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Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods

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Surgical devices for treating tissue are provided. Also provided are systems for treating tissue and methods of treating tissue. An exemplary surgical device has a handle, a fluid passage connectable to a fluid source, a tip portion and a distal end. The tip portion can simultaneously provide RF power and conductive fluid to tissue. The tip portion includes an electrode having a domed portion having a domed surface and a cylindrical portion having a cylindrical surface. The domed portion is located distal to the cylindrical portion and occupies at least a portion of the distal end of the surgical device. The device includes a fluid outlet opening in fluid communication with the fluid passage, the fluid outlet opening configured to provide the conductive fluid to a surface of the electrode proximal to the distal end surface of the surgical device.

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MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLCMINNEAPOLIS, MN46

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McClurken, Michael E Durham, US 30 2150

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6,926,717 Electrosurgical breast electrode 14 2003
 
CELON AG MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS (4)
6,723,094 Electrode assembly for a surgical instrument provided for carrying out an electrothermal coagulation of tissue 56 2001
2004/0116,923 Electrode arrangement for surgical instrument 31 2003
2004/0078,038 Device for the electrothermal treatment of the human or animal body 32 2003
2008/0071,270 Bipolare Koagulationselektrode 26 2005
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (2)
6,224,593 Tissue sealing using microwaves 266 1999
6,932,810 Apparatus and method for sealing and cutting tissue 344 2001
 
WILSON-COOK MEDICAL INC. (1)
2006/0178,699 Biopsy forceps 17 2006
 
XIAN BANBIANTIAN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT CO., LTD. (1)
2004/0176,760 Electrosurgical apparatus with cooling device 23 2003
 
Circon Corporation (1)
4,532,924 Multipolar electrosurgical device and method 609 1982
 
WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH FOUNDATION (1)
6,740,058 Surgical tool with integrated pressure and flow sensors 28 2001
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (24)
5,558,671 Impedance feedback monitor for electrosurgical instrument 690 1994
5,709,680 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 670 1994
5,688,270 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with recessed and/or offset electrodes 624 1995
5,599,350 Electrosurgical clamping device with coagulation feedback 418 1995
5,807,393 Surgical tissue treating device with locking mechanism 514 1995
5,562,702 Cable-actuated jaw assembly for surgical instruments 263 1995
5,755,717 Electrosurgical clamping device with improved coagulation feedback 528 1996
5,817,093 Impedance feedback monitor with query electrode for electrosurgical instrument 533 1996
5,810,811 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 749 1997
6,003,517 Method for using an electrosurgical device on lung tissue 379 1998
6,165,175 RF bipolar mesentery takedown device including improved bipolar end effector 223 1999
6,296,640 RF bipolar end effector for use in electrosurgical instruments 255 1999
6,251,110 Combined radio frequency and ultrasonic surgical device 88 1999
6,468,275 RF bipolar mesentery takedown device including improved bipolar end effector 292 2000
6,485,490 RF bipolar end effector for use in electrosurgical instruments 276 2001
6,929,644 Electrosurgical jaw structure for controlled energy delivery 456 2001
6,676,660 Feedback light apparatus and method for use with an electrosurgical instrument 449 2002
6,802,843 Electrosurgical working end with resistive gradient electrodes 445 2002
6,926,716 Electrosurgical instrument 503 2002
6,770,072 Electrosurgical jaw structure for controlled energy delivery 455 2002
7,074,219 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 114 2003
7,041,102 Electrosurgical working end with replaceable cartridges 465 2003
6,905,497 Jaw structure for electrosurgical instrument 359 2003
2004/0193,211 Fingertip surgical instruments 71 2004
 
OLYMPUS CORPORATION (2)
2004/0172,111 Electric surgery apparatus for supplying electric power suitable for subject tissue 14 2004
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ETHICON, INC. (8)
5,403,312 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 1200 1993
5,405,344 Articulable socket joint assembly for an endoscopic instrument for surgical fastner track therefor 473 1993
6,740,084 Method and device to enhance RF electrode performance 41 2001
6,855,145 Self-wetting, dry-field bipolar electrodes for endoscopic surgery 21 2002
6,929,642 RF device for treating the uterus 70 2002
7,147,635 Bipolar electrosurgical snare 25 2004
6,964,274 Tubal sterilization device having expanding electrodes and method for performing sterilization using the same 28 2004
7,066,936 Surgical cutting and tissue vaporizing instrument 117 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 325 2000
 
