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, MN36

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Luzzi, Robert Boulder, CO 73 3216
McClurken, Michael E Durham, NH 48 1600

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2006/0178,699 Biopsy forceps 15 2006
 
XIAN BANBIANTIAN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT CO., LTD. (1)
2004/0176,760 Electrosurgical apparatus with cooling device 22 2003
 
CIRCON CORPORATION (1)
4,532,924 Multipolar electrosurgical device and method 564 1982
 
WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH FOUNDATION (1)
6,740,058 Surgical tool with integrated pressure and flow sensors 27 2001
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (24)
5,558,671 Impedance feedback monitor for electrosurgical instrument 533 1994
5,709,680 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 538 1994
5,688,270 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with recessed and/or offset electrodes 503 1995
5,599,350 Electrosurgical clamping device with coagulation feedback 286 1995
5,807,393 Surgical tissue treating device with locking mechanism 392 1995
5,755,717 Electrosurgical clamping device with improved coagulation feedback 415 1996
5,817,093 Impedance feedback monitor with query electrode for electrosurgical instrument 415 1996
5,810,811 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 600 1997
6,003,517 Method for using an electrosurgical device on lung tissue 263 1998
6,165,175 RF bipolar mesentery takedown device including improved bipolar end effector 131 1999
6,296,640 RF bipolar end effector for use in electrosurgical instruments 170 1999
6,251,110 Combined radio frequency and ultrasonic surgical device 75 1999
6,468,275 RF bipolar mesentery takedown device including improved bipolar end effector 198 2000
6,485,490 RF bipolar end effector for use in electrosurgical instruments 168 2001
6,929,644 Electrosurgical jaw structure for controlled energy delivery 324 2001
6,676,660 Feedback light apparatus and method for use with an electrosurgical instrument 318 2002
6,802,843 Electrosurgical working end with resistive gradient electrodes 306 2002
6,926,716 Electrosurgical instrument 333 2002
6,770,072 Electrosurgical jaw structure for controlled energy delivery 318 2002
7,074,219 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 85 2003
7,041,102 Electrosurgical working end with replaceable cartridges 324 2003
6,905,497 Jaw structure for electrosurgical instrument 220 2003
2004/0193,211 Fingertip surgical instruments 36 2004
2006/0167,451 Medical instrument including an end effector having a medical-treatment electrode 25 2005
 
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 1001 1993
5,405,344 Articulable socket joint assembly for an endoscopic instrument for surgical fastner track therefor 352 1993
6,740,084 Method and device to enhance RF electrode performance 35 2001
6,855,145 Self-wetting, dry-field bipolar electrodes for endoscopic surgery 19 2002
6,929,642 RF device for treating the uterus 57 2002
7,147,635 Bipolar electrosurgical snare 21 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 85 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 271 2000
 
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (1)
5,971,983 Tissue ablation device and method of use 448 1997
 
BRONCUS MEDICAL INC. (1)
5,957,919 Bleb reducer 104 1997
 
RIVERVEST VENTURES PARTNERS I LLC (1)
2006/0079,888 Device and method for ablating tissue 155 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 20 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 139 1998
 
Utah Medical Products, Inc. (1)
5,395,363 Diathermy coagulation and ablation apparatus and method 181 1993
 
ASTHMATX, INC. (3)
6,299,633 Bronchial stenter 166 1998
6,283,988 Bronchial stenter having expandable electrodes 161 1999
6,283,989 Method of treating a bronchial tube with a bronchial stenter having diametrically adjustable electrodes 175 1999
 
CORDIS WEBSTER, INC. (4)
5,462,521 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 443 1993
5,643,197 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 328 1994
6,017,338 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 136 1995
6,171,275 Irrigated split tip electrode catheter 105 1998
 
2000 INJECTX, INC. (2)
5,861,002 Endoscopic surgical instrument 135 1996
6,231,591 Method of localized fluid therapy 85 1998
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (2)
5,637,110 Electrocautery surgical tool with relatively pivoted tissue engaging jaws 258 1995
2006/0235,377 Electrosurgical tool 26 2005
 
