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, MN31

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Luzzi, Robert Boulder, CO 73 2878
McClurken, Michael E Durham, NH 48 1345

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6,024,733 System and method for epidermal tissue ablation 194 1995
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5,843,019 Shaped electrodes and methods for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 284 1996
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5,860,951 Systems and methods for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 208 1996
5,873,855 Systems and methods for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 236 1996
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5,871,469 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 285 1997
6,179,824 System and methods for electrosurgical restenosis of body lumens 172 1997
6,159,194 System and method for electrosurgical tissue contraction 247 1997
6,105,581 Electrosurgical systems and methods for treating the spine 156 1997
6,113,597 Electrosurgical systems and methods for urological and gynecological procedures 75 1997
6,210,402 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 198 1997
6,228,078 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 205 1997
6,109,268 Systems and methods for electrosurgical endoscopic sinus surgery 206 1997
6,032,674 Systems and methods for myocardial revascularization 138 1997
6,183,469 Electrosurgical systems and methods for the removal of pacemaker leads 193 1998
6,190,381 Methods for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 296 1998
6,277,112 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 190 1998
6,355,032 Systems and methods for selective electrosurgical treatment of body structures 234 1998
6,391,025 Electrosurgical scalpel and methods for tissue cutting 185 1998
6,063,079 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of turbinates 168 1998
6,142,992 Power supply for limiting power in electrosurgery 255 1998
6,235,020 Power supply and methods for fluid delivery in electrosurgery 284 1998
6,363,937 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of the digestive system 219 1998
6,047,700 Systems and methods for electrosurgical removal of calcified deposits 169 1998
6,053,172 Systems and methods for electrosurgical sinus surgery 164 1998
6,102,046 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue revascularization 196 1998
6,224,592 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 295 1998
6,045,532 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 145 1998
6,086,585 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of sleep obstructive disorders 117 1998
6,117,109 Systems and methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 172 1998
6,461,350 Systems and methods for electrosurgical-assisted lipectomy 101 1998
6,066,134 Method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 259 1998
6,179,836 Planar ablation probe for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 225 1998
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6,228,082 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of vascular disorders 114 1998
6,149,620 System and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in the presence of electrically conductive fluid 256 1999
6,159,208 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 159 1999
6,203,542 Method for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 170 1999
6,264,652 Electrosurgical systems for treating tissue 187 1999
6,309,387 Systems and methods for electrosurgical skin resurfacing 150 1999
6,461,354 Systems for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 62 1999
6,264,650 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 199 1999
6,283,961 Apparatus for electrosurgical spine surgery 336 1999
6,238,391 Systems for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 238 1999
6,254,600 Systems for tissue ablation and aspiration 173 1999
6,264,651 Method for electrosurgical spine surgery 147 1999
6,296,636 Power supply and methods for limiting power in electrosurgery 273 1999
6,322,549 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 173 2000
6,416,507 Method for treating articular cartilage defects 145 2000
6,416,508 Methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 203 2000
6,379,351 Electrosurgical method for the removal of pacemaker leads 161 2000
6,929,640 Methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction within the spine 145 2000
6,896,672 Methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 36 2000
6,432,103 System for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 165 2000
6,468,270 System and method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 114 2000
6,602,248 Methods for repairing damaged intervertebral discs 190 2000
7,070,596 Electrosurgical apparatus having a curved distal section 134 2000
6,468,274 Systems and methods for treating spinal pain 153 2000
6,726,684 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 103 2000
6,896,674 Electrosurgical apparatus having digestion electrode and methods related thereto 79 2000
6,464,695 Method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 77 2001
6,915,806 Method for harvesting graft vessel 40 2001
