Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 8038670
APP PUB NO 20060106379A1
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11318207

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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, MN51

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McClurken, Michael E Durham, US 30 2491

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