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (1)
5,971,983 Tissue ablation device and method of use 493 1997
 
BRONCUS MEDICAL INC. (1)
5,957,919 Bleb reducer 125 1997
 
RIVERVEST VENTURES PARTNERS I LLC (1)
2006/0079,888 Device and method for ablating tissue 170 2005
 
SPIDER VEIN SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
7,125,406 Electrocautery instrument 15 2002
 
Neomedix Corporation (1)
2007/0010,812 Electrosurgical devices and methods for selective cutting of tissue 27 2004
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
6,280,440 Cautery apparatus 30 1999
 
DEVICOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
6,083,237 Biopsy instrument with tissue penetrating spiral 163 1998
 
UTAH MEDICAL PRODUCTS INC. (1)
5,395,363 Diathermy coagulation and ablation apparatus and method 188 1993
 
ABBOTT LABORATORIES (1)
5,681,294 Fluid delivery set 61 1995
 
Asthmatx, Inc. (3)
6,299,633 Bronchial stenter 189 1998
6,283,988 Bronchial stenter having expandable electrodes 187 1999
6,283,989 Method of treating a bronchial tube with a bronchial stenter having diametrically adjustable electrodes 201 1999
 
CORDIS WEBSTER, INC. (6)
5,431,168 Steerable open-lumen catheter 239 1993
5,462,521 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 481 1993
5,643,197 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 352 1994
6,017,338 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 146 1995
6,171,275 Irrigated split tip electrode catheter 120 1998
6,210,406 Split tip electrode catheter and signal processing RF ablation system 121 1998
 
2000 INJECTX, INC. (2)
5,861,002 Endoscopic surgical instrument 148 1996
6,231,591 Method of localized fluid therapy 102 1998
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (4)
5,637,110 Electrocautery surgical tool with relatively pivoted tissue engaging jaws 282 1995
7,041,096 Electrosurgical generator apparatus 108 2002
2006/0235,377 Electrosurgical tool 28 2005
2006/0184,164 Electrosurgical Generator Apparatus 18 2006
 
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 176 1997
 
NTERO SURGICAL, INC. (1)
6,775,575 System and method for reducing post-surgical complications 207 2002
 
CARDIORHYTHM A CA CORPORATION (1)
5,573,533 Method and system for radiofrequency ablation of cardiac tissue 389 1992
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (2)
5,080,660 Electrosurgical electrode 569 1990
2005/0165,444 Tissue fusion/welder apparatus corporation 28 2004
 
Privasys, Inc (1)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 31 2001
 
Tubarc Technologies, LLC (3)
6,766,817 Fluid conduction utilizing a reversible unsaturated siphon with tubarc porosity action 909 2002
6,918,404 Irrigation and drainage based on hydrodynamic unsaturated fluid flow 586 2004
7,066,586 Ink refill and recharging system 567 2004
 
KAUFMAN, DAVID I. (1)
5,234,428 Disposable electrocautery/cutting instrument with integral continuous smoke evacuation 129 1991
 
BAYLIS MEDICAL COMPANY INC. (1)
2005/0177,209 Bipolar tissue treatment system 44 2005
 
ElliQuence, LLC (2)
6,352,533 Electrosurgical handpiece for treating tissue 50 2000
2006/0217,700 Electrosurgical instrument with enhanced capability 47 2005
 
GYNECARE, INC. (1)
6,056,747 Apparatus and method for treatment of body tissues 80 1997
 
S.D.M.H. PTY. LTD. (3)
7,008,421 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 106 2003
2006/0142,757 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 21 2006
2006/0217,707 Thermal hemostasis and/or coagulation of tissue 23 2006
 
Richard Wolf GmbH (2)
4,985,030 Bipolar coagulation instrument 352 1990
6,447,509 Transurethral dissection electrode 43 2000
 
AngioDynamics, Inc. (11)
5,458,597 Device for treating cancer and non-malignant tumors and methods 456 1993
5,536,267 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 696 1994
5,599,346 RF treatment system 311 1994
5,683,384 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus 230 1995
5,935,123 RF treatment apparatus 99 1996
6,071,280 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 162 1997
6,471,698 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 124 1999
6,770,070 Lung treatment apparatus and method 336 2000
2005/0137,662 Tissue surface treatment apparatus and method 61 2005
2005/0203,503 Infusion array ablation apparatus 67 2005
2006/0241,577 Tissue biopsy and treatment apparatus and method 49 2006
 