6,770,071 Bladed electrosurgical probe 149 2001
6,746,447 Methods for ablating tissue 84 2001
6,974,453 Dual mode electrosurgical clamping probe and related methods 149 2001
6,772,012 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of spinal tissue 124 2001
6,719,754 Methods for electrosurgical assisted lipectomy 51 2002
6,712,811 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 60 2002
7,004,941 Systems and methods for electrosurigical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 99 2002
6,949,096 Electrosurgical ablation and aspiration apparatus having flow directing feature and methods related thereto 126 2003
6,991,631 Electrosurgical probe having circular electrode array for ablating joint tissue and systems related thereto 135 2003
7,094,215 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction 114 2003
7,104,986 Intervertebral disc replacement method 97 2003
6,960,204 Electrosurgical method using laterally arranged active electrode 103 2003
2004/0215,184 System for electrosurgical tissue contraction 20 2003
2004/0230,190 Electrosurgical apparatus and methods for tissue treatment and removal 124 2004
2006/0178,670 Rotary electrosurgical apparatus and methods thereof 108 2004
2005/0251,134 Apparatus and methods for electrosurgical ablation and resection of target tissue 81 2005
2006/0259,025 Conductive fluid bridge electrosurgical apparatus 98 2005
2006/0036,237 Devices and methods for selective orientation of electrosurgical devices 81 2005
2005/0288,665 Electrosurgical device having planar vertical electrode and related methods 116 2005
2006/0064,101 Bone access system 104 2005
2006/0095,031 Selectively controlled active electrodes for electrosurgical probe 104 2005
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MEDTRONIC, INC. (62)
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6,096,037 Tissue sealing electrosurgery device and methods of sealing tissue 357 1997
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6,018,676 Ultrasound biopsy needle 42 1998
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6,537,248 Helical needle apparatus for creating a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 104 1999
6,328,736 Fluid-assisted electrocautery device 97 2000
6,488,680 Variable length electrodes for delivery of irrigated ablation 134 2000
6,358,248 Ball point fluid-assisted electrocautery device 138 2000
6,443,952 Tissue sealing electrosurgery device and methods of sealing tissue 254 2000
6,493,589 Methods and apparatus for treatment of pulmonary conditions 158 2000
2001/0039,419 Vibration sensitive ablation device and method 144 2001
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6,475,216 Fluid-assisted electrocautery method 76 2001
6,623,515 Straight needle apparatus for creating a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 38 2001
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6,610,060 Tissue sealing electrosurgery device and methods of sealing tissue 105 2002
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2004/0215,181 Delivery of fluid during transurethral prostate treatment 32 2003
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2005/0245,923 Biopolar virtual electrode for transurethral needle ablation 31 2004
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6,949,098 Pen-type electrosurgical instrument 88 2004
7,322,974 TUNA device with integrated saline reservoir 50 2004
2005/0015,130 Brain electrode 43 2004
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7,309,325 Helical needle apparatus for creating a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 37 2005
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6,929,641 Electrosurgical system 132 2003
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7,101,387 Radio frequency ablation cooling shield 34 2003
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MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC (20)
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6,506,189 Cool-tip electrode thermosurgery system 295 2000
6,575,969 Cool-tip radiofrequency thermosurgery electrode system for tumor ablation 396 2000
6,755,825 Electrosurgical device having a dielectric seal 73 2001
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6,740,084 Method and device to enhance RF electrode performance 33 2001
6,855,145 Self-wetting, dry-field bipolar electrodes for endoscopic surgery 18 2002
6,929,642 RF device for treating the uterus 52 2002
7,147,635 Bipolar electrosurgical snare 20 2004
6,964,274 Tubal sterilization device having expanding electrodes and method for performing sterilization using the same 25 2004
7,066,936 Surgical cutting and tissue vaporizing instrument 75 2004
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (8)
5,584,872 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 366 1994
5,902,328 Electrophysiology energy treatment device and method of use 89 1996
6,221,039 Multi-function surgical instrument 161 1998
6,168,594 Electrophysiology RF energy treatment device 128 1999
6,923,805 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 47 2000
6,893,440 Electro-cautery catheter 18 2002
2005/0049,583 Systems and methods for RF ablation using jet injection of a conductive fluid 28 2004
2005/0288,661 Percutaneous pringle occlusion method and device 14 2005
 
