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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, MN31

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McClurken, Michael E Durham, NH 48 1397

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2004/0034,400 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues 14 2003
2004/0260,368 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues 14 2004
2005/0154,433 Heating method for tissue contraction 14 2005
 
ETHICON, INC. (8)
5,403,312 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 949 1993
5,405,344 Articulable socket joint assembly for an endoscopic instrument for surgical fastner track therefor 321 1993
6,740,084 Method and device to enhance RF electrode performance 34 2001
6,855,145 Self-wetting, dry-field bipolar electrodes for endoscopic surgery 18 2002
6,929,642 RF device for treating the uterus 53 2002
7,147,635 Bipolar electrosurgical snare 20 2004
6,964,274 Tubal sterilization device having expanding electrodes and method for performing sterilization using the same 25 2004
7,066,936 Surgical cutting and tissue vaporizing instrument 75 2004
 
SCIMED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC. (8)
5,584,872 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 371 1994
5,902,328 Electrophysiology energy treatment device and method of use 90 1996
6,221,039 Multi-function surgical instrument 163 1998
6,168,594 Electrophysiology RF energy treatment device 132 1999
6,923,805 Electrophysiology energy treatment devices and methods of use 48 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 28 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 159 1997
5,843,152 Catheter system having a ball electrode 85 1997
5,989,248 Medical device and methods for treating tissues 24 1998
5,992,418 Catheter system having safety means and methods thereof 46 1998
5,913,856 Catheter system having a porous shaft and fluid irrigation capabilities 191 1998
6,226,554 Catheter system having a ball electrode and methods thereof 28 1998
6,217,576 Catheter probe for treating focal atrial fibrillation in pulmonary veins 183 1999
 
MEDERI THERAPEUTICS, INC. (7)
6,740,082 Surgical instruments for treating gastro-esophageal reflux 75 1998
6,409,723 Treating body tissue by applying energy and substances 112 1999
6,258,087 Expandable electrode assemblies for forming lesions to treat dysfunction in sphincters and adjoining tissue regions 264 1999
6,827,713 Systems and methods for monitoring and controlling use of medical devices 43 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 73 2002
7,008,419 Surgical instruments and techniques for treating gastro-esophageal reflux disease 34 2004
 
BIOSENSE WEBSTER, INC. (6)
6,458,123 Ablation catheter with positional sensor 28 2000
6,669,692 Ablation catheter with cooled linear electrode 58 2000
6,986,769 Ablation catheter with cooled linear electrode 47 2003
2004/0143,257 Irrigation probe for ablation during open heart surgery 24 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 16 2003
 
CORDIS WEBSTER, INC. (6)
5,431,168 Steerable open-lumen catheter 214 1993
5,462,521 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 428 1993
5,643,197 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 313 1994
6,017,338 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 130 1995
6,171,275 Irrigated split tip electrode catheter 97 1998
6,210,406 Split tip electrode catheter and signal processing RF ablation system 58 1998
 
EVEREST MEDICAL CORPORATION (6)
4,976,711 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 591 1989
5,013,312 Bipolar scalpel for harvesting internal mammary artery 305 1990
5,125,928 Ablation catheter with selectively deployable electrodes 531 1991
5,171,311 Percutaneous laparoscopic cholecystectomy instrument 226 1991
5,197,964 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 393 1991
5,290,286 Bipolar instrument utilizing one stationary electrode and one movable electrode 473 1992
 
COVIDIEN LP (5)
6,033,398 Method and apparatus for treating venous insufficiency using directionally applied energy 154 1997
6,322,559 Electrode catheter having coil structure 216 1998
7,207,471 Electrosurgical stapling apparatus 253 2003
2006/0025,766 Energy based partial circumferential hemorrhoid repair device 23 2005
2006/0189,979 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 28 2005
 
CYTYC SURGICAL PRODUCTS (5)
6,813,520 Method for ablating and/or coagulating tissue using moisture transport 75 1998
6,508,815 Radio-frequency generator for powering an ablation device 233 1999
7,074,217 Radio-frequency generator for powering an ablation device 81 2002
2005/0085,880 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 23 2004
7,063,670 System and method for detecting perforations in a body cavity 24 2005
 
