and surgical treatment system 14 2005
 
ETHICON, INC. (8)
5,403,312 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 1262 1993
5,405,344 Articulable socket joint assembly for an endoscopic instrument for surgical fastner track therefor 501 1993
6,740,084 Method and device to enhance RF electrode performance 41 2001
6,855,145 Self-wetting, dry-field bipolar electrodes for endoscopic surgery 21 2002
6,929,642 RF device for treating the uterus 72 2002
7,147,635 Bipolar electrosurgical snare 26 2004
6,964,274 Tubal sterilization device having expanding electrodes and method for performing sterilization using the same 28 2004
7,066,936 Surgical cutting and tissue vaporizing instrument 124 2004
 
LINA MEDICAL APS (1)
6,679,882 Electrosurgical device for coagulating and for making incisions, a method of severing blood vessels and a method of coagulating and for making incisions in or severing tissue 342 2000
 
The Regents of the University of California (1)
5,971,983 Tissue ablation device and method of use 506 1997
 
BRONCUS MEDICAL INC. (1)
5,957,919 Bleb reducer 139 1997
 
RIVERVEST VENTURES PARTNERS I LLC (1)
2006/0079,888 Device and method for ablating tissue 171 2005
 
SPIDER VEIN SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
7,125,406 Electrocautery instrument 15 2002
 
NEOMEDIX CORPORATION (1)
2007/0010,812 Electrosurgical devices and methods for selective cutting of tissue 27 2004
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
6,280,440 Cautery apparatus 30 1999
 
DEVICOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
6,083,237 Biopsy instrument with tissue penetrating spiral 178 1998
 
UTAH MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,395,363 Diathermy coagulation and ablation apparatus and method 193 1993
 
ASTHMATX, INC. (3)
6,299,633 Bronchial stenter 201 1998
6,283,988 Bronchial stenter having expandable electrodes 204 1999
6,283,989 Method of treating a bronchial tube with a bronchial stenter having diametrically adjustable electrodes 213 1999
 
CORDIS WEBSTER, INC. (4)
5,462,521 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 496 1993
5,643,197 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 362 1994
6,017,338 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 149 1995
6,171,275 Irrigated split tip electrode catheter 124 1998
 
2000 InjecTx, Inc. (2)
5,861,002 Endoscopic surgical instrument 153 1996
6,231,591 Method of localized fluid therapy 107 1998
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (4)
5,637,110 Electrocautery surgical tool with relatively pivoted tissue engaging jaws 284 1995
7,041,096 Electrosurgical generator apparatus 112 2002
2006/0235,377 Electrosurgical tool 34 2005
2006/0184,164 Electrosurgical Generator Apparatus 18 2006
 
NEW WORLD PAWDSIGN LTD (1)
6,032,077 Ablation catheter with electrical coupling via foam drenched with a conductive fluid 182 1997
 
NTERO SURGICAL, INC. (1)
6,775,575 System and method for reducing post-surgical complications 218 2002
 
Granite Advisory Services (1)
2006/0074,411 Biomedical dispersive electrode 46 2005
 
CARDIORHYTHM A CA CORPORATION (1)
5,573,533 Method and system for radiofrequency ablation of cardiac tissue 399 1992
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (2)
5,080,660 Electrosurgical electrode 581 1990
2005/0165,444 Tissue fusion/welder apparatus corporation 30 2004
 
PRIVASYS, INC. (1)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 35 2001
 
KAUFMAN, DAVID I. (1)
5,234,428 Disposable electrocautery/cutting instrument with integral continuous smoke evacuation 139 1991
 
BAYLIS MEDICAL COMPANY INC. (1)
2005/0177,209 Bipolar tissue treatment system 46 2005
 
ELLIQUENCE, LLC (2)
6,352,533 Electrosurgical handpiece for treating tissue 53 2000
2006/0217,700 Electrosurgical instrument with enhanced capability 48 2005
 
GYNECARE, INC. (1)
6,056,747 Apparatus and method for treatment of body tissues 87 1997
 
S.D.M.H. PTY. LTD. (3)
7,008,421 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 108 2003
2006/0142,757 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 21 2006
2006/0217,707 Thermal hemostasis and/or coagulation of tissue 23 2006
 
