US20110295249A1 - Fluid-Assisted Electrosurgical Devices, and Methods of Manufacture Thereof - Google Patents

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US20110295249A1
US20110295249A1 US12/790,309 US79030910A US2011295249A1 US 20110295249 A1 US20110295249 A1 US 20110295249A1 US 79030910 A US79030910 A US 79030910A US 2011295249 A1 US2011295249 A1 US 2011295249A1
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Abstract

This invention provides a fluid-assisted electrosurgical device to treat tissue in a presence of radio frequency energy and a fluid provided from the device. The device comprises a handle, a rigid shaft member distal to the handle, and at least one electrode distal to the shaft member. The shaft member comprises a shaft member first body and a shaft member second body joined together along a length of the shaft member. The shaft member further comprises a plurality of longitudinally oriented shaft member passages, with each of the passages having a length defined by the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body.

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    FIELD
  • This invention relates generally to the field of medical systems, devices and methods for use upon a body during surgery. More particularly, the invention relates to electrosurgical systems, devices and methods for use upon tissues of a human body during surgery, particularly open surgery and minimally invasive surgery such as laparoscopic surgery.
  • BACKGROUND
  • Dry-tip electrosurgical devices (e.g. monopolar pencil) have been known to cause tissue desiccation, tissue sticking to the electrodes, tissue perforation, char formation and smoke generation. More recently, fluid-assisted electrosurgical devices have been developed which use saline to inhibit such undesirable effects, as well as cool the tissue being treated and electrically couple the device to the tissue. The present invention provides a further improvement to fluid-assisted electrosurgical devices by providing an improved construction which better promotes the manufacture thereof.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • This invention provides a fluid-assisted electrosurgical device to treat tissue in a presence of radio frequency energy and a fluid provided from the device. In one embodiment, the device comprises a handle, a rigid shaft member distal to the handle, and at least one electrode distal to the shaft member. The shaft member comprises a shaft member first body and a shaft member second body joined together along a length of the shaft member. The shaft member further comprises a plurality of longitudinally oriented shaft member passages. The passages may be parallel and positioned along side one another, and have a length defined by the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body. The shaft member first body and the shaft member second body may be made of a plastic material.
  • In certain embodiments, the plurality of shaft member passages includes an electrical passage containing an electrical conductor, with the electrical conductor electrically coupled to the electrode. The electrical conductor may extend from a proximal end of the shaft member to a distal end of the shaft member where it may be in direct contact with the electrode. The electrical conductor and the electrode may contact one another within a receptacle for the electrode at a distal end of the shaft member. The electrical conductor may be made of sheet metal.
  • In certain embodiments, the electrical conductor and at least one of the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body may have interconnecting mating features to position the electrical conductor relative to at least one of the shaft member first body and a shaft member second body. The interconnecting mating features may comprise a keyway and a key configured to interconnect with the keyway. In one embodiment, the electrical conductor interconnecting mating feature may comprise the keyway, and the interconnecting mating feature of at least one of the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body may comprise the key configured to interconnect with the keyway. In an alternative embodiment, the keyway may be provided with at least one of the shaft member first body and shaft member second body and the key may be provided with the electrical conductor.
  • In other embodiments, the plurality of shaft member passages may include a fluid delivery passage, and the fluid delivery passage may be in fluid communication with a fluid outlet configured to provide fluid to the electrode. The fluid outlet may be at least partially defined by the electrode. The shaft member fluid delivery passage may pass through a shaft member connector portion configured to connect the shaft member fluid delivery passage with fluid delivery tubing within the handle. The shaft member connector portion may be defined by at least one of the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body, and may more particularly comprise a barbed connector portion.
  • In still other embodiments, the device may comprise a first electrode and a second electrode, and the plurality of shaft member passages may include a first electrical passage and a second electrical passage which are isolated from one another. The first electrical passage may contain a first electrical conductor which is electrically coupled to the first electrode, and the second electrical passage may contain a second electrical conductor which is electrically coupled to the second electrode.