NOVACEPT (1)
7,063,670 System and method for detecting perforations in a body cavity 60 2005
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,322,503 Endoscopic surgical instrument 147 1991
5,460,629 Electrosurgical device and method 325 1994
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (2)
5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 624 1995
2005/0187,599 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 17 2005
 
IRVINE BIOMEDICAL, INC. (7)
5,792,140 Catheter having cooled multiple-needle electrode 186 1997
5,843,152 Catheter system having a ball electrode 110 1997
5,989,248 Medical device and methods for treating tissues 37 1998
5,992,418 Catheter system having safety means and methods thereof 50 1998
5,913,856 Catheter system having a porous shaft and fluid irrigation capabilities 219 1998
6,226,554 Catheter system having a ball electrode and methods thereof 34 1998
6,217,576 Catheter probe for treating focal atrial fibrillation in pulmonary veins 277 1999
 
I.C. MEDICAL, INC. (5)
7,083,601 Automatic fluid control system for use in open and laparoscopic laser surgery and electrosurgery and method therefor 27 1998
6,635,034 Multifunctional handpiece for use in open and laparoscopic laser surgery and electrosurgery 67 2000
6,702,812 Multifunctional telescopic monopolar/bipolar surgical device and method therefor 58 2001
7,112,199 Multifunctional telescopic monopolar/bipolar surgical device and method therefore 189 2004
2006/0276,783 MULTIFUNCTIONAL TELESCOPIC MONOPOLAR/BIPOLAR SURGICAL DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF 16 2006
 
MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC (21)
6,558,385 Fluid-assisted medical device 227 2000
6,702,810 Fluid delivery system and controller for electrosurgical devices 236 2001
6,689,131 Electrosurgical device having a tissue reduction sensor 239 2001
7,115,139 Fluid-assisted medical devices, fluid delivery systems and controllers for such devices, and methods 86 2001
6,953,461 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 307 2002
7,311,708 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 59 2002
2003/0114,850 Fluid-assisted medical device 25 2003
2004/0019,350 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 56 2003
2006/0116,675 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 167 2003
2006/0235,379 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical scissors and methods 25 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 153 2004
2005/0015,085 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 33 2004
2005/0010,212 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 36 2004
2005/0090,816 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 38 2004
7,811,282 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical devices, electrosurgical unit with pump and methods of use thereof 18 2005
2006/0149,225 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical devices, electrosurgical unit with pump and methods of use thereof 22 2005
2006/0100,619 Fluid-assisted medical device 61 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 31 2006
 
BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (1)
6,699,242 Methods and devices for intraosseous nerve ablation 40 2001
 
ENDOSCOPIC CONCEPTS, INC. (ECI) (2)
6,371,956 Monopolar electrosurgical end effectors 113 1999
6,312,430 Bipolar electrosurgical end effectors 42 1999
 
NATIONAL PENN BANK (1)
2005/0085,809 Heat pipe for cautery surgical instrument 50 2004
 
PROJECT TROJAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION, LLC (1)
6,887,237 Method for treating tissue with a wet electrode and apparatus for using same 44 2002
 
Electrosurgery Associates, LLC (3)
6,921,398 Vibrating electrosurgical ablator 65 2002
6,921,399 High efficiency electrosurgery probe 36 2002
2006/0259,031 Electrosurgical ablation electrode with aspiration and method for using same 33 2006
 
