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 2704
McClurken, Michael E Durham, NH 48 1237

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5,860,951 Systems and methods for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 196 1996
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5,871,469 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 274 1997
6,179,824 System and methods for electrosurgical restenosis of body lumens 165 1997
6,159,194 System and method for electrosurgical tissue contraction 232 1997
6,105,581 Electrosurgical systems and methods for treating the spine 151 1997
6,113,597 Electrosurgical systems and methods for urological and gynecological procedures 68 1997
6,210,402 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 188 1997
6,228,078 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 194 1997
6,109,268 Systems and methods for electrosurgical endoscopic sinus surgery 187 1997
6,032,674 Systems and methods for myocardial revascularization 125 1997
6,183,469 Electrosurgical systems and methods for the removal of pacemaker leads 186 1998
6,190,381 Methods for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 271 1998
6,277,112 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 180 1998
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6,063,079 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of turbinates 150 1998
6,142,992 Power supply for limiting power in electrosurgery 243 1998
6,235,020 Power supply and methods for fluid delivery in electrosurgery 272 1998
6,363,937 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of the digestive system 203 1998
6,047,700 Systems and methods for electrosurgical removal of calcified deposits 159 1998
6,053,172 Systems and methods for electrosurgical sinus surgery 140 1998
6,102,046 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue revascularization 189 1998
6,224,592 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 270 1998
6,045,532 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 136 1998
6,086,585 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of sleep obstructive disorders 100 1998
6,117,109 Systems and methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 164 1998
6,461,350 Systems and methods for electrosurgical-assisted lipectomy 94 1998
6,066,134 Method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 233 1998
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6,159,208 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 154 1999
6,203,542 Method for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 163 1999
6,264,652 Electrosurgical systems for treating tissue 179 1999
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6,264,650 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 191 1999
6,283,961 Apparatus for electrosurgical spine surgery 319 1999
6,238,391 Systems for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 218 1999
6,254,600 Systems for tissue ablation and aspiration 166 1999
6,264,651 Method for electrosurgical spine surgery 130 1999
6,296,636 Power supply and methods for limiting power in electrosurgery 259 1999
6,322,549 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 166 2000
6,416,507 Method for treating articular cartilage defects 140 2000
6,416,508 Methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 193 2000
6,379,351 Electrosurgical method for the removal of pacemaker leads 156 2000
6,929,640 Methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction within the spine 134 2000
6,896,672 Methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 33 2000
6,432,103 System for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 158 2000
6,468,270 System and method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 107 2000
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7,070,596 Electrosurgical apparatus having a curved distal section 128 2000
6,468,274 Systems and methods for treating spinal pain 141 2000
6,726,684 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 92 2000
6,896,674 Electrosurgical apparatus having digestion electrode and methods related thereto 72 2000
6,464,695 Method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 71 2001
6,915,806 Method for harvesting graft vessel 39 2001
6,770,071 Bladed electrosurgical probe 141 2001
6,746,447 Methods for ablating tissue 75 2001
6,974,453 Dual mode electrosurgical clamping probe and related methods 142 2001
6,772,012 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of spinal tissue 116 2001
6,719,754 Methods for electrosurgical assisted lipectomy 44 2002
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7,004,941 Systems and methods for electrosurigical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 94 2002
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6,991,631 Electrosurgical probe having circular electrode array for ablating joint tissue and systems related thereto 127 2003
7,094,215 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction 109 2003
7,104,986 Intervertebral disc replacement method 89 2003
6,960,204 Electrosurgical method using laterally arranged active electrode 98 2003
2004/0215,184 System for electrosurgical tissue contraction 20 2003
2004/0230,190 Electrosurgical apparatus and methods for tissue treatment and removal 115 2004
2006/0178,670 Rotary electrosurgical apparatus and methods thereof 99 2004
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2005/0288,665 Electrosurgical device having planar vertical electrode and related methods 108 2005
2006/0064,101 Bone access system 97 2005
2006/0095,031 Selectively controlled active electrodes for electrosurgical probe 99 2005
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MEDTRONIC, INC. (62)
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6,537,248 Helical needle apparatus for creating a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue 99 1999
6,328,736 Fluid-assisted electrocautery device 93 2000
6,488,680 Variable length electrodes for delivery of irrigated ablation 130 2000
6,358,248 Ball point fluid-assisted electrocautery device 131 2000
6,443,952 Tissue sealing electrosurgery device and methods of sealing tissue 243 2000
6,493,589 Methods and apparatus for treatment of pulmonary conditions 141 2000
2001/0039,419 Vibration sensitive ablation device and method 135 2001
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6,949,098 Pen-type electrosurgical instrument 86 2004
7,322,974 TUNA device with integrated saline reservoir 44 2004
2005/0015,130 Brain electrode 36 2004
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6,755,825 Electrosurgical device having a dielectric seal 69 2001
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6,740,084 Method and device to enhance RF electrode performance 31 2001
6,855,145 Self-wetting, dry-field bipolar electrodes for endoscopic surgery 18 2002
6,929,642 RF device for treating the uterus 44 2002
7,147,635 Bipolar electrosurgical snare 19 2004
6,964,274 Tubal sterilization device having expanding electrodes and method for performing sterilization using the same 24 2004
7,066,936 Surgical cutting and tissue vaporizing instrument 64 2004
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (8)
5,584,872 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 354 1994
5,902,328 Electrophysiology energy treatment device and method of use 82 1996
6,221,039 Multi-function surgical instrument 155 1998
6,168,594 Electrophysiology RF energy treatment device 121 1999
6,923,805 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 42 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 24 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 149 1997
5,843,152 Catheter system having a ball electrode 79 1997
5,989,248 Medical device and methods for treating tissues 23 1998
5,992,418 Catheter system having safety means and methods thereof 39 1998
5,913,856 Catheter system having a porous shaft and fluid irrigation capabilities 181 1998
6,226,554 Catheter system having a ball electrode and methods thereof 27 1998
6,217,576 Catheter probe for treating focal atrial fibrillation in pulmonary veins 167 1999
 