  • In other embodiments, a first fluid outlet may provide fluid to the first electrode and second fluid outlet may provide fluid to the second electrode. The shaft member fluid delivery passage may include a first branch and a second branch. The shaft member fluid delivery passage first branch may be in fluid communication with the first fluid outlet configured to provide fluid to the first electrode, and the shaft member fluid delivery passage second branch may be in fluid communication with the second fluid outlet configured to provide fluid to the second electrode. The first fluid outlet may be at least partially defined by the first electrode, and the second fluid outlet may be at least partially defined by the second electrode.
  • In other embodiments, the first electrode may include a first electrode fluid delivery passage in fluid communication with the shaft member fluid delivery passage first branch, and the second electrode may include a second electrode fluid delivery passage in fluid communication with the shaft member fluid delivery passage second branch.
  • In other embodiments, the first electrode fluid delivery passage may pass through a first electrode connector portion configured to connect the first electrode to the shaft member, and the second electrode fluid delivery passage may pass through a second electrode connector portion configured to connect the second electrode to the shaft member. The first electrode connector portion may comprise a barbed connector portion, and the second electrode connector portion may also comprise a barbed connector portion.
  • In other embodiments, the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body may be welded together. The plurality of longitudinally oriented shaft member passages may be separated from one another along a common weld line or seam.
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  • FIG. 1 is a front view of one embodiment of a system of the present invention having an electrosurgical unit in combination with a fluid source and handheld electrosurgical device;
  • FIG. 2 is a graph of the RF power output versus impedance for the electrosurgical unit of FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 3 is graph showing a relationship of fluid flow rate Q in units of cubic centimetres per minute (cc/min) on the Y-axis, and the RF power setting PS in units of watts on the X-axis;
  • FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an electrosurgical device according to the present invention;
  • FIG. 5 is an exploded perspective view of the device of FIG. 4;
  • FIG. 6 is a close-up front perspective view of the shaft member of the device of FIG. 4;
  • FIG. 7 is a close-up rear perspective view of the shaft member of the device of FIG. 4;
  • FIG. 8 is an exploded perspective view of the shaft member of FIGS. 6 and 7;
  • FIG. 9 is a close-up cross-sectional view of the shaft member of FIGS. 6 and 7 taken along line 9-9 of FIG. 6;
  • FIG. 10 is a close-up cross-sectional view of the shaft member of FIGS. 6 and 7 taken along line 10-10 of FIG. 6;
  • FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional view of the shaft member of FIGS. 6 and 7 taken along a length of conductor 70; and
  • FIG. 12 is a close-up cross-sectional view of a tip portion of the device of FIG. 4 with an exemplary fluid coupling to a tissue surface of tissue;
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  • Throughout the description, like reference numerals and letters indicate corresponding structure throughout the several views. Also, any particular feature(s) of a particular exemplary embodiment may be equally applied to any other exemplary embodiment(s) of this specification as suitable. In other words, features between the various exemplary embodiments described herein are interchangeable as suitable, and not exclusive. From the specification, it should be clear that any use of the terms “distal” and “proximal” are made in reference from the user of the device, and not the patient.
  • The invention provides systems, devices and methods for treating tissue at a tissue treatment site during an electrosurgical procedure. This is particularly useful for procedures where it is desirable to shrink, coagulate and seal tissue against blood loss, for example, by shrinking lumens of blood vessels (e.g., arteries, veins).
  • The invention will now be discussed with reference to the figures, with FIG. 1 showing a front view of one embodiment of a system 2 of the present invention having an electrosurgical unit 10 in combination with a fluid source 20 and a handheld electrosurgical device 30. FIG. 1 further shows a movable cart 12 having a support member 14 which carries a platform 16 comprising a pedestal table to provide a flat, stable surface for location of the electrosurgical unit 10. As shown cart 2 further comprises a fluid source carrying pole 18 with a cross support for carrying fluid source 20.
  • As shown in FIG. 1, fluid source 20 comprises a bag of fluid from which a fluid 22 flows through a drip chamber 24 after the bag is penetrated with a spike located at the end of the drip chamber 24. Thereafter, fluid 22 flows through a fluid passage provided by a lumen of flexible, plastic fluid delivery tubing 26 to handheld electrosurgical device 30.