Richard Wolf GmbH (1)
4,985,030 Bipolar coagulation instrument 359 1990
 
ANGIODYNAMICS, INC. (11)
5,458,597 Device for treating cancer and non-malignant tumors and methods 480 1993
5,536,267 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 716 1994
5,599,346 RF treatment system 325 1994
5,683,384 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus 235 1995
5,935,123 RF treatment apparatus 105 1996
6,071,280 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 165 1997
6,471,698 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 128 1999
6,770,070 Lung treatment apparatus and method 358 2000
2005/0137,662 Tissue surface treatment apparatus and method 63 2005
2005/0203,503 Infusion array ablation apparatus 68 2005
2006/0241,577 Tissue biopsy and treatment apparatus and method 52 2006
 
NOVACEPT (1)
7,063,670 System and method for detecting perforations in a body cavity 68 2005
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,322,503 Endoscopic surgical instrument 150 1991
5,460,629 Electrosurgical device and method 334 1994
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (2)
5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 636 1995
2005/0187,599 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 20 2005
 
IRVINE BIOMEDICAL, INC. (7)
5,792,140 Catheter having cooled multiple-needle electrode 192 1997
5,843,152 Catheter system having a ball electrode 115 1997
5,989,248 Medical device and methods for treating tissues 41 1998
5,992,418 Catheter system having safety means and methods thereof 53 1998
5,913,856 Catheter system having a porous shaft and fluid irrigation capabilities 229 1998
6,226,554 Catheter system having a ball electrode and methods thereof 34 1998
6,217,576 Catheter probe for treating focal atrial fibrillation in pulmonary veins 298 1999
 
I.C. MEDICAL, INC. (4)
7,083,601 Automatic fluid control system for use in open and laparoscopic laser surgery and electrosurgery and method therefor 28 1998
6,702,812 Multifunctional telescopic monopolar/bipolar surgical device and method therefor 59 2001
7,112,199 Multifunctional telescopic monopolar/bipolar surgical device and method therefore 197 2004
2006/0276,783 MULTIFUNCTIONAL TELESCOPIC MONOPOLAR/BIPOLAR SURGICAL DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF 16 2006
 
MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC (20)
6,558,385 Fluid-assisted medical device 236 2000
6,702,810 Fluid delivery system and controller for electrosurgical devices 246 2001
6,689,131 Electrosurgical device having a tissue reduction sensor 247 2001
7,115,139 Fluid-assisted medical devices, fluid delivery systems and controllers for such devices, and methods 91 2001
6,953,461 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 324 2002
7,311,708 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 65 2002
2003/0114,850 Fluid-assisted medical device 30 2003
2004/0019,350 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 61 2003
2006/0116,675 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 169 2003
2006/0235,379 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical scissors and methods 30 2003
2004/0138,655 Fluid delivery system and controller for electrosurgical devices 16 2003
2004/0162,552 Electrosurgical device having a tissue reduction sensor 15 2004
2007/0016,182 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 157 2004
2005/0015,085 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 35 2004
2005/0010,212 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 36 2004
2005/0090,816 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 40 2004
2006/0149,225 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical devices, electrosurgical unit with pump and methods of use thereof 24 2005
2006/0100,619 Fluid-assisted medical device 65 2005
2006/0106,379 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 18 2005
2007/0049,920 Fluid-Assisted Medical Devices, Fluid Delivery Systems and Controllers for Such Devices, and Methods 37 2006
 
BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (1)
6,699,242 Methods and devices for intraosseous nerve ablation 42 2001
 
Endoscopic Concepts, Inc. (2)
6,371,956 Monopolar electrosurgical end effectors 119 1999
6,312,430 Bipolar electrosurgical end effectors 42 1999
 
NATIONAL PENN BANK (1)
2005/0085,809 Heat pipe for cautery surgical instrument 55 2004
 
PROJECT TROJAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION, LLC (1)
6,887,237 Method for treating tissue with a wet electrode and apparatus for using same 46 2002
 