Granite Advisory Services, Inc. (1)
2006/0074,411 Biomedical dispersive electrode 44 2005
 
NEW WORLD PAWDSIGN LTD (1)
6,032,077 Ablation catheter with electrical coupling via foam drenched with a conductive fluid 161 1997
 
NTERO SURGICAL, INC. (1)
6,775,575 System and method for reducing post-surgical complications 177 2002
 
CARDIORHYTHM A CA CORPORATION (1)
5,573,533 Method and system for radiofrequency ablation of cardiac tissue 315 1992
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (2)
5,080,660 Electrosurgical electrode 529 1990
2005/0165,444 Tissue fusion/welder apparatus corporation 23 2004
 
PRIVASYS, INC. (1)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 21 2001
 
KAUFMAN, DAVID I. (1)
5,234,428 Disposable electrocautery/cutting instrument with integral continuous smoke evacuation 112 1991
 
BAYLIS MEDICAL COMPANY INC. (1)
2005/0177,209 Bipolar tissue treatment system 39 2005
 
ELLIQUENCE, LLC (2)
6,352,533 Electrosurgical handpiece for treating tissue 43 2000
2006/0217,700 Electrosurgical instrument with enhanced capability 36 2005
 
GYNECARE, INC. (1)
6,056,747 Apparatus and method for treatment of body tissues 69 1997
 
S.D.M.H. PTY. LTD. (3)
7,008,421 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 95 2003
2006/0142,757 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 19 2006
2006/0217,707 Thermal hemostasis and/or coagulation of tissue 20 2006
 
Richard Wolf GmbH (1)
4,985,030 Bipolar coagulation instrument 326 1990
 
ANGIODYNAMICS, INC. (11)
5,458,597 Device for treating cancer and non-malignant tumors and methods 406 1993
5,536,267 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 650 1994
5,599,346 RF treatment system 262 1994
5,683,384 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus 213 1995
5,935,123 RF treatment apparatus 81 1996
6,071,280 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 143 1997
6,471,698 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 114 1999
6,770,070 Lung treatment apparatus and method 250 2000
2005/0137,662 Tissue surface treatment apparatus and method 50 2005
2005/0203,503 Infusion array ablation apparatus 58 2005
2006/0241,577 Tissue biopsy and treatment apparatus and method 42 2006
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,322,503 Endoscopic surgical instrument 139 1991
5,460,629 Electrosurgical device and method 287 1994
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (2)
5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 583 1995
2005/0187,599 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 16 2005
 
IRVINE BIOMEDICAL, INC. (7)
5,792,140 Catheter having cooled multiple-needle electrode 171 1997
5,843,152 Catheter system having a ball electrode 93 1997
5,989,248 Medical device and methods for treating tissues 27 1998
5,992,418 Catheter system having safety means and methods thereof 49 1998
5,913,856 Catheter system having a porous shaft and fluid irrigation capabilities 198 1998
6,226,554 Catheter system having a ball electrode and methods thereof 30 1998
6,217,576 Catheter probe for treating focal atrial fibrillation in pulmonary veins 206 1999
 
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 24 1998
6,702,812 Multifunctional telescopic monopolar/bipolar surgical device and method therefor 53 2001
2006/0276,783 MULTIFUNCTIONAL TELESCOPIC MONOPOLAR/BIPOLAR SURGICAL DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF 14 2006
 
MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC (20)
6,558,385 Fluid-assisted medical device 193 2000
6,702,810 Fluid delivery system and controller for electrosurgical devices 201 2001
6,689,131 Electrosurgical device having a tissue reduction sensor 208 2001
7,115,139 Fluid-assisted medical devices, fluid delivery systems and controllers for such devices, and methods 66 2001
6,953,461 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 241 2002
7,311,708 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 43 2002
2003/0114,850 Fluid-assisted medical device 25 2003
2004/0019,350 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 41 2003
2006/0116,675 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 156 2003
2006/0235,379 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical scissors and methods 21 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 142 2004
2005/0015,085 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 28 2004
2005/0010,212 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 29 2004
2005/0090,816 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 28 2004
2006/0149,225 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical devices, electrosurgical unit with pump and methods of use thereof 20 2005
2006/0100,619 Fluid-assisted medical device 51 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 23 2006
 
BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (1)
6,699,242 Methods and devices for intraosseous nerve ablation 33 2001
 
ENDOSCOPIC CONCEPTS, INC. (ECI) (2)
6,371,956 Monopolar electrosurgical end effectors 88 1999
6,312,430 Bipolar electrosurgical end effectors 37 1999
 
NATIONAL PENN BANK (1)
2005/0085,809 Heat pipe for cautery surgical instrument 38 2004
 
ELECTROSURGERY ASSOCIATES, LLC (3)
6,921,398 Vibrating electrosurgical ablator 51 2002
6,921,399 High efficiency electrosurgery probe 33 2002
2006/0259,031 Electrosurgical ablation electrode with aspiration and method for using same 27 2006
 
UROLOGIX, INC. (1)
5,861,021 Microwave thermal therapy of cardiac tissue 224 1996
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (26)
5,190,541 Surgical instrument and method 618 1990
5,348,554 Catheter for RF ablation with cooled electrode 796 1992
5,403,311 Electro-coagulation and ablation and other electrotherapeutic treatments of body tissue 870 1993
5,697,927 Catheter for RF ablation with cooled electrode and apparatus for use therewith 377 1994
5,676,693 Electrophysiology device 432 1994
5,800,482 Apparatus and method for linear lesion ablation 375 1996
6,068,653 Electrophysiology catheter device 130 1996
5,919,191 Electro-surgical tissue removal 66 1997
5,860,974 Heart ablation catheter with expandable electrode and method of coupling energy to an electrode on a catheter shaft 501 1997
6,010,500 Telescoping apparatus and method for linear lesion ablation 166 1997
5,895,417 Deflectable loop design for a linear lesion ablation apparatus 306 1997
6,015,407 Combination linear ablation and cooled tip RF catheters 114 1998
6,212,426 Systems and methods for conducting electrophysiological testing using high-voltage energy pulses to stun tissue 109 1999
6,579,288 Fluid cooled apparatus for supporting diagnostic and therapeutic elements in contact with tissue 104 2000
6,942,661 Fluid cooled apparatus for supporting diagnostic and therapeutic elements in contact with tissue 60 2001
6,685,700 Method and system for heating solid tissue 110 2001
6,814,731 Methods for RF ablation using jet injection of conductive fluid 20 2002
7,087,051 Articulating radio frequency probe handle 115 2003
6,964,661 Endovenous ablation mechanism with feedback control 50 2003
7,101,387 Radio frequency ablation cooling shield 42 2003
2005/0080,410 Liquid infusion apparatus for radiofrequency tissue ablation 16 2003
2005/0070,888 Medical device systems and methods 16 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 23 2005
2006/0129,185 Forceps for medical use 14 2005
2006/0271,036 RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATION COOLING SHIELD 29 2006
 
Dorsal Orthopedic Corporation (1)
5,458,596 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 660 1994
 
