Patents by Inventor Joe Sartor

Joe Sartor has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20060264922
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument includes a pair of first and second elongated shafts each having an end effector attached to a distal end thereof and a handle. The handle is movable from a first position wherein the end effectors are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another to a second position wherein the end effectors are closer relative to one another. Each of the elongated shafts includes a hinge plate which mounts atop a pivot assembly for effecting movement of the end effectors relative to one another. The instrument also includes a hinge assembly made from an overmold composition which encapsulates and secures the hinge plates and the pivot assembly. The overmold composition is made from an electrically insulating material which insulates the end effectors from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Inventors: Joe Sartor, Dennis Harvilla
  • Publication number: 20060200122
    Abstract: A ionizable gas system is provided and includes a surgical accessory and a corona start patient connector. The surgical accessory is adapted to receive electrosurgical energy from an electrosurgical energy source and is adapted to receive ionizable gas (e.g., argon gas) from a portable ionizable gas source. The corona start patient connector is operatively connected to the electrosurgical energy source and the surgical accessory. The corona start patient connector includes an electrical interface that is configured to verify if the ionizable gas system is functioning properly prior to use on a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Publication date: September 7, 2006
    Inventors: Joe Sartor, Michael Hogan, Gene Arts, Ronald Podhajsky, Arlan Reschke
  • Publication number: 20060189977
    Abstract: An electrosurgical electrode shroud including a hollow substantially cylindrical member having a first end portion and a second end portion; the first end portion defining an opening which is configured and dimensioned to receive an electrosurgical electrode assembly therein; the second end portion defining an opening which is configured and dimensioned to receive an electrode mounting portion of an electrosurgical instrument, wherein at least the second end portion is formed of a substantially translucent material. The electrosurgical electrode shroud may further include visual or tactile indicator on the second end portion for indicating a depth of penetration of the electrosurgical instrument within the second end portion when viewed by the surgeon through the translucent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Inventors: Charles Allen, Joe Sartor
  • Publication number: 20060178667
    Abstract: An electrosurgical system is provided that includes an electrosurgical generator; and an electrosurgical pencil selectively connectable to the electrosurgical generator. The electrosurgical pencil includes an elongated housing; at least one electrocautery end effector removably supportable within the housing and extending distally from the housing, the electrocautery end effector being connected to the electrosurgical generator; and at least one voltage divider network supported on the housing. The at least one voltage divider network is electrically connected to the electrosurgical generator and controls at least one of the intensity of electrosurgical energy being delivered to the electrosurgical pencil and the mode of electrosurgical energy being delivered to the electrosurgical pencil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: Joe Sartor, Robert Behnke, Steven Buysse, Chris Ehr
  • Publication number: 20060052771
    Abstract: A pressure safety system is provided for use with electrosurgical instruments providing pressurized ionized gas to a surgical site. The pressure safety system includes a series of three cascaded pressure change members to control the pressure of gas delivered to a patient. Pressure safety apparatus for use with electrosurgical instruments providing pressurized ionized gas to a surgical site are also provided. Electrosurgical instruments utilizing the pressure safety system and apparatus are also provided. The instruments include a hand-held applicator, a portable actuator assembly and the pressure safety system to control the pressure of gas delivered to a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Publication date: March 9, 2006
    Inventors: Joe Sartor, Michael Hogan, Gene Arts, Ronald Podhajsky, Arlan Reschke
  • Publication number: 20060052772
    Abstract: A gas-enhanced electrosurgical instrument includes a hand-held applicator and a portable actuator assembly. The hand-held applicator has a gas delivery member adapted to deliver pressurized ionizable gas to the proximity of an electrode located adjacent a distal end of the applicator. The portable actuator assembly is capable of holding a source of pressurized ionizable gas, such as a cylinder or cartridge, and includes at least one controller to control the delivery of the gas from the source to the hand-held applicator and to control the delivery of electrosurgical energy to the hand-held applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Publication date: March 9, 2006
    Inventors: Joe Sartor, Michael Hogan, Gene Arts, Ronald Podhajsky, Arlan Reschke
  • Publication number: 20060052774
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument for fragmenting, cutting and coagulating tissue is described which includes a handpiece, a tool assembly and a nosecone. Preferably, the tool assembly is formed of an electrically conductive material and includes a first end having a distal tool tip and a second end adapted to be connected to an acoustic vibrator. The tool assembly at least partially defines an aspiration channel and is preferably supported by the handpiece. The nosecone is positioned about a distal end of the handpiece and a proximal end of the tool assembly in a fluid tight manner. A switch assembly for controlling delivery of electrosurgical energy to the tool assembly is supported on the nosecone. Preferably, the switch assembly is overmolded onto an inner housing of the nosecone by an electrically insulative material. In a preferred embodiment, the electrosurgical instrument may include an ionizable gas supply channel which communicates with an electrode to provide plasma coagulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Publication date: March 9, 2006
    Inventors: David Garrison, Joe Sartor, Michael Hogan
  • Publication number: 20060041257
    Abstract: An electrosurgical pencil is provided and includes an elongated housing having an electrocautery blade supported therein and extending distally from the housing. The electrocautery blade is connected to a source of electrosurgical energy. The pencil further includes a plurality of activation switches supported on the housing for activating electrocautery blade. Each activation switch is configured and adapted to selectively complete a control loop extending from the source of electrosurgical energy upon actuation thereof. In use, actuation of at least one of the plurality of activation switches produces a dividing with hemostatic effect at the electrocautery blade. The electrosurgical pencil further includes at least one voltage divider network supported on the housing. The at least one voltage divider network is electrically connected to the source of electrosurgical energy and controls the intensity of electrosurgical energy being delivered to the electrosurgical pencil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Publication date: February 23, 2006
    Inventors: Joe Sartor, Chris Ehr, Arlen Reschke
  • Publication number: 20060030195
    Abstract: An electrosurgical system is provided which includes an electrosurgical energy source; a return pad including a conductive surface; and a return pad cable connector selectively connectable to the electrosurgical generator. The return pad cable connector includes a cord having a conductive wire disposed therethrough, the conductive wire have a first end which connects to the electrosurgical energy source; and a connector operatively coupled to the cord. The connector includes a conductive surface which is selectively engageable with a corresponding conductive surface disposed on the return pad and is in electrical contact with a second end of the conductive wire, the conductive surface of the connector including a conductive adhesive disposed thereon; and a non-conductive adhesive disposed about the periphery of the conductive surface of the connector for engagement with a corresponding non-conductive adhesive disposed about the periphery of the conductive surface of the return pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Inventors: Chris Ehr, Joe Sartor
  • Publication number: 20050273098
    Abstract: An electrosurgical electrode shroud including a hollow substantially cylindrical member having a first end portion and a second end portion; the first end portion defining an opening which is configured and dimensioned to receive an electrosurgical electrode assembly therein; the second end portion defining an opening which is configured and dimensioned to receive an electrode mounting portion of an electrosurgical instrument, wherein at least the second end portion is formed of a substantially translucent material. The electrosurgical electrode shroud may further include visual or tactile indicator on the second end portion for indicating a depth of penetration of the electrosurgical instrument within the second end portion when viewed by the surgeon through the translucent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Publication date: December 8, 2005
    Inventors: Charles Allen, Joe Sartor
  • Publication number: 20050171528
    Abstract: An electrosurgical apparatus for coagulating tissue includes an elongated housing and an electrode located adjacent the distal end of the housing. The electrode can be connected to a source of electrosurgical energy. At least one actuator is included which electrosurgically energizes the electrode. The apparatus also includes a relatively small gas cylinder which contains a pressurized gas consisting of inert gas and which is selectively seated in the housing. Upon actuation of the actuator, gas is dispersed under pressure from the gas cylinder to the electrode and is ionized prior to the distribution of the gas into the operating field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Publication date: August 4, 2005
    Inventors: Joe Sartor, Michael Hogan, Gene Arts, Ronald Podhajsky, Arlan Reschke
  • Publication number: 20050113824
    Abstract: An electrosurgical pencil is provided which includes an elongated housing, an electrocautery blade supported within the housing and extending distally from the housing. The electrocautery blade is connected to a source of electrosurgical energy. The pencil also includes at least one activation switch supported on the housing which is configured and adapted to complete a control loop extending from the source of electrosurgical energy. At least one voltage divider network is also supported on the housing and is electrically connected to the source of electrosurgical energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Joe Sartor, Tony Moua
  • Publication number: 20050113818
    Abstract: A connector system for coupling electrosurgical instruments to electrosurgical generators is provided. The connector system includes a plug portion connectable to an electrosurgical instrument, the plug portion of the electrosurgical instrument having a shape specific to a particular manufacturer; and a plug receptacle portion supported on the electrosurgical generator; the plug receptacle portion being shaped to receive the plug portion of the electrosurgical instrument of the particular manufacturer and the plug portion of the electrosurgical instrument of any other manufacturer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Joe Sartor, Mark Huseman
  • Publication number: 20050113823
    Abstract: An electrosurgical pencil is provided which includes an elongated housing, an electrocautery blade supported within the housing and extending distally from the housing. The electrocautery blade is connected to a source of electrosurgical energy. The pencil also includes at least one activation switch supported on the housing which is configured and adapted to complete a control loop extending from the source of electrosurgical energy. At least one voltage divider network is also supported on the housing and is electrically connected to the source of electrosurgical energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Arlan Reschke, Steven Buysse, David Heard, Joe Sartor, Dale Schmaltz, Ronald Podhajsky
  • Publication number: 20050080407
    Abstract: A return pad cable connector, in accordance with the present disclosure, for use with a disposable return pad, includes a cord having a conductive wire disposed therethrough which conductive wire interconnects the return pad cable connector to an electrosurgical energy source. The return pad clamp further includes a connector operatively coupled to the cord, the connector having a conductive surface which is selectively engageable with a corresponding conductive surface disposed on the return pad, the conductive surface of the connector including a conductive adhesive disposed thereon and a non-conductive adhesive disposed above the periphery of the conductive surface of the connector for engagement with a corresponding non-conductive adhesive disposed above the periphery of the conductive surface of the return pad. The connector can include a magnet for magnetically coupling the connector to the conductive surface disposed on the return pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Publication date: April 14, 2005
    Inventors: Chris Ehr, Joe Sartor