Electrosurgery Associates, LLC (3)
6,921,398 Vibrating electrosurgical ablator 65 2002
6,921,399 High efficiency electrosurgery probe 36 2002
2006/0259,031 Electrosurgical ablation electrode with aspiration and method for using same 33 2006
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (26)
5,190,541 Surgical instrument and method 704 1990
5,348,554 Catheter for RF ablation with cooled electrode 882 1992
5,403,311 Electro-coagulation and ablation and other electrotherapeutic treatments of body tissue 1009 1993
5,697,927 Catheter for RF ablation with cooled electrode and apparatus for use therewith 422 1994
5,676,693 Electrophysiology device 505 1994
5,800,482 Apparatus and method for linear lesion ablation 428 1996
6,068,653 Electrophysiology catheter device 192 1996
5,919,191 Electro-surgical tissue removal 74 1997
5,860,974 Heart ablation catheter with expandable electrode and method of coupling energy to an electrode on a catheter shaft 670 1997
6,010,500 Telescoping apparatus and method for linear lesion ablation 197 1997
5,895,417 Deflectable loop design for a linear lesion ablation apparatus 356 1997
6,015,407 Combination linear ablation and cooled tip RF catheters 121 1998
6,212,426 Systems and methods for conducting electrophysiological testing using high-voltage energy pulses to stun tissue 144 1999
6,579,288 Fluid cooled apparatus for supporting diagnostic and therapeutic elements in contact with tissue 129 2000
6,942,661 Fluid cooled apparatus for supporting diagnostic and therapeutic elements in contact with tissue 77 2001
6,685,700 Method and system for heating solid tissue 130 2001
6,814,731 Methods for RF ablation using jet injection of conductive fluid 25 2002
7,087,051 Articulating radio frequency probe handle 171 2003
6,964,661 Endovenous ablation mechanism with feedback control 57 2003
7,101,387 Radio frequency ablation cooling shield 49 2003
2005/0080,410 Liquid infusion apparatus for radiofrequency tissue ablation 17 2003
2005/0070,888 Medical device systems and methods 20 2004
2006/0195,079 Wrap based lesion formation apparatus and methods configured to protect non-target tissue 14 2005
2006/0217,701 Ablation probe with heat sink 28 2005
2006/0129,185 Forceps for medical use 14 2005
2006/0271,036 RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATION COOLING SHIELD 36 2006
 
Dorsal Orthopedic Corporation (1)
5,458,596 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 744 1994
 
E.P. LIMITED (1)
6,328,735 Thermal ablation system 52 1998
 
GYRUS MEDICAL, INC. (11)
5,035,696 Electrosurgical instrument for conducting endoscopic retrograde sphincterotomy 482 1990
5,071,419 Percutaneous laparoscopic cholecystectomy instrument 113 1990
5,282,799 Bipolar electrosurgical scalpel with paired loop electrodes 444 1991
5,197,963 Electrosurgical instrument with extendable sheath for irrigation and aspiration 608 1991
5,342,359 Bipolar coagulation device 288 1993
5,573,424 Apparatus for interfacing a bipolar electrosurgical instrument to a monopolar generator 290 1995
5,891,141 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for cutting and sealing tubular tissue structures 277 1998
6,293,945 Electrosurgical instrument with suction capability 49 2000
6,808,525 Bipolar electrosurgical hook probe for cutting and coagulating tissue 416 2002
7,033,356 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for cutting desiccating and sealing tissue 373 2003
2006/0271,042 Cutting and coagulating electrosurgical forceps having cam controlled jaw closure 236 2005
 
GYRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (35)
5,647,869 Electrosurgical apparatus 670 1995
6,293,942 Electrosurgical generator method 505 1996
6,004,319 Electrosurgical instrument 467 1996
6,027,501 Electrosurgical instrument 435 1996
6,093,186 Electrosurgical generator and system 474 1997
6,416,509 Electrosurgical generator and system 449 1998
6,306,134 Electrosurgical generator and system 438 1998
6,174,308 Electrosurgical instrument 227 1999
6,558,379 Electrosurgical system 235 1999
6,336,926 Electrosurgical system 226 2000
6,780,180 Electrosurgical instrument 323 2000
6,482,202 Under water treatment 123 2001
6,758,846 Electrosurgical instrument and an electrosurgery system including such an instrument 333 2001
2002/0029,036 Electrosurgical generator and system 330 2001
6,893,435 Electrosurgical system 306 2001
6,923,803 Electrosurgical system and method 206 2002
6,827,725 Surgical instrument 212 2002
6,843,789 Electrosurgical system 323 2002
6,984,231 Electrosurgical system 314 2002
7,052,494 Surgical system and method 201 2002
6,929,641 Electrosurgical system 256 2003
6,966,907 Electrosurgical generator and system 417 2003
6,966,909 Surgical instrument 257 2003
2004/0078,037 Surgical instrument 183 2003
2004/0068,307 Surgical instrument 207 2003
7,001,380 Electrosurgical system and method 190 2004
2004/0181,219 Electrosurgical instrument and an electrosugery system including such an instrument 198 2004
7,147,637 Surgical instrument 216 2004
7,150,748 Bipolar coagulating instrument 196 2004
2005/0261,676 Surgical instrument 196 2004
2005/0261,677 Surgical instrument 183 2005
7,153,300 Electrosurgical system 240 2005
2006/0047,275 Electrical generator and system 183 2005
2006/0111,711 Surgical instrument 248 2005
2006/0264,929 Surgical system 186 2006
 
