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Thomas O Bales, Kevin W Smith: Electrosurgical catheter and method for vascular applications. Cordis Corporation, Henry W Collins, Thomas R Vigil, July 28, 1987: US04682596 (576 worldwide citation)

The method for resolving atherosclerotic plaque buildup and/or eroding unwanted tissue in a blood vessel includes the steps of: inserting an electrode in and along the lumen of a blood vessel; manually manipulating said electrode through the blood vessel; positioning said electrode proximate to athe ...


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Kevin W Smith, Juergen A Kortenbach, Charles R Slater, Anthony I Mazzeo, Theodore C Slack Jr, Thomas O Bales: Endoscopic robotic surgical tools and methods. Symbiosis Corporation, David P Gordon, April 29, 1997: US05624398 (345 worldwide citation)

The methods and devices of the invention include an encoder, an endoscopic robotic instrument, and an encoder/robotic instrument interface. A preferred embodiment of the encoder has a chest/shoulder plate provided with telescoping tubes and joints. Each joint is provided with a direct drive potentio ...


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Thomas O Bales, Gregory J Murphy, Frank A Scarfone, Charles R Slater, Kevin W Smith: Endoscopic surgical instruments having rotatable end effectors. Symbiosis Corporation, David P Gordon, December 29, 1992: US05174300 (324 worldwide citation)

Medical instruments are provided having end effectors and end effector actuator apparatus which are rotatable relative to the end effectors. The instruments generally include a tube which is typically coupled to the end effectors via a clevis around which the end effectors pivot, a push rod extendin ...


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Thomas O Bales, Dana W Ryan, Matthew S Solar: Cautery probes for endoscopic electrosurgical suction-irrigation instrument. Symbiosis Corporation, David P Gordon, May 17, 1994: US05312400 (256 worldwide citation)

A cautery probe is described for use with an endoscopic instrument where the endoscopic instrument has an electrical contact located therein. The probe includes an insulated handle which extends out of the instrument, a conductive probe element which is mounted in the insulated handle and extends th ...


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Thomas O Bales, Kevin W Smith: Intragastric balloon device adapted to be repeatedly varied in volume without external assistance. Syntheon, Gordon & Jacobson P C, June 17, 2003: US06579301 (243 worldwide citation)

An intragastric balloon device includes a flexible bladder, a relatively rigid reservoir coupled to the bladder and adapted to hold a bladder inflation fluid, and an inflation/deflation system adapted to move or permit movement of the fluid from the reservoir and into the bladder. The intragastric b ...


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Juergen A Kortenbach, Saul Gottlieb, Kevin W Smith, Charles R Slater, Thomas O Bales: Rotatable and deflectable biopsy forceps. Syntheon, David P Gordon, David S Jacobson, Thomas A Gallagher, May 27, 2003: US06569105 (207 worldwide citation)

An endoscopic or laparoscopic biopsy forceps instrument is provided which includes a flexible tubular member having proximal and distal ends, a biopsy jaw assembly at the distal end of the tubular member, an actuation assembly to operate the jaw assembly between open and closed positions, and a cont ...


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Derek Dee Deville, Matthew A Palmer, Thomas O Bales, Korey Kline, Sean McBrayer: Cordless medical cauterization and cutting device. Covidien, December 11, 2012: US08328802 (206 worldwide citation)

A surgical device includes a radio-frequency-signal-generation assembly including a radio-frequency-signal-generation circuit operable to generate a radio-frequency signal at an output and adapted to couple to a switch-mode power supply and a surgical handle including an end effector having at least ...


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Thomas O Bales, Gregory J Murphy, Frank A Scarfone, Charles R Slater, Kevin W Smith: Ratchet locking mechanism for surgical instruments. Symbiosis Corporation, David P Gordon, January 5, 1993: US05176702 (204 worldwide citation)

Releasable ratchet mechanism for medical instruments such as endoscopic instruments are disclosed. The ratchet mechanism includes: a leaf spring with a locking barb which is located on a handle of the medical instrument; a ratchet on a lever arm of the medical instrument which lever arm is pivotally ...


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Juan J Arias, Thomas O Bales, Jurgen A Kortenbach, Dana W Ryan, Charles R Slater, Kevin W Smith, Matthew S Solar: Endoscopic electrosurgical suction-irrigation instrument. Symbiosis Corporation, David P Gordon, May 24, 1994: US05314406 (199 worldwide citation)

An endoscopic electrosurgical suction-irrigation instrument with insertable probes and attachments is disclosed. The instrument has a fluid chamber sealed at its proximal end with a slit valve for receiving the probes and connected at its distal end to a cannula through which the inserted probes ext ...


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Kevin W Smith, Thomas O Bales Jr, Derek Dee Deville, Carlos Rivera, Matthew A Palmer: Electrical surgical instrument with optimized power supply and drive. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Mayback & Hoffman P A, Gregory L Mayback, Rebecca A Tie, October 23, 2012: US08292157 (193 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument includes a surgical end effector operable to effect a surgical procedure when powered, an electric motor operationally connected to the end effector, and a power supply electrically connected to and selectively powering the motor to operate the end effector, the power supply ha ...