IRVINE BIOMEDICAL, INC. (7)
5,792,140 Catheter having cooled multiple-needle electrode 157 1997
5,843,152 Catheter system having a ball electrode 82 1997
5,989,248 Medical device and methods for treating tissues 23 1998
5,992,418 Catheter system having safety means and methods thereof 46 1998
5,913,856 Catheter system having a porous shaft and fluid irrigation capabilities 188 1998
6,226,554 Catheter system having a ball electrode and methods thereof 28 1998
6,217,576 Catheter probe for treating focal atrial fibrillation in pulmonary veins 181 1999
 
MEDERI THERAPEUTICS, INC. (7)
6,740,082 Surgical instruments for treating gastro-esophageal reflux 74 1998
6,409,723 Treating body tissue by applying energy and substances 111 1999
6,258,087 Expandable electrode assemblies for forming lesions to treat dysfunction in sphincters and adjoining tissue regions 258 1999
6,827,713 Systems and methods for monitoring and controlling use of medical devices 40 2001
6,689,129 RF electrode array for low-rate collagen shrinkage in capsular shift procedures and methods of use 17 2002
6,712,074 Systems and methods for forming composite lesions to treat dysfunction in sphincters and adjoining tissue regions 71 2002
7,008,419 Surgical instruments and techniques for treating gastro-esophageal reflux disease 32 2004
 
BIOSENSE WEBSTER, INC. (6)
6,458,123 Ablation catheter with positional sensor 28 2000
6,669,692 Ablation catheter with cooled linear electrode 57 2000
6,986,769 Ablation catheter with cooled linear electrode 45 2003
2004/0143,257 Irrigation probe for ablation during open heart surgery 23 2003
2004/0143,258 Irrigation probe for ablation during open heart surgery 16 2003
2004/0210,213 Irrigation probe for ablation during open heart surgery 16 2003
 
EVEREST MEDICAL CORPORATION (6)
4,976,711 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 584 1989
5,013,312 Bipolar scalpel for harvesting internal mammary artery 304 1990
5,125,928 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 522 1991
5,171,311 Percutaneous laparoscopic cholecystectomy instrument 224 1991
5,197,964 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 389 1991
5,290,286 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 469 1992
 
COVIDIEN LP (5)
6,033,398 Method and apparatus for treating venous insufficiency using directionally applied energy 150 1997
6,322,559 Electrode catheter having coil structure 207 1998
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 243 2003
2006/0025,766 Energy based partial circumferential hemorrhoid repair device 23 2005
2006/0189,979 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 28 2005
 
CYTYC SURGICAL PRODUCTS (5)
6,813,520 Method for ablating and/or coagulating tissue using moisture transport 74 1998
6,508,815 Radio-frequency generator for powering an ablation device 229 1999
7,074,217 Radio-frequency generator for powering an ablation device 81 2002
2005/0085,880 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 23 2004
7,063,670 System and method for detecting perforations in a body cavity 24 2005
 
ELLMAN INTERNATIONAL, INC. (5)
5,562,503 Bipolar adaptor for electrosurgical instrument 89 1994
6,712,813 RF probe for electrosurgical instrument 116 2001
7,070,604 RF electrosurgically-activated cutter 15 2002
6,802,842 Electrosurgical tonsilar and adenoid electrode 89 2003
6,926,717 Electrosurgical breast electrode 14 2003
 
GYRUS ENT L.L.C. (5)
5,843,021 Cell necrosis apparatus 141 1997
6,682,501 Submucosal tonsillectomy apparatus and method 35 1999
2004/0243,163 Surgical instrument 75 2004
2006/0200,123 Surgical instrument and method 82 2006
2006/0264,927 Surgical instrument and method 71 2006
 
SUTTER MEDIZINTECHNIK GMBH (5)
5,746,739 Bipolar coagulation forceps with rinsing tube 28 1995
6,932,815 Coagulation clamp 14 2003
2005/0209,591 Bipolar coagulation electrode 14 2004
2005/0222,602 Bipolar coagulation electrodes 15 2005
2005/0222,611 Bipolar double-hinged instrument 14 2005
 
American Cardiac Ablation Co., Inc. (4)
5,334,193 Fluid cooled ablation catheter 820 1992
5,342,357 Fluid cooled electrosurgical cauterization system 562 1992
5,437,662 Fluid cooled electrosurgical cauterization system 322 1994
5,383,876 Fluid cooled electrosurgical probe for cutting and cauterizing tissue 615 1994
 
CELON AG MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS (4)
6,723,094 Electrode assembly for a surgical instrument provided for carrying out an electrothermal coagulation of tissue 48 2001
2004/0116,923 Electrode arrangement for surgical instrument 19 2003
2004/0078,038 Device for the electrothermal treatment of the human or animal body 27 2003
2008/0071,270 Bipolare Koagulationselektrode 16 2005
 
CONMED CORPORATION (4)
5,605,539 Self-introducing infusion catheter 56 1994
5,810,805 Bipolar surgical devices and surgical methods 161 1996
7,001,382 Electrosurgical coagulating and cutting instrument 36 2002
2007/0000,501 Surgical procedure supplemental accessory controller and method utilizing turn-on and turn-off time delays 15 2005
 
CORDIS WEBSTER, INC. (4)
5,462,521 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 425 1993
5,643,197 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 312 1994
6,017,338 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 130 1995
6,171,275 Irrigated split tip electrode catheter 94 1998
 
