Renal nerve neuromodulation device

  • US 9,089,341 B2
  • Filed: 02/28/2012
  • Issued: 07/28/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/28/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A neuromodulation device for use in a vessel having an endothelium and carrying body fluid with a fluid pressure, comprising:

  • a) an elongate flexible introducer having a proximal end and distal end;

    b) an expandable ablation valve at said distal end of said introducer, said ablation valve having a proximal surface, a distal surface, a circumference, and a plurality of electrodes displaced about said circumference, said ablation valve adapted to dynamically react to fluid pressure within the vessel such that,i) when a pressure within and on said distal surface of said ablation valve is less than the fluid pressure on said proximal surface of said ablation valve, said ablation valve is in a retreated configuration in which said electrodes are configured to be out of circumferential contact with the endothelium of the vessel, andii) when said pressure within and on said distal surface of said ablation valve is greater than the fluid pressure on said proximal surface of said ablation valve, said ablation valve is in a contact configuration in which said electrodes are configured to be in circumferential contact with the endothelium of the vessel; and

    c) a conductor extending along said introducer, said conductor having a distal end electrically coupled to said electrodes of said ablation valve and a proximal end extended to a terminal for coupling to a RF generator.

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