  • As shown in FIG. 1, the fluid delivery tubing 26 passes through pump 28. Pump 28 comprises a peristaltic pump and, more specifically, a rotary peristaltic pump. With a rotary peristaltic pump, a portion of the fluid delivery tubing 26 is loaded into the pump 28 by raising and lower a pump head in a known manner. Fluid 22 is then conveyed within the fluid delivery tubing 26 by waves of contraction placed externally on the tubing 26 which are produced mechanically, typically by rotating pinch rollers which rotate on a drive shaft and intermittently compress the fluid delivery tubing 26 against an anvil support. Alternatively, pump 28 may comprise a linear peristaltic pump. With a linear peristaltic pump, fluid 22 is conveyed within the fluid delivery tubing 26 by waves of contraction placed externally on the tubing 26 which are produced mechanically, typically by a series of compression fingers or pads which sequentially squeeze the tubing 26 against a support. Peristaltic pumps are generally preferred, as the electro-mechanical force mechanism, here rollers driven by electric motor, does not make contact the fluid 22, thus reducing the likelihood of inadvertent contamination.
  • In one embodiment, the fluid 22 is liquid saline solution, and even more particularly, normal (physiologic) saline solution. However, although the description herein may make reference to saline as the fluid 22, other electrically conductive fluids may be used in accordance with the invention.
  • In addition to the use of an electrically conductive fluid, as will become more apparent with further reading of this specification, fluid 22 may also be an electrically non-conductive fluid. The use of a non-conductive fluid may not offer as many advantages as a conductive fluid, however, the use of a non-conductive fluid still provides certain advantages over the use of a dry electrode including, for example, reduced occurrence of tissue sticking to the electrode(s) of device 30 and cooling of the electrode(s) and/or tissue. Therefore, it is also within the scope of the invention to include the use of a non-conductive fluid, such as, for example, deionized water.
  • As shown in FIG. 1, electrosurgical device 30 is connected to electrosurgical unit 10 via a cable 34 which has a plurality of electrically insulated wire conductors 32 (shown in FIG. 5) and at least one plug 36 at the end thereof. The electrosurgical unit 10 provides radio-frequency (RF) energy via cable 34 to electrosurgical device 30. Plug receptacle 38 of electrosurgical unit 10 receives the plug 36 of device 30 therein to electrically connect device 30 to the electrosurgical unit 10. The fluid delivery tubing 26 may be provided as part of cable 34 and produced with the electrically insulated wires 32 via plastic co-extrusion.
  • An exemplary RF power output curve for electrosurgical unit 10 is shown in FIG. 2. Impedance Z, shown in units of ohms on the X-axis and RF output power PO is shown in units of watts on the Y-axis. In the illustrated embodiment, the RF power is bipolar and set to 200 watts. As shown in the figure, for an RF power setting PS of 200 watts, the output power PO will remain constant with the set RF power PS as long as the impedance Z stays between the low impedance cut-off of 30 ohms and the high impedance cut-off of 250 ohms. Below an impedance Z of 30 ohms, the output power PO will decrease as shown by the low impedance ramp. Above an impedance Z of 250 ohms, the output power PO will also decrease as shown by the high impedance ramp.
  • Electrosurgical unit 10 has also been configured such that the speed of pump 28, and therefore the throughput of fluid 22 expelled by the pump 28, is predetermined based on two input variables, the RF power setting and the fluid flow rate setting. In FIG. 3, there is shown a relationship of fluid flow rate Q in units of cubic centimetres per minute (cc/min) on the Y-axis, and the RF power setting PS in units of watts on the X-axis. The relationship has been engineered to inhibit undesirable effects such as tissue desiccation, electrode sticking, smoke production and char formation, while at the same time not providing a fluid flow rate Q at a corresponding RF power setting PS which is so great as to provide too much fluid 22 from device 30, which may result in too much electrical dispersion and excess cooling at the electrode/tissue interface.
  • As shown, electrosurgical unit 10 has been configured to increase the fluid flow rate Q linearly with an increasing RF power setting PS for each of three fluid flow rate settings of low, medium and high corresponding to QL, QM and QH, respectively. Conversely, electrosurgical unit 10 has been configured to decrease the fluid flow rate Q linearly with an decrease RF power setting PS for each of three fluid flow rate settings of low, medium and high corresponding to QL, QM and QH, respectively.