United States Surgical Corporation (4)
5,490,819 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 108 1994
5,766,167 Monopolar electrosurgical Instruments 89 1995
6,402,742 Controller for thermal treatment of tissue 128 2000
6,526,320 Apparatus for thermal treatment of tissue 125 2001
 
VERATHON INC. (4)
6,081,749 Noninvasive devices, methods, and systems for shrinking of tissues 87 1997
6,091,995 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues 142 1997
6,772,013 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues 38 1999
6,836,688 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues 65 2001
 
ASTHMATX, INC. (3)
6,299,633 Bronchial stenter 148 1998
6,283,988 Bronchial stenter having expandable electrodes 143 1999
6,283,989 Method of treating a bronchial tube with a bronchial stenter having diametrically adjustable electrodes 156 1999
 
ATRICURE, INC. (3)
5,951,549 Bipolar electrosurgical scissors 313 1996
6,113,596 Combination monopolar-bipolar electrosurgical instrument system, instrument and cable 328 1997
6,517,536 Transmural ablation device and method 187 2001
 
ELECTROSURGERY ASSOCIATES, LLC (3)
6,921,398 Vibrating electrosurgical ablator 46 2002
6,921,399 High efficiency electrosurgery probe 31 2002
2006/0259,031 Electrosurgical ablation electrode with aspiration and method for using same 24 2006
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (3)
5,797,960 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 536 1995
5,823,956 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 301 1996
5,855,614 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 382 1996
 
HEMOSTATIC SURGERY CORPORATION (3)
5,472,443 Electrosurgical apparatus employing constant voltage and methods of use 402 1994
5,633,578 Electrosurgical generator adaptors 192 1994
5,693,045 Electrosurgical generator cable 79 1995
 
HYDROCISION, INC. (3)
6,451,017 Surgical instruments with integrated electrocautery 56 2000
6,899,712 Surgical instruments with integrated electrocautery 52 2002
2005/0283,150 Surgical instruments with integrated electrocautery 39 2005
 
I.C. MEDICAL, INC. (3)
7,083,601 Automatic fluid control system for use in open and laparoscopic laser surgery and electrosurgery and method therefor 22 1998
6,702,812 Multifunctional telescopic monopolar/bipolar surgical device and method therefor 47 2001
2006/0276,783 MULTIFUNCTIONAL TELESCOPIC MONOPOLAR/BIPOLAR SURGICAL DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF 14 2006
 
KARL STORZ GMBH & CO. KG (3)
5,749,869 High-frequency surgical generator for cutting tissue 245 1995
5,868,739 System for cutting biological tissue 98 1995
2005/0267,469 Bipolar medical instrument and electrosurgical system comprising such an instrument 19 2005
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (3)
6,238,387 Electrosurgical generator 137 1998
6,692,489 Electrosurgical mode conversion system 113 2000
6,695,837 Power supply for identification and control of electrical surgical tools 67 2002
 
S.D.M.H. PTY. LTD. (3)
7,008,421 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 87 2003
2006/0142,757 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 17 2006
2006/0217,707 Thermal hemostasis and/or coagulation of tissue 19 2006
 
SORIN GROUP USA, INC. (3)
6,740,102 Vessel harvesting retractor with bilateral electrosurgical ligation 35 2001
6,695,840 Electrosurgical instrument with a longitudinal element for conducting RF energy and moving a cutting element 192 2002
6,835,195 Surgical device for applying radio frequency energy to a portion of a captured vessel 19 2002
 
SURGINETICS INC. (3)
2006/0241,587 Multielectrode Electrosurgical Instrument 29 2006
2006/0241,588 Multielectrode Electrosurgical Blade 32 2006
2006/0241,589 Battery Powered Electrosurgical System 36 2006
 
THERMAL CORP. (3)
6,800,077 Heat pipe for cautery surgical instrument 18 2002
6,905,499 Heat pipe for cautery surgical Instrument 15 2002
2006/0004,356 Cooling Element for electrosurgery 16 2005
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (3)
5,433,708 Method and device for thermal ablation having improved heat transfer 378 1993
5,542,928 Method and device for thermal ablation having improved heat transfer 282 1994
5,653,692 Method and system for direct heating of fluid solution in a hollow body organ 206 1995
 
U.S. PATENT INNOVATIONS LLC (3)
2005/0080,413 Surgical scissors with argon plasma coagulation capability 54 2004
2005/0107,786 Bipolar surgical forceps with argon plasma coagulation capability 15 2004
2006/0036,239 Combination argon plasma coagulation and electrocautery device and method 17 2005
 