TARGET THERAPEUTICS, INC. (1)
6,048,333 Apparatus for treating aneurysms with a thermal source 58 1997
 
GYRUS ENT L.L.C. (5)
5,843,021 Cell necrosis apparatus 291 1997
6,682,501 Submucosal tonsillectomy apparatus and method 66 1999
2004/0243,163 Surgical instrument 189 2004
2006/0200,123 Surgical instrument and method 200 2006
2006/0264,927 Surgical instrument and method 185 2006
 
Clinicon Corporation (1)
6,974,452 Cutting and cauterizing surgical tools 35 2000
 
LIVNEH, STEVE (1)
2006/0259,070 FORCEPS FOR PERFORMING ENDOSCOPIC OR ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY 19 2006
 
REPRO-MED SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
6,926,706 Mechanical variable rate flow control for a constant pressure IV delivery system 19 2003
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (8)
5,584,872 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 456 1994
5,902,328 Electrophysiology energy treatment device and method of use 160 1996
6,221,039 Multi-function surgical instrument 197 1998
6,168,594 Electrophysiology RF energy treatment device 203 1999
6,923,805 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 112 2000
6,893,440 Electro-cautery catheter 21 2002
2005/0049,583 Systems and methods for RF ablation using jet injection of a conductive fluid 32 2004
2005/0288,661 Percutaneous pringle occlusion method and device 15 2005
 
VENTURE BANKING GROUP, A DIVISION OF CUPERTINO NATIONAL BANK (1)
6,056,744 Sphincter treatment apparatus 466 1998
 
VESSIX VASCULAR, INC. (1)
2006/0235,286 Tuned RF energy for selective treatment of atheroma and other target tissues and/or structures 86 2006
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (3)
5,797,960 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 666 1995
5,823,956 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 380 1996
5,855,614 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 476 1996
 
TSUNAMI MEDTECH, LLC (1)
2006/0224,154 Medical instrument and method of use 95 2006
 
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (1)
4,381,007 Multipolar corneal-shaping electrode with flexible removable skirt 501 1981
 
GRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (1)
2004/0030,333 Electrosurgical system and method 183 2003
 
PERFECT SURGICAL TECHNIQUES, INC. (1)
6,682,527 Method and system for heating tissue with a bipolar instrument 442 2001
 
IMPERIAL COLLEGE INNOVATIONS LIMITED (1)
6,694,984 Liver surgery 14 2002
 
INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES (IRELAND) LTD. (1)
4,931,047 Method and apparatus for providing enhanced tissue fragmentation and/or hemostasis 702 1987
 
ELLMAN INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
5,562,503 Bipolar adaptor for electrosurgical instrument 110 1994
 
SORIN GROUP USA, INC. (3)
6,740,102 Vessel harvesting retractor with bilateral electrosurgical ligation 41 2001
6,695,840 Electrosurgical instrument with a longitudinal element for conducting RF energy and moving a cutting element 251 2002
6,835,195 Surgical device for applying radio frequency energy to a portion of a captured vessel 24 2002
 
VASTECH MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC., A CORP. OF NJ (1)
4,920,982 Percutaneous vasectomy method 45 1988
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
2004/0162,572 Instrument for surgically cutting tissue and method of use 31 2003
 
