AxoGen has filed a patent for an electrode apparatus that includes a handle, a cannula with at least one lumen, a ground wire, an extendable and retractable electrode wire, and a retractable hook. The apparatus allows for precise and adjustable positioning during electrode procedures. GlobalData’s report on AxoGen gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.
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Electrode apparatus with extendable/retractable wire and hook
A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230201577A1) describes an electrode apparatus for providing electrical stimulation therapy to tissue. The apparatus includes a handle, a cannula with at least one lumen, a ground wire, and an extendable and retractable electrode wire. The cannula also features a retractable hook.
The electrode wire can be configured in either a looped or un-looped configuration. The apparatus may also include a trigger mechanism, slide mechanism, or thumbwheel for controlling the movement of the electrode wire. An indicator window on the handle displays a flag when the electrode wire is retracted. The electrode wire is made of a biocompatible material such as Nitinol®, copper, annealed copper, gold plated copper, or gold plated wire.
The patent also describes a method of using the electrode apparatus for electrical stimulation therapy. The method involves placing the cannula in a surgical site adjacent to the tissue, wrapping the electrode wire around the tissue, engaging the electrode wire with the hook, retracting the hook and securing the electrode wire in the cannula, supplying electricity to the electrode wire, extending the hook to disengage the electrode wire, and retracting the cannula from the surgical site.
Another embodiment of the electrode apparatus includes a first actuator, such as a slide mechanism or a thumbwheel, for controlling the movement of the electrode wire. The apparatus may also include a clasp for releasably securing the distal end of the electrode wire, a filament for forming a loop in the electrode wire, and a rotatable knob for rotating the electrode wire.
The patent also describes a sleeve with a conductive ring for attaching the ground wire and the electrode wire. A tine and a release mechanism are used to connect and disconnect the wires from the conductive ring. The conductive ring may have a dissolvable seam that unwraps from the sleeve over time.
In summary, the patent describes an electrode apparatus and methods for providing electrical stimulation therapy to tissue. The apparatus includes various mechanisms for controlling the movement of the electrode wire and securing it in place. The methods involve placing the apparatus in a surgical site, supplying electricity to the electrode wire, and removing the apparatus from the site.