XOMED, INC. (3)
4,548,207 Disposable coagulator 258 1982
5,009,656 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 387 1989
5,925,045 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 78 1997
 
2000 INJECTX, INC. (2)
5,861,002 Endoscopic surgical instrument 123 1996
6,231,591 Method of localized fluid therapy 76 1998
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (2)
5,080,660 Electrosurgical electrode 499 1990
2005/0165,444 Tissue fusion/welder apparatus corporation 21 2004
 
APSARA MEDICAL CORPORATION (2)
2006/0030,912 System, method and apparatus for evaluating tissue temperature 18 2005
2006/0095,103 Aesthetic thermal sculpting of skin 28 2005
 
BARRX MEDICAL, INC. (2)
2004/0215,235 Methods and systems for determining physiologic characteristics for treatment of the esophagus 44 2004
2004/0215,296 System and method for treating abnormal epithelium in an esophagus 57 2004
 
BIOSENSE, INC. (2)
5,718,241 Apparatus and method for treating cardiac arrhythmias with no discrete target 333 1995
6,266,551 Catheter calibration and usage monitoring system 160 1999
 
CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC. (2)
6,666,862 Radio frequency ablation system and method linking energy delivery with fluid flow 29 2001
2003/0204,185 System and method for monitoring use of disposable catheters 36 2002
 
CODMAN & SHURTLEFF, INC. (2)
6,929,645 Electro-surgical bipolar forceps 15 2003
6,860,882 Electro-surgical bipolar forceps 18 2003
 
ELLIQUENCE, LLC (2)
6,352,533 Electrosurgical handpiece for treating tissue 40 2000
2006/0217,700 Electrosurgical instrument with enhanced capability 34 2005
 
ENDOSCOPIC CONCEPTS, INC. (ECI) (2)
6,371,956 Monopolar electrosurgical end effectors 77 1999
6,312,430 Bipolar electrosurgical end effectors 34 1999
 
ENERGY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF (2)
4,326,529 Corneal-shaping electrode 400 1979
4,381,007 Multipolar corneal-shaping electrode with flexible removable skirt 418 1981
 
Envision Surgical Systems, Inc. (2)
5,401,272 Multimodality probe with extendable bipolar electrodes 287 1994
5,441,498 Method of using a multimodality probe with extendable bipolar electrodes 66 1994
 
ERBE ELEKTROMEDIZIN GMBH (2)
6,210,410 Coagulation device for coagulating biological tissues 23 1999
7,166,106 Bipolar clamp 38 2002
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,322,503 Endoscopic surgical instrument 134 1991
5,460,629 Electrosurgical device and method 268 1994
 
INTACT MEDICAL CORPORATION (2)
6,740,079 Electrosurgical generator 140 2001
7,041,101 Electrosurgical accessing of tissue with controlled collateral thermal phenomena 17 2003
 
INTEGRA ME GMBH (2)
5,976,128 Electrosurgical high frequency generator 148 1997
6,210,411 High frequency surgical instrument with a fluid infeed passage 39 1999
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC. (2)
5,891,142 Electrosurgical forceps 319 1997
6,086,586 Bipolar tissue grasping apparatus and tissue welding method 338 1998
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK INC. (2)
2005/0159,797 Electrosurgical device with improved visibility 17 2005
2006/0106,376 Methods of treating the sacroilac region of a patient's body 19 2005
 
LINVATEC CORPORATION (2)
4,943,290 Electrolyte purging electrode tip 409 1989
7,150,746 Electrosurgical ablator with integrated aspirator lumen and method of making same 19 2004
 
Medical Scientific, Inc. (2)
5,713,896 Impedance feedback electrosurgical system 310 1995
6,174,309 Seal & cut electrosurgical instrument 451 1999
 
MEDTRONIC VIDAMED, INC. (2)
6,887,237 Method for treating tissue with a wet electrode and apparatus for using same 33 2002
2005/0085,804 Method for treating tissue with a wet electrode and apparatus for using same 53 2004
 
MEGADYNE MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (2)
6,685,704 Utilization of an active catalyst in a surface coating of an electrosurgical instrument 65 2002
6,951,559 Utilization of a hybrid material in a surface coating of an electrosurgical instrument 43 2002
 
