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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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Mark A Maguire, Kevin C Ladd, John W Gaiser, Le T Le: Deflectable catheter. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, Harold R Patton, May 26, 1998: US05755760 (261 worldwide citation)

A deflectable ablation catheter which includes an elongated catheter body with an electrode located along a distal section of the catheter body. The catheter is provided with a deflection wire coupled to the distal end of the catheter body which on longitudinal movement causes deflection of the dist ...


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Mark A Maguire, Kevin C Ladd, John W Gaiser, Le T Le: Multiple sensor, temperature controlled R-F ablation system. Medtronic, Reed A Duthler, Harold R Patton, September 28, 1999: US05957961 (230 worldwide citation)

A catheter ablation system including a catheter having a distal segment carrying at least one electrode extending along the segment and having a number of temperature sensors arranged along the distal segment adjacent the electrode, each providing an output indicative of temperature. The catheter is ...


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Mark A Maguire, Kevin C Ladd, John W Gaiser, Le T Le: Apparatus for R-F ablation. Medtronic, Daniel Latham, Beth McMahon, Girma Wolde Michael, March 12, 2002: US06356790 (102 worldwide citation)

An improved system and method for ablating a tissue site is provided. In one embodiment, the system comprises an ablation catheter employing one or more electrodes and multiple temperature sensors located along the catheter distal end. The temperature sensors control the power applied to the one or ...


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Kevin To, Le T Le, Andy Uchida, Hugh Sharkey, John Ashley: Intervertebral disc device employing looped probe. Oratec Interventions, Fish & Richardson P C, April 27, 2004: US06726685 (99 worldwide citation)

An intervertebral disc device is provided comprising a probe capable of being extended from a distal end of an introducer that is percutaneously delivered into an interior of an intervertebral disc, the probe forming a loop when extended from the distal end of the introducer, the loop having first a ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, John Ashley, Joel Saal, Jeffrey A Saal, Le T Le: Method for treating intervertebral discs. Oratec Interventions, Fish & Richardson P C, September 11, 2007: US07267683 (66 worldwide citation)

A device is described that may be positioned at a location in an intervertebral disc for diagnosis or treatment of the disc. Treatment may include, for example, applying energy or removing material, and may decrease intradiscal pressure. Radiofrequency energy may be applied. A percutaneous method of ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, John Ashley, Joel Saal, Jeffrey A Saal, Le T Le: Method for treating intervertebral discs. Oratec Interventions, Fish & Richardson P C, January 12, 2010: US07647123 (31 worldwide citation)

An interverterbral fissure can be treated by providing a catheter having a distal end, a proximal end, a longitudinal axis, and an intradiscal section at the catheter's distal end on which there is at least one functional element. The next step is applying a force longitudinally to the proximal of t ...


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Kevin To, Le T Le, Andy Uchida, Hugh Sharkey, John Ashley: Intervertebral disc device employing looped probe. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, December 12, 2002: US20020188284-A1 (1 worldwide citation)

An intervertebral disc device is provided comprising a probe capable of being extended from a distal end of an introducer that is percutaneously delivered into an interior of an intervertebral disc, the probe forming a loop when extended from the distal end of the introducer, the loop having first a ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, John Ashley, Joel Saal, Jeffrey A Saal, Le T Le: Method for treating intervertebral disc. Neurotherm, Arent Fox, July 24, 2012: US08226697

A device is described that may be positioned at a location in an intervertebral disc for diagnosis or treatment of the disc. Treatment may include, for example, applying energy or removing material, and may decrease intradiscal pressure. Radiofrequency energy may be applied. A percutaneous method of ...


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Kevin To, Le T Le, Andy Uchida, Hugh Sharkey, John Ashley: Intervertebral disc device employing looped probe. Oratec Interventions, Joel R Petrow, Chief Patent Counsel, September 30, 2004: US20040193151-A1

An intervertebral disc device is provided comprising a probe capable of being extended from a distal end of an introducer that is percutaneously delivered into an interior of an intervertebral disc, the probe forming a loop when extended from the distal end of the introducer, the loop having first a ...