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Title: Method and apparatus for cartilage reshaping by radiofrequency heating

Abstract

A method and apparatus for reshaping cartilage using radiofrequency heating. The cartilage temperature is raised sufficiently for stress relaxation to occur in the cartilage, but low enough so that significant denaturation of the cartilage does not occur. The RF electrodes may be designed to also function as molds, preses, clamps, or mandrills to deform the cartilage tissue. Changes in various properties of the cartilage associated with stress relaxation in the cartilage may be measured in order to provide the control signal to provide effective reshaping without denaturation.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
The Regents of the University of California, Oakland, CA (United States); The Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Austin, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1174390
Patent Number(s):
6,589,235
Application Number:
09/770,799
Assignee:
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA); The Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX) OSTI
DOE Contract Number:  
95-3800459
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Wong, Brian J., Milner, Thomas E., Sobol, Emil N., and Keefe, Michael W. Method and apparatus for cartilage reshaping by radiofrequency heating. United States: N. p., 2003. Web.
Wong, Brian J., Milner, Thomas E., Sobol, Emil N., & Keefe, Michael W. Method and apparatus for cartilage reshaping by radiofrequency heating. United States.
Wong, Brian J., Milner, Thomas E., Sobol, Emil N., and Keefe, Michael W. Tue . "Method and apparatus for cartilage reshaping by radiofrequency heating". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1174390.
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title = {Method and apparatus for cartilage reshaping by radiofrequency heating},
author = {Wong, Brian J. and Milner, Thomas E. and Sobol, Emil N. and Keefe, Michael W.},
abstractNote = {A method and apparatus for reshaping cartilage using radiofrequency heating. The cartilage temperature is raised sufficiently for stress relaxation to occur in the cartilage, but low enough so that significant denaturation of the cartilage does not occur. The RF electrodes may be designed to also function as molds, preses, clamps, or mandrills to deform the cartilage tissue. Changes in various properties of the cartilage associated with stress relaxation in the cartilage may be measured in order to provide the control signal to provide effective reshaping without denaturation.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2003},
month = {7}
}

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