EP Technologies, Inc. (13)
5,313,943 Catheters and methods for performing cardiac diagnosis and treatment 486 1992
5,383,874 Systems for identifying catheters and monitoring their use 550 1992
5,456,682 Electrode and associated systems using thermally insulated temperature sensing elements 360 1994
5,735,846 Systems and methods for ablating body tissue using predicted maximum tissue temperature 276 1995
5,575,810 Composite structures and methods for ablating tissue to form complex lesion patterns in the treatment of cardiac conditions and the like 341 1995
5,797,905 Flexible tissue ablation elements for making long lesions 186 1995
5,702,386 Non-linear control systems and methods for heating and ablating body tissue 233 1996
5,743,903 Cardiac ablation systems and methods using tissue temperature monitoring and control 275 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 172 1996
6,030,379 Systems and methods for seeking sub-surface temperature conditions during tissue ablation 62 1997
6,053,912 Systems and methods for sensing sub-surface temperatures in body tissue during ablation with actively cooled electrodes 217 1997
6,056,745 Systems and methods for obtaining desired lesion characteristics while ablating body tissue 179 1997
6,165,169 Systems and methods for identifying the physical, mechanical, and functional attributes of multiple electrode arrays 190 1999
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (2)
7,150,747 Electrosurgical cutter 43 2003
2004/0030,330 Electrosurgery systems 454 2003
 
COVIDIEN AG (23)
5,718,703 Method and apparatus for small needle electrocautery 83 1995
6,478,793 Ablation treatment of bone metastases 185 2000
6,458,130 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 381 2001
6,740,079 Electrosurgical generator 195 2001
6,796,981 Vessel sealing system 374 2002
6,743,229 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for sealing vessels 258 2002
6,960,210 Laparoscopic bipolar electrosurgical instrument 201 2002
6,682,528 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 470 2002
2004/0122,423 Vessel sealer and divider with non-conductive stop members 132 2003
2004/0143,263 Compressible jaw configuration with bipolar RF output electrodes for soft tissue fusion 227 2003
2004/0162,557 Vessel sealing instrument 160 2004
7,147,638 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces thermal damage to adjacent tissue 266 2004
2006/0264,931 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces thermal damage to adjacent tissue 148 2004
2005/0021,027 Tissue sealer with non-conductive variable stop members and method of sealing tissue 152 2004
2004/0249,374 Vessel sealing instrument 228 2004
2005/0015,086 Multi-port side-fire coagulator 30 2004
2005/0101,952 Vessel sealing wave jaw 179 2004
7,232,440 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 254 2004
2005/0203,504 Method and system for controlling output of RF medical generator 246 2005
2006/0064,085 Articulating bipolar electrosurgical instrument 179 2005
2006/0079,872 Devices for detecting heating under a patient return electrode 58 2005
2006/0178,667 Electrosurgical pencil with advanced es controls 72 2006
2006/0189,977 Electrosurgical electrode shroud 14 2006
 
Alto Development Corporation (1)
4,932,952 Antishock, anticlog suction coagulator 100 1988
 
STARION INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION (1)
6,821,273 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 407 2003
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
6,190,384 Endoscopic high-frequency treatment tool 109 1999
 
EVEREST MEDICAL CORPORATION (6)
4,976,711 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 770 1989
5,013,312 Bipolar scalpel for harvesting internal mammary artery 326 1990
5,125,928 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 667 1991
5,171,311 Percutaneous laparoscopic cholecystectomy instrument 249 1991
5,197,964 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 451 1991
5,290,286 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 541 1992
 
LAUFER, MICHAEL D., M.D. (1)
6,577,902 Device for shaping infarcted heart tissue and method of using the device 65 1999
 
SORING GMBH (1)
2006/0111,705 Device for destruction of tumor tissue 17 2005
 
PLASMA SURGICAL INVESTMENTS LIMITED (1)
7,361,175 Plasma surgical device 43 2003
 
Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (1)
5,417,672 Connector for coupling an ultrasound transducer to an ultrasound catheter 156 1993
 
MIKAMI, TAKESHI (1)
2006/0276,785 BIPOLAR FORCEPS 17 2006
 
ALLEGIANCE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION (1)
5,395,312 Surgical tool 589 1993
 