  • Electrosurgical unit 10 may be particularly configured for use with an electrosurgical device 30 which is a bipolar device. With a bipolar device, an alternating current (AC) electrical circuit is created between first and second electrical poles/electrodes of the device 30. An exemplary bipolar electrosurgical device of the present invention which may be used in conjunction with electrosurgical unit 10 of the present invention is shown at reference character 30 a in FIG. 4. While electrosurgical device 30 a of the present invention is described herein with reference to use with electrosurgical unit 10, it should be understood that the description of the combination is for purposes of illustrating the system of the invention. Consequently, it should be understood that while electrosurgical device 30 a disclosed herein may be used with electrosurgical unit 10, it may be plausible to use other electrosurgical devices with electrosurgical unit, or it may be plausible to use the electrosurgical device(s) disclosed herein with another electrosurgical unit.
  • As shown in FIG. 4, exemplary bipolar device 30 a comprises a proximal handle 40 comprising mating handle portions 40 a, 40 b. Handle 40 is preferably made of a sterilizable, rigid, non-conductive material, such as a plastic material (e.g., thermoplastic such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), polycarbonate (PC)). Also, handle 40 is preferably configured slender, along with the rest of device 30 a, to facilitate a user of device 30 a to hold and manipulate device 30 a like a pen-type device. Device 30 a also includes a cable 34 which is connectable to electrosurgical unit 10 and flexible fluid delivery tubing 26 which is connectable to fluid source 20, particularly via a spike located at the end of drip chamber 24, which respectively provide RF energy and fluid 22 to the electrodes 100, 102.
  • As shown in FIG. 5, cable 34 of device 30 a comprises a plurality of insulated wires 42 connectable to electrosurgical unit 10 via three banana (male) plug connectors 44. The banana plug connectors 44 are each assembled with wire conductors of insulated wires 42 within plug 36 in a known manner. Wire conductors of insulated wires 42 are connected distally to a handswitch assembly 46, and thereafter wire conductors are connected to crimp terminals 48 which connect to a proximal portion of conductors 70, 72 of shaft member 50.
  • Handswitch assembly 46 comprises a push button 52 which overlies a domed switch. Upon depression of button 52, the domed switch forms a closed circuit which is sensed by electrosurgical unit 10, which then provides RF power to the electrodes 100, 102.
  • Referring to FIGS. 6 and 7, rigid shaft member 50, located distal to handle 40, comprises a shaft member first body 60 and a shaft member second body 62. Shaft member 50 extends distally from the handle 40 and supports electrodes 100, 102 in rigid relation to the handle 40.
  • At a proximal end 56 of shaft member 50, fluid delivery tubing 26 of device 30 a is connected within handle 40 to a proximal barbed connector portion 54 of shaft member 50, which is defined by at least one of shaft member first body 60 and shaft member second body 62. To connect fluid delivery tubing 26 to barbed connector portion 54, the lumen of fluid delivery tubing 26 preferably interference (friction or press) fit over the outside diameter of barbed connector portion 54 to provide an interference fit and seal therebetween.
  • As shown in FIGS. 8-10, shaft member first body 60 and shaft member second body 62 comprise two opposing, mating halves of shaft member 50 which may form a clamshell design. Shaft member first body 60 and shaft member second body 62 are joined together along a length of the shaft member 50, from a proximal end 56 to a distal end 58 thereof. Shaft member first body 60 and shaft member second body 62 may particularly be made of a rigid plastic material such as thermoplastic acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) or polycarbonate (PC). As used herein, a rigid plastic may be understood to be a plastic having a modulus of elasticity either in flexure or in tension greater than 700 MPA (100 kpsi) at 23° C. and 50% relative humidity when tested in accordance with ASTM methods D-747, D-790, D-638, or D-882. However, this definition is not necessarily exhaustive, but merely inclusive. Shaft member first body 60 and shaft member second body 62 may be joined by thermoplastic welding, and more particularly ultrasonic welding. In this manner, a hermetic seal may be provided between shaft member first body 60 and shaft member second body 62.
