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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 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, John Ashley, Joel Saal, Jeffrey A Saal, Le Trong Le: Method for delivering energy adjacent the inner wall of an intervertebral disc. Oratec Interventions, David J Weitz, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, September 18, 2001: US06290715 (182 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° C. and for a sufficient time to cause the collagen to weld. An intervertebr ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, John Ashley, Joel Saal, Jeffrey A Saal, Le Trong Le: Method and apparatus for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs. Oratec Interventions, Fish & Richardson P C, February 14, 2006: US06997941 (108 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 Trong Le: Method for treating intervertebral discs. Oratec Interventions, Fish & Richardson P C, April 15, 2003: US06547810 (96 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° C. and for a sufficient time to cause the collagen to weld. An intervertebr ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, John Ashley, Joel Saal, Jeffrey A Saal, Le Trong Le: Method of treating intervertebral disc. Oratec Interventions, Fish & Richardson P C, October 16, 2007: US07282061 (94 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 Trong Le: Method for treating intervertebral discs. Oratec Interventions, Fish & Richardson P C, July 15, 2008: US07400930 (52 worldwide citation)

A method of manipulating a disc tissue of an intervertebral disc is described, the disc has a nucleus pulposus, an annulus fibrosus, and an inner wall of the annulus fibrosus. The method includes providing a catheter having a radiofrequency electrode at a distal region of the catheter and a proximal ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, John Ashley, Joel Saal, Jeffrey A Saal, Le Trong Le: Method for treating intervertebral disc. Neurotherm, Arent Fox, May 29, 2012: US08187312

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 Trong Le: Method for treating intervertebral discs. Neurotherm, Arent Fox, March 6, 2012: US08128619

A method of treating an intervertebral disc includes inserting an introducer into an intervertebral disc, inserting a catheter through the introducer and into the intervertebral disc, advancing a distal region of the catheter through a nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc to an annular wall o ...


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Hugh R Sharkey, John Ashley, Joel Saal, Jeffrey A Saal, Le Trong Le: Method for treating intervertebral discs. Joel R Petrow Esq, Smith & Nephew, May 27, 2004: US20040102824-A1

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 ...