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Tims Jerry L, Ditterline Andrew F: Irrigation system for endoscopic surgery. Tyco Healthcare, March 28, 2001: EP1086713-A2 (424 worldwide citation)

An irrigation system for use during endoscopic or minimally invasive surgery is shown. Both vacuum and a pressurized irrigation fluid are continually provided to a trumpet valve for immediate use during surgery. A pump that provides the pressurized irrigation fluid has a reusable motor, but a dispos ...


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Evan C Unger, David W Yellowhair: Methods and apparatus for performing diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound simultaneously. ImaRx Pharmaceutical, Woodcock Washburn Kurtz Mackiewicz & Norris, September 24, 1996: US05558092 (398 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus for performing diagnostic ultrasound simultaneously with the application of therapeutic ultrasonic waves are disclosed. The methods and apparatus are particularly advantageous in performing ultrasonic imaging of a region of a patient while simultaneously applying therapeutic ul ...


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William G Paterson: Control apparatus for electrosurgical generator power output. Valleylab, Peter C Richardson, Lawrence C Akers, Aaron Passman, February 4, 1997: US05599344 (364 worldwide citation)

A power control apparatus for an electrosurgical generator is used for controlling output power from the generator to the tissue or bodily fluids of a patient. The control apparatus rapidly determines the range of impedance of the load on the electrosurgical generator and adjusts the output power ac ...


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John Di Giovanni: Surgical instrument for applying fasteners, said instrument having an improved trigger interlocking mechanism (Case VI). Ethicon, Robert L Minier, May 27, 1986: US04591085 (358 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for stitching tissue having a stationary grip portion and a movable trigger portion which are interlocked until the jaws of the instrument are in proper position for stitching tissue.


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John H Burton, Timothy C Cook, Claude Tihon: Combined hyperthermia and dilation catheter. American Medical Systems, Peter C Richardson, Lawrence C Akers, Howard R Jaeger, March 5, 1996: US05496271 (339 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for treatment of conditions in which it is desired to simultaneously hyperthermally treat diseased target tissue in a patient and dilate a lumen of a patient which is compressed and/or obstructed by the diseased target tissue and/or surrounding tissue is disclosed. The appara ...


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Stephen K Bubb, David S Zamierowski: Tissue closure treatment system, patient interface and method. KCI Licensing, Mark E Brown, August 30, 2005: US06936037 (332 worldwide citation)

A tissue closure treatment system and method are provided with an external patient interface. A first fluid transfer component FTC.1 comprises a strip of porous material, such as rayon, with liquid wicking properties. FTC.1 can be placed directly on a suture line for transferring fluid exuded theret ...


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T Anthony DonMicheal, Robert J Siegel, Eugene A DeCastro: Intravascular ultrasonic catheter/probe and method for treating intravascular blockage. Spensley Horn Jubas & Lubitz, October 3, 1989: US04870953 (330 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and method are disclosed for treating atherosclerotic plaque and thromboses by the application of ultrasonic energy to a site of intravascular blockage. The ultrasonic apparatus includes a solid wire probe having a bulbous tip at one end and coupled to an ultrasonic energy source at the ot ...


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Michael V Scanlon: Acoustic monitoring system. The United States of America represented by the Secretary of the Army, Paul S Clohan Jr, William Eshelman, Mark Kelly, December 29, 1998: US05853005 (328 worldwide citation)

A transducer in communication with fluid in a pad held in close contact against a sound or movement source monitors acoustic signals transferred into the fluid. The signal pattern is monitored aurally and/or compared to predetermined reference patterns, and optional control and stimulation means can ...


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James F Marino, Corbett W Stone, Troy K Christopher, Jeffrey J Blewett, Brian S Kelleher: Nerve surveillance cannula systems. NuVasive, Jonathan D Spangler, May 13, 2003: US06564078 (318 worldwide citation)

An expandable tip cannula system, comprising: a hollow cannula shaft having a proximal end and a distal end; and an expandable tip mounted at the distal end of the hollow cannula shaft, the expandable tip comprising a plurality of generally-triangular shaped petals held together in a radially-inward ...