Global Patent Index - EP 0998331 A1

EP 0998331 A1 2000-05-10 - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLED CONTRACTION OF SOFT TISSUE

Title (en)

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLED CONTRACTION OF SOFT TISSUE

Title (de)

VERFAHREN UND VORRICHTUNG ZUR STEUERUNG DER KONTRAKTION VON WEICHEM GEWEBE

Title (fr)

PROCEDE ET DISPOSITIF PERMETTANT DE COMMANDER LA CONTRACTION DE TISSUS MOUS

Publication

EP 0998331 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 97944305 A

Priority

  • US 9716120 W
  • US 71498796 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9811944A1] An apparatus for effecting change in at least a portion of a selected site of a collagen containing tissue that is at least partially adjacent to a fluid medium. The apparatus includes an energy delivery device configured to deliver a level of energy to the selected site of the collagen containing tissue. The energy delivery device includes a distal portion where a sensor is positioned. The sensor provides a signal indicative of the thermal energy content of at least the selected site of the collagen containing tissue and the adjacent fluid medium to a feedback control unit. The signal is received by the feedback control system which adjusts the level of energy supplied to the energy delivery.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

A61N 5/02; A61N 1/40; A61N 5/04

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

A61N 5/06 (2006.01); A61N 1/06 (2006.01); A61N 1/40 (2006.01); A61N 5/04 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

A61N 1/06 (2013.01); A61N 1/403 (2013.01); A61N 5/04 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 9811944A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

CH DE FR GB IT LI NL

EPO simple patent family

WO 9811944 A1 19980326; AU 4583297 A 19980414; CA 2265981 A1 19980326; EP 0998331 A1 20000510; JP 2001501505 A 20010206

INPADOC legal status


2005-02-09 [18D] DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Ref Legal Event Code: 18D

- Effective date: 20040810

2003-05-07 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

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- Effective date: 20030320

2000-05-10 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

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- Effective date: 19990413

2000-05-10 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

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- Designated State(s): CH DE FR GB IT LI NL