Patent Number: 6,251,106

Title: Electrosurgical generator power control circuit and method

Abstract: A constant power control circuit for an electrosurgical generator and a method for maintaining the electrical power output of an electrosurgical generator at a generally constant value throughout a given tissue impedance range are disclosed. The constant power control circuit and the method recognize and use the unique and simple linear characteristics associated with certain electrosurgical generator designs to monitor and control the electrical power output without having to calculate or monitor the actual output power. The constant power control circuit includes a current sampling circuit, a linear conversion circuit, and a feedback correction circuit. The constant power control circuit may also include protection circuitry that prevents the electrosurgical generator from being over-driven during high and/or low impedance loading, and reduces the severity of exit sparking by providing a quick response to high impedance indications while nonetheless maintaining increased power levels throughout a preset, nominal impedance range. The constant power control circuit and method may be included as an integral part of the overall electrosurgical generator's circuitry, or may be embodied as a separate unit that connects to, and controls, an electrosurgical generator. The constant power control circuit and method may be embodied through a variety of analog and/or digital circuit components or arrangements, including software running on computational and memory circuitry.

Inventors: Becker; Daniel J. (Broomfield, CO), Klicek; Michael Steve (Troy, MI)

Assignee: Sherwood Services AG

International Classification: A61B 18/12 (20060101); A61B 018/04 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018