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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, MN40

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McClurken, Michael E Durham, NH 48 1699

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2004/0078,038 Device for the electrothermal treatment of the human or animal body 30 2003
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6,224,593 Tissue sealing using microwaves 237 1999
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2006/0178,699 Biopsy forceps 16 2006
 
XIAN BANBIANTIAN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT CO., LTD. (1)
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CIRCON CORPORATION (1)
4,532,924 Multipolar electrosurgical device and method 570 1982
 
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (25)
5,558,671 Impedance feedback monitor for electrosurgical instrument 554 1994
5,709,680 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 553 1994
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5,599,350 Electrosurgical clamping device with coagulation feedback 308 1995
5,807,393 Surgical tissue treating device with locking mechanism 407 1995
5,562,702 Cable-actuated jaw assembly for surgical instruments 175 1995
5,755,717 Electrosurgical clamping device with improved coagulation feedback 428 1996
5,817,093 Impedance feedback monitor with query electrode for electrosurgical instrument 431 1996
5,810,811 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 622 1997
6,003,517 Method for using an electrosurgical device on lung tissue 280 1998
6,165,175 RF bipolar mesentery takedown device including improved bipolar end effector 144 1999
6,296,640 RF bipolar end effector for use in electrosurgical instruments 180 1999
6,251,110 Combined radio frequency and ultrasonic surgical device 76 1999
6,468,275 RF bipolar mesentery takedown device including improved bipolar end effector 209 2000
6,485,490 RF bipolar end effector for use in electrosurgical instruments 186 2001
6,929,644 Electrosurgical jaw structure for controlled energy delivery 345 2001
6,676,660 Feedback light apparatus and method for use with an electrosurgical instrument 340 2002
6,802,843 Electrosurgical working end with resistive gradient electrodes 330 2002
6,926,716 Electrosurgical instrument 361 2002
6,770,072 Electrosurgical jaw structure for controlled energy delivery 339 2002
7,074,219 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 94 2003
7,041,102 Electrosurgical working end with replaceable cartridges 347 2003
6,905,497 Jaw structure for electrosurgical instrument 245 2003
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2004/0172,111 Electric surgery apparatus for supplying electric power suitable for subject tissue 14 2004
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5,403,312 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 1036 1993
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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 60 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 26 2004
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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 283 2000
 
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (1)
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BRONCUS MEDICAL INC. (1)
5,957,919 Bleb reducer 108 1997
 
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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
 
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6,083,237 Biopsy instrument with tissue penetrating spiral 143 1998
 
Utah Medical Products, Inc. (1)
5,395,363 Diathermy coagulation and ablation apparatus and method 182 1993
 
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5,681,294 Fluid delivery set 56 1995
 
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6,299,633 Bronchial stenter 172 1998
6,283,988 Bronchial stenter having expandable electrodes 168 1999
6,283,989 Method of treating a bronchial tube with a bronchial stenter having diametrically adjustable electrodes 183 1999
 
CORDIS WEBSTER, INC. (6)
5,431,168 Steerable open-lumen catheter 223 1993
5,462,521 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 452 1993
5,643,197 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 334 1994
6,017,338 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 137 1995
6,171,275 Irrigated split tip electrode catheter 109 1998
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2000 INJECTX, INC. (2)
5,861,002 Endoscopic surgical instrument 136 1996
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5,637,110 Electrocautery surgical tool with relatively pivoted tissue engaging jaws 260 1995
2006/0235,377 Electrosurgical tool 27 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 164 1997
 
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6,775,575 System and method for reducing post-surgical complications 181 2002
 
CARDIORHYTHM A CA CORPORATION (1)
5,573,533 Method and system for radiofrequency ablation of cardiac tissue 326 1992
 
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5,080,660 Electrosurgical electrode 536 1990
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PRIVASYS, INC. (1)
2003/0061,168 Method for generating customer secure card numbers 22 2001
 