E.P. LIMITED (1)
6,328,735 Thermal ablation system 37 1998
 
GYRUS MEDICAL, INC. (11)
5,035,696 Electrosurgical instrument for conducting endoscopic retrograde sphincterotomy 441 1990
5,071,419 Percutaneous laparoscopic cholecystectomy instrument 96 1990
5,282,799 Bipolar electrosurgical scalpel with paired loop electrodes 396 1991
5,197,963 Electrosurgical instrument with extendable sheath for irrigation and aspiration 554 1991
5,342,359 Bipolar coagulation device 252 1993
5,573,424 Apparatus for interfacing a bipolar electrosurgical instrument to a monopolar generator 222 1995
5,891,141 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for cutting and sealing tubular tissue structures 251 1998
6,293,945 Electrosurgical instrument with suction capability 41 2000
6,808,525 Bipolar electrosurgical hook probe for cutting and coagulating tissue 260 2002
7,033,356 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for cutting desiccating and sealing tissue 241 2003
2006/0271,042 Cutting and coagulating electrosurgical forceps having cam controlled jaw closure 118 2005
 
GYRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (35)
5,647,869 Electrosurgical apparatus 521 1995
6,293,942 Electrosurgical generator method 330 1996
6,004,319 Electrosurgical instrument 328 1996
6,027,501 Electrosurgical instrument 304 1996
6,093,186 Electrosurgical generator and system 335 1997
6,416,509 Electrosurgical generator and system 312 1998
6,306,134 Electrosurgical generator and system 316 1998
6,174,308 Electrosurgical instrument 119 1999
6,558,379 Electrosurgical system 125 1999
6,336,926 Electrosurgical system 125 2000
6,780,180 Electrosurgical instrument 197 2000
6,482,202 Under water treatment 72 2001
6,758,846 Electrosurgical instrument and an electrosurgery system including such an instrument 208 2001
2002/0029,036 Electrosurgical generator and system 209 2001
6,893,435 Electrosurgical system 186 2001
6,923,803 Electrosurgical system and method 102 2002
6,827,725 Surgical instrument 107 2002
6,843,789 Electrosurgical system 197 2002
6,984,231 Electrosurgical system 193 2002
7,052,494 Surgical system and method 97 2002
6,929,641 Electrosurgical system 146 2003
6,966,907 Electrosurgical generator and system 284 2003
6,966,909 Surgical instrument 139 2003
2004/0078,037 Surgical instrument 84 2003
2004/0068,307 Surgical instrument 97 2003
7,001,380 Electrosurgical system and method 91 2004
2004/0181,219 Electrosurgical instrument and an electrosugery system including such an instrument 97 2004
7,147,637 Surgical instrument 108 2004
7,150,748 Bipolar coagulating instrument 92 2004
2005/0261,676 Surgical instrument 93 2004
2005/0261,677 Surgical instrument 82 2005
7,153,300 Electrosurgical system 132 2005
2006/0047,275 Electrical generator and system 84 2005
2006/0111,711 Surgical instrument 134 2005
2006/0264,929 Surgical system 86 2006
 
TARGET THERAPEUTICS, INC. (1)
6,048,333 Apparatus for treating aneurysms with a thermal source 48 1997
 
GYRUS ENT L.L.C. (5)
5,843,021 Cell necrosis apparatus 162 1997
6,682,501 Submucosal tonsillectomy apparatus and method 40 1999
2004/0243,163 Surgical instrument 88 2004
2006/0200,123 Surgical instrument and method 96 2006
2006/0264,927 Surgical instrument and method 83 2006
 
CLINICON CORPORATION (1)
6,974,452 Cutting and cauterizing surgical tools 26 2000
 
LIVNEH, STEVE (1)
2006/0259,070 FORCEPS FOR PERFORMING ENDOSCOPIC OR ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY 18 2006
 
Repro-Med Systems, Inc. (1)
6,926,706 Mechanical variable rate flow control for a constant pressure IV delivery system 17 2003
 
VENTURE LENDING, A DIVISION OF CUPERTINO NATIONAL BANK & TRUST (1)
5,472,441 Device for treating cancer and non-malignant tumors and methods 572 1994
 
