Patent Number: 7,131,969

Title: Systems and methods for electrosurgical treatment of obstructive sleep disorders

Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for selectively applying electrical energy to a target location within the head and neck of a patient's body, particularly including tissue in the ear, nose and throat. The present invention applies high frequency (RF) electrical energy to one or more electrode terminals in the presence of electrically conductive fluid to remove and/or modify the structure of tissue structures. The present invention is particularly useful for treating sleep obstructive disorders, such as sleep apnea and snoring.

Inventors: Hovda; David C. (Mountain View, CA), Ellsberry; Maria B. (Fremont, CA), Eggers; Philip E. (Dublin, OH), Thapliyal; Hira V. (Los Altos, CA)

Assignee: Arthrocare Corp

International Classification: A61B 18/18 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00