NOVASYS MEDICAL, INC. (2)
6,425,877 Treatment of tissue in the digestive circulatory respiratory urinary and reproductive systems 125 1999
6,743,197 Treatment of discrete tissues in respiratory, urinary, circulatory, reproductive and digestive systems 61 1999
 
NUSURG MEDICAL, INC. (2)
5,217,460 Multiple purpose forceps 410 1991
5,300,087 Multiple purpose forceps 285 1993
 
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
 
SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
2005/0059,966 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 24 2004
2005/0033,278 Fluid assisted medical devices, fluid delivery systems and controllers for such devices, and methods 232 2004
 
SEEDLING ENTERPRISES, INC. (2)
5,647,871 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 422 1995
6,074,389 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 112 1997
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (2)
6,224,593 Tissue sealing using microwaves 220 1999
6,932,810 Apparatus and method for sealing and cutting tissue 215 2001
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (2)
7,150,747 Electrosurgical cutter 36 2003
2004/0030,330 Electrosurgery systems 333 2003
 
STORZ ENDOSKOP GMBH (2)
6,814,714 Instrument that can be inserted into the human body 24 1997
6,864,686 High-frequency surgical device and operation monitoring device for a high-frequency surgical device 90 2002
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (2)
5,637,110 Electrocautery surgical tool with relatively pivoted tissue engaging jaws 245 1995
2006/0235,377 Electrosurgical tool 23 2005
 
Symbiosis Corporation (2)
5,417,709 Endoscopic instrument with end effectors forming suction and/or irrigation lumens 180 1994
5,569,243 Double acting endoscopic scissors with bipolar cautery capability 283 1994
 
SYNERGETICS USA, INC. (2)
7,041,096 Electrosurgical generator apparatus 80 2002
2006/0184,164 Electrosurgical Generator Apparatus 16 2006
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (2)
5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 564 1995
2005/0187,599 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 14 2005
 
VNUS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES (2)
6,036,687 Method and apparatus for treating venous insufficiency 138 1996
2006/0084,968 Electrosurgical instrument and method 23 2005
 
A.T.C.T. Advanced Thermal Chips Technologies Ltd. (1)
2004/0030,327 Surgical cauterizing instrument particularly useful as a cauterizing scalpel 14 2003
 
ACUEITY HEALTHCARE, INC. (1)
2004/0162,554 Systems and methods for cutting tissue 35 2003
 
ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,417,672 Connector for coupling an ultrasound transducer to an ultrasound catheter 101 1993
 
AESCULAP AG (1)
6,743,230 Bipolar grasping instrument 146 2002
 
ALLEGIANCE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION (1)
5,395,312 Surgical tool 399 1993
 
ALOKA CO., LTD. (1)
5,167,659 Blood coagulating apparatus 261 1991
 
Alto Development Corporation (1)
4,932,952 Antishock, anticlog suction coagulator 80 1988
 
ARKANSAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC. (1)
6,780,177 Conductive interstitial thermal therapy device 38 2002
 
ARQOS SURGICAL, INC. (1)
2005/0228,372 Voltage threshold ablation apparatus 18 2005
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
6,190,384 Endoscopic high-frequency treatment tool 74 1999
 
ATOSSA GENETICS, INC. (1)
6,712,816 Methods and systems for treating breast tissue 35 2002
 
BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC. (1)
5,156,613 Collagen welding rod material for use in tissue welding 365 1991
 
BAYLIS MEDICAL COMPANY INC. (1)
2005/0177,209 Bipolar tissue treatment system 36 2005
 
BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (1)
6,699,242 Methods and devices for intraosseous nerve ablation 30 2001
 
BIOJECT INC. (1)
5,993,412 Injection apparatus 129 1997
 
BRONCUS MEDICAL INC. (1)
5,957,919 Bleb reducer 89 1997
 
CABOT TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (1)
5,458,598 Cutting and coagulating forceps 325 1993
 
CARDIORHYTHM A CA CORPORATION (1)
5,573,533 Method and system for radiofrequency ablation of cardiac tissue 299 1992
 
CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER CORPORATION (1)
6,761,718 Direction-oriented and spatially controlled bipolar coagulator for in-situ cauterization of adherent cranial tissue occluding a ventricular catheter previously implanted in-vivo 77 2001
 
CIRCON CORPORATION (1)
4,532,924 Multipolar electrosurgical device and method 547 1982
 
CLEARPAT SERVICES, LLC (1)
2006/0095,075 Injection of fibrin sealant using reconstituted components in spinal applications 17 2005
 