Dorsal Orthopedic Corporation (1)
5,458,596 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 723 1994
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (26)
5,190,541 Surgical instrument and method 680 1990
5,348,554 Catheter for RF ablation with cooled electrode 861 1992
5,403,311 Electro-coagulation and ablation and other electrotherapeutic treatments of body tissue 982 1993
5,697,927 Catheter for RF ablation with cooled electrode and apparatus for use therewith 412 1994
5,676,693 Electrophysiology device 491 1994
5,800,482 Apparatus and method for linear lesion ablation 412 1996
6,068,653 Electrophysiology catheter device 178 1996
5,919,191 Electro-surgical tissue removal 68 1997
5,860,974 Heart ablation catheter with expandable electrode and method of coupling energy to an electrode on a catheter shaft 631 1997
6,010,500 Telescoping apparatus and method for linear lesion ablation 190 1997
5,895,417 Deflectable loop design for a linear lesion ablation apparatus 338 1997
6,015,407 Combination linear ablation and cooled tip RF catheters 119 1998
6,212,426 Systems and methods for conducting electrophysiological testing using high-voltage energy pulses to stun tissue 134 1999
6,579,288 Fluid cooled apparatus for supporting diagnostic and therapeutic elements in contact with tissue 121 2000
6,942,661 Fluid cooled apparatus for supporting diagnostic and therapeutic elements in contact with tissue 72 2001
6,685,700 Method and system for heating solid tissue 127 2001
6,814,731 Methods for RF ablation using jet injection of conductive fluid 24 2002
7,087,051 Articulating radio frequency probe handle 162 2003
6,964,661 Endovenous ablation mechanism with feedback control 56 2003
7,101,387 Radio frequency ablation cooling shield 48 2003
2005/0080,410 Liquid infusion apparatus for radiofrequency tissue ablation 17 2003
2005/0070,888 Medical device systems and methods 19 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 24 2005
2006/0129,185 Forceps for medical use 14 2005
2006/0271,036 RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATION COOLING SHIELD 33 2006
 
E.P. LIMITED (1)
6,328,735 Thermal ablation system 47 1998
 
GYRUS MEDICAL, INC. (11)
5,035,696 Electrosurgical instrument for conducting endoscopic retrograde sphincterotomy 473 1990
5,071,419 Percutaneous laparoscopic cholecystectomy instrument 112 1990
5,282,799 Bipolar electrosurgical scalpel with paired loop electrodes 432 1991
5,197,963 Electrosurgical instrument with extendable sheath for irrigation and aspiration 595 1991
5,342,359 Bipolar coagulation device 278 1993
5,573,424 Apparatus for interfacing a bipolar electrosurgical instrument to a monopolar generator 269 1995
5,891,141 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for cutting and sealing tubular tissue structures 273 1998
6,293,945 Electrosurgical instrument with suction capability 48 2000
6,808,525 Bipolar electrosurgical hook probe for cutting and coagulating tissue 376 2002
7,033,356 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for cutting desiccating and sealing tissue 348 2003
2006/0271,042 Cutting and coagulating electrosurgical forceps having cam controlled jaw closure 215 2005
 
GYRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (37)
5,647,869 Electrosurgical apparatus 642 1995
6,293,942 Electrosurgical generator method 471 1996
* 6,004,319 Electrosurgical instrument 437 1996
6,027,501 Electrosurgical instrument 409 1996
5,944,715 Electrosurgical instrument 458 1996
6,093,186 Electrosurgical generator and system 449 1997
6,416,509 Electrosurgical generator and system 421 1998
6,056,746 Electrosurgical instrument 505 1998
6,306,134 Electrosurgical generator and system 415 1998
6,174,308 Electrosurgical instrument 204 1999
6,558,379 Electrosurgical system 212 1999
6,336,926 Electrosurgical system 205 2000
6,780,180 Electrosurgical instrument 297 2000
6,482,202 Under water treatment 112 2001
6,758,846 Electrosurgical instrument and an electrosurgery system including such an instrument 306 2001
2002/0029,036 Electrosurgical generator and system 308 2001
6,893,435 Electrosurgical system 282 2001
6,923,803 Electrosurgical system and method 186 2002
6,827,725 Surgical instrument 189 2002
6,843,789 Electrosurgical system 299 2002
6,984,231 Electrosurgical system 292 2002
7,052,494 Surgical system and method 178 2002
6,929,641 Electrosurgical system 235 2003
6,966,907 Electrosurgical generator and system 390 2003
6,966,909 Surgical instrument 233 2003
2004/0078,037 Surgical instrument 161 2003
2004/0068,307 Surgical instrument 184 2003
7,001,380 Electrosurgical system and method 170 2004
2004/0181,219 Electrosurgical instrument and an electrosugery system including such an instrument 176 2004
7,147,637 Surgical instrument 191 2004
7,150,748 Bipolar coagulating instrument 175 2004
2005/0261,676 Surgical instrument 176 2004
2005/0261,677 Surgical instrument 162 2005
7,153,300 Electrosurgical system 219 2005
2006/0047,275 Electrical generator and system 163 2005
2006/0111,711 Surgical instrument 225 2005
2006/0264,929 Surgical system 166 2006
 
TARGET THERAPEUTICS, INC. (1)
6,048,333 Apparatus for treating aneurysms with a thermal source 54 1997
 
