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An apparatus and method are provided for control contraction of tissue that includes collagen fibers. The apparatus includes a handpiece, and an electrode with an electrode proximal end associated with the handpiece. A distal end of the electrode has a geometry that delivers a controlled amount of energy to the tissue for a desired contraction of the collagen fibers. This is achieved while dissociation and breakdown of the collagen fibers is minimized. The handpiece, with electrode, is adapted to be introduced through an operating cannula in percutaneous applications. Additionally, an operating cannula may be included in the apparatus and be attached to the handpiece. The apparatus and method provides for a desired level of contraction of collagen soft tissue without dissociation or breakdown of collagen fibers.

Title
Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue
Application Number
238862
Publication Number
5569242
Application Date
February 16, 1995
Publication Date
October 29, 1996
Inventor
Stuart D Edwards
1681 Austin Ave., Los Altos, 94024
CA, US
Gary S Fanton
265 Golden Oak Dr., Portola Valley, 94028
CA, US
Ronald G Lax
P.O. Box 2796, Grass Valley, 95945
CA, US
Agent
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
IPC
A61B 17/36
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