TUBARC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (3)
6,766,817 Fluid conduction utilizing a reversible unsaturated siphon with tubarc porosity action 832 2002
6,918,404 Irrigation and drainage based on hydrodynamic unsaturated fluid flow 533 2004
7,066,586 Ink refill and recharging system 514 2004
 
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
 
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6,352,533 Electrosurgical handpiece for treating tissue 45 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 71 1997
 
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7,008,421 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 95 2003
2006/0142,757 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 20 2006
2006/0217,707 Thermal hemostasis and/or coagulation of tissue 20 2006
 
Richard Wolf GmbH (2)
4,985,030 Bipolar coagulation instrument 330 1990
6,447,509 Transurethral dissection electrode 17 2000
 
ANGIODYNAMICS, INC. (11)
5,458,597 Device for treating cancer and non-malignant tumors and methods 413 1993
5,536,267 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 659 1994
5,599,346 RF treatment system 272 1994
5,683,384 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus 216 1995
5,935,123 RF treatment apparatus 87 1996
6,071,280 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 148 1997
6,471,698 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 116 1999
6,770,070 Lung treatment apparatus and method 266 2000
2005/0137,662 Tissue surface treatment apparatus and method 51 2005
2005/0203,503 Infusion array ablation apparatus 62 2005
2006/0241,577 Tissue biopsy and treatment apparatus and method 43 2006
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,322,503 Endoscopic surgical instrument 140 1991
5,460,629 Electrosurgical device and method 295 1994
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (2)
5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 593 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 176 1997
5,843,152 Catheter system having a ball electrode 94 1997
5,989,248 Medical device and methods for treating tissues 28 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 202 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 222 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 24 1998
6,635,034 Multifunctional handpiece for use in open and laparoscopic laser surgery and electrosurgery 52 2000
6,702,812 Multifunctional telescopic monopolar/bipolar surgical device and method therefor 54 2001
7,112,199 Multifunctional telescopic monopolar/bipolar surgical device and method therefore 170 2004
2006/0276,783 MULTIFUNCTIONAL TELESCOPIC MONOPOLAR/BIPOLAR SURGICAL DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF 14 2006
 
MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC (21)
6,558,385 Fluid-assisted medical device 200 2000
6,702,810 Fluid delivery system and controller for electrosurgical devices 206 2001
6,689,131 Electrosurgical device having a tissue reduction sensor 212 2001
7,115,139 Fluid-assisted medical devices, fluid delivery systems and controllers for such devices, and methods 68 2001
6,953,461 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 254 2002
7,311,708 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 46 2002
2003/0114,850 Fluid-assisted medical device 25 2003
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2006/0116,675 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 158 2003
2006/0235,379 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical scissors and methods 21 2003
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2004/0162,552 Electrosurgical device having a tissue reduction sensor 15 2004
2007/0016,182 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 144 2004
2005/0015,085 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 29 2004
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7,811,282 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical devices, electrosurgical unit with pump and methods of use thereof 14 2005
2006/0149,225 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical devices, electrosurgical unit with pump and methods of use thereof 21 2005
2006/0100,619 Fluid-assisted medical device 54 2005
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2007/0049,920 Fluid-Assisted Medical Devices, Fluid Delivery Systems and Controllers for Such Devices, and Methods 25 2006
 
BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (1)
6,699,242 Methods and devices for intraosseous nerve ablation 36 2001
 
ENDOSCOPIC CONCEPTS, INC. (ECI) (2)
6,371,956 Monopolar electrosurgical end effectors 93 1999
6,312,430 Bipolar electrosurgical end effectors 37 1999
 
NATIONAL PENN BANK (1)
2005/0085,809 Heat pipe for cautery surgical instrument 41 2004
 
ELECTROSURGERY ASSOCIATES, LLC (3)
6,921,398 Vibrating electrosurgical ablator 54 2002
6,921,399 High efficiency electrosurgery probe 34 2002
2006/0259,031 Electrosurgical ablation electrode with aspiration and method for using same 30 2006
 
