Patents Assigned to Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130085493
    Abstract: An electrosurgical balloon includes an inflatable balloon body formed of a non-conductive substrate material. One or more electrodes are disposed on an exterior surface of the balloon body. The electrodes can include a pair of bipolar electrodes, and the balloon body can have at least one fluid outlet hole configured to provide fluid to the pair of bipolar electrodes. A second inflatable balloon body can be disposed inside the first inflatable balloon body. The electrosurgical balloon can be incorporated into a catheter assembly, in which the electrosurgical balloon is a balloon electrode tip at a distal end of a catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eliot F. Bloom, Vaclav O. Podany, Chad M. Greenlaw, Brian M. Conley
  • Publication number: 20120259208
    Abstract: A catheter system can include a first catheter including a first proximal end portion and a lumen. The first proximal end portion has a first key joint component that extends along a partial length of the first proximal end portion. The catheter system can also include a second catheter including a second key joint component that corresponds with the first key joint component. The first key joint component and the second key joint component are configured to be coupled together when the second catheter is slidably disposed within the lumen of the first catheter such that a rotational orientation of the second catheter is fixed relative to a rotational orientation of the first catheter. The first proximal end portion can be a fitting, and the first key joint component can include an opening defined by the fitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eliot Frank Bloom, Donald Earles
  • Publication number: 20120259206
    Abstract: A catheter system can include a first catheter having an elongated body that defines a lumen, and a second catheter slidably disposed within the lumen of the first catheter. The second catheter can include an acoustic device. The acoustic device can create a sound for verifying the location of the second catheter within a body lumen. The distal end portion of the second catheter can include a pre-formed bend that extends at a non-zero angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the first catheter. In some embodiments, the second catheter can be used to aspirate a substance from a body lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Robert Roberts, Eliot Frank BLOOM, Donald Earles
  • Publication number: 20120259244
    Abstract: A catheter system can include a first catheter having an elongated body that defines a lumen, and a second catheter slidably disposed within the lumen of the first catheter. The lumen of the first catheter can also include a key joint component that corresponds to a key joint component on the second catheter. The distal end portion of the second catheter can include a pre-formed bend that extends at a non-zero angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the first catheter. In some embodiments, the second catheter can be used to aspirate a substance from a body lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Robert Roberts, Eliot Frank BLOOM, Donald Earles
  • Publication number: 20120232553
    Abstract: A catheter system can include an electrical adapter and a catheter. The electrical adapter includes a hollow adapter body having a longitudinally extending channel and an electrical terminal positioned within the channel. The electrical adapter can be configured to connect to an energy source. The catheter can include an elongated body having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, and an electrical connector coupled to the proximal end portion. The electrical connector forms the outer periphery of the catheter along a portion of the longitudinal length of the catheter. The electrical terminal and the electrical connector contact each other when the electrical connector is advanced through the channel to an electrical contact position in the channel, and are isolated from each other when the electrical connector is proximal of the electrical contact position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eliot Bloom, Donald Earles
  • Patent number: 8216233
    Abstract: The invention provides surgical devices and methods to treat tissue. In one device embodiment, the invention comprises a bipolar electrosurgical device to treat tissue in a presence of radio frequency power and a fluid provided simultaneously from a distal portion of the device, with the device comprising a disc shaped distal end. In one method embodiment, the invention comprises a method of treating tissue having a blood vessel during spine surgery, with the method comprising pressing a portion of the blood vessel against a supporting spine structure with a surgical device to provide a compressed portion of the blood vessel, and heating the compressed portion of the blood vessel with the surgical device sufficiently to inhibit a blood flow through the vessel after the surgical device is removed from the blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E McClurken, Roger D. Greeley, Brian M. Conley
  • Publication number: 20120150165
