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A method and apparatus for transmural ablation using an instrument containing two electrodes or cryogenic probes. A clamping force is exerted on the two electrodes or probes such that the tissue of the hollow organ is clamped therebetween. Bipolar RF energy is then applied between the two electrodes, or the probes are cryogenically cooled, thus ablating the tissue therebetween. The method provides for ablating cardiac tissue of a patient utilizing a sub-xyphoid approach and identifying cardiac tissue prior to ablation.

Title
Sub-xyphoid method for ablating cardiac tissue
Application Number
10/927746
Publication Number
7487780 (B2)
Application Date
August 27, 2004
Publication Date
February 10, 2009
Inventor
Michael D Hooven
Cincinnati
OH, US
Agent
Cook Alex
Assignee
AtriCure
OH, US
IPC
A61B 18/14
A61B 18/18
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