Patents Assigned to Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20110125146
    Abstract: The invention provides a cartridge assembly to couple a tissue treatment device with an electrosurgical unit, with the cartridge assembly operable with a power delivery apparatus and a fluid delivery apparatus of the electrosurgical unit. The invention also provides an electrosurgical unit comprising a power delivery apparatus and a fluid delivery apparatus operable with the cartridge assembly and a system thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Roger D. GREELEY, Brian M. CONLEY, David J. FLANAGAN, Aaron J. GIFFORD, Steven G. MILLER, Blaine T. MURAKAMI, Thomas P. ROBINSON
  • Patent number: 7909820
    Abstract: Adaptors for electrically coupling between an electrosurgical generator and a bipolar electrosurgical device are provided. In one preferred embodiment, the adaptor comprises a power input connector for coupling the adaptor with a monopolar mode power output connector of the electrosurgical generator, a ground connector for coupling the adaptor with a ground connector of the electrosurgical generator, a first and a second power output connector, each for coupling the adaptor with a first and a second bipolar mode power input connector of the bipolar electrosurgical device, respectively, a monopolar hand switch connector for coupling the adaptor with a monopolar mode hand switch connector of the electrosurgical generator, and at least one bipolar mode hand switch connector for coupling the adaptor with a bipolar mode hand switch connector of the electrosurgical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lipson, David J. Flanagan
  • Publication number: 20110028965
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrosurgical unit comprising a radio-frequency power source and a pump, with the throughput of fluid expelled by the pump controlled by the RF power level setting and fluid flow rate setting. The invention also provides various electrosurgical devices which may be used with the electrosurgical unit. In one embodiment, the electrosurgical device comprises a first electrode tip spaced next to a second electrode tip with a portion of the first electrode tip facing the second electrode tip and a portion of the second electrode tip facing the first electrode tip, the first electrode tip and the second electrode tip both having a spherical distal end, and a fluid outlet arrangement to expel fluid onto the electrode tips solely at locations remote from the electrode tip portions facing each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael E. MCCLURKEN
  • Patent number: 7815634
    Abstract: The invention provides a system for treating tissue that includes a power measurement device, a flow rate controller coupled to the power measurement device, and an electrosurgical device configured and arranged to provide radio frequency power and conductive fluid to the tissue, wherein the flow rate controller is configured and arranged to modify a flow rate of the conductive fluid to the tissue, based on signals from the power measurement device. The invention also provides methods and devices for modifying flow rate of conductive fluid to tissue based on measurement of radio frequency power delivered to the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. McClurken, Robert Luzzi
  • Patent number: 7811282
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrosurgical unit comprising a radio-frequency power source and a pump, with the throughput of fluid expelled by the pump controlled by the RF power level setting and fluid flow rate setting. The invention also provides various electrosurgical devices which may be used with the electrosurgical unit. In one embodiment, the electrosurgical device comprises a first electrode tip spaced next to a second electrode tip with a portion of the first electrode tip facing the second electrode tip and a portion of the second electrode tip facing the first electrode tip, the first electrode tip and the second electrode tip both having a spherical distal end, and a fluid outlet arrangement to expel fluid onto the electrode tips solely at locations remote from the electrode tip portions facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. McClurken
  • Publication number: 20100217255
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrosurgical device and methods of use thereof. The device comprises a first electrode, a second electrode and at least one fluid outlet. In one embodiment, the first electrode has a distal portion with an electrically conductive spherical surface, the second electrode has a distal portion with an electrically conductive spherical surface, and at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode have a blade portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Roger D. GREELEY, Donald EARLES, David FLANAGAN
  • Patent number: 7727232
    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: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Maurer, Eric W. Conley, Arnold E. Oyola
  • Publication number: 20100100095
    Abstract: The invention provides a medical device that includes a housing, a tubular member extending from the distal end of the housing, a first arm extending from the distal end of the tubular member, the first arm including a first electrode, a second arm extending from the distal end of the tubular member, the second arm including a second electrode and being disposed coaxially with the first arm, at least one solution infusion opening on each electrode, and a solution delivery channel for delivery of a conductive solution to the solution infusion openings. According to the invention, at least one of the first arm or the second arm is translationally moveable, and at least one of the first arm or the second arm is adapted to be coupled to a source of radiofrequency energy. The invention also provides a corresponding method for treating blood vessels or other tissues of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael E. McCLURKEN, Robert LUZZI
  • Patent number: 7651494
    Abstract: The invention provides a medical device that includes a housing, a tubular member extending from the distal end of the housing, a first arm extending from the distal end of the tubular member, the first arm including a first electrode, a second arm extending from the distal end of the tubular member, the second arm including a second electrode and being disposed coaxially with the first arm, at least one solution infusion opening on each electrode, and a solution delivery channel for delivery of a conductive solution to the solution infusion openings. According to the invention, at least one of the first arm or the second arm is translationally moveable, and at least one of the first arm or the second arm is adapted to be coupled to a source of radiofrequency energy. The invention also provides a corresponding method for treating blood vessels or other tissues of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. McClurken, Robert Luzzi
  • Patent number: 7645277
    Abstract: The invention provides a medical device that includes a housing, a tubular member extending from the distal end of the housing, a first arm extending from the distal end of the tubular member, the first arm including a first electrode, a second arm extending from the distal end of the tubular member, the second arm including a second electrode and being disposed coaxially with the first arm, at least one solution infusion opening on each electrode, and a solution delivery channel for delivery of a conductive solution to the solution infusion openings. According to the invention, at least one of the first arm or the second arm is translationally moveable, and at least one of the first arm or the second arm is adapted to be coupled to a source of radiofrequency energy. The invention also provides a corresponding method for treating blood vessels or other tissues of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. McClurken, Robert Luzzi
  • Publication number: 20090264879
    Abstract: Surgical devices, systems and methods for treating tissue are provided. Also provided are systems for treating tissue and methods of treating tissue. An exemplary surgical device comprises a handle (20a) having a proximal end and a distal end; a shaft extending distally beyond the distal end of the handle, the shaft having a proximal end and a distal end; an electrode tip (45), at least a portion of the electrode tip extending distally beyond the distal end of the shaft, the electrode tip extending distally beyond the distal end of the shaft comprising a spherical end surface portion (25) and a cylindrical side surface portion, the spherical end surface portion located distal to the cylindrical side surface portion and comprising at least a portion of the distal end surface of the surgical device; and a fluid passage directed to provide a fluid towards the cylindrical side portion of the electrode tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael E. MCCLURKEN, David LIPSON, Arnold E. OYOLA, Jonathan E. WILSON, Christopher W. MAURER, Robert LUZZI, Roger D. GREELEY
  • Patent number: 7604635
    Abstract: Surgical devices, systems and methods for treating tissue. 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: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. McClurken, David Lipson, E. Arnold Oyola
  • Publication number: 20090222001
    Abstract: The invention provides a bipolar electrosurgical device to treat tissue in a presence of radio frequency energy and a fluid provided from the device. In one embodiment, the device comprises a first electrode and a second electrode at the end of a malleable shaft assembly to be hand shapeable by a user of the device, and at least one fluid outlet. The malleable shaft assembly comprises a first shaft and a second shaft, a length of the first shaft and a length of the second shaft in an outer member comprising a polymer, and at least a portion of the first shaft and at least a portion of the second shaft being malleable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger D. Greeley, Steven G. Miller, Vaclav O. Podany, Brian M. Conley, Chad M. Greenlaw
  • Patent number: 7445617
    Abstract: A method of treating tissue of a body during a surgical procedure is provided comprising providing tissue comprising normal tissue and abnormal tissue; inserting at least one temperature indicating device into the tissue with the temperature indicating device comprising an indicator to provide an indication of when a trigger temperature has been attained and a trigger mechanism configured to operate when heated to the trigger temperature and trigger the activation of the indicator; heating the tissue sufficiently to ablate at least a portion of the abnormal tissue; and transferring heat from the tissue to the trigger mechanism, the heat sufficient to heat the trigger mechanism to the trigger temperature and trigger the activation of the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Jacqueline Eastwood, N. Joseph Espat, Michael E. McClurken, Kevin T. Watkins
  • Publication number: 20080234674
    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: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Applicant: SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael E. McClurken, Roger D. Greeley, Brian M. Conley