ELLMAN INTERNATIONAL, INC. (5)
5,562,503 Bipolar adaptor for electrosurgical instrument 91 1994
6,712,813 RF probe for electrosurgical instrument 116 2001
7,070,604 RF electrosurgically-activated cutter 15 2002
6,802,842 Electrosurgical tonsilar and adenoid electrode 90 2003
6,926,717 Electrosurgical breast electrode 14 2003
 
GYRUS ENT L.L.C. (5)
5,843,021 Cell necrosis apparatus 144 1997
6,682,501 Submucosal tonsillectomy apparatus and method 37 1999
2004/0243,163 Surgical instrument 77 2004
2006/0200,123 Surgical instrument and method 84 2006
2006/0264,927 Surgical instrument and method 73 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 830 1992
5,342,357 Fluid cooled electrosurgical cauterization system 566 1992
5,437,662 Fluid cooled electrosurgical cauterization system 323 1994
5,383,876 Fluid cooled electrosurgical probe for cutting and cauterizing tissue 623 1994
 
CELON AG MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS (4)
6,723,094 Electrode assembly for a surgical instrument provided for carrying out an electrothermal coagulation of tissue 49 2001
2004/0116,923 Electrode arrangement for surgical instrument 20 2003
2004/0078,038 Device for the electrothermal treatment of the human or animal body 27 2003
2008/0071,270 Bipolare Koagulationselektrode 17 2005
 
CONMED CORPORATION (4)
5,605,539 Self-introducing infusion catheter 57 1994
5,810,805 Bipolar surgical devices and surgical methods 163 1996
7,001,382 Electrosurgical coagulating and cutting instrument 37 2002
2007/0000,501 Surgical procedure supplemental accessory controller and method utilizing turn-on and turn-off time delays 15 2005
 
I.C. MEDICAL, INC. (4)
7,083,601 Automatic fluid control system for use in open and laparoscopic laser surgery and electrosurgery and method therefor 22 1998
6,635,034 Multifunctional handpiece for use in open and laparoscopic laser surgery and electrosurgery 44 2000
6,702,812 Multifunctional telescopic monopolar/bipolar surgical device and method therefor 48 2001
2006/0276,783 MULTIFUNCTIONAL TELESCOPIC MONOPOLAR/BIPOLAR SURGICAL DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF 14 2006
 
United States Surgical Corporation (4)
5,490,819 Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus 110 1994
5,766,167 Monopolar electrosurgical Instruments 91 1995
6,402,742 Controller for thermal treatment of tissue 128 2000
6,526,320 Apparatus for thermal treatment of tissue 125 2001
 
VERATHON INC. (4)
6,081,749 Noninvasive devices, methods, and systems for shrinking of tissues 88 1997
6,091,995 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues 144 1997
6,772,013 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues 38 1999
6,836,688 Devices, methods, and systems for shrinking tissues 66 2001
 
ASTHMATX, INC. (3)
6,299,633 Bronchial stenter 151 1998
6,283,988 Bronchial stenter having expandable electrodes 145 1999
6,283,989 Method of treating a bronchial tube with a bronchial stenter having diametrically adjustable electrodes 159 1999
 
ATRICURE, INC. (3)
5,951,549 Bipolar electrosurgical scissors 321 1996
6,113,596 Combination monopolar-bipolar electrosurgical instrument system, instrument and cable 333 1997
6,517,536 Transmural ablation device and method 191 2001
 
ELECTROSURGERY ASSOCIATES, LLC (3)
6,921,398 Vibrating electrosurgical ablator 47 2002
6,921,399 High efficiency electrosurgery probe 31 2002
2006/0259,031 Electrosurgical ablation electrode with aspiration and method for using same 24 2006
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (3)
5,797,960 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 540 1995
5,823,956 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 304 1996
5,855,614 Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures 384 1996
 
HEMOSTATIC SURGERY CORPORATION (3)
5,472,443 Electrosurgical apparatus employing constant voltage and methods of use 406 1994
5,633,578 Electrosurgical generator adaptors 193 1994
5,693,045 Electrosurgical generator cable 79 1995
 