UROLOGIX, INC. (1)
5,861,021 Microwave thermal therapy of cardiac tissue 229 1996
 
Dorsal Orthopedic Corporation (1)
5,458,596 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 675 1994
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (26)
5,190,541 Surgical instrument and method 630 1990
5,348,554 Catheter for RF ablation with cooled electrode 807 1992
5,403,311 Electro-coagulation and ablation and other electrotherapeutic treatments of body tissue 888 1993
5,697,927 Catheter for RF ablation with cooled electrode and apparatus for use therewith 385 1994
5,676,693 Electrophysiology device 443 1994
5,800,482 Apparatus and method for linear lesion ablation 386 1996
6,068,653 Electrophysiology catheter device 139 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 525 1997
6,010,500 Telescoping apparatus and method for linear lesion ablation 173 1997
5,895,417 Deflectable loop design for a linear lesion ablation apparatus 313 1997
6,015,407 Combination linear ablation and cooled tip RF catheters 115 1998
6,212,426 Systems and methods for conducting electrophysiological testing using high-voltage energy pulses to stun tissue 114 1999
6,579,288 Fluid cooled apparatus for supporting diagnostic and therapeutic elements in contact with tissue 108 2000
6,942,661 Fluid cooled apparatus for supporting diagnostic and therapeutic elements in contact with tissue 64 2001
6,685,700 Method and system for heating solid tissue 114 2001
6,814,731 Methods for RF ablation using jet injection of conductive fluid 20 2002
7,087,051 Articulating radio frequency probe handle 123 2003
6,964,661 Endovenous ablation mechanism with feedback control 51 2003
7,101,387 Radio frequency ablation cooling shield 44 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 24 2005
2006/0129,185 Forceps for medical use 14 2005
2006/0271,036 RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATION COOLING SHIELD 29 2006
 
E.P. LIMITED (1)
6,328,735 Thermal ablation system 41 1998
 
GYRUS MEDICAL, INC. (11)
5,035,696 Electrosurgical instrument for conducting endoscopic retrograde sphincterotomy 444 1990
5,071,419 Percutaneous laparoscopic cholecystectomy instrument 97 1990
5,282,799 Bipolar electrosurgical scalpel with paired loop electrodes 401 1991
5,197,963 Electrosurgical instrument with extendable sheath for irrigation and aspiration 561 1991
5,342,359 Bipolar coagulation device 257 1993
5,573,424 Apparatus for interfacing a bipolar electrosurgical instrument to a monopolar generator 231 1995
5,891,141 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for cutting and sealing tubular tissue structures 254 1998
6,293,945 Electrosurgical instrument with suction capability 42 2000
6,808,525 Bipolar electrosurgical hook probe for cutting and coagulating tissue 273 2002
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2006/0271,042 Cutting and coagulating electrosurgical forceps having cam controlled jaw closure 132 2005
 
GYRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (37)
5,647,869 Electrosurgical apparatus 536 1995
6,293,942 Electrosurgical generator method 349 1996
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6,027,501 Electrosurgical instrument 316 1996
5,944,715 Electrosurgical instrument 359 1996
6,093,186 Electrosurgical generator and system 349 1997
6,416,509 Electrosurgical generator and system 324 1998
6,056,746 Electrosurgical instrument 380 1998
6,306,134 Electrosurgical generator and system 327 1998
6,174,308 Electrosurgical instrument 128 1999
6,558,379 Electrosurgical system 134 1999
6,336,926 Electrosurgical system 134 2000
6,780,180 Electrosurgical instrument 209 2000
6,482,202 Under water treatment 79 2001
6,758,846 Electrosurgical instrument and an electrosurgery system including such an instrument 221 2001
2002/0029,036 Electrosurgical generator and system 221 2001
6,893,435 Electrosurgical system 198 2001
6,923,803 Electrosurgical system and method 111 2002
6,827,725 Surgical instrument 118 2002
6,843,789 Electrosurgical system 211 2002
6,984,231 Electrosurgical system 203 2002
7,052,494 Surgical system and method 106 2002
6,929,641 Electrosurgical system 156 2003
6,966,907 Electrosurgical generator and system 297 2003
6,966,909 Surgical instrument 153 2003
2004/0078,037 Surgical instrument 93 2003
2004/0068,307 Surgical instrument 107 2003
7,001,380 Electrosurgical system and method 100 2004
2004/0181,219 Electrosurgical instrument and an electrosugery system including such an instrument 106 2004
7,147,637 Surgical instrument 118 2004
7,150,748 Bipolar coagulating instrument 103 2004
2005/0261,676 Surgical instrument 103 2004
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7,153,300 Electrosurgical system 142 2005
2006/0047,275 Electrical generator and system 94 2005
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TARGET THERAPEUTICS, INC. (1)
6,048,333 Apparatus for treating aneurysms with a thermal source 49 1997
 