  • Shaft member 50 includes a plurality of longitudinally oriented, tubular (enclosed), shaft member passages 64, 66, 82 and 84, with each having a length defined by the shaft member first body 60 and the shaft member second body 62. The passages 64, 66, 82 and 84 may be parallel and positioned to a side of one another. As shown, adjacent shaft member passages may be separated from one another by a common weld line or seam 65 which may hermetically seal the passages from 64 and 66 from 82 and 84.
  • Outer (lateral) passages 64, 66 of shaft member 50 more particularly comprise electrical passages which are parallel and isolated from one another, and which contain planar electrical conductors 70, 72. Electrical conductors 70, 72 extend along the complete length of passages 64, 66, and extend from entrance apertures 74, 76, respectively, of passages 64, 66 at a proximal end 56 of shaft member 50, as well as extend from exit apertures 78, 80 of passages 64, 66 at a distal end 58 of shaft member 50. In a particular embodiment, electrical conductors 70, 72 are made of metal, and may more particularly made of sheet metal. In this manner, conductors are rigid and may contribute to the overall stiffness of shaft member 50.
  • Also at a proximal end 56 of shaft member 50, electrical conductors 70, 72 are electrically coupled to wire conductors 32 within handle 40 whereby they may receive RF energy conducted through wire conductors 32 from electrosurgical unit 10. At the distal end 58 of shaft member 50, electrical conductors are electrically coupled (via direct physical contact) to electrodes 100, 102, whereby they may conduct the RF energy from electrosurgical unit 10 to electrodes 100, 102. As shown, electrodes 100, 102 are seated in distal end electrode receptacles 88, 90 and electrical conductors 70, 72 extend through apertures 78, 80 within the receptacles 88, 90 at the base thereof for the electrical conductors 70, 72 to make contact with electrodes 100, 102.
  • By design, electrical conductors 70, 72 are orientation sensitive and configured to inhibit improper installation within shaft member 50. Furthermore, electrical conductors 70, 72 and at least one of the shaft member first body 60 and a shaft member second body 62 have interconnecting mating features to position each electrical conductor 70, 72 relative to at least one of the shaft member first body 60 and a shaft member second body 62. As shown in FIG. 11, the interconnecting mating feature of each electrical conductor 70, 72 comprises a keyway 78 and the interconnecting mating feature of at least one of the shaft member first body 60 and shaft member second body 62 comprises a key 80 (shown with shaft member first body 60) configured to interconnect with the keyway 80. In an alternative embodiment, the keyway 78 may be provided with at least one of the shaft member first body 60 and shaft member second body 62 and the key 80 may be provided with the electrical conductor 70, 72.
  • Returning to FIGS. 8-10, inner (medial) passages 82, 84 of shaft member 50 more particularly comprise fluid delivery passages. At the proximal end 56 of shaft member 50, passages 82, 84 may branch from a common proximal fluid delivery passage 86 which passes through shaft member barbed connector portion 54 and which is in fluid communication/connected with the lumen of fluid delivery tubing 26.
  • At the distal end 58 of shaft member 50, passages 82, 84 may be in fluid communication with fluid delivery passages 104, 106 which pass through electrodes 100, 102 and terminate in exit apertures 108, 110. As shown, apertures 108, 110 are at least partially defined by electrodes 100, 102, respectively, and more particularly, are completely defined by electrodes 100, 102, respectively. In the foregoing manner, exit apertures 108, 110 provide fluid outlets or exits configured to provide fluid 22 therefrom directly onto electrodes 100, 102. Furthermore, as shown, exit apertures 108, 110 are proximal to a distal end of electrodes 100, 102, as well as located on lateral portions of electrodes 100, 102.
  • Thus, during use of device 30 a, fluid 22 from fluid source 20 is communicated through a tubular passage provided by lumen of fluid delivery tubing 26, after which it flows through tubular fluid delivery passage 86 and tubular fluid delivery passages 82, 84 of shaft member 50, and then to tubular fluid delivery passages 104, 106 of electrodes 100, 102. After flowing through tubular fluid delivery passages 104, 106 of electrodes 100, 102, fluid 22 may be expelled from fluid outlets 108, 110 onto electrodes 100, 102.