GYRUS ENT, L.L.C. (5)
5,843,021 Cell necrosis apparatus 258 1997
6,682,501 Submucosal tonsillectomy apparatus and method 61 1999
2004/0243,163 Surgical instrument 168 2004
2006/0200,123 Surgical instrument and method 176 2006
2006/0264,927 Surgical instrument and method 163 2006
 
Clinicon Corporation (1)
6,974,452 Cutting and cauterizing surgical tools 33 2000
 
LIVNEH, STEVE (1)
2006/0259,070 FORCEPS FOR PERFORMING ENDOSCOPIC OR ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY 19 2006
 
Repro-Med Systems, Inc. (1)
6,926,706 Mechanical variable rate flow control for a constant pressure IV delivery system 18 2003
 
VENTURE LENDING, A DIVISION OF CUPERTINO NATIONAL BANK & TRUST (1)
5,472,441 Device for treating cancer and non-malignant tumors and methods 614 1994
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (8)
5,584,872 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 442 1994
5,902,328 Electrophysiology energy treatment device and method of use 147 1996
6,221,039 Multi-function surgical instrument 192 1998
6,168,594 Electrophysiology RF energy treatment device 192 1999
6,923,805 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 102 2000
6,893,440 Electro-cautery catheter 19 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 15 2005
 
VENTURE BANKING GROUP, A DIVISION OF CUPERTINO NATIONAL BANK (1)
6,056,744 Sphincter treatment apparatus 436 1998
 
VESSIX VASCULAR, INC. (1)
2006/0235,286 Tuned RF energy for selective treatment of atheroma and other target tissues and/or structures 75 2006
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (3)
5,797,960 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 641 1995
5,823,956 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 367 1996
5,855,614 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 458 1996
 
TSUNAMI MEDTECH, LLC (1)
2006/0224,154 Medical instrument and method of use 90 2006
 
ENERGY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF (1)
4,381,007 Multipolar corneal-shaping electrode with flexible removable skirt 480 1981
 
GRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (1)
2004/0030,333 Electrosurgical system and method 162 2003
 
Perfect Surgical Techniques, Inc. (1)
6,682,527 Method and system for heating tissue with a bipolar instrument 418 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 671 1987
 
Alton Dean Medical (1)
5,254,117 Multi-functional endoscopic probe apparatus 232 1992
 
ELLMAN INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
5,562,503 Bipolar adaptor for electrosurgical instrument 104 1994
 
SORIN GROUP USA, INC. (3)
6,740,102 Vessel harvesting retractor with bilateral electrosurgical ligation 41 2001
6,695,840 Electrosurgical instrument with a longitudinal element for conducting RF energy and moving a cutting element 239 2002
6,835,195 Surgical device for applying radio frequency energy to a portion of a captured vessel 24 2002
 
Vastech Medical Products Inc. (1)
4,920,982 Percutaneous vasectomy method 45 1988
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
2004/0162,572 Instrument for surgically cutting tissue and method of use 30 2003
 
EP Technologies, Inc. (14)
5,313,943 Catheters and methods for performing cardiac diagnosis and treatment 473 1992
5,383,874 Systems for identifying catheters and monitoring their use 508 1992
5,456,682 Electrode and associated systems using thermally insulated temperature sensing elements 345 1994
5,735,846 Systems and methods for ablating body tissue using predicted maximum tissue temperature 257 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 324 1995
5,797,905 Flexible tissue ablation elements for making long lesions 179 1995
5,879,348 Electrode structures formed from flexible, porous, or woven materials 111 1996
5,702,386 Non-linear control systems and methods for heating and ablating body tissue 220 1996
5,743,903 Cardiac ablation systems and methods using tissue temperature monitoring and control 257 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 164 1996
6,030,379 Systems and methods for seeking sub-surface temperature conditions during tissue ablation 58 1997
6,053,912 Systems and methods for sensing sub-surface temperatures in body tissue during ablation with actively cooled electrodes 204 1997
6,056,745 Systems and methods for obtaining desired lesion characteristics while ablating body tissue 169 1997
6,165,169 Systems and methods for identifying the physical, mechanical, and functional attributes of multiple electrode arrays 177 1999
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (2)
7,150,747 Electrosurgical cutter 39 2003
2004/0030,330 Electrosurgery systems 430 2003
 