    Abstract: A bipolar electrosurgical device includes a shaft and an electrode tip coupled to a distal end of the shaft. At least a portion of the electrode tip extends distally beyond the distal end of the shaft and includes an insulator extending between a first electrode and a second electrode. The first electrode is configured to he an active electrode and the second electrode is configured to be a return electrode. The electrode tip can include a substantially conically-shaped portion, or can include a spherical portion and a cylindrical portion protruding from the spherical portion at a non-zero angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the shaft. The substantially conically-shaped portion can include at least a portion of one of the first electrode and the second electrode. The distal end of the shaft can include a fluid outlet opening to provide fluid from a fluid source onto the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Conley, Chad M. Greenlaw, John W. Berry, Joseph F. Army
  • Publication number: 20120101496
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device includes a first electrode tip connected to a first shaft and spaced from a second electrode tip connected to a second shaft. The first electrode tip serves as a first pole, and the second electrode tip serves as a second pole, of a bipolar electrode configuration. A first fluid outlet opening is defined by a distal end of the first shaft and a portion of the first electrode tip. A second fluid outlet opening is defined by a distal end of the second shaft and a portion of the second electrode tip. At least one recess can be formed in an exterior surface of each of the first and the second electrode tips, providing a fluid flow channel for fluid to flow distally along the respective electrode tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael E. MCCLURKEN, Arnold E. OYOLA, Jonathan E. WILSON, Christopher W. MAURER, Robert LUZZI, Roger D. GREELEY
  • Publication number: 20120053485
    Abstract: A catheter includes a catheter shaft, an expandable member coupled to an outer surface of the catheter shaft, and a needle having a distal end portion disposed on an outer side of the catheter shaft adjacent the expandable member. The expandable member is selectively radially expandable from the radial perimeter of the catheter for making contact with a body lumen wall. The needle is configured to extend laterally from the outer side of the catheter shaft at a non-zero angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the catheter shaft. The needle contacts the expandable member during the selective radial expansion of the expandable member such that the non-zero angle of the extended needle is controlled by the expansion of the expandable member. The radial center of the expandable member can be eccentrically arranged with respect to a longitudinal axis of the catheter. The expandable member can include at least one opening for allowing bodily fluid or gas (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Eliot Frank BLOOM
  • Publication number: 20120004657
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrosurgical device and methods of use thereof. In one embodiment, the device may comprise a handle, a shaft distal to the handle, a first electrode tip and a second electrode tip adjacent a distal end of the shaft, with the first electrode tip spaced from the second electrode tip and wherein the first electrode tip comprises a first U-shaped electrode and the second electrode tip comprises a second U-shaped electrode, and at least one fluid outlet. In another embodiment, the device may comprise a handle, a shaft distal to the handle, and a first electrode and a second electrode adjacent a distal end of the shaft with the first electrode coplanar with the second electrode and comprising a wire electrode having a U-shape which surrounds a perimeter of the second electrode and is spaced from the second electrode by an aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Brian M. CONLEY, Jonathan J. BARRY, Roger D. GREELEY, Chad M. GREENLAW
  • Publication number: 20110319889
    Abstract: This invention provides an electrosurgical device comprising a handle, a shaft member distal to the handle, a first electrode tip and a second electrode tip at a distal end of the shaft member with the first electrode tip laterally spaced from the second electrode tip, and an electrode sheath movable to cover and uncover a side of the electrode tips while a distal end of the electrode tips is uncovered to treat tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Brian M. CONLEY, Roger D. GREELEY, Christopher W. MAURER, Anthony R. DePASQUA
  • Patent number: 8083736
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device is provided which comprises a distal portion having a bipolar electrode configuration and at least one fluid outlet opening. The device further includes a first electrode tip spaced from a second electrode tip with the first electrode tip to serve as a first pole of the bipolar electrode configuration and the second electrode tip to serve as a second pole of the bipolar electrode configuration. The first and second electrode tips are configured to slide over a tissue surface in the presence of a fluid provided from the fluid outlet opening and an electrical current provided from the electrode tips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. McClurken, Arnold E. Oyola, Jonathan E. Wilson, Christopher W. Maurer, Robert Luzzi, Roger D. Greeley