SYNERGETICS USA, INC. (2)
7,041,096 Electrosurgical generator apparatus 84 2002
2006/0184,164 Electrosurgical Generator Apparatus 17 2006
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (8)
5,584,872 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 383 1994
5,902,328 Electrophysiology energy treatment device and method of use 99 1996
6,221,039 Multi-function surgical instrument 172 1998
6,168,594 Electrophysiology RF energy treatment device 143 1999
6,923,805 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 56 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 31 2004
2005/0288,661 Percutaneous pringle occlusion method and device 14 2005
 
VENTURE BANKING GROUP, A DIVISION OF CUPERTINO NATIONAL BANK (1)
6,056,744 Sphincter treatment apparatus 345 1998
 
VESSIX VASCULAR, INC. (1)
2006/0235,286 Tuned RF energy for selective treatment of atheroma and other target tissues and/or structures 48 2006
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (3)
5,797,960 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 570 1995
5,823,956 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 314 1996
5,855,614 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 399 1996
 
TSUNAMI MEDTECH, LLC (1)
2006/0224,154 Medical instrument and method of use 72 2006
 
ENERGY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF (1)
4,381,007 Multipolar corneal-shaping electrode with flexible removable skirt 439 1981
 
GRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (1)
2004/0030,333 Electrosurgical system and method 85 2003
 
PERFECT SURGICAL TECHNIQUES, INC. (1)
6,682,527 Method and system for heating tissue with a bipolar instrument 302 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 565 1987
 
ELLMAN INTERNATIONAL, INC. (5)
5,562,503 Bipolar adaptor for electrosurgical instrument 95 1994
6,712,813 RF probe for electrosurgical instrument 119 2001
7,070,604 RF electrosurgically-activated cutter 15 2002
6,802,842 Electrosurgical tonsilar and adenoid electrode 93 2003
6,926,717 Electrosurgical breast electrode 14 2003
 
SORIN GROUP USA, INC. (3)
6,740,102 Vessel harvesting retractor with bilateral electrosurgical ligation 36 2001
6,695,840 Electrosurgical instrument with a longitudinal element for conducting RF energy and moving a cutting element 205 2002
6,835,195 Surgical device for applying radio frequency energy to a portion of a captured vessel 20 2002
 
Vastech Medical Products Inc. (1)
4,920,982 Percutaneous vasectomy method 42 1988
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
2004/0162,572 Instrument for surgically cutting tissue and method of use 27 2003
 
EP Technologies, Inc. (13)
5,313,943 Catheters and methods for performing cardiac diagnosis and treatment 436 1992
5,383,874 Systems for identifying catheters and monitoring their use 399 1992
5,456,682 Electrode and associated systems using thermally insulated temperature sensing elements 291 1994
5,735,846 Systems and methods for ablating body tissue using predicted maximum tissue temperature 195 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 293 1995
5,797,905 Flexible tissue ablation elements for making long lesions 169 1995
5,702,386 Non-linear control systems and methods for heating and ablating body tissue 154 1996
5,743,903 Cardiac ablation systems and methods using tissue temperature monitoring and control 196 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 156 1996
6,030,379 Systems and methods for seeking sub-surface temperature conditions during tissue ablation 53 1997
6,053,912 Systems and methods for sensing sub-surface temperatures in body tissue during ablation with actively cooled electrodes 188 1997
6,056,745 Systems and methods for obtaining desired lesion characteristics while ablating body tissue 147 1997
6,165,169 Systems and methods for identifying the physical, mechanical, and functional attributes of multiple electrode arrays 154 1999
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (2)
7,150,747 Electrosurgical cutter 37 2003
2004/0030,330 Electrosurgery systems 359 2003
 
STRYKER NV OPERATIONS LIMITED (1)
6,019,757 Endoluminal electro-occlusion detection apparatus and method 111 1995
 
COVIDIEN AG (22)
5,718,703 Method and apparatus for small needle electrocautery 79 1995
6,478,793 Ablation treatment of bone metastases 134 2000
6,458,130 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 322 2001
6,796,981 Vessel sealing system 247 2002
6,743,229 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for sealing vessels 229 2002
6,960,210 Laparoscopic bipolar electrosurgical instrument 177 2002
6,682,528 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 333 2002
2004/0122,423 Vessel sealer and divider with non-conductive stop members 120 2003
2004/0143,263 Compressible jaw configuration with bipolar RF output electrodes for soft tissue fusion 206 2003
2004/0162,557 Vessel sealing instrument 149 2004
7,147,638 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces thermal damage to adjacent tissue 231 2004
2006/0264,931 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces thermal damage to adjacent tissue 134 2004
2005/0021,027 Tissue sealer with non-conductive variable stop members and method of sealing tissue 141 2004
2004/0249,374 Vessel sealing instrument 194 2004
2005/0015,086 Multi-port side-fire coagulator 30 2004
2005/0101,952 Vessel sealing wave jaw 165 2004
7,232,440 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 177 2004
2005/0203,504 Method and system for controlling output of RF medical generator 216 2005
2006/0064,085 Articulating bipolar electrosurgical instrument 156 2005
2006/0079,872 Devices for detecting heating under a patient return electrode 52 2005
2006/0178,667 Electrosurgical pencil with advanced es controls 67 2006
2006/0189,977 Electrosurgical electrode shroud 14 2006
 
Alto Development Corporation (1)
4,932,952 Antishock, anticlog suction coagulator 85 1988
 
STARION INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION (1)
6,821,273 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 243 2003
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
6,190,384 Endoscopic high-frequency treatment tool 85 1999
 
EVEREST MEDICAL CORPORATION (6)
4,976,711 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 619 1989
5,013,312 Bipolar scalpel for harvesting internal mammary artery 311 1990
5,125,928 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 552 1991
5,171,311 Percutaneous laparoscopic cholecystectomy instrument 230 1991
5,197,964 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 408 1991
5,290,286 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 486 1992
 
LAUFER, MICHAEL D., M.D. (1)
6,577,902 Device for shaping infarcted heart tissue and method of using the device 25 1999
 
SORING GMBH (1)
2006/0111,705 Device for destruction of tumor tissue 15 2005
 
PLASMA SURGICAL INVESTMENTS LIMITED (1)
7,361,175 Plasma surgical device 28 2003
 
ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,417,672 Connector for coupling an ultrasound transducer to an ultrasound catheter 108 1993
 
MIKAMI, TAKESHI (1)
2006/0276,785 BIPOLAR FORCEPS 16 2006
 
ALLEGIANCE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION (1)
5,395,312 Surgical tool 436 1993
 
XOMED, INC. (3)
4,548,207 Disposable coagulator 265 1982
5,009,656 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 393 1989
5,925,045 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 86 1997
 
SURGINETICS INC. (3)
2006/0241,587 Multielectrode Electrosurgical Instrument 32 2006
2006/0241,588 Multielectrode Electrosurgical Blade 35 2006
2006/0241,589 Battery Powered Electrosurgical System 40 2006
 
NEUROTHERM, INC. (12)
5,980,504 Method for manipulating tissue of an intervertebral disc 298 1997
6,007,570 Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs 270 1997
6,073,051 Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy 325 1997
6,095,149 Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 262 1997
6,122,549 Apparatus for treating intervertebral discs with resistive energy 291 1997
6,126,682 Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 345 1998
6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 237 1998
6,290,715 Method for delivering energy adjacent the inner wall of an intervertebral disc 144 1999
6,258,086 Catheter for delivery of energy to a surgical site 171 1999
6,261,311 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral discs 208 1999
6,733,496 Intervertebral disc device employing flexible probe 145 2001
6,832,997 Electromagnetic energy delivery intervertebral disc treatment devices 35 2001
 
COVIDIEN LP (5)
6,033,398 Method and apparatus for treating venous insufficiency using directionally applied energy 163 1997
6,322,559 Electrode catheter having coil structure 260 1998
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 290 2003
2006/0025,766 Energy based partial circumferential hemorrhoid repair device 24 2005
2006/0189,979 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 30 2005
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (3)
6,238,387 Electrosurgical generator 160 1998
6,692,489 Electrosurgical mode conversion system 120 2000
6,695,837 Power supply for identification and control of electrical surgical tools 72 2002
 
PRORHYTHM, INC. (1)
2004/0078,034 Coagulator and spinal disk surgery 45 2003
 
Vioacare International, Inc. (1)
5,964,755 Thin layer ablation apparatus 154 1996
 
ENTEGRIS, INC. (1)
2004/0121,494 Infrared thermopile detector system for semiconductor process monitoring and control 2003
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
5,445,638 Bipolar coagulation and cutting forceps 477 1993
 
AVENT, INC. (2)
2005/0159,797 Electrosurgical device with improved visibility 18 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 59 2004
2005/0107,786 Bipolar surgical forceps with argon plasma coagulation capability 16 2004
2006/0036,239 Combination argon plasma coagulation and electrocautery device and method 18 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 29 2005
 
PLASMOGEN INC. (1)
2005/0256,519 Tissue resurfacing 19 2005
 
INTACT MEDICAL CORPORATION (2)
6,740,079 Electrosurgical generator 148 2001
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 26 1997
6,864,686 High-frequency surgical device and operation monitoring device for a high-frequency surgical device 93 2002
 
ARTHROCARE CORPORATION (96)
4,998,933 Thermal angioplasty catheter and method 475 1988
5,681,282 Methods and apparatus for ablation of luminal tissues 557 1995
5,697,909 Methods and apparatus for surgical cutting 521 1995
5,697,281 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 482 1995
5,683,366 System and method for electrosurgical tissue canalization 473 1995
5,697,882 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 573 1995
6,024,733 System and method for epidermal tissue ablation 216 1995
5,902,272 Planar ablation probe and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 268 1996
5,810,764 Resecting loop electrode and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 407 1996
5,843,019 Shaped electrodes and methods for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 300 1996
5,697,536 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 470 1996
5,860,951 Systems and methods for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 217 1996
5,873,855 Systems and methods for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 250 1996
5,766,153 Methods and apparatus for surgical cutting 315 1996
5,888,198 Electrosurgical system for resection and ablation of tissue in electrically conductive fluids 300 1996
5,891,095 Electrosurgical treatment of tissue in electrically conductive fluid 338 1996
6,312,408 Electrosurgical probe for treating tissue in electrically conductive fluid 173 1996
5,871,469 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 302 1997
6,179,824 System and methods for electrosurgical restenosis of body lumens 180 1997
6,159,194 System and method for electrosurgical tissue contraction 267 1997
6,105,581 Electrosurgical systems and methods for treating the spine 164 1997
6,113,597 Electrosurgical systems and methods for urological and gynecological procedures 84 1997
6,210,402 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 212 1997
6,228,078 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 220 1997
6,109,268 Systems and methods for electrosurgical endoscopic sinus surgery 232 1997
6,032,674 Systems and methods for myocardial revascularization 150 1997
6,183,469 Electrosurgical systems and methods for the removal of pacemaker leads 206 1998
6,190,381 Methods for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 328 1998
6,277,112 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 204 1998
6,355,032 Systems and methods for selective electrosurgical treatment of body structures 254 1998
6,391,025 Electrosurgical scalpel and methods for tissue cutting 198 1998
6,063,079 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of turbinates 190 1998
6,142,992 Power supply for limiting power in electrosurgery 269 1998
6,235,020 Power supply and methods for fluid delivery in electrosurgery 302 1998
6,363,937 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of the digestive system 236 1998
6,047,700 Systems and methods for electrosurgical removal of calcified deposits 180 1998
6,053,172 Systems and methods for electrosurgical sinus surgery 195 1998
6,102,046 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue revascularization 209 1998
6,224,592 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 327 1998
6,045,532 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 157 1998
6,086,585 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of sleep obstructive disorders 142 1998
6,117,109 Systems and methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 182 1998
6,461,350 Systems and methods for electrosurgical-assisted lipectomy 122 1998
6,066,134 Method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 295 1998
6,179,836 Planar ablation probe for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 234 1998
6,296,638 Systems for tissue ablation and aspiration 217 1998
6,228,082 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of vascular disorders 128 1998
6,149,620 System and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in the presence of electrically conductive fluid 286 1999
6,159,208 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 167 1999
6,203,542 Method for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 180 1999
6,264,652 Electrosurgical systems for treating tissue 200 1999
6,309,387 Systems and methods for electrosurgical skin resurfacing 167 1999
6,461,354 Systems for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 74 1999
6,264,650 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 217 1999
6,283,961 Apparatus for electrosurgical spine surgery 358 1999
6,238,391 Systems for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 263 1999
6,254,600 Systems for tissue ablation and aspiration 184 1999
6,264,651 Method for electrosurgical spine surgery 169 1999
6,296,636 Power supply and methods for limiting power in electrosurgery 289 1999
6,322,549 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 181 2000
6,416,507 Method for treating articular cartilage defects 153 2000
6,416,508 Methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 218 2000
6,379,351 Electrosurgical method for the removal of pacemaker leads 171 2000
6,929,640 Methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction within the spine 155 2000
6,896,672 Methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 46 2000
6,432,103 System for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 176 2000
6,468,270 System and method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 125 2000
6,602,248 Methods for repairing damaged intervertebral discs 209 2000
7,070,596 Electrosurgical apparatus having a curved distal section 144 2000
6,468,274 Systems and methods for treating spinal pain 173 2000
6,726,684 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 121 2000
6,896,674 Electrosurgical apparatus having digestion electrode and methods related thereto 98 2000
6,464,695 Method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 87 2001
6,915,806 Method for harvesting graft vessel 54 2001
6,770,071 Bladed electrosurgical probe 171 2001
6,746,447 Methods for ablating tissue 96 2001
6,974,453 Dual mode electrosurgical clamping probe and related methods 160 2001
6,772,012 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of spinal tissue 142 2001
6,719,754 Methods for electrosurgical assisted lipectomy 63 2002
6,712,811 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 67 2002
7,004,941 Systems and methods for electrosurigical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 107 2002
6,949,096 Electrosurgical ablation and aspiration apparatus having flow directing feature and methods related thereto 144 2003
6,991,631 Electrosurgical probe having circular electrode array for ablating joint tissue and systems related thereto 150 2003
7,094,215 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction 120 2003
7,104,986 Intervertebral disc replacement method 105 2003
6,960,204 Electrosurgical method using laterally arranged active electrode 110 2003
2004/0215,184 System for electrosurgical tissue contraction 20 2003
2004/0230,190 Electrosurgical apparatus and methods for tissue treatment and removal 140 2004
2006/0178,670 Rotary electrosurgical apparatus and methods thereof 115 2004
2005/0251,134 Apparatus and methods for electrosurgical ablation and resection of target tissue 85 2005
2006/0259,025 Conductive fluid bridge electrosurgical apparatus 104 2005
2006/0036,237 Devices and methods for selective orientation of electrosurgical devices 87 2005
2005/0288,665 Electrosurgical device having planar vertical electrode and related methods 129 2005
2006/0064,101 Bone access system 116 2005
2006/0095,031 Selectively controlled active electrodes for electrosurgical probe 111 2005
7,169,143 Methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in electrically conductive fluid 98 2005
 
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SPINECO, INC. (1)
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SPINE WAVE, INC. (1)
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8,361,072 Insulating boot for electrosurgical forceps 5 2010
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8,147,489 Open vessel sealing instrument 10 2011
8,197,633 Method for manufacturing an end effector assembly 5 2011
8,551,091 Vessel sealing instrument with electrical cutting mechanism 0 2011
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