  • As shown in FIG. 10, a female proximal connector portion 92, 94 of each electrode receptacle 88, 90 may be configured to form an interference (friction or press) fit with a male proximal connector portion 112, 114 of each electrode 100, 102. More particularly, the female connector portion 92, 94 of each electrode receptacle 88, 90 may comprise a cylindrical recess and the male connector portion 112, 114 of each electrode 100, 102 may comprise a barbed connector portion 120, 122 configured to fit within the cylindrical recess. In order to increase the efficiency of the design, the first electrode fluid delivery passage 104 may pass through the first electrode connector portion 112 configured to connect the first electrode 100 to the shaft member 50, and the second electrode fluid delivery passage 106 may pass through the second electrode connector portion 114 configured to connect the second electrode 102 to the shaft member 50.
  • In the illustrated embodiment, electrodes 100, 102 may be configured to slide across a tissue surface in a presence of the RF energy from electrosurgical unit 10 and fluid 22 from the fluid source 20. As shown, electrodes 100, 102 may be laterally and spatially separated (by empty space), and configured as mirror images in size and shape with a blunt distal end surface 116, 118 devoid of edges (to provide a uniform current density and treat tissue without necessarily cutting). More particularly, each distal end surface 116, 118 of electrodes 100, 102 may comprise a spherical surface, and more particularly comprise a hemispherical surface with an arc of 180 degrees. The spherical surface may be defined by a uniform radius along the arc, which may be in the range between and including 1.25 mm to about 2.5 mm. Electrodes 100, 102 may particularly comprise an electrically conductive metal, such as stainless steel. Other suitable materials may include titanium, gold, silver and platinum.
  • During the manufacture device 30 a, electrical conductors 70, 72 are first installed and positioned with shaft member first body 60. Thereafter, shaft member first body 60 and shaft member second body 62 may be joined by ultrasonic welding. Thereafter, electrodes 100, 102 may be joined to shaft member 50 by inserting male connector portions 112, 114 of electrodes 100, 102 into female connector portions 92, 94 of electrode receptacles 88, 90 of shaft member 50. Prior to inserting male connector portions 112, 114 of electrodes 100, 102 into female connector portions 92, 94, electrodes 100, 102 may be heated. In this manner, electrodes 100, 102 may heat and soften the female connector portions 92, 94 of electrode receptacles 88, 90 during insertion thereof. In this manner, which may be referred to as heat-staking, the insertion force may be reduced, and the plastic material defining female connector portions 92, 94 may flow to better join/grasp with the barbs and adhesively bond, as well as mechanically bond, to electrodes 100, 102. In this manner a hermetic seal may be provided between electrodes 100, 102 and electrode receptacles 88, 90. Alternatively, electrodes 100, 102 may be ultrasonically welded to electrode receptacles 88, 90 of shaft member 50.
  • At the same time electrodes 100, 102 are joined to shaft member 50 by inserting male connector portions 112, 114 of electrodes 100, 102 into female connector portions 92, 94 of electrode receptacles 88, 90 of shaft member 50, a distal portion 124, 126 of electrical conductors 70, 72 may be inserted into receptacles 128, 130 of electrodes 100, 102 to establish physical contact therewith for electrical communication.
  • As shown in FIG. 12, one way in which device 30 a may be used is with the longitudinal axis of electrodes 100, 102 vertically orientated, and the spherical surfaces 116, 118 of electrodes 100, 102 laterally spaced adjacent tissue surface 202 of tissue 200. Electrodes 100, 102 are connected to electrosurgical unit 10 to provide RF power and form an alternating current electrical field in tissue 200 located between electrodes 100 and 102. In the presence of alternating current, the electrodes 100, 102 alternate polarity between positive and negative charges with current flow from the positive to negative charge. Without being bound to a particular theory, heating of the tissue 200 is performed by electrical resistance heating.
  • Fluid 22, in addition to providing an electrical coupling between the device 30 a and tissue 200, lubricates surface 202 of tissue 200 and facilitates the movement of electrodes 100, 102 across surface 202 of tissue 200. During movement of electrodes 100, 102, electrodes 100, 102 typically slide across the surface 202 of tissue 200. Typically the user of device 30 a slides electrodes 100, 102 across surface 202 of tissue 200 back and forth with a painting motion while using fluid 22 as, among other things, a lubricating coating. Preferably the thickness of the fluid 22 between the distal end surface of electrodes 100, 102 and surface 202 of tissue 200 at the outer edge of couplings 204, 206 is in the range between and including about 0.05 mm to 1.5 mm. Also, in certain embodiments, the distal end tip of electrodes 100, 102 may contact surface 202 of tissue 200 without any fluid 22 in between.
  • As shown in FIG. 12, fluid couplings 204, 206 comprise discrete, localized webs and more specifically comprise triangular shaped webs providing fluid 24 between surface 202 of tissue 200 and electrodes 100, 102. When the user of electrosurgical device 30 a places electrodes 100, 102 at a tissue treatment site and moves electrodes 100, 102 across the surface 202 of the tissue 200, fluid 22 is expelled from fluid outlet openings 108, 110 around and on surfaces 116, 118 of electrodes 100, 102 and onto the surface 202 of the tissue 200 via couplings 204, 206. At the same time, RF electrical energy, shown by electrical field lines 208, is provided to tissue 200 at tissue surface 202 and below tissue surface 202 into tissue 200 through fluid couplings 204, 206.
  • Device 30 a disclosed herein may be particularly useful as non-coaptive tissue sealer in providing hemostasis during surgery. In other words, grasping of the tissue is not necessary to shrink, coagulate and seal tissue against blood loss, for example, by shrinking collagen and associated lumens of blood vessels (e.g., arteries, veins) to provided the desired hemostasis of the tissue. Furthermore, the control system of the electrosurgical unit 10 is not necessarily dependent on tissue feedback such as temperature or impedance to operate. Thus, the control system of electrosurgical unit 10 may be open loop with respect to the tissue which simplifies use.
  • Device 30 a disclosed herein may be particularly useful to surgeons to achieve hemostasis after dissecting through soft tissue, as part of hip or knee arthroplasty. The tissue treating portions can be painted over the raw, oozing surface 202 of tissue 200 to seal the tissue 200 against bleeding, or focused on individual larger bleeding vessels to stop vessel bleeding. As part of the same or different procedure, device 30 a is also useful to stop bleeding from the surface of cut bone, or osseous, tissue as part of any orthopaedic procedure that requires bone to be cut. Device 30 a may be particularly useful for use during orthopedic knee, hip, shoulder and spine procedures. Additional discussion concerning such procedures may be found in U.S. Publication No. 2006/0149225, published Jul. 6, 2006, and U.S. Publication No. 2005/0090816, published Apr. 28, 2005, which are assigned to the assignee of the present invention and are hereby incorporated by reference in there entirety to the extent they are consistent.
  • As established above, device 30 a of the present invention inhibit such undesirable effects of tissue desiccation, electrode sticking, char formation and smoke generation, and thus do not suffer from the same drawbacks as prior art dry tip electrosurgical devices. The use of the disclosed devices can result in significantly lower blood loss during surgical procedures. Such a reduction in blood loss can reduce or eliminate the need for blood transfusions, and thus the cost and negative clinical consequences associated with blood transfusions, such as prolonged hospitalization.
  • In an alternative embodiment, device 30 a may only have a single electrode 100 and comprise a monopolar device.
  • While a preferred embodiment of the present invention has been described, it should be understood that various changes, adaptations and modifications can be made therein without departing from the spirit of the invention and the scope of the appended claims. The scope of the invention should, therefore, be determined not with reference to the above description, but instead should be determined with reference to the appended claims along with their full scope of equivalents. Furthermore, it should be understood that the appended claims do not necessarily comprise the broadest scope of the invention which the Applicant is entitled to claim, or the only manner(s) in which the invention may be claimed, or that all recited features are necessary.
  • All publications and patent documents cited in this application are incorporated by reference in their entirety for all purposes to the extent they are consistent.