AUSLO RESEARCH LLC (1)
5,861,021 Microwave thermal therapy of cardiac tissue 270 1996
 
XOMED, INC. (3)
4,548,207 Disposable coagulator 280 1982
5,009,656 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 412 1989
5,925,045 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 101 1997
 
SURGINETICS INC. (3)
2006/0241,587 Multielectrode Electrosurgical Instrument 42 2006
2006/0241,588 Multielectrode Electrosurgical Blade 45 2006
2006/0241,589 Battery Powered Electrosurgical System 51 2006
 
NEUROTHERM, INC. (12)
5,980,504 Method for manipulating tissue of an intervertebral disc 322 1997
6,007,570 Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs 299 1997
6,073,051 Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy 375 1997
6,095,149 Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 285 1997
6,122,549 Apparatus for treating intervertebral discs with resistive energy 335 1997
6,126,682 Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 381 1998
6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 279 1998
6,290,715 Method for delivering energy adjacent the inner wall of an intervertebral disc 173 1999
6,258,086 Catheter for delivery of energy to a surgical site 196 1999
6,261,311 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral discs 238 1999
6,733,496 Intervertebral disc device employing flexible probe 171 2001
6,832,997 Electromagnetic energy delivery intervertebral disc treatment devices 38 2001
 
COVIDIEN LP (5)
6,033,398 Method and apparatus for treating venous insufficiency using directionally applied energy 206 1997
6,322,559 Electrode catheter having coil structure 432 1998
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 476 2003
2006/0025,766 Energy based partial circumferential hemorrhoid repair device 28 2005
2006/0189,979 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 35 2005
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (3)
6,238,387 Electrosurgical generator 221 1998
6,692,489 Electrosurgical mode conversion system 140 2000
6,695,837 Power supply for identification and control of electrical surgical tools 81 2002
 
PRORHYTHM, INC. (1)
2004/0078,034 Coagulator and spinal disk surgery 56 2003
 
Vioacare International, Inc. (1)
5,964,755 Thin layer ablation apparatus 192 1996
 
ENTEGRIS, INC. (1)
2004/0121,494 Infrared thermopile detector system for semiconductor process monitoring and control 1 2003
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
5,445,638 Bipolar coagulation and cutting forceps 555 1993
 
PAUZA, KEVIN (1)
2006/0095,075 Injection of fibrin sealant using reconstituted components in spinal applications 20 2005
 
AVENT, INC. (2)
2005/0159,797 Electrosurgical device with improved visibility 20 2005
2006/0106,376 Methods of treating the sacroilac region of a patient's body 19 2005
 
U.S. PATENT INNOVATIONS, LLC (3)
2005/0080,413 Surgical scissors with argon plasma coagulation capability 75 2004
2005/0107,786 Bipolar surgical forceps with argon plasma coagulation capability 19 2004
2006/0036,239 Combination argon plasma coagulation and electrocautery device and method 22 2005
 
APSARA MEDICAL CORPORATION (2)
2006/0030,912 System, method and apparatus for evaluating tissue temperature 19 2005
2006/0095,103 Aesthetic thermal sculpting of skin 33 2005
 
PLASMOGEN INC. (1)
2005/0256,519 Tissue resurfacing 20 2005
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, LLC (1)
2006/0167,451 Medical instrument including an end effector having a medical-treatment electrode 30 2005
 
INTACT MEDICAL CORPORATION (1)
7,041,101 Electrosurgical accessing of tissue with controlled collateral thermal phenomena 17 2003
 
ARKANSAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC. (1)
6,780,177 Conductive interstitial thermal therapy device 39 2002
 
STORZ ENDOSKOP GMBH (2)
6,814,714 Instrument that can be inserted into the human body 29 1997
6,864,686 High-frequency surgical device and operation monitoring device for a high-frequency surgical device 106 2002
 