Clinicon Corporation (1)
6,974,452 Cutting and cauterizing surgical tools 23 2000
 
CONWAY STUART MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,358,245 Graphical user interface for association with an electrode structure deployed in contact with a tissue region 188 1999
 
COOPER COMPANIES, INC., THE (1)
4,301,802 Cauterizing tool for ophthalmological surgery 143 1980
 
CREDITANSTALT BANKVEREIN (1)
4,355,642 Multipolar electrode for body tissue 52 1980
 
Curon Medical, Inc. (1)
2002/0115,991 Gerd treatment apparatus and method 32 2001
 
CYTYC CORPORATION (1)
2006/0247,614 Hemostasis device 23 2005
 
DAIG CORPORATION (1)
5,722,400 Guiding introducers for use in the treatment of left ventricular tachycardia 65 1995
 
DATASCOPE CORP. (1)
2004/0097,919 Surgical device for clamping, ligating, and severing tissue 85 2003
 
DATASCOPE INVESTMENT CORP. (1)
4,276,874 Elongatable balloon catheter 229 1978
 
DELMA ELEKTRO-UND MEDIZINISCHE APPARATEBAU GESELLSCHAFT MBH (1)
5,269,780 Electro-surgical devices 190 1991
 
DEVICOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
6,083,237 Biopsy instrument with tissue penetrating spiral 120 1998
 
DICKENS, DUANE (1)
5,895,355 Over-the-wire EP catheter 82 1997
 
DIPOLAR LIMITED (1)
6,786,906 Electrosurgical cutting tool 22 2000
 
Dorsal Med International (1)
5,514,130 RF apparatus for controlled depth ablation of soft tissue 549 1994
 
Dorsal Orthopedic Corporation (1)
5,458,596 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 620 1994
 
EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION (1)
5,904,711 Expandable thoracoscopic defibrillation catheter system and method 209 1996
 
EMCISION LIMITED (1)
2005/0171,534 Surgical resection device 15 2004
 
ENTERIC MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
2002/0193,851 Energy treatment apparatus for treating gastrointestinal tract and method for using same 26 2001
 
Erbe Elektromedizin GmbH & Co. KG (1)
4,244,371 High-frequency surgical apparatus 61 1979
 
ESC MEDICAL SYSTEMS LTD. (1)
5,437,664 Apparatus and method for venous ligation 255 1994
 
GOLDMAN SACHS BANK USA (1)
2004/0121,494 Infrared thermopile detector system for semiconductor process monitoring and control 2003
 
GOLDMAN SACHS CREDIT PARTNERS L.P. (1)
2005/0267,468 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 18 2005
 
Granite Advisory Services, Inc. (1)
2006/0074,411 Biomedical dispersive electrode 43 2005
 
GRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (1)
2004/0030,333 Electrosurgical system and method 73 2003
 
GYNECARE, INC. (1)
6,056,747 Apparatus and method for treatment of body tissues 64 1997
 
HUTCHINSON TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED (1)
5,456,684 Multifunctional minimally invasive surgical instrument 443 1994
 
IMPERIAL COLLEGE INNOVATIONS LIMITED (1)
6,694,984 Liver surgery 14 2002
 
INNOVATECH, LLC (1)
7,147,634 Electrosurgical electrode and method of manufacturing same 33 2005
 
INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES (IRELAND) LTD. (1)
4,931,047 Method and apparatus for providing enhanced tissue fragmentation and/or hemostasis 542 1987
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
5,445,638 Bipolar coagulation and cutting forceps 451 1993
 
JTC TRUSTEES LIMITED (1)
2004/0015,218 Apparatus for thermal treatment of an intervertebral disc 27 2000
 
KAMIYAMA, HIROYASU (1)
5,151,102 Blood vessel coagulation/stanching device 428 1990
 
KAUFMAN, DAVID I. (1)
5,234,428 Disposable electrocautery/cutting instrument with integral continuous smoke evacuation 102 1991
 
KEWI AC (1)
2004/0055,711 Manufacture of a strip by extrusion of a tube then flattening the tube 2003
 
KHARKOVSKY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY INSTITUT OBSCHEI I NEOTLOZHNOI KHIRURGII, USSR, KHARKOV (1)
4,671,274 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 310 1985
 
LAUFER, MICHAEL D., M.D. (1)
6,577,902 Device for shaping infarcted heart tissue and method of using the device 21 1999
 
