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An electrosurgical probe (10) comprises a shaft (13) having an electrode array (58) at its distal end and a connector (19) at its proximal end for coupling the electrode array to a high frequency power supply (28). The shaft includes a return electrode (56) recessed from its distal end and enclosed within an insulating jacket (18). The return electrode defines an inner passage (83) electrically connected to both the return electrode and the electrode array for passage of an electrically conducting liquid (50). By applying high frequency voltage to the electrode array and the return electrode, the electrically conducting liquid generates a current flow path between the return electrode and the electrode array so that target tissue may be cut or ablated. The probe is particularly useful in dry environments, such as the mouth or abdominal cavity, because the electrically conducting liquid provides the necessary return current path between the active and return electrodes.

Title
System and method for electrosurgical cutting and ablation
Application Number
817575
Publication Number
5697882
Application Date
November 22, 1995
Publication Date
December 16, 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 17/39
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