COVIDIEN AG (22)
5,718,703 Method and apparatus for small needle electrocautery 83 1995
6,478,793 Ablation treatment of bone metastases 167 2000
6,458,130 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 369 2001
6,796,981 Vessel sealing system 346 2002
6,743,229 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for sealing vessels 255 2002
6,960,210 Laparoscopic bipolar electrosurgical instrument 199 2002
6,682,528 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 443 2002
2004/0122,423 Vessel sealer and divider with non-conductive stop members 131 2003
2004/0143,263 Compressible jaw configuration with bipolar RF output electrodes for soft tissue fusion 225 2003
2004/0162,557 Vessel sealing instrument 159 2004
7,147,638 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces thermal damage to adjacent tissue 262 2004
2006/0264,931 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces thermal damage to adjacent tissue 146 2004
2005/0021,027 Tissue sealer with non-conductive variable stop members and method of sealing tissue 151 2004
2004/0249,374 Vessel sealing instrument 220 2004
2005/0015,086 Multi-port side-fire coagulator 30 2004
2005/0101,952 Vessel sealing wave jaw 178 2004
7,232,440 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 235 2004
2005/0203,504 Method and system for controlling output of RF medical generator 243 2005
2006/0064,085 Articulating bipolar electrosurgical instrument 174 2005
2006/0079,872 Devices for detecting heating under a patient return electrode 58 2005
2006/0178,667 Electrosurgical pencil with advanced es controls 72 2006
2006/0189,977 Electrosurgical electrode shroud 14 2006
 
Alto Development Corporation (1)
4,932,952 Antishock, anticlog suction coagulator 96 1988
 
STARION INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION (1)
6,821,273 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 370 2003
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
6,190,384 Endoscopic high-frequency treatment tool 104 1999
 
Everest Medical Corporation (6)
4,976,711 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 736 1989
5,013,312 Bipolar scalpel for harvesting internal mammary artery 323 1990
5,125,928 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 638 1991
5,171,311 Percutaneous laparoscopic cholecystectomy instrument 246 1991
5,197,964 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 441 1991
5,290,286 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 525 1992
 
LAUFER, MICHAEL D., M.D. (1)
6,577,902 Device for shaping infarcted heart tissue and method of using the device 57 1999
 
SORING GMBH (1)
2006/0111,705 Device for destruction of tumor tissue 16 2005
 
PLASMA SURGICAL INVESTMENTS LIMITED (1)
7,361,175 Plasma surgical device 39 2003
 
Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (1)
5,417,672 Connector for coupling an ultrasound transducer to an ultrasound catheter 143 1993
 
MIKAMI, TAKESHI (1)
2006/0276,785 BIPOLAR FORCEPS 17 2006
 
ALLEGIANCE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION (1)
5,395,312 Surgical tool 552 1993
 
AUSLO RESEARCH LLC (1)
5,861,021 Microwave thermal therapy of cardiac tissue 257 1996
 
XOMED, INC. (3)
4,548,207 Disposable coagulator 278 1982
5,009,656 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 408 1989
5,925,045 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 95 1997
 
SURGINETICS INC. (3)
2006/0241,587 Multielectrode Electrosurgical Instrument 42 2006
2006/0241,588 Multielectrode Electrosurgical Blade 45 2006
2006/0241,589 Battery Powered Electrosurgical System 51 2006
 
NEUROTHERM, INC. (12)
5,980,504 Method for manipulating tissue of an intervertebral disc 318 1997
6,007,570 Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs 293 1997
6,073,051 Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy 363 1997
6,095,149 Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 279 1997
6,122,549 Apparatus for treating intervertebral discs with resistive energy 327 1997
6,126,682 Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 375 1998
6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 267 1998
6,290,715 Method for delivering energy adjacent the inner wall of an intervertebral disc 166 1999
6,258,086 Catheter for delivery of energy to a surgical site 192 1999
6,261,311 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral discs 232 1999
6,733,496 Intervertebral disc device employing flexible probe 160 2001
6,832,997 Electromagnetic energy delivery intervertebral disc treatment devices 37 2001
 
COVIDIEN LP (5)
6,033,398 Method and apparatus for treating venous insufficiency using directionally applied energy 197 1997
6,322,559 Electrode catheter having coil structure 386 1998
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 436 2003
2006/0025,766 Energy based partial circumferential hemorrhoid repair device 28 2005
2006/0189,979 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 30 2005
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (3)
6,238,387 Electrosurgical generator 198 1998
6,692,489 Electrosurgical mode conversion system 138 2000
6,695,837 Power supply for identification and control of electrical surgical tools 79 2002
 