GYRUS ENT L.L.C. (5)
5,843,021 Cell necrosis apparatus 174 1997
6,682,501 Submucosal tonsillectomy apparatus and method 44 1999
2004/0243,163 Surgical instrument 97 2004
2006/0200,123 Surgical instrument and method 105 2006
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CLINICON CORPORATION (1)
6,974,452 Cutting and cauterizing surgical tools 27 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 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 581 1994
 
SYNERGETICS USA, INC. (2)
7,041,096 Electrosurgical generator apparatus 86 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 394 1994
5,902,328 Electrophysiology energy treatment device and method of use 107 1996
6,221,039 Multi-function surgical instrument 177 1998
6,168,594 Electrophysiology RF energy treatment device 152 1999
6,923,805 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 65 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 366 1998
 
VESSIX VASCULAR, INC. (1)
2006/0235,286 Tuned RF energy for selective treatment of atheroma and other target tissues and/or structures 54 2006
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (3)
5,797,960 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 586 1995
5,823,956 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 327 1996
5,855,614 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 411 1996
 
TSUNAMI MEDTECH, LLC (1)
2006/0224,154 Medical instrument and method of use 75 2006
 
ENERGY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF (1)
4,381,007 Multipolar corneal-shaping electrode with flexible removable skirt 448 1981
 
GRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (1)
2004/0030,333 Electrosurgical system and method 94 2003
 
PERFECT SURGICAL TECHNIQUES, INC. (1)
6,682,527 Method and system for heating tissue with a bipolar instrument 315 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 574 1987
 
ALTON DEAN MEDICAL (1)
5,254,117 Multi-functional endoscopic probe apparatus 210 1992
 
ELLMAN INTERNATIONAL, INC. (5)
5,562,503 Bipolar adaptor for electrosurgical instrument 98 1994
6,712,813 RF probe for electrosurgical instrument 119 2001
7,070,604 RF electrosurgically-activated cutter 17 2002
6,802,842 Electrosurgical tonsilar and adenoid electrode 95 2003
6,926,717 Electrosurgical breast electrode 14 2003
 
SORIN GROUP USA, INC. (3)
6,740,102 Vessel harvesting retractor with bilateral electrosurgical ligation 37 2001
6,695,840 Electrosurgical instrument with a longitudinal element for conducting RF energy and moving a cutting element 209 2002
6,835,195 Surgical device for applying radio frequency energy to a portion of a captured vessel 21 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. (14)
5,313,943 Catheters and methods for performing cardiac diagnosis and treatment 446 1992
5,383,874 Systems for identifying catheters and monitoring their use 411 1992
5,456,682 Electrode and associated systems using thermally insulated temperature sensing elements 302 1994
5,735,846 Systems and methods for ablating body tissue using predicted maximum tissue temperature 207 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 301 1995
5,797,905 Flexible tissue ablation elements for making long lesions 170 1995
5,879,348 Electrode structures formed from flexible, porous, or woven materials 78 1996
5,702,386 Non-linear control systems and methods for heating and ablating body tissue 167 1996
5,743,903 Cardiac ablation systems and methods using tissue temperature monitoring and control 206 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 157 1996
6,030,379 Systems and methods for seeking sub-surface temperature conditions during tissue ablation 55 1997
6,053,912 Systems and methods for sensing sub-surface temperatures in body tissue during ablation with actively cooled electrodes 192 1997
6,056,745 Systems and methods for obtaining desired lesion characteristics while ablating body tissue 151 1997
6,165,169 Systems and methods for identifying the physical, mechanical, and functional attributes of multiple electrode arrays 156 1999
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (2)
7,150,747 Electrosurgical cutter 37 2003
2004/0030,330 Electrosurgery systems 368 2003
 
