05683366 is referenced by 429 patents and cites 40 patents.

A method for transmyocardial revascularization of the heart of a patient comprises introducing a probe (10) into the thoracic cavity through a percutaneous penetration, a thoracotomy or a sternotomy. An active electrode surface (58) is then positioned adjacent a wall of the patient's heart, e.g., the ventricular wall. Electrically conducting liquid (50) is directed to the heart wall to provide a current flow path and high frequency voltage is applied to ablate or disintegrate tissue at the heart wall. The probe is then axially translated towards the ventricular wall to form a revascularizing channel or artificial vessel from the ventricle to the myocardium to increase blood flow therethrough.

Title
System and method for electrosurgical tissue canalization
Application Number
817575
Publication Number
5683366
Application Date
November 22, 1995
Publication Date
November 4, 1997
Inventor
Hira V Thapliyal
Los Altos
CA, US
Philip E Eggers
Dublin
OH, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Assignee
Arthrocare Corporation
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/36
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