PRORHYTHM, INC. (1)
2004/0078,034 Coagulator and spinal disk surgery 56 2003
 
Vioacare International, Inc. (1)
5,964,755 Thin layer ablation apparatus 183 1996
 
ENTEGRIS, INC. (1)
2004/0121,494 Infrared thermopile detector system for semiconductor process monitoring and control 1 2003
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
5,445,638 Bipolar coagulation and cutting forceps 540 1993
 
PAUZA, KEVIN (1)
2006/0095,075 Injection of fibrin sealant using reconstituted components in spinal applications 20 2005
 
AVENT, INC. (2)
2005/0159,797 Electrosurgical device with improved visibility 20 2005
2006/0106,376 Methods of treating the sacroilac region of a patient's body 19 2005
 
US PATENT INNOVATIONS, LLC (3)
2005/0080,413 Surgical scissors with argon plasma coagulation capability 74 2004
2005/0107,786 Bipolar surgical forceps with argon plasma coagulation capability 19 2004
2006/0036,239 Combination argon plasma coagulation and electrocautery device and method 22 2005
 
APSARA MEDICAL CORPORATION (2)
2006/0030,912 System, method and apparatus for evaluating tissue temperature 19 2005
2006/0095,103 Aesthetic thermal sculpting of skin 32 2005
 
PLASMOGEN INC. (1)
2005/0256,519 Tissue resurfacing 20 2005
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, LLC (1)
2006/0167,451 Medical instrument including an end effector having a medical-treatment electrode 30 2005
 
INTACT MEDICAL CORPORATION (2)
6,740,079 Electrosurgical generator 184 2001
7,041,101 Electrosurgical accessing of tissue with controlled collateral thermal phenomena 17 2003
 
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6,780,177 Conductive interstitial thermal therapy device 39 2002
 
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6,814,714 Instrument that can be inserted into the human body 27 1997
6,864,686 High-frequency surgical device and operation monitoring device for a high-frequency surgical device 105 2002
 