HYDROCISION, INC. (3)
6,451,017 Surgical instruments with integrated electrocautery 60 2000
6,899,712 Surgical instruments with integrated electrocautery 56 2002
2005/0283,150 Surgical instruments with integrated electrocautery 42 2005
 
INTEGRA ME GMBH (3)
5,542,945 Electro-surgical radio-frequency instrument 255 1994
5,976,128 Electrosurgical high frequency generator 149 1997
6,210,411 High frequency surgical instrument with a fluid infeed passage 40 1999
 
KARL STORZ GMBH & CO. KG (3)
5,749,869 High-frequency surgical generator for cutting tissue 246 1995
5,868,739 System for cutting biological tissue 98 1995
2005/0267,469 Bipolar medical instrument and electrosurgical system comprising such an instrument 19 2005
 
MICROLINE SURGICAL, INC. (3)
6,238,387 Electrosurgical generator 140 1998
6,692,489 Electrosurgical mode conversion system 115 2000
6,695,837 Power supply for identification and control of electrical surgical tools 68 2002
 
S.D.M.H. PTY. LTD. (3)
7,008,421 Apparatus and method for tissue resection 88 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 35 2001
6,695,840 Electrosurgical instrument with a longitudinal element for conducting RF energy and moving a cutting element 195 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 30 2006
2006/0241,588 Multielectrode Electrosurgical Blade 33 2006
2006/0241,589 Battery Powered Electrosurgical System 38 2006
 
Symbiosis Corporation (3)
5,336,220 Tubing for endoscopic electrosurgical suction-irrigation instrument 268 1992
5,417,709 Endoscopic instrument with end effectors forming suction and/or irrigation lumens 183 1994
5,569,243 Double acting endoscopic scissors with bipolar cautery capability 289 1994
 
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
 
TUBARC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (3)
6,766,817 Fluid conduction utilizing a reversible unsaturated siphon with tubarc porosity action 784 2002
6,918,404 Irrigation and drainage based on hydrodynamic unsaturated fluid flow 494 2004
7,066,586 Ink refill and recharging system 476 2004
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (3)
5,433,708 Method and device for thermal ablation having improved heat transfer 384 1993
5,542,928 Method and device for thermal ablation having improved heat transfer 286 1994
5,653,692 Method and system for direct heating of fluid solution in a hollow body organ 208 1995
 
U.S. PATENT INNOVATIONS LLC (3)
2005/0080,413 Surgical scissors with argon plasma coagulation capability 54 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
 
XOMED, INC. (3)
4,548,207 Disposable coagulator 260 1982
5,009,656 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 391 1989
5,925,045 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 79 1997
 
2000 INJECTX, INC. (2)
5,861,002 Endoscopic surgical instrument 124 1996
6,231,591 Method of localized fluid therapy 78 1998
 
APPLIED MEDICAL RESOURCES CORPORATION (2)
5,080,660 Electrosurgical electrode 504 1990
2005/0165,444 Tissue fusion/welder apparatus corporation 21 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 28 2005
 
BARRX MEDICAL, INC. (2)
2004/0215,235 Methods and systems for determining physiologic characteristics for treatment of the esophagus 44 2004
2004/0215,296 System and method for treating abnormal epithelium in an esophagus 58 2004
 
BIOSENSE, INC. (2)
5,718,241 Apparatus and method for treating cardiac arrhythmias with no discrete target 338 1995
6,266,551 Catheter calibration and usage monitoring system 168 1999
 
CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC. (2)
6,666,862 Radio frequency ablation system and method linking energy delivery with fluid flow 30 2001
2003/0204,185 System and method for monitoring use of disposable catheters 37 2002
 
CODMAN & SHURTLEFF, INC. (2)
6,929,645 Electro-surgical bipolar forceps 15 2003
6,860,882 Electro-surgical bipolar forceps 18 2003
 
ELLIQUENCE, LLC (2)
6,352,533 Electrosurgical handpiece for treating tissue 41 2000
2006/0217,700 Electrosurgical instrument with enhanced capability 34 2005
 