COVIDIEN AG (22)
5,718,703 Method and apparatus for small needle electrocautery 79 1995
6,478,793 Ablation treatment of bone metastases 141 2000
6,458,130 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 330 2001
6,796,981 Vessel sealing system 263 2002
6,743,229 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument for sealing vessels 233 2002
6,960,210 Laparoscopic bipolar electrosurgical instrument 180 2002
6,682,528 Endoscopic bipolar electrosurgical forceps 347 2002
2004/0122,423 Vessel sealer and divider with non-conductive stop members 121 2003
2004/0143,263 Compressible jaw configuration with bipolar RF output electrodes for soft tissue fusion 208 2003
2004/0162,557 Vessel sealing instrument 150 2004
7,147,638 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces thermal damage to adjacent tissue 235 2004
2006/0264,931 Electrosurgical instrument which reduces thermal damage to adjacent tissue 136 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 197 2004
2005/0015,086 Multi-port side-fire coagulator 30 2004
2005/0101,952 Vessel sealing wave jaw 168 2004
7,232,440 Bipolar forceps having monopolar extension 190 2004
2005/0203,504 Method and system for controlling output of RF medical generator 218 2005
2006/0064,085 Articulating bipolar electrosurgical instrument 158 2005
2006/0079,872 Devices for detecting heating under a patient return electrode 52 2005
2006/0178,667 Electrosurgical pencil with advanced es controls 68 2006
2006/0189,977 Electrosurgical electrode shroud 14 2006
 
Alto Development Corporation (1)
4,932,952 Antishock, anticlog suction coagulator 87 1988
 
STRYKER NV OPERATIONS LIMITED (1)
6,019,757 Endoluminal electro-occlusion detection apparatus and method 116 1995
 
STARION INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION (1)
6,821,273 Combined dissecting, cauterizing, and stapling device 258 2003
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
6,190,384 Endoscopic high-frequency treatment tool 90 1999
 
EVEREST MEDICAL CORPORATION (6)
4,976,711 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 640 1989
5,013,312 Bipolar scalpel for harvesting internal mammary artery 313 1990
5,125,928 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 562 1991
5,171,311 Percutaneous laparoscopic cholecystectomy instrument 231 1991
5,197,964 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 413 1991
5,290,286 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 490 1992
 
LAUFER, MICHAEL D., M.D. (1)
6,577,902 Device for shaping infarcted heart tissue and method of using the device 31 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 30 2003
 
ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,417,672 Connector for coupling an ultrasound transducer to an ultrasound catheter 115 1993
 
MIKAMI, TAKESHI (1)
2006/0276,785 BIPOLAR FORCEPS 16 2006
 
ALLEGIANCE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION (1)
5,395,312 Surgical tool 451 1993
 
XOMED, INC. (3)
4,548,207 Disposable coagulator 267 1982
5,009,656 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 394 1989
5,925,045 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 90 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 41 2006
 
