Patent Number: 7,824,403

Title: Methods and devices for ablation

Abstract: An ablating device has a cover which holds an interface material such as a gel. The cover contains the interface material during initial placement of the device. The ablating device may also have a removable tip or a membrane filled with fluid. In still another aspect, the ablating device may be submerged in liquid during operation.

Inventors: Vaska; Matthias (Menlo Park, CA), Crowe; John E. (Palo Alto, CA), Miller; Gary Henry (Milpitas, CA), Podmore; Jonathan L. (San Francisco, CA), Champsaur; Gerard (Palo Alto, CA), Hoffman; Drew (Los Gatos, CA), Tansey; Casey (San Carlos, CA)

Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 18/04 (20060101); A61B 5/103 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-02 0:00:00