ENDOSCOPIC CONCEPTS, INC. (ECI) (2)
6,371,956 Monopolar electrosurgical end effectors 79 1999
6,312,430 Bipolar electrosurgical end effectors 36 1999
 
ENERGY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF (2)
4,326,529 Corneal-shaping electrode 404 1979
4,381,007 Multipolar corneal-shaping electrode with flexible removable skirt 424 1981
 
Envision Surgical Systems, Inc. (2)
5,401,272 Multimodality probe with extendable bipolar electrodes 291 1994
5,441,498 Method of using a multimodality probe with extendable bipolar electrodes 66 1994
 
ERBE ELEKTROMEDIZIN GMBH (2)
6,210,410 Coagulation device for coagulating biological tissues 24 1999
7,166,106 Bipolar clamp 41 2002
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,322,503 Endoscopic surgical instrument 134 1991
5,460,629 Electrosurgical device and method 271 1994
 
INTACT MEDICAL CORPORATION (2)
6,740,079 Electrosurgical generator 140 2001
7,041,101 Electrosurgical accessing of tissue with controlled collateral thermal phenomena 17 2003
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC. (2)
5,891,142 Electrosurgical forceps 326 1997
6,086,586 Bipolar tissue grasping apparatus and tissue welding method 343 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 415 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 315 1995
6,174,309 Seal & cut electrosurgical instrument 459 1999
 
MEDTRONIC VIDAMED, INC. (2)
6,887,237 Method for treating tissue with a wet electrode and apparatus for using same 34 2002
2005/0085,804 Method for treating tissue with a wet electrode and apparatus for using same 54 2004
 
MEGADYNE MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (2)
6,685,704 Utilization of an active catalyst in a surface coating of an electrosurgical instrument 67 2002
6,951,559 Utilization of a hybrid material in a surface coating of an electrosurgical instrument 45 2002
 
NOVASYS MEDICAL, INC. (2)
6,425,877 Treatment of tissue in the digestive circulatory respiratory urinary and reproductive systems 129 1999
6,743,197 Treatment of discrete tissues in respiratory, urinary, circulatory, reproductive and digestive systems 61 1999
 
NUSURG MEDICAL, INC. (2)
5,217,460 Multiple purpose forceps 415 1991
5,300,087 Multiple purpose forceps 288 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
 
Richard Wolf GmbH (2)
4,985,030 Bipolar coagulation instrument 314 1990
6,447,509 Transurethral dissection electrode 7 2000
 
SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
2005/0059,966 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 24 2004
2005/0033,278 Fluid assisted medical devices, fluid delivery systems and controllers for such devices, and methods 236 2004
 
SEEDLING ENTERPRISES, INC. (2)
5,647,871 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 424 1995
6,074,389 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 112 1997
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (2)
6,224,593 Tissue sealing using microwaves 224 1999
6,932,810 Apparatus and method for sealing and cutting tissue 218 2001
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (2)
7,150,747 Electrosurgical cutter 37 2003
2004/0030,330 Electrosurgery systems 339 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 91 2002
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (2)
5,637,110 Electrocautery surgical tool with relatively pivoted tissue engaging jaws 249 1995
2006/0235,377 Electrosurgical tool 24 2005
 
SYNERGETICS USA, INC. (2)
7,041,096 Electrosurgical generator apparatus 80 2002
2006/0184,164 Electrosurgical Generator Apparatus 17 2006
 
SYNERON MEDICAL LTD. (2)
5,569,242 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 566 1995
2005/0187,599 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 14 2005
 
TECHNOLOGY CONSORTUIM ASOCIATES, A PARTNERSHIP, ("TCA") (2)
4,307,720 Electrocautery apparatus and method and means for cleaning the same 107 1979
4,919,129 Extendable electrocautery surgery apparatus and method 211 1987
 
VNUS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES (2)
6,036,687 Method and apparatus for treating venous insufficiency 141 1996
2006/0084,968 Electrosurgical instrument and method 24 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
 
ABBOTT LABORATORIES (1)
5,681,294 Fluid delivery set 51 1995
 
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 101 1993
 
AESCULAP AG (1)
6,743,230 Bipolar grasping instrument 148 2002
 
ALLEGIANCE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION (1)
5,395,312 Surgical tool 405 1993
 