  • Patent number: 8075557
    Abstract: A bipolar electrosurgical scraper device is provided comprising a handle, a blade having a thickness and a beveled distal end with the beveled distal end terminating distally in a scraping edge. The beveled distal end includes a first electrode and a second electrode with the first electrode and the second electrode provided along a width of the blade and spaced apart with respect to the thickness of the blade. The device also comprises a fluid passage at least one fluid outlet in fluid communication with the fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Maurer, Eric W. Conley, Arnold E. Oyola
  • Publication number: 20110295249
    Abstract: This invention provides a fluid-assisted electrosurgical device to treat tissue in a presence of radio frequency energy and a fluid provided from the device. The device comprises a handle, a rigid shaft member distal to the handle, and at least one electrode distal to the shaft member. The shaft member comprises a shaft member first body and a shaft member second body joined together along a length of the shaft member. The shaft member further comprises a plurality of longitudinally oriented shaft member passages, with each of the passages having a length defined by the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Eliot F. BLOOM, Lorenzo C. VACCARELLA, Chad M. GREENLAW, Roger D. GREELEY, Steven G. MILLER
  • Patent number: 8048070
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. O'Brien, Michael F. McClurken, Robert Luzzi
  • Patent number: 8038670
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. McClurken
  • Publication number: 20110224669
    Abstract: A bipolar electrosurgical device includes a handle and an elongated end effector coupled to the handle. The end effector includes an elongated, insulating body having first and second electrodes disposed thereon. The first and second electrodes are separated at the distal end of the insulating body, and a cavity formed in the distal end of the effector is positioned between the first and second electrodes. A fluid-delivery tube is positioned on the body to deliver a conductive fluid to the distal end, adjacent the cavity. During use of the electrosurgical device, delivery of the conductive fluid facilitates formation of an electrical coupling between the electrodes via the tissue being treated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Vaclav O. PODANY
  • Patent number: 7998140
    Abstract: 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 shaft extending from the handle having a distal end, and an electrode tip having an electrode surface with at least a portion of the electrode tip extending distally beyond the distal end of the shaft. In one embodiment, preferably the portion of the electrode tip extending distally beyond the distal end of the shaft comprises a cone shaped portion. The device also has a fluid passage being connectable to a fluid source and at least one fluid outlet opening in fluid communication with the fluid passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. McClurken, Scott D. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 7976544
    Abstract: Surgical devices, systems and methods for treating tissue are provided. An exemplary surgical device comprises a tip portion including first and second jaws each having a tissue grasping surface, at least one of the jaws being movable toward the other jaw. The tissue grasping surface of each jaw has includes an electrically insulative surface. The device also includes first and second electrodes connectable to different terminals of an RF generator to generate electrical current flow therebetween, with each of the electrodes having an electrode surface. One of the electrode surfaces is located on one of the jaws separated from one edge of the tissue grasping surface, and the other of the electrode surfaces is located on one or the other of the jaws separated from the other edge of the tissue grasping surface. The device also includes at least one fluid passage being connectable to a fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. McClurken, David Lipson, Arnold E. Oyola, David J. Flanagan
  • Patent number: 7951148
    Abstract: An electrosurgical device for use in surgical procedures is disclosed. The electrosurgical device comprises a main body having a proximal end and a distal end. A heat delivery modality is situated and arranged at the distal end of the main body. A sensor arrangement is also situated and arranged at the distal end of the main body. The heat delivery modality provides thermal energy to a tissue being treated while the sensor arrangement is configured to engage and detect a change in dimension of the tissue being treated. Accordingly, the electrosurgical device of the present disclosure allows a surgeon to precisely achieve the desired amount of dimensional change of the tissue being treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. McClurken