ARTHROCARE CORPORATION (96)
4,998,933 Thermal angioplasty catheter and method 526 1988
5,681,282 Methods and apparatus for ablation of luminal tissues 666 1995
5,697,909 Methods and apparatus for surgical cutting 637 1995
5,697,281 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 532 1995
5,683,366 System and method for electrosurgical tissue canalization 510 1995
5,697,882 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 641 1995
6,024,733 System and method for epidermal tissue ablation 276 1995
5,902,272 Planar ablation probe and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 312 1996
5,810,764 Resecting loop electrode and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 468 1996
5,843,019 Shaped electrodes and methods for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 356 1996
5,697,536 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 523 1996
5,860,951 Systems and methods for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 255 1996
5,873,855 Systems and methods for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 297 1996
5,766,153 Methods and apparatus for surgical cutting 350 1996
5,888,198 Electrosurgical system for resection and ablation of tissue in electrically conductive fluids 342 1996
5,891,095 Electrosurgical treatment of tissue in electrically conductive fluid 380 1996
6,312,408 Electrosurgical probe for treating tissue in electrically conductive fluid 198 1996
5,871,469 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 342 1997
6,179,824 System and methods for electrosurgical restenosis of body lumens 213 1997
6,159,194 System and method for electrosurgical tissue contraction 309 1997
6,105,581 Electrosurgical systems and methods for treating the spine 194 1997
6,113,597 Electrosurgical systems and methods for urological and gynecological procedures 103 1997
6,210,402 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 276 1997
6,228,078 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 266 1997
6,109,268 Systems and methods for electrosurgical endoscopic sinus surgery 290 1997
6,032,674 Systems and methods for myocardial revascularization 181 1997
6,183,469 Electrosurgical systems and methods for the removal of pacemaker leads 243 1998
6,190,381 Methods for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 398 1998
6,277,112 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 238 1998
6,355,032 Systems and methods for selective electrosurgical treatment of body structures 296 1998
6,391,025 Electrosurgical scalpel and methods for tissue cutting 232 1998
6,063,079 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of turbinates 236 1998
6,142,992 Power supply for limiting power in electrosurgery 322 1998
6,235,020 Power supply and methods for fluid delivery in electrosurgery 356 1998
6,363,937 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of the digestive system 281 1998
6,047,700 Systems and methods for electrosurgical removal of calcified deposits 217 1998
6,053,172 Systems and methods for electrosurgical sinus surgery 258 1998
6,102,046 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue revascularization 244 1998
6,224,592 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 425 1998
6,045,532 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 192 1998
6,086,585 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of sleep obstructive disorders 201 1998
6,117,109 Systems and methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 205 1998
6,461,350 Systems and methods for electrosurgical-assisted lipectomy 157 1998
6,066,134 Method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 394 1998
6,179,836 Planar ablation probe for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 269 1998
6,296,638 Systems for tissue ablation and aspiration 263 1998
6,228,082 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of vascular disorders 152 1998
6,149,620 System and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in the presence of electrically conductive fluid 386 1999
6,159,208 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 194 1999
6,203,542 Method for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 208 1999
6,264,652 Electrosurgical systems for treating tissue 232 1999
6,309,387 Systems and methods for electrosurgical skin resurfacing 198 1999
6,461,354 Systems for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 91 1999
6,264,650 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 254 1999
6,283,961 Apparatus for electrosurgical spine surgery 416 1999
6,238,391 Systems for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 324 1999
6,254,600 Systems for tissue ablation and aspiration 218 1999
6,264,651 Method for electrosurgical spine surgery 213 1999
6,296,636 Power supply and methods for limiting power in electrosurgery 339 1999
6,322,549 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 209 2000
6,416,507 Method for treating articular cartilage defects 177 2000
6,416,508 Methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 254 2000
6,379,351 Electrosurgical method for the removal of pacemaker leads 207 2000
6,929,640 Methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction within the spine 186 2000
6,896,672 Methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 55 2000
6,432,103 System for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 205 2000
6,468,270 System and method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 152 2000
6,602,248 Methods for repairing damaged intervertebral discs 256 2000
7,070,596 Electrosurgical apparatus having a curved distal section 172 2000
6,468,274 Systems and methods for treating spinal pain 214 2000
6,726,684 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 160 2000
6,896,674 Electrosurgical apparatus having digestion electrode and methods related thereto 138 2000
6,464,695 Method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 105 2001
6,915,806 Method for harvesting graft vessel 116 2001
6,770,071 Bladed electrosurgical probe 224 2001
6,746,447 Methods for ablating tissue 131 2001
6,974,453 Dual mode electrosurgical clamping probe and related methods 196 2001
6,772,012 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of spinal tissue 177 2001
6,719,754 Methods for electrosurgical assisted lipectomy 87 2002
6,712,811 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 78 2002
7,004,941 Systems and methods for electrosurigical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 124 2002
6,949,096 Electrosurgical ablation and aspiration apparatus having flow directing feature and methods related thereto 179 2003
6,991,631 Electrosurgical probe having circular electrode array for ablating joint tissue and systems related thereto 186 2003
7,094,215 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction 135 2003
7,104,986 Intervertebral disc replacement method 125 2003
6,960,204 Electrosurgical method using laterally arranged active electrode 130 2003
2004/0215,184 System for electrosurgical tissue contraction 20 2003
2004/0230,190 Electrosurgical apparatus and methods for tissue treatment and removal 180 2004
2006/0178,670 Rotary electrosurgical apparatus and methods thereof 139 2004
2005/0251,134 Apparatus and methods for electrosurgical ablation and resection of target tissue 96 2005
2006/0259,025 Conductive fluid bridge electrosurgical apparatus 119 2005
2006/0036,237 Devices and methods for selective orientation of electrosurgical devices 99 2005
2005/0288,665 Electrosurgical device having planar vertical electrode and related methods 149 2005
2006/0064,101 Bone access system 145 2005
2006/0095,031 Selectively controlled active electrodes for electrosurgical probe 138 2005
7,169,143 Methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in electrically conductive fluid 110 2005
 