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1. An electrosurgical device comprising:
a handle;
a rigid shaft member distal to the handle, the shaft member comprising a shaft member first body and a shaft member second body, the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body joined together along a length of the shaft member;
the shaft member including a plurality of longitudinally oriented shaft member passages, each of the passages having a length defined by the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body; and
at least one electrode distal to the shaft member.
2. The device of claim 1 wherein:
the plurality of shaft member passages includes an electrical passage containing an electrical conductor; and
the electrical conductor is electrically coupled to the at least one electrode.
3. The device of claim 2 wherein:
the electrical conductor extends from a proximal end of the shaft member to a distal end of the shaft member and into contact with the at least one electrode.
4. The device of claim 3 wherein:
the electrical conductor and the at least one electrode contact one another within a receptacle for the electrode at a distal end of the shaft member.
5. The device of claim 2 wherein:
the electrical conductor and at least one of the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body have interconnecting mating features to position the electrical conductor relative to at least one of the shaft member first body and a shaft member second body.
6. The device of claim 5 wherein:
the interconnecting mating features comprises a keyway and a key configured to interconnect with the keyway.
7. The device of claim 2 wherein:
the electrical conductor is made of sheet metal.
8. The device of claim 1 wherein:
the at least one electrode comprises a first electrode and a second electrode;
the plurality of shaft member passages includes a first electrical passage and a second electrical passage;
the first electrical passage contains a first electrical conductor which is electrically coupled to the first electrode; and
a second electrical passage contains a second electrical conductor which is electrically coupled to the second electrode.
9. The device of claim 8 wherein:
the first electrical passage is isolated from the second electrical passage.
10. The device of claim 1 wherein:
the plurality of shaft member passages includes a fluid delivery passage; and
the fluid delivery passage is in fluid communication with at least one fluid outlet configured to provide fluid to the at least one electrode.
11. The device of claim 10 wherein:
the at least one fluid outlet is at least partially defined by the at least one electrode.
12. The device of claim 10 wherein:
the shaft member fluid delivery passage passes through a shaft member connector portion configured to connect the shaft member fluid delivery passage with fluid delivery tubing within the handle; and
the shaft member connector portion is defined by at least one of the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body.
13. The device of claim 12 wherein:
the shaft member connector portion comprises a barbed connector portion.
14. The device of claim 10 wherein:
the at least one electrode comprises a first electrode and a second electrode;
the at least one fluid outlet configured to provide fluid to the at least one electrode comprises a first fluid outlet configured to provide fluid to the first electrode and second fluid outlet configured to provide fluid to the second electrode;
the shaft member fluid delivery passage includes a first branch and a second branch;
the shaft member fluid delivery passage first branch is in fluid communication with the first fluid outlet configured to provide fluid to the first electrode; and
the shaft member fluid delivery passage second branch is in fluid communication with the second fluid outlet configured to provide fluid to the second electrode.
15. The device of claim 14 wherein:
the first fluid outlet is at least partially defined by the first electrode; and
the second fluid outlet is at least partially defined by the second electrode.
16. The device of claim 14 wherein:
the first electrode includes a first electrode fluid delivery passage in fluid communication with the shaft member fluid delivery passage first branch; and
the second electrode includes a second electrode fluid delivery passage in fluid communication with the shaft member fluid delivery passage second branch.
17. The device of claim 14 wherein:
the first electrode fluid delivery passage passes through a first electrode connector portion configured to connect the first electrode to the shaft member; and
the second electrode fluid delivery passage passes through a second electrode connector portion configured to connect the second electrode to the shaft member.
18. The device of claim 14 wherein:
the first electrode connector portion comprises a barbed connector portion; and
the second electrode connector portion comprises a barbed connector portion.
19. The device of claim 1 wherein:
the shaft member first body and the shaft member second body are joined together by a weld line.
20. The device of claim 19 wherein:
the plurality of longitudinally oriented shaft member passages are separated from one another along a common weld line.
21. The device of claim 1 wherein:
the plurality of longitudinally oriented shaft member passages are along side one another.
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22. The device of claim 1 wherein:
the plurality of longitudinally oriented shaft member passages are parallel.
23. The device of claim 1 wherein:
the shaft member first body is made of a thermoplastic material; and
the shaft member second body is made of a thermoplastic material.
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