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In the cosmetic surgery field the company faced a market saturated with alternative procedures, leaving little revenue potential despite the effectiveness of ArthroCare’s method.

In addition, the company vacated its headquarters-manufacturing facility for a new Sunnyvale campus offering twice as much space. The company is founded. ArthroCare was founded in by Hira V.

Already the Coblation device was being used in more than 10 percent of all arthroscopic rotator cuff procedures done on shoulders in the United States. The procedure required local anesthesia only and could be done in less than an hour.


ArthroCare received a patent on its Coblation technology in Instead they decided to look for surgical applications in which precision was a major selling point and settled on arthroscopic joint surgery. Sales continued to mount and new markets were beginning to open up, but to achieve the kind of growth its founders envisioned it was time to bring in a more seasoned executive to take the business to the next stage in its development.

It has found a ready market among surgeons using single-use ArthroWands repairing the knees and shoulders of athletes. In it sued Ethicon Inc. It was apparent that this phenomenon held great promise, since it offered surgeons greater precision than could be found with traditional electrosurgical instruments, lasers, or even scalpels.


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It had to turn to the court system agthrocare protect the patent on its technology. Several months later the two partners began to look for ways to apply the technology to ear, nose, and throat surgery.

The company announced that it would begin to spread out revenues starting with the first quarter ofbut what Forbes called the “day of reckoning” kept getting pushed back later into the year. Although the company had branched into a variety of fields, arthroscopic surgery continued to supply 2000 bulk of sales.

Close to controllers were installed and more than 40, disposable wands were shipped. Coblation-based products use radiofrequency energy to dissolve soft tissue without burning, unlike other radiofrequency-based products, like lasers, that are heat-driven. Thus when Thapliyal and Eggers incorporated their new company in April they called it ArthroCare Corporation, originally based in Sunnyvale, California.

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Before teaming up with Eggers, Thapliyal gained experience in the medical device field while working for Vascular Interventions, maker of atherectomy systems. He then went to work at Battelle Columbus Laboratories, where he spent a dozen years involved in both the nuclear and medical fields. Show my email publicly. The company’s first sales are recorded.

As a result, when ArthroCare unveiled its first Coblