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Hugh J Sharkey, Joel Saal, Jeffrey A Saal, John Ashley: Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy. Oratec Interventions, David J Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Weitz, June 6, 2000: US06073051 (364 worldwide citation)

An externally guidable intervertebral disc apparatus manipulates tissue at a selected location of an intervertebral disc. The apparatus comprises a catheter having a distal end, a proximal end and a longitudinal axis, the catheter having an intradiscal section at the distal end of the catheter, the ...


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Hugh J Sharkey, Joel Saal, Jeffrey Saal, John Ashley: Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs. Oratec Interventions, David J Wilson Sonsin Goodrich & Rosati Weitz, October 3, 2000: US06126682 (354 worldwide citation)

A percutaneous method of repairing a fissure in the annulus pulposus includes placing an energy source adjacent to the fissure and providing sufficient energy to the fissure to raise the temperature to at least about 45-70.degree. C. and for a sufficient time to cause the collagen to weld. An interv ...


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Hugh J Sharkey, John Ashley, Joel Saal, Jeff Saal, Le T Le: Apparatus for treating intervertebral discs with resistive energy. Oratec Interventions, David J Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Weitz, September 19, 2000: US06122549 (325 worldwide citation)

An externally guidable intervertebral disc apparatus manipulates disc tissue at a selected location of an intervertebral disc. The apparatus comprises a catheter having a distal end, a proximal end and a longitudinal axis. The catheter has an intradiscal section at its distal end. The intradiscal se ...


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Donald P Kannenberg, Duane W Marion: Method and apparatus for controlling a temperature-controlled probe. Oratec Interventions, Fish & Richardson P C, September 6, 2005: US06939346 (314 worldwide citation)

A thermal energy controller system useful in medical procedures includes a controller coupled to a probe, and a thermal element to vary probe temperature. The controller includes memory storing a non-continuous algorithm that permits user-selectable settings for various probe types such that control ...


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Hugh J Sharkey, John Ashley, Joel Saal, Jeffrey Saal, Le Trong Le: Method for manipulating tissue of an intervertebral disc. Oratec Interventions, David J Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Weitz, November 9, 1999: US05980504 (306 worldwide citation)

An externally guidable intervertebral disc apparatus manipulates disc tissue present at a selected location of an intervertebral disc, comprising a catheter having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal axis, the catheter having an intradiscal section at the distal end of the catheter, the ...


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Hugh J Sharkey, Joel Saal, Jeffrey Saal, John Ashley: Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs. Oratec Interventions, David J Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Weitz, December 28, 1999: US06007570 (277 worldwide citation)

A percutaneous method of repairing a fissure in the annulus pulposus comprises placing an energy source adjacent to the fissure and providing sufficient energy to the fissure to raise the temperature to at least about 45-70.degree. C. and for a sufficient time to cause the collagen to weld. An inter ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, Joel Saal, Jeffrey A Saal, John Ashley: Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration. Oratec Interventions, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, August 1, 2000: US06095149 (269 worldwide citation)

A percutaneous method treats degenerate disc disease characterized by a circumferential bulge. The method provides a catheter having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal axis, the distal end having an intradiscal section with at least one energy delivery device. The next step is applying ...


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James Baker: RF method for controlled depth ablation of soft tissue. Oratec Interventions, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, July 28, 1998: US05785705 (263 worldwide citation)

An RF ablation apparatus has a delivery catheter with a delivery catheter lumen and a delivery catheter distal end. A first RF electrode is positioned in the delivery catheter lumen. The first RF electrode has a distal end, RF conductive surface, and a lumen. A second RF electrode has a distal end. ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, John Ashley, Joel Saal, Jeffrey A Saal, Le Trong Le: Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc. Oratec Interventions, David J Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Weitz, August 8, 2000: US06099514 (260 worldwide citation)

An externally guidable intervertebral disc apparatus manipulates disc tissue present at a selected location of an intervertebral disc, comprising a catheter having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal axis, the catheter having an intradiscal section at the distal end of the catheter, the ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, Gary S Fanton: Method for modifying the length of a ligament. Oratec Interventions, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, September 21, 1999: US05954716 (238 worldwide citation)

A method for modifying a ligament connection between two bones by applying radio frequency energy to a portion of a ligament in a patient that functions to maintain two or more bones in a standard configuration in a species to which the patient belongs, but which are in a relationship to each other ...