US Patent No: 7,892,230

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Electrosurgical device having planar vertical electrode and related methods

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Electrosurgical methods and apparatus for the controlled ablation of tissue from a target site of a patient. The instrument includes a shaft having proximal and distal end portion and a planar active electrode on the distal end portion; a return electrode arranged on the shaft spaced from the active electrode; at least one electrical connector extending through the shaft that connects the active electrode with a high frequency power supply; and an aspiration lumen within the shaft having a distal opening. The active electrode is arranged vertically or perpendicular to the tissue treatment surface. The planar electrode may include one or more apertures.

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ARTHROCARE CORPORATIONAUSTIN, TX242

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Woloszko, Jean Austin, US 118 11562

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6,203,542 Method for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 205 1999
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6,309,387 Systems and methods for electrosurgical skin resurfacing 193 1999
7,201,750 System for treating articular cartilage defects 120 1999
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6,296,636 Power supply and methods for limiting power in electrosurgery 330 1999
6,632,220 Systems for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 174 1999
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6,416,507 Method for treating articular cartilage defects 174 2000
6,416,508 Methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 246 2000
6,379,351 Electrosurgical method for the removal of pacemaker leads 199 2000
6,929,640 Methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction within the spine 180 2000
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7,131,969 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 205 2000
6,432,103 System for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 200 2000
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6,602,248 Methods for repairing damaged intervertebral discs 244 2000
7,070,596 Electrosurgical apparatus having a curved distal section 167 2000
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6,770,071 Bladed electrosurgical probe 216 2001
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6,920,883 Methods and apparatus for skin treatment 204 2002
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7,192,428 Systems for epidermal tissue ablation 117 2003
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7,104,986 Intervertebral disc replacement method 123 2003
7,217,268 Method for electrosurgical tissue treatment near a patient's heart 137 2003
7,090,672 Method for treating obstructive sleep disorder includes removing tissue from the base of tongue 191 2003
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2004/0116,922 Methods and apparatus for treating intervertebral discs 137 2003
RE40156 Methods for repairing damaged intervertebral discs 143 2003
2004/0127,893 Methods for visualizing and treating intervertebral discs 133 2003
2004/0230,190 Electrosurgical apparatus and methods for tissue treatment and removal 171 2004
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7,169,143 Methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in electrically conductive fluid 109 2005
2007/0106,288 Electrosurgical apparatus with fluid flow regulator 61 2005
2007/0161,981 Electrosurgical method and systems for treating glaucoma 76 2006
2007/0213,700 Electrosurgical method and system for treating foot ulcer 57 2006
2007/0208,334 Internally located return electrode electrosurgical apparatus, system and method 64 2006
2006/0253,117 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 117 2006
2007/0149,966 Electrosurgical Apparatus and Methods for Treatment and Removal of Tissue 95 2007
2007/0208,335 Internally Located Return Electrode Electrosurgical Apparatus, System and Method 72 2007
2007/0179,497 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTROSURGICAL CUTTING AND ABLATION 92 2007
2007/0282,323 HARD TISSUE ABLATION SYSTEM 87 2007
 
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4,658,817 Method and apparatus for transmyocardial revascularization using a laser 277 1985
 
Dorsal Med International (1)
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SENORX, INC. (1)
6,517,498 Apparatus and method for tissue capture 167 2000
 
CYNOSURE, INC. (6)
5,683,386 Electrosurgical electrode for nail spicule removal procedure 38 1995
5,630,812 Electrosurgical handpiece with locking nose piece 66 1995
6,387,093 Radio frequency tongue base electrode 14 1999
6,572,613 RF tissue penetrating probe 28 2001
6,749,608 Adenoid curette electrosurgical probe 99 2002
6,802,842 Electrosurgical tonsilar and adenoid electrode 108 2003
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION (7)
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9,131,597 Electrosurgical system and method for treating hard body tissue 0 2011
9,168,082 Fine dissection electrosurgical device 0 2011
8,292,887 Internally located return electrode electrosurgical apparatus, system and method 20 2011
8,444,638 Hard tissue ablation system 0 2012
9,011,428 Electrosurgical device with internal digestor electrode 2 2012
8,870,866 Electrosurgical system with suction control apparatus, system and method 1 2012
9,138,282 Method and system of an electrosurgical controller with wave-shaping 0 2012
9,095,358 Electrosurgery irrigation primer systems and methods 0 2012
9,254,166 Systems and methods for turbinate reduction 0 2013
9,271,784 Fine dissection electrosurgical device 0 2013
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