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4,998,933 Thermal angioplasty catheter and method 509 1988
5,681,282 Methods and apparatus for ablation of luminal tissues 649 1995
5,697,909 Methods and apparatus for surgical cutting 604 1995
5,697,281 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 520 1995
5,683,366 System and method for electrosurgical tissue canalization 504 1995
5,697,882 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 628 1995
6,024,733 System and method for epidermal tissue ablation 261 1995
5,902,272 Planar ablation probe and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 303 1996
5,810,764 Resecting loop electrode and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 455 1996
5,843,019 Shaped electrodes and methods for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 347 1996
5,697,536 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 510 1996
5,860,951 Systems and methods for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 248 1996
5,873,855 Systems and methods for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 287 1996
5,766,153 Methods and apparatus for surgical cutting 344 1996
5,888,198 Electrosurgical system for resection and ablation of tissue in electrically conductive fluids 336 1996
5,891,095 Electrosurgical treatment of tissue in electrically conductive fluid 370 1996
6,312,408 Electrosurgical probe for treating tissue in electrically conductive fluid 193 1996
5,871,469 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 331 1997
6,179,824 System and methods for electrosurgical restenosis of body lumens 209 1997
6,159,194 System and method for electrosurgical tissue contraction 301 1997
6,105,581 Electrosurgical systems and methods for treating the spine 190 1997
6,113,597 Electrosurgical systems and methods for urological and gynecological procedures 100 1997
6,210,402 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 263 1997
6,228,078 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 260 1997
6,109,268 Systems and methods for electrosurgical endoscopic sinus surgery 275 1997
6,032,674 Systems and methods for myocardial revascularization 171 1997
6,183,469 Electrosurgical systems and methods for the removal of pacemaker leads 234 1998
6,190,381 Methods for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 382 1998
6,277,112 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 231 1998
6,355,032 Systems and methods for selective electrosurgical treatment of body structures 285 1998
6,391,025 Electrosurgical scalpel and methods for tissue cutting 226 1998
6,063,079 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of turbinates 229 1998
6,142,992 Power supply for limiting power in electrosurgery 317 1998
6,235,020 Power supply and methods for fluid delivery in electrosurgery 345 1998
6,363,937 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of the digestive system 274 1998
6,047,700 Systems and methods for electrosurgical removal of calcified deposits 211 1998
6,053,172 Systems and methods for electrosurgical sinus surgery 248 1998
6,102,046 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue revascularization 238 1998
6,224,592 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 401 1998
6,045,532 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 181 1998
6,086,585 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of sleep obstructive disorders 189 1998
6,117,109 Systems and methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 200 1998
6,461,350 Systems and methods for electrosurgical-assisted lipectomy 148 1998
6,066,134 Method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 373 1998
6,179,836 Planar ablation probe for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 265 1998
6,296,638 Systems for tissue ablation and aspiration 254 1998
6,228,082 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of vascular disorders 143 1998
6,149,620 System and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in the presence of electrically conductive fluid 360 1999
6,159,208 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 191 1999
6,203,542 Method for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 205 1999
6,264,652 Electrosurgical systems for treating tissue 227 1999
6,309,387 Systems and methods for electrosurgical skin resurfacing 193 1999
6,461,354 Systems for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 89 1999
6,264,650 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 241 1999
6,283,961 Apparatus for electrosurgical spine surgery 402 1999
6,238,391 Systems for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 312 1999
6,254,600 Systems for tissue ablation and aspiration 214 1999
6,264,651 Method for electrosurgical spine surgery 203 1999
6,296,636 Power supply and methods for limiting power in electrosurgery 330 1999
6,322,549 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 203 2000
6,416,507 Method for treating articular cartilage defects 174 2000
6,416,508 Methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 245 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 179 2000
6,896,672 Methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 55 2000
6,432,103 System for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 199 2000
6,468,270 System and method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 145 2000
6,602,248 Methods for repairing damaged intervertebral discs 243 2000
7,070,596 Electrosurgical apparatus having a curved distal section 167 2000
6,468,274 Systems and methods for treating spinal pain 205 2000
6,726,684 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 147 2000
6,896,674 Electrosurgical apparatus having digestion electrode and methods related thereto 130 2000
6,832,996 Electrosurgical systems and methods for treating tissue 137 2001
6,464,695 Method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 100 2001
6,915,806 Method for harvesting graft vessel 103 2001
6,770,071 Bladed electrosurgical probe 215 2001
6,746,447 Methods for ablating tissue 124 2001
6,974,453 Dual mode electrosurgical clamping probe and related methods 191 2001
6,772,012 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of spinal tissue 166 2001
6,719,754 Methods for electrosurgical assisted lipectomy 84 2002
6,766,202 Systems and methods for intradermal collagen stimulation 99 2002
6,712,811 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 74 2002
7,004,941 Systems and methods for electrosurigical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 123 2002
6,949,096 Electrosurgical ablation and aspiration apparatus having flow directing feature and methods related thereto 173 2003
6,991,631 Electrosurgical probe having circular electrode array for ablating joint tissue and systems related thereto 181 2003
7,094,215 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction 133 2003
7,104,986 Intervertebral disc replacement method 123 2003
6,960,204 Electrosurgical method using laterally arranged active electrode 127 2003
2004/0215,184 System for electrosurgical tissue contraction 20 2003
2004/0230,190 Electrosurgical apparatus and methods for tissue treatment and removal 171 2004
2006/0178,670 Rotary electrosurgical apparatus and methods thereof 135 2004
2005/0251,134 Apparatus and methods for electrosurgical ablation and resection of target tissue 94 2005
2006/0259,025 Conductive fluid bridge electrosurgical apparatus 117 2005
2006/0036,237 Devices and methods for selective orientation of electrosurgical devices 98 2005
2005/0288,665 Electrosurgical device having planar vertical electrode and related methods 146 2005
2006/0064,101 Bone access system 136 2005
2006/0095,031 Selectively controlled active electrodes for electrosurgical probe 136 2005
7,169,143 Methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in electrically conductive fluid 109 2005
 
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6,019,757 Endoluminal electro-occlusion detection apparatus and method 144 1995
 
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SPINECO, INC. (1)
2004/0034,340 Smart dissector 22 2003
 
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9,138,289 Electrode sheath for electrosurgical device 0 2010
8,906,012 Electrosurgical devices with wire electrode 2 2010
9,345,541 Cartridge assembly for electrosurgical devices, electrosurgical unit and methods of use thereof 0 2010
9,023,040 Electrosurgical cutting devices 0 2010
8,870,864 Single instrument electrosurgery apparatus and its method of use 0 2011
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