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Patrick A Weizman, Jeffrey L Aldridge, Raymond M Banks, Timothy G Dietz, Jason L Harris, Zhifan F Huang, David K Norvell, David A Witt, Steve G Bernath: Surgical instruments and end effectors therefor. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 1, 2014: US08685020 (183 worldwide citation)

Various forms of surgical instruments are disclosed. In various embodiments, an end effector having operable and closable jaws is attached to a distal end of an elongate shaft such that portions of the jaws are axially offset from the elongate shaft. Other jaw embodiments are coupled to an actuation ...


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Zhifan F Huang, Jason L Harris, Prasanna Malaviya, Foster B Stulen, Jeffrey S Swayze, Scott A Woodruff, Gwendolyn P Payne, Donna L Korvick, David K Norvell, Aron O Zingman, Paul Guerra, Mary E Mootoo, Jeffrey L Aldridge, Timothy G Dietz, David A Witt: Surgical instruments with electrodes. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 4, 2013: US08453906 (171 worldwide citation)

An end-effector assembly configured to be attached to a surgical instrument. The end-effector assembly comprises a first jaw and a second jaw comprising a staple cavity. At least one of the first jaw and the second jaw is movable relative to the other jaw. The end-effector assembly comprises a stapl ...


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George A Morrison, Garry L Carter, Timothy G Dietz: SURx, Mark D Barrish Esq, Townsend Townsend & Crew, September 18, 2001: US06292700 (118 worldwide citation)

Methods, devices, and systems for treating the support structures of the body, particularly for incontinence, take advantage of two mechanisms to enhance the support provided by the fascia, ligaments and tendons: first, the invention increases a modulus of elasticity of these tissues, and particular ...


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Robert J Laird, Frank W Ingle, Garry L Carter, Timothy G Dietz: Ribbed electrodes and methods for their use. Solarant Medical, Townsend & Townsend & Crew, Mark D Barrish, February 28, 2006: US07004942 (86 worldwide citation)

The invention provides improved devices, methods, and systems for shrinking of collagenous tissues, particularly for treating urinary incontinence in a noninvasive manner by directing energy to a patient's own support tissues. This energy gently heats fascia and other collagenous support tissues, ca ...


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Loren L Roy, Timothy G Dietz, Stanley Levy Jr, F Allen House, Carine Hoarau, Peter A Tobisch: Needle deployment for temperature sensing from an electrode. Solarant Medical, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, February 8, 2005: US06852110 (84 worldwide citation)

Methods and devices for improving contact between tissue and a probe. In exemplary embodiments, methods of the present invention include a deploying a needle into a target tissue and retracting the needle so that tenting around the needle is reduced. The retracting of the needle can increase the amo ...


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Robert J Laird, Frank W Ingle, Garry L Carter, Timothy G Dietz: Ribbed electrodes and methods for their use. SURx, Mark D Barrish Esq, Townsend Townsend & Crew, September 4, 2001: US06283987 (77 worldwide citation)

The invention provides improved devices, methods, and systems for shrinking of collagenous tissues, particularly for treating urinary incontinence in a noninvasive manner by directing energy to a patient's own support tissues. This energy gently heats fascia and other collagenous support tissue ...


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Robert J Hughes, Timothy G Dietz, Michael J Andreyko, William E Clem, Martin B Albini: MRI biopsy device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 4, 2010: US07708751 (70 worldwide citation)

A localization mechanism, or fixture, is used in conjunction with a breast coil for breast compression and for guiding a core biopsy instrument during prone biopsy procedures in both open and closed Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines. The localization fixture includes a three-dimensional Cart ...


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Stanley Levy Jr, Timothy G Dietz: Heating method for tissue contraction. Solarant Medical, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, April 19, 2005: US06882885 (66 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods are disclosed for therapeutically heating a target zone of a collagenous support tissue within a patient body. In exemplary embodiments, the present invention provides electronically determining an acceptable or unacceptable contact condition between an energy source and a first ...


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Geoffrey R Ball, August C Pombo, Christopher A Julian, Eric M Jaeger, Timothy G Dietz, Bob H Katz: Dual coil floating mass transducers. Symphonix Devices, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, April 27, 1999: US05897486 (65 worldwide citation)

A dual coil floating mass transducer for assisting a person's hearing is provided. Inertial vibration of the housing of the floating mass transducer produces vibrations in the inner ear. A magnet is disposed within the housing biased by silicone springs so that friction is reduced between the magnet ...


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David C Yates, Aron O Zingman, Ashvani K Madan, Kevin L Houser, Danius P Silkaitis, William D Dannaher, Timothy G Dietz, Richard W Timm, Robert J Laird, Gavin M Monson: Motor driven electrosurgical device with mechanical and electrical feedback. Ethicon Endo Surgery, October 20, 2015: US09161803 (56 worldwide citation)

An electrosurgical device comprises an end effector, a cutting member, and en electromechanical driver. The end effector comprises a pair of jaws that clamp tissue. The jaws include electrodes that deliver RF energy to clamped tissue. The cutting member cuts tissue clamped between the jaws. The elec ...