Patent Number: 6,254,622

Title: Blade for ultrasonically assisted cutting and hemostasis

Abstract: An ultrasonically driven surgical blade which has a recessed cutting portion that extends to a pointed tip. The interface between the tip and the recessed cutting portion provides a cutting edge which has a relatively low attack angle. The recessed cutting portion is located on only one side of the blade to create an unsymmetrical cutting action. When the surgical blade is ultrasonically driven, the unsymmetrical cutting surface and the offset center of gravity creates a transverse movement of the blade. The transverse movement of the blade more efficiently transfers the ultrasonic energy to the tissue to increase tissue coagulation. The blade may be driven by an acoustic wave that has a first base frequency that is modulated by, or switched with, a second frequency to further improve hemostasis. The blade may be coupled to a horn by a sleeve that contains electro-cautery pins, and/or lumens that provide gas for an argon plasma, or a pressure or vacuum source. The profile of the blade tip is no larger than the profile of the blade body so that the blade can be easily inserted into an instrument such as a trocar sleeve.

Inventors: Hood; Larry (Laguna Hills, CA)

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International Classification: A61B 17/32 (20060101); A61B 18/00 (20060101); A61B 17/34 (20060101); A61B 18/14 (20060101); A61B 017/32 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018