ALOKA CO., LTD. (1)
5,167,659 Blood coagulating apparatus 262 1991
 
Alto Development Corporation (1)
4,932,952 Antishock, anticlog suction coagulator 81 1988
 
ALTON DEAN MEDICAL (1)
5,254,117 Multi-functional endoscopic probe apparatus 196 1992
 
ARKANSAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC. (1)
6,780,177 Conductive interstitial thermal therapy device 39 2002
 
ARQOS SURGICAL, INC. (1)
2005/0228,372 Voltage threshold ablation apparatus 18 2005
 
ASAHI KOGAKU KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
6,190,384 Endoscopic high-frequency treatment tool 75 1999
 
ATOSSA GENETICS, INC. (1)
6,712,816 Methods and systems for treating breast tissue 35 2002
 
BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC. (1)
5,156,613 Collagen welding rod material for use in tissue welding 370 1991
 
BAYLIS MEDICAL COMPANY INC. (1)
2005/0177,209 Bipolar tissue treatment system 37 2005
 
BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (1)
6,699,242 Methods and devices for intraosseous nerve ablation 30 2001
 
BIOJECT INC. (1)
5,993,412 Injection apparatus 132 1997
 
BRONCUS MEDICAL INC. (1)
5,957,919 Bleb reducer 91 1997
 
CABOT TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (1)
5,458,598 Cutting and coagulating forceps 328 1993
 
CARDIORHYTHM A CA CORPORATION (1)
5,573,533 Method and system for radiofrequency ablation of cardiac tissue 302 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 77 2001
 
CIRCON CORPORATION (1)
4,532,924 Multipolar electrosurgical device and method 551 1982
 
CLEARPAT SERVICES, LLC (1)
2006/0095,075 Injection of fibrin sealant using reconstituted components in spinal applications 17 2005
 
Clinicon Corporation (1)
6,974,452 Cutting and cauterizing surgical tools 25 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 190 1999
 
COOPER COMPANIES, INC., THE (1)
4,301,802 Cauterizing tool for ophthalmological surgery 144 1980
 
CREDITANSTALT BANKVEREIN (1)
4,355,642 Multipolar electrode for body tissue 54 1980
 
Curon Medical, Inc. (1)
2002/0115,991 Gerd treatment apparatus and method 32 2001
 
CYTYC CORPORATION (1)
2006/0247,614 Hemostasis device 23 2005
 
DAIG CORPORATION (1)
5,722,400 Guiding introducers for use in the treatment of left ventricular tachycardia 65 1995
 
DATASCOPE CORP. (1)
2004/0097,919 Surgical device for clamping, ligating, and severing tissue 86 2003
 
DATASCOPE INVESTMENT CORP. (1)
4,276,874 Elongatable balloon catheter 230 1978
 
DELMA ELEKTRO-UND MEDIZINISCHE APPARATEBAU GESELLSCHAFT MBH (1)
5,269,780 Electro-surgical devices 194 1991
 
DEVICOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
6,083,237 Biopsy instrument with tissue penetrating spiral 126 1998
 
DICKENS, DUANE (1)
5,895,355 Over-the-wire EP catheter 83 1997
 
DIPOLAR LIMITED (1)
6,786,906 Electrosurgical cutting tool 23 2000
 
Dorsal Med International (1)
5,514,130 RF apparatus for controlled depth ablation of soft tissue 553 1994
 
Dorsal Orthopedic Corporation (1)
5,458,596 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 630 1994
 
E.P. LIMITED (1)
6,328,735 Thermal ablation system 32 1998
 
EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION (1)
5,904,711 Expandable thoracoscopic defibrillation catheter system and method 210 1996
 
EMCISION LIMITED (1)
2005/0171,534 Surgical resection device 15 2004
 
ENTERIC MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
2002/0193,851 Energy treatment apparatus for treating gastrointestinal tract and method for using same 29 2001
 
Erbe Elektromedizin GmbH & Co. KG (1)
4,244,371 High-frequency surgical apparatus 62 1979
 
