US 10,376,307 B2
Vaginal remodeling device and methods
Jonathan B. Parmer, Woodside, CA (US); Ian F. Smith, Sunnyvale, CA (US); Chun-Chih Cheng, Sunnyvale, CA (US); Patrick Karl Howe, Hollister, CA (US); Sean Yasuo Sullivan, Santa Clara, CA (US); Jerome Jackson, Los Altos, CA (US); Stanley Levy, Jr., Saratoga, CA (US); Sherree Leigh Lucas, Berkeley, CA (US); and Steven Marc Lopez, Los Altos, CA (US)
Assigned to Viveve, Inc., Englewood, CO (US)
Filed by VIVEVE, INC., Sunnyvale, CA (US)
Filed on Jan. 19, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/1,021.
Application 15/001,021 is a division of application No. 12/884,108, filed on Sep. 16, 2010, granted, now 9,271,785.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/243,686, filed on Sep. 18, 2009.
Prior Publication US 2016/0135876 A1, May 19, 2016
Int. Cl. A61B 17/00 (2006.01); A61B 18/00 (2006.01); A61B 18/12 (2006.01); A61B 18/14 (2006.01); A61B 90/00 (2016.01); A61H 19/00 (2006.01); A61H 21/00 (2006.01); A61H 23/02 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 18/1485 (2013.01) [A61B 18/1233 (2013.01); A61B 90/06 (2016.02); A61B 2017/00084 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00023 (2013.01); A61B 2018/0091 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00559 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00589 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00642 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00678 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00702 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00791 (2013.01); A61B 2018/00904 (2013.01); A61B 2090/065 (2016.02); A61H 19/00 (2013.01); A61H 21/00 (2013.01); A61H 23/0245 (2013.01); A61H 2201/0153 (2013.01); A61H 2201/0207 (2013.01); A61H 2201/0214 (2013.01); A61H 2201/0221 (2013.01); A61H 2201/0242 (2013.01); A61H 2201/0292 (2013.01); A61H 2201/10 (2013.01); A61H 2201/5038 (2013.01); A61H 2201/5097 (2013.01); A61H 2230/50 (2013.01); A61H 2230/65 (2013.01)] 15 Claims
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1. A method of determining if an energy-delivery element of a treatment tip for an RF energy device is in adequate communication with a tissue to be treated, without determining an electrical impedance from the tissue, the method comprising:
determining the time since the energy-delivery element of the treatment tip was last activated;
taking a temperature of one or more sites on the treatment tip;
determining if the energy-delivery element is in contact with the tissue without applying RF energy to the tissue by comparing the temperature of the one or more sites on the treatment tip to a threshold function for the time since the treatment tip was last activated; and
indicating if the energy-delivery element is in contact with the tissue.