NEUROTHERM, INC. (12)
5,980,504 Method for manipulating tissue of an intervertebral disc 300 1997
6,007,570 Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs 275 1997
6,073,051 Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy 335 1997
6,095,149 Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 266 1997
6,122,549 Apparatus for treating intervertebral discs with resistive energy 299 1997
6,126,682 Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 348 1998
6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 243 1998
6,290,715 Method for delivering energy adjacent the inner wall of an intervertebral disc 150 1999
6,258,086 Catheter for delivery of energy to a surgical site 177 1999
6,261,311 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral discs 213 1999
6,733,496 Intervertebral disc device employing flexible probe 146 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 170 1997
6,322,559 Electrode catheter having coil structure 287 1998
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 315 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 167 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 47 2003
 
Vioacare International, Inc. (1)
5,964,755 Thin layer ablation apparatus 161 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 488 1993
 
PAUZA, KEVIN (1)
2006/0095,075 Injection of fibrin sealant using reconstituted components in spinal applications 17 2005
 
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 64 2004
2005/0107,786 Bipolar surgical forceps with argon plasma coagulation capability 17 2004
2006/0036,239 Combination argon plasma coagulation and electrocautery device and method 19 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 31 2005
 
PLASMOGEN INC. (1)
2005/0256,519 Tissue resurfacing 19 2005
 
INTACT MEDICAL CORPORATION (2)
6,740,079 Electrosurgical generator 154 2001
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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 93 2002
 
