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A sphincter tissue region is treated using a support structure sized for advancement into the anal canal. At least one electrode is carried by the structure. A mechanism is coupled to the electrode to move the electrode between a first position retracted in the support structure and a second position extended from the support structure through surface tissue to penetrate a subsurface tissue region at or near a sphincter in the anal canal. A cable is coupled to the electrode to conduct energy for application by the electrode to form a lesion in the subsurface tissue region.

Title
Systems and methods for treating dysfunctions in the intestines and rectum
Application Number
9/556169
Publication Number
6645201 (B1)
Application Date
April 21, 2000
Publication Date
November 11, 2003
Inventor
Rachel Croft
San Francisco
CA, US
John Gaiser
Mountain View
CA, US
Scott West
Livermore
CA, US
David Utley
San Carlos
CA, US
Agent
Ryan Kromholz & Manion S C
US
Assignee
Curon Medical
CA, US
IPC
A61B 18/18
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