LIGHTWAVE ABLATIOIN SYSTEMS (1)
5,500,012 Ablation catheter system 665 1994
 
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 244 2000
 
LIVE TISSUE CONNECT, INC. (1)
6,733,498 System and method for control of tissue welding 281 2002
 
LIVNEH, STEVE (1)
2006/0259,070 FORCEPS FOR PERFORMING ENDOSCOPIC OR ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY 17 2006
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
2004/0162,572 Instrument for surgically cutting tissue and method of use 27 2003
 
Medsol, Corp. (1)
6,015,391 Biopsy needle structure 63 1998
 
MEDTRONIC CRYOCATH LP (1)
5,281,215 Cryogenic catheter 399 1992
 
MICROSURGE, INC. (1)
5,318,589 Surgical instrument for endoscopic surgery 426 1992
 
MIKAMI, TAKESHI (1)
2006/0276,785 BIPOLAR FORCEPS 16 2006
 
MOSI MEDIA, LLC (1)
6,440,130 Tissue sealing electrosurgery device and methods of sealing tissue 119 2000
 
NATIONAL PENN BANK (1)
2005/0085,809 Heat pipe for cautery surgical instrument 32 2004
 
NEOMEDIX CORPORATION (1)
2007/0010,812 Electrosurgical devices and methods for selective cutting of tissue 20 2004
 
NEW WORLD PAWDSIGN LTD (1)
6,032,077 Ablation catheter with electrical coupling via foam drenched with a conductive fluid 148 1997
 
NIDUS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,626,899 Apparatus and methods for treating tissue 308 2001
 
NOVARTIS AG (1)
2005/0209,621 Method of controlling a surgical system based on irrigation flow 33 2005
 
NOVIAN HEALTH, INC. (1)
6,603,988 Apparatus and method for delivering ablative laser energy and determining the volume of tumor mass destroyed 34 2001
 
NTERO SURGICAL, INC. (1)
6,775,575 System and method for reducing post-surgical complications 162 2002
 
NUORTHO SURGICAL, INC. (1)
7,066,932 Biologically enhanced irrigants 22 2002
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
6,280,440 Cautery apparatus 29 1999
 
PCN, INC. (1)
6,193,715 Device for converting a mechanical cutting device to an electrosurgical cutting device 63 1999
 
PERFECT SURGICAL TECHNIQUES, INC. (1)
6,682,527 Method and system for heating tissue with a bipolar instrument 277 2001
 
Philadelphia Heart Institute (1)
5,718,701 Ablation electrode 199 1996
 
PLASMA SURGICAL INVESTMENTS LIMITED (1)
7,361,175 Plasma surgical device 22 2003
 
PLASMOGEN INC. (1)
2005/0256,519 Tissue resurfacing 19 2005
 
PLC MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,893,848 Gauging system for monitoring channel depth in percutaneous endocardial revascularization 315 1996
 
PRIVASYS, INC. (1)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 18 2001
 
PRORHYTHM, INC. (1)
2004/0078,034 Coagulator and spinal disk surgery 42 2003
 
REFRACTEC, INC. (1)
2005/0273,092 Method and apparatus for shrinking tissue 23 2004
 
Repro-Med Systems, Inc. (1)
6,926,706 Mechanical variable rate flow control for a constant pressure IV delivery system 17 2003
 
Richard Wolf GmbH (1)
4,985,030 Bipolar coagulation instrument 310 1990
 
RIVERVEST VENTURES PARTNERS I LLC (1)
2006/0079,888 Device and method for ablating tissue 144 2005
 
S.L.T. JAPAN CO., LTD. (1)
6,221,069 Apparatus for medical treatment 18 1997
 
SERENE MEDICAL, INC. (1)
2005/0283,148 Ablation apparatus and system to limit nerve conduction 89 2004
 
SILVERGLIDE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
2005/0283,149 Electrosurgical cutting instrument 30 2005
 
SMITH, PAUL C. (1)
5,195,959 Electrosurgical device with suction and irrigation 383 1991
 
SORING GMBH (1)
2006/0111,705 Device for destruction of tumor tissue 15 2005
 
SPIDER VEIN SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
7,125,406 Electrocautery instrument 15 2002
 
SPINE WAVE, INC. (1)
2005/0130,929 System and method for the pretreatment of the endplates of an intervertebral disc 23 2005
 
SPINECO, INC. (1)
2004/0034,340 Smart dissector 19 2003
 
STARION INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION (1)
6,821,273 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 207 2003
 
STRYKER NV OPERATIONS LIMITED (1)
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