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4,998,933 Thermal angioplasty catheter and method 481 1988
5,681,282 Methods and apparatus for ablation of luminal tissues 575 1995
5,697,909 Methods and apparatus for surgical cutting 533 1995
5,697,281 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 489 1995
5,683,366 System and method for electrosurgical tissue canalization 478 1995
5,697,882 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 585 1995
6,024,733 System and method for epidermal tissue ablation 226 1995
5,902,272 Planar ablation probe and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 277 1996
5,810,764 Resecting loop electrode and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 415 1996
5,843,019 Shaped electrodes and methods for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 305 1996
5,697,536 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 478 1996
5,860,951 Systems and methods for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 224 1996
5,873,855 Systems and methods for electrosurgical myocardial revascularization 258 1996
5,766,153 Methods and apparatus for surgical cutting 322 1996
5,888,198 Electrosurgical system for resection and ablation of tissue in electrically conductive fluids 307 1996
5,891,095 Electrosurgical treatment of tissue in electrically conductive fluid 342 1996
6,312,408 Electrosurgical probe for treating tissue in electrically conductive fluid 177 1996
5,871,469 System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 308 1997
6,179,824 System and methods for electrosurgical restenosis of body lumens 187 1997
6,159,194 System and method for electrosurgical tissue contraction 275 1997
6,105,581 Electrosurgical systems and methods for treating the spine 170 1997
6,113,597 Electrosurgical systems and methods for urological and gynecological procedures 90 1997
6,210,402 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 223 1997
6,228,078 Methods for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 226 1997
6,109,268 Systems and methods for electrosurgical endoscopic sinus surgery 241 1997
6,032,674 Systems and methods for myocardial revascularization 155 1997
6,183,469 Electrosurgical systems and methods for the removal of pacemaker leads 212 1998
6,190,381 Methods for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 340 1998
6,277,112 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 209 1998
6,355,032 Systems and methods for selective electrosurgical treatment of body structures 261 1998
6,391,025 Electrosurgical scalpel and methods for tissue cutting 204 1998
6,063,079 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of turbinates 196 1998
6,142,992 Power supply for limiting power in electrosurgery 277 1998
6,235,020 Power supply and methods for fluid delivery in electrosurgery 309 1998
6,363,937 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of the digestive system 247 1998
6,047,700 Systems and methods for electrosurgical removal of calcified deposits 187 1998
6,053,172 Systems and methods for electrosurgical sinus surgery 209 1998
6,102,046 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue revascularization 215 1998
6,224,592 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 343 1998
6,045,532 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 163 1998
6,086,585 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of sleep obstructive disorders 153 1998
6,117,109 Systems and methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 186 1998
6,461,350 Systems and methods for electrosurgical-assisted lipectomy 131 1998
6,066,134 Method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 310 1998
6,179,836 Planar ablation probe for electrosurgical cutting and ablation 241 1998
6,296,638 Systems for tissue ablation and aspiration 225 1998
6,228,082 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of vascular disorders 132 1998
6,149,620 System and methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in the presence of electrically conductive fluid 301 1999
6,159,208 System and methods for electrosurgical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 172 1999
6,203,542 Method for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 185 1999
6,264,652 Electrosurgical systems for treating tissue 206 1999
6,309,387 Systems and methods for electrosurgical skin resurfacing 172 1999
6,461,354 Systems for electrosurgical dermatological treatment 78 1999
6,264,650 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 224 1999
6,283,961 Apparatus for electrosurgical spine surgery 365 1999
6,238,391 Systems for tissue resection, ablation and aspiration 272 1999
6,254,600 Systems for tissue ablation and aspiration 192 1999
6,264,651 Method for electrosurgical spine surgery 177 1999
6,296,636 Power supply and methods for limiting power in electrosurgery 294 1999
6,322,549 Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of tissue in the brain and spinal cord 186 2000
6,416,507 Method for treating articular cartilage defects 158 2000
6,416,508 Methods for electrosurgical tissue treatment in conductive fluid 224 2000
6,379,351 Electrosurgical method for the removal of pacemaker leads 178 2000
6,929,640 Methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction within the spine 158 2000
6,896,672 Methods for electrosurgical incisions on external skin surfaces 47 2000
6,432,103 System for electrosurgical treatment of submucosal tissue 181 2000
6,468,270 System and method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 129 2000
6,602,248 Methods for repairing damaged intervertebral discs 215 2000
7,070,596 Electrosurgical apparatus having a curved distal section 146 2000
6,468,274 Systems and methods for treating spinal pain 180 2000
6,726,684 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 127 2000
6,896,674 Electrosurgical apparatus having digestion electrode and methods related thereto 110 2000
6,832,996 Electrosurgical systems and methods for treating tissue 118 2001
6,464,695 Method for electrosurgical treatment of intervertebral discs 91 2001
6,915,806 Method for harvesting graft vessel 65 2001
6,770,071 Bladed electrosurgical probe 183 2001
6,746,447 Methods for ablating tissue 103 2001
6,974,453 Dual mode electrosurgical clamping probe and related methods 166 2001
6,772,012 Methods for electrosurgical treatment of spinal tissue 147 2001
6,719,754 Methods for electrosurgical assisted lipectomy 66 2002
6,766,202 Systems and methods for intradermal collagen stimulation 86 2002
6,712,811 Methods for electrosurgical spine surgery 68 2002
7,004,941 Systems and methods for electrosurigical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders 109 2002
6,949,096 Electrosurgical ablation and aspiration apparatus having flow directing feature and methods related thereto 151 2003
6,991,631 Electrosurgical probe having circular electrode array for ablating joint tissue and systems related thereto 156 2003
7,094,215 Systems and methods for electrosurgical tissue contraction 121 2003
7,104,986 Intervertebral disc replacement method 107 2003
6,960,204 Electrosurgical method using laterally arranged active electrode 114 2003
2004/0215,184 System for electrosurgical tissue contraction 20 2003
2004/0230,190 Electrosurgical apparatus and methods for tissue treatment and removal 148 2004
2006/0178,670 Rotary electrosurgical apparatus and methods thereof 120 2004
2005/0251,134 Apparatus and methods for electrosurgical ablation and resection of target tissue 87 2005
2006/0259,025 Conductive fluid bridge electrosurgical apparatus 106 2005
2006/0036,237 Devices and methods for selective orientation of electrosurgical devices 88 2005
2005/0288,665 Electrosurgical device having planar vertical electrode and related methods 133 2005
2006/0064,101 Bone access system 119 2005
2006/0095,031 Selectively controlled active electrodes for electrosurgical probe 116 2005
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JTC TRUSTEES LIMITED (1)
2004/0015,218 Apparatus for thermal treatment of an intervertebral disc 28 2000
 
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SPINECO, INC. (1)
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