US 9,808,310 B2
Method and device for uterine fibroid treatment
Jessica Grossman, San Francisco, CA (US)
Assigned to Gynesonics, Inc., Redwood City, CA (US)
Filed by Jessica Grossman, San Francisco, CA (US)
Filed on Dec. 20, 2010, as Appl. No. 12/973,642.
Application 12/973,642 is a continuation of application No. 11/347,018, filed on Feb. 2, 2006, granted, now 7,918,795.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/710,712, filed on Aug. 22, 2005.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/649,839, filed on Feb. 2, 2005.
Prior Publication US 2011/0087100 A1, Apr. 14, 2011
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61B 8/00 (2006.01); A61B 18/14 (2006.01); A61B 18/00 (2006.01); A61B 90/00 (2016.01)
CPC A61B 18/1477 (2013.01) [A61B 2018/00559 (2013.01); A61B 2018/143 (2013.01); A61B 2090/378 (2016.02); A61B 2090/3782 (2016.02)] 11 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for minimally invasive treatment of uterine fibroids, said method comprising:
introducing a sheath into a uterus, said sheath having a longitudinal axis;
determining a location of a fibroid using a visualization element within or on the sheath, wherein the visualization element produces an imaging field transverse to the longitudinal axis of the sheath and wherein both the visualization element and the imaging field are deflectable with respect to the longitudinal axis of the sheath;
advancing a hollow needle from the sheath through a wall of the uterus and across the imaging field;
advancing a plurality of diverging needles from the hollow needle into the fibroid; and
treating the fibroid with the diverging needles, wherein the diverging needles remain within the limits of the imaging field during treatment, and
wherein determining the location of the fibroid comprises rotating the visualization element and the imaging field about the longitudinal axis of the sheath independently of the plurality of diverging needles after the hollow needle has been advanced through the wall of the uterus and across the imaging filed.