ESC MEDICAL SYSTEMS LTD. (1)
5,437,664 Apparatus and method for venous ligation 257 1994
 
GOLDMAN SACHS BANK USA (1)
2004/0121,494 Infrared thermopile detector system for semiconductor process monitoring and control 2003
 
GOLDMAN SACHS CREDIT PARTNERS L.P. (1)
2005/0267,468 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 18 2005
 
Granite Advisory Services, Inc. (1)
2006/0074,411 Biomedical dispersive electrode 43 2005
 
GRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (1)
2004/0030,333 Electrosurgical system and method 75 2003
 
GYNECARE, INC. (1)
6,056,747 Apparatus and method for treatment of body tissues 65 1997
 
HUTCHINSON TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED (1)
5,456,684 Multifunctional minimally invasive surgical instrument 449 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 33 2005
 
INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES (IRELAND) LTD. (1)
4,931,047 Method and apparatus for providing enhanced tissue fragmentation and/or hemostasis 546 1987
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
5,445,638 Bipolar coagulation and cutting forceps 456 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 433 1990
 
KAUFMAN, DAVID I. (1)
5,234,428 Disposable electrocautery/cutting instrument with integral continuous smoke evacuation 104 1991
 
KEWI AC (1)
2004/0055,711 Manufacture of a strip by extrusion of a tube then flattening the tube 2003
 
KHARKOVSKY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY INSTITUT OBSCHEI I NEOTLOZHNOI KHIRURGII, USSR, KHARKOV (1)
4,671,274 Bipolar electrosurgical instrument 315 1985
 
Laser Centers of America (1)
5,556,397 Coaxial electrosurgical instrument 216 1994
 
LAUFER, MICHAEL D., M.D. (1)
6,577,902 Device for shaping infarcted heart tissue and method of using the device 21 1999
 
LG ELECTRONICS INC. (1)
6,419,509 Memory card connector with improved card insertion/ejection operation 10 2001
 
LIGHTWAVE ABLATIOIN SYSTEMS (1)
5,500,012 Ablation catheter system 672 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 248 2000
 
LIVE TISSUE CONNECT, INC. (1)
6,733,498 System and method for control of tissue welding 284 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 27 2003
 
MEDICOR CORPORATION (1)
6,030,381 Composite dielectric coating for electrosurgical implements 52 1998
 
Medsol, Corp. (1)
6,015,391 Biopsy needle structure 64 1998
 
MEDTRONIC CRYOCATH LP (1)
5,281,215 Cryogenic catheter 401 1992
 
MICROSURGE, INC. (1)
5,318,589 Surgical instrument for endoscopic surgery 431 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 122 2000
 
NATIONAL PENN BANK (1)
2005/0085,809 Heat pipe for cautery surgical instrument 32 2004
 
NEOMEDIX CORPORATION (1)
2007/0010,812 Electrosurgical devices and methods for selective cutting of tissue 20 2004
 
NEW WORLD PAWDSIGN LTD (1)
6,032,077 Ablation catheter with electrical coupling via foam drenched with a conductive fluid 150 1997
 
NIDUS MEDICAL, INC. (1)
6,626,899 Apparatus and methods for treating tissue 314 2001
 
NOVARTIS AG (1)
2005/0209,621 Method of controlling a surgical system based on irrigation flow 34 2005
 
NOVIAN HEALTH, INC. (1)
6,603,988 Apparatus and method for delivering ablative laser energy and determining the volume of tumor mass destroyed 35 2001
 
NTERO SURGICAL, INC. (1)
6,775,575 System and method for reducing post-surgical complications 165 2002
 
NUORTHO SURGICAL, INC. (1)
7,066,932 Biologically enhanced irrigants 22 2002
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
6,280,440 Cautery apparatus 29 1999
 
PCN, INC. (1)
6,193,715 Device for converting a mechanical cutting device to an electrosurgical cutting device 64 1999
 
PERFECT SURGICAL TECHNIQUES, INC. (1)
6,682,527 Method and system for heating tissue with a bipolar instrument 282 2001
 
Philadelphia Heart Institute (1)
5,718,701 Ablation electrode 202 1996
 
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