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6,019,757 Endoluminal electro-occlusion detection apparatus and method 154 1995
 
JTC TRUSTEES LIMITED (1)
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SPINECO, INC. (1)
2004/0034,340 Smart dissector 23 2003
 
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SPINE WAVE, INC. (1)
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COVIDIEN AG (23)
7,951,150 Vessel sealer and divider with rotating sealer and cutter 59 2010
8,668,689 In-line vessel sealer and divider 1 2010
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8,679,114 Incorporating rapid cooling in tissue fusion heating processes 1 2010
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8,257,352 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 23 2010
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8,945,125 Compressible jaw configuration with bipolar RF output electrodes for soft tissue fusion 1 2010
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8,641,713 Flexible endoscopic catheter with ligasure 5 2010
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8,361,072 Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps 8 2010
8,394,095 Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps 3 2011
8,147,489 Open vessel sealing instrument 20 2011
8,197,633 Method for manufacturing an end effector assembly 10 2011
8,551,091 Vessel sealing instrument with electrical cutting mechanism 2 2011
8,394,096 Open vessel sealing instrument with cutting mechanism 7 2011
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8,597,296 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 1 2012
8,591,506 Vessel sealing system 58 2012
9,463,067 Vessel sealing system 0 2013
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8,740,898 Surgical forceps 5 2010
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9,113,898 Apparatus, system, and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 0 2011
8,898,888 System for manufacturing electrosurgical seal plates 6 2012
8,852,228 Apparatus, system, and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 2 2012
9,113,940 Trigger lockout and kickback mechanism for surgical instruments 5 2012
8,568,444 Method of transferring rotational motion in an articulating surgical instrument 3 2012
9,028,493 In vivo attachable and detachable end effector assembly and laparoscopic surgical instrument and methods therefor 0 2012
8,454,602 Apparatus, system, and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 13 2012
8,523,898 Endoscopic electrosurgical jaws with offset knife 13 2012
8,858,554 Apparatus, system, and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure 2 2013
9,364,247 Endoscopic electrosurgical jaws with offset knife 0 2013
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9,254,168 Electro-thermotherapy of tissue using penetrating microelectrode array 0 2010
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9,138,289 Electrode sheath for electrosurgical device 1 2010
8,906,012 Electrosurgical devices with wire electrode 4 2010
9,345,541 Cartridge assembly for electrosurgical devices, electrosurgical unit and methods of use thereof 0 2010
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9,023,040 Electrosurgical cutting devices 0 2010
9,427,281 Bronchoscope-compatible catheter provided with electrosurgical device 0 2011
8,870,864 Single instrument electrosurgery apparatus and its method of use 0 2011
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9,131,980 Electrosurgical devices 1 2011
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9,226,792 Debridement device and method 0 2013
9,333,027 Method of producing an electrosurgical device 0 2013
9,486,283 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical device 0 2013
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