MEDERI THERAPEUTICS, INC. (7)
6,740,082 Surgical instruments for treating gastro-esophageal reflux 68 1998
6,409,723 Treating body tissue by applying energy and substances 94 1999
6,258,087 Expandable electrode assemblies for forming lesions to treat dysfunction in sphincters and adjoining tissue regions 229 1999
6,827,713 Systems and methods for monitoring and controlling use of medical devices 39 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 61 2002
7,008,419 Surgical instruments and techniques for treating gastro-esophageal reflux disease 29 2004
 
BIOSENSE WEBSTER, INC. (6)
6,458,123 Ablation catheter with positional sensor 28 2000
6,669,692 Ablation catheter with cooled linear electrode 48 2000
6,986,769 Ablation catheter with cooled linear electrode 41 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 14 2003
 
EVEREST MEDICAL CORPORATION (6)
4,976,711 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 557 1989
5,013,312 Bipolar scalpel for harvesting internal mammary artery 298 1990
5,125,928 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 498 1991
5,171,311 Percutaneous laparoscopic cholecystectomy instrument 220 1991
5,197,964 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 376 1991
5,290,286 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 457 1992
 
COVIDIEN LP (5)
6,033,398 Method and apparatus for treating venous insufficiency using directionally applied energy 143 1997
6,322,559 Electrode catheter having coil structure 176 1998
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 194 2003
2006/0025,766 Energy based partial circumferential hemorrhoid repair device 22 2005
2006/0189,979 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 23 2005
 
CYTYC SURGICAL PRODUCTS (5)
6,813,520 Method for ablating and/or coagulating tissue using moisture transport 64 1998
6,508,815 Radio-frequency generator for powering an ablation device 216 1999
7,074,217 Radio-frequency generator for powering an ablation device 77 2002
2005/0085,880 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 22 2004
7,063,670 System and method for detecting perforations in a body cavity 23 2005
 
ELLMAN INTERNATIONAL, INC. (5)
5,562,503 Bipolar adaptor for electrosurgical instrument 88 1994
6,712,813 RF probe for electrosurgical instrument 111 2001
7,070,604 RF electrosurgically-activated cutter 15 2002
6,802,842 Electrosurgical tonsilar and adenoid electrode 85 2003
6,926,717 Electrosurgical breast electrode 14 2003
 
GYRUS ENT L.L.C. (5)
5,843,021 Cell necrosis apparatus 132 1997
6,682,501 Submucosal tonsillectomy apparatus and method 33 1999
2004/0243,163 Surgical instrument 62 2004
2006/0200,123 Surgical instrument and method 70 2006
2006/0264,927 Surgical instrument and method 61 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 783 1992
5,342,357 Fluid cooled electrosurgical cauterization system 545 1992
5,437,662 Fluid cooled electrosurgical cauterization system 315 1994
5,383,876 Fluid cooled electrosurgical probe for cutting and cauterizing tissue 586 1994
 
CELON AG MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS (4)
6,723,094 Electrode assembly for a surgical instrument provided for carrying out an electrothermal coagulation of tissue 44 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 26 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 156 1996
7,001,382 Electrosurgical coagulating and cutting instrument 35 2002
2007/0000,501 Surgical procedure supplemental accessory controller and method utilizing turn-on and turn-off time delays 14 2005
 
CORDIS WEBSTER, INC. (4)
5,462,521 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 402 1993
5,643,197 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 306 1994
6,017,338 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 125 1995
6,171,275 Irrigated split tip electrode catheter 90 1998
 
United States Surgical Corporation (4)
5,490,819 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 101 1994
5,766,167 Monopolar electrosurgical Instruments 82 1995
6,402,742 Controller for thermal treatment of tissue 121 2000
6,526,320 Apparatus for thermal treatment of tissue 113 2001
 
VERATHON INC. (4)
6,081,749 Noninvasive devices, methods, and systems for shrinking of tissues 82 1997
6,091,995 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues 124 1997
6,772,013 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues 32 1999
6,836,688 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues 58 2001
 
24IP LAW GROUP USA, PLLC (3)
2005/0080,413 Surgical scissors with argon plasma coagulation capability 52 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
 
ASTHMATX, INC. (3)
6,299,633 Bronchial stenter 135 1998
6,283,988 Bronchial stenter having expandable electrodes 132 1999
6,283,989 Method of treating a bronchial tube with a bronchial stenter having diametrically adjustable electrodes 143 1999
 
ATRICURE, INC. (3)
5,951,549 Bipolar electrosurgical scissors 303 1996
6,113,596 Combination monopolar-bipolar electrosurgical instrument system, instrument and cable 314 1997
6,517,536 Transmural ablation device and method 180 2001
 
ELECTROSURGERY ASSOCIATES, LLC (3)
6,921,398 Vibrating electrosurgical ablator 43 2002
6,921,399 High efficiency electrosurgery probe 28 2002
2006/0259,031 Electrosurgical ablation electrode with aspiration and method for using same 23 2006
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (3)
5,797,960 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 489 1995
5,823,956 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 281 1996
5,855,614 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 359 1996
 
HEMOSTATIC SURGERY CORPORATION (3)
5,472,443 Electrosurgical apparatus employing constant voltage and methods of use 391 1994
5,633,578 Electrosurgical generator adaptors 187 1994
5,693,045 Electrosurgical generator cable 79 1995
 
HYDROCISION, INC. (3)
6,451,017 Surgical instruments with integrated electrocautery 51 2000
6,899,712 Surgical instruments with integrated electrocautery 47 2002
2005/0283,150 Surgical instruments with integrated electrocautery 33 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 19 1998
6,702,812 Multifunctional telescopic monopolar/bipolar surgical device and method therefor 46 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 234 1995
5,868,739 System for cutting biological tissue 92 1995
2005/0267,469 Bipolar medical instrument and electrosurgical system comprising such an instrument 18 2005
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (3)
6,238,387 Electrosurgical generator 120 1998
6,692,489 Electrosurgical mode conversion system 109 2000
6,695,837 Power supply for identification and control of electrical surgical tools 65 2002
 
S.D.M.H. PTY. LTD. (3)
7,008,421 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 84 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 34 2001
6,695,840 Electrosurgical instrument with a longitudinal element for conducting RF energy and moving a cutting element 182 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 35 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 362 1993
5,542,928 Method and device for thermal ablation having improved heat transfer 267 1994
5,653,692 Method and system for direct heating of fluid solution in a hollow body organ 200 1995
 
XOMED, INC. (3)
4,548,207 Disposable coagulator 252 1982
5,009,656 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 379 1989
5,925,045 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 72 1997
 
2000 INJECTX, INC. (2)
5,861,002 Endoscopic surgical instrument 112 1996
6,231,591 Method of localized fluid therapy 68 1998
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (2)
5,080,660 Electrosurgical electrode 483 1990
2005/0165,444 Tissue fusion/welder apparatus corporation 19 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 25 2005
 
BARRX MEDICAL, INC. (2)
2004/0215,235 Methods and systems for determining physiologic characteristics for treatment of the esophagus 34 2004
2004/0215,296 System and method for treating abnormal epithelium in an esophagus 46 2004
 
BIOSENSE, INC. (2)
5,718,241 Apparatus and method for treating cardiac arrhythmias with no discrete target 314 1995
6,266,551 Catheter calibration and usage monitoring system 133 1999
 
CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC. (2)
6,666,862 Radio frequency ablation system and method linking energy delivery with fluid flow 28 2001
2003/0204,185 System and method for monitoring use of disposable catheters 32 2002
 
CODMAN & SHURTLEFF, INC. (2)
6,929,645 Electro-surgical bipolar forceps 15 2003
6,860,882 Electro-surgical bipolar forceps 16 2003
 
ELLIQUENCE, LLC (2)
6,352,533 Electrosurgical handpiece for treating tissue 39 2000
2006/0217,700 Electrosurgical instrument with enhanced capability 33 2005
 
ENDOSCOPIC CONCEPTS, INC. (ECI) (2)
6,371,956 Monopolar electrosurgical end effectors 71 1999
6,312,430 Bipolar electrosurgical end effectors 32 1999
 
ENERGY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF (2)
4,326,529 Corneal-shaping electrode 391 1979
4,381,007 Multipolar corneal-shaping electrode with flexible removable skirt 404 1981
 
Envision Surgical Systems, Inc. (2)
5,401,272 Multimodality probe with extendable bipolar electrodes 275 1994
5,441,498 Method of using a multimodality probe with extendable bipolar electrodes 64 1994
 
ERBE ELEKTROMEDIZIN GMBH (2)
6,210,410 Coagulation device for coagulating biological tissues 23 1999
7,166,106 Bipolar clamp 37 2002
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,322,503 Endoscopic surgical instrument 127 1991
5,460,629 Electrosurgical device and method 260 1994
 
INTACT MEDICAL CORPORATION (2)
6,740,079 Electrosurgical generator 133 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 136 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 308 1997
6,086,586 Bipolar tissue grasping apparatus and tissue welding method 329 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 395 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 278 1995
6,174,309 Seal & cut electrosurgical instrument 420 1999
 
MEDTRONIC VIDAMED, INC. (2)
6,887,237 Method for treating tissue with a wet electrode and apparatus for using same 30 2002
2005/0085,804 Method for treating tissue with a wet electrode and apparatus for using same 50 2004
 
MEGADYNE MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (2)
6,685,704 Utilization of an active catalyst in a surface coating of an electrosurgical instrument 62 2002
6,951,559 Utilization of a hybrid material in a surface coating of an electrosurgical instrument 40 2002
 
NOVASYS MEDICAL, INC. (2)
6,425,877 Treatment of tissue in the digestive circulatory respiratory urinary and reproductive systems 100 1999
6,743,197 Treatment of discrete tissues in respiratory, urinary, circulatory, reproductive and digestive systems 51 1999
 
NUSURG MEDICAL, INC. (2)
5,217,460 Multiple purpose forceps 401 1991
5,300,087 Multiple purpose forceps 278 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 23 2004
2005/0033,278 Fluid assisted medical devices, fluid delivery systems and controllers for such devices, and methods 217 2004
 
SEEDLING ENTERPRISES, INC. (2)
5,647,871 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 396 1995
6,074,389 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 99 1997
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (2)
6,224,593 Tissue sealing using microwaves 212 1999
6,932,810 Apparatus and method for sealing and cutting tissue 201 2001
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (2)
7,150,747 Electrosurgical cutter 35 2003
2004/0030,330 Electrosurgery systems 321 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 85 2002
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (2)
5,637,110 Electrocautery surgical tool with relatively pivoted tissue engaging jaws 238 1995
2006/0235,377 Electrosurgical tool 22 2005
 
Symbiosis Corporation (2)
5,417,709 Endoscopic instrument with end effectors forming suction and/or irrigation lumens 175 1994
5,569,243 Double acting endoscopic scissors with bipolar cautery capability 272 1994
 
SYNERGETICS USA, INC. (2)
7,041,096 Electrosurgical generator apparatus 76 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 551 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 128 1996
2006/0084,968 Electrosurgical instrument and method 22 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 98 1993
 
AESCULAP AG (1)
6,743,230 Bipolar grasping instrument 140 2002
 
ALLEGIANCE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION (1)
5,395,312 Surgical tool 373 1993
 
ALOKA CO., LTD. (1)
5,167,659 Blood coagulating apparatus 254 1991
 
Alto Development Corporation (1)
4,932,952 Antishock, anticlog suction coagulator 78 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 17 2005
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
6,190,384 Endoscopic high-frequency treatment tool 70 1999
 
ATOSSA GENETICS, INC. (1)
6,712,816 Methods and systems for treating breast tissue 34 2002
 
BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC. (1)
5,156,613 Collagen welding rod material for use in tissue welding 353 1991
 
BAYLIS MEDICAL COMPANY INC. (1)
2005/0177,209 Bipolar tissue treatment system 35 2005
 
BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (1)
6,699,242 Methods and devices for intraosseous nerve ablation 29 2001
 
BIOJECT INC. (1)
5,993,412 Injection apparatus 113 1997
 
BRONCUS MEDICAL INC. (1)
5,957,919 Bleb reducer 76 1997
 
CABOT TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (1)
5,458,598 Cutting and coagulating forceps 316 1993
 
CARDIORHYTHM A CA CORPORATION (1)
5,573,533 Method and system for radiofrequency ablation of cardiac tissue 284 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 72 2001
 
CIRCON CORPORATION (1)
4,532,924 Multipolar electrosurgical device and method 529 1982
 
Clinicon Corporation (1)
6,974,452 Cutting and cauterizing surgical tools 22 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 168 1999
 
COOPER COMPANIES, INC., THE (1)
4,301,802 Cauterizing tool for ophthalmological surgery 139 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 26 2001
 
CYTYC CORPORATION (1)
2006/0247,614 Hemostasis device 20 2005
 
DAIG CORPORATION (1)
5,722,400 Guiding introducers for use in the treatment of left ventricular tachycardia 64 1995
 
DATASCOPE CORP. (1)
2004/0097,919 Surgical device for clamping, ligating, and severing tissue 76 2003
 
DATASCOPE INVESTMENT CORP. (1)
4,276,874 Elongatable balloon catheter 227 1978
 
DELMA ELEKTRO-UND MEDIZINISCHE APPARATEBAU GESELLSCHAFT MBH (1)
5,269,780 Electro-surgical devices 185 1991
 
DEVICOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
6,083,237 Biopsy instrument with tissue penetrating spiral 107 1998
 
DICKENS, DUANE (1)
5,895,355 Over-the-wire EP catheter 76 1997
 
DIPOLAR LIMITED (1)
6,786,906 Electrosurgical cutting tool 21 2000
 
Dorsal Med International (1)
5,514,130 RF apparatus for controlled depth ablation of soft tissue 537 1994
 
Dorsal Orthopedic Corporation (1)
5,458,596 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 596 1994
 
EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION (1)
5,904,711 Expandable thoracoscopic defibrillation catheter system and method 195 1996
 
EMCISION LIMITED (1)
2005/0171,534 Surgical resection device 14 2004
 
ENTERIC MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
2002/0193,851 Energy treatment apparatus for treating gastrointestinal tract and method for using same 25 2001
 
Erbe Elektromedizin GmbH & Co. KG (1)
4,244,371 High-frequency surgical apparatus 60 1979
 
ESC MEDICAL SYSTEMS LTD. (1)
5,437,664 Apparatus and method for venous ligation 246 1994
 
GOLDMAN SACHS CREDIT PARTNERS L.P. (1)
2005/0267,468 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 17 2005
 
Granite Advisory Services, Inc. (1)
2006/0074,411 Biomedical dispersive electrode 37 2005
 
GRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (1)
2004/0030,333 Electrosurgical system and method 60 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 425 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 29 2005
 
INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES (IRELAND) LTD. (1)
4,931,047 Method and apparatus for providing enhanced tissue fragmentation and/or hemostasis 524 1987
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
5,445,638 Bipolar coagulation and cutting forceps 441 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 416 1990
 
KAUFMAN, DAVID I. (1)
5,234,428 Disposable electrocautery/cutting instrument with integral continuous smoke evacuation 100 1991
 
KHARKOVSKY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY INSTITUT OBSCHEI I NEOTLOZHNOI KHIRURGII, USSR, KHARKOV (1)
4,671,274 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 301 1985
 
LAUFER, MICHAEL D., M.D. (1)
6,577,902 Device for shaping infarcted heart tissue and method of using the device 21 1999
 
LIFESHIELD SCIENCES LLC (1)
2004/0158,312 Braided endoluminal device having tapered filaments 3 2003
 
LIGHTWAVE ABLATIOIN SYSTEMS (1)
5,500,012 Ablation catheter system 635 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 225 2000
 
LIVE TISSUE CONNECT, INC. (1)
6,733,498 System and method for control of tissue welding 271 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 26 2003
 
Medsol, Corp. (1)
6,015,391 Biopsy needle structure 61 1998
 
MEDTRONIC CRYOCATH LP (1)
5,281,215 Cryogenic catheter 394 1992
 
MICROSURGE, INC. (1)
5,318,589 Surgical instrument for endoscopic surgery 408 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 112 2000
 
NATIONAL PENN BANK (1)
2005/0085,809 Heat pipe for cautery surgical instrument 22 2004
 
NEOMEDIX CORPORATION (1)
2007/0010,812 Electrosurgical devices and methods for selective cutting of tissue 18 2004
 
NEW WORLD PAWDSIGN LTD (1)
6,032,077 Ablation catheter with electrical coupling via foam drenched with a conductive fluid 140 1997
 
NIDUS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,626,899 Apparatus and methods for treating tissue 283 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 156 2002
 
NUORTHO SURGICAL, INC. (1)
7,066,932 Biologically enhanced irrigants 21 2002
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
6,280,440 Cautery apparatus 28 1999
 
PCN, INC. (1)
6,193,715 Device for converting a mechanical cutting device to an electrosurgical cutting device 60 1999
 
PERFECT SURGICAL TECHNIQUES, INC. (1)
6,682,527 Method and system for heating tissue with a bipolar instrument 252 2001
 
Philadelphia Heart Institute (1)
5,718,701 Ablation electrode 188 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 302 1996
 
PRIVASYS, INC. (1)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 12 2001
 
PRORHYTHM, INC. (1)
2004/0078,034 Coagulator and spinal disk surgery 41 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 16 2003
 
Richard Wolf GmbH (1)
4,985,030 Bipolar coagulation instrument 303 1990
 
RIVERVEST VENTURES PARTNERS I LLC (1)
2006/0079,888 Device and method for ablating tissue 137 2005
 
S.L.T. JAPAN CO., LTD. (1)
6,221,069 Apparatus for medical treatment 17 1997
 
SERENE MEDICAL, INC. (1)
2005/0283,148 Ablation apparatus and system to limit nerve conduction 83 2004
 
SMITH, PAUL C. (1)
5,195,959 Electrosurgical device with suction and irrigation 377 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
 
SPINAL RESTORATION, INC. (1)
2006/0095,075 Injection of fibrin sealant using reconstituted components in spinal applications 17 2005
 
SPINE WAVE, INC. (1)
2005/0130,929 System and method for the pretreatment of the endplates of an intervertebral disc 22 2005
 
SPINECO, INC. (1)
2004/0034,340 Smart dissector 18 2003
 
STARION INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION (1)
6,821,273 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 178 2003
 
STRYKER NV OPERATIONS LIMITED (1)
6,019,757 Endoluminal electro-occlusion detection apparatus and method 88 1995
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
2005/0283,149 Electrosurgical cutting instrument 29 2005
 
SUPFINA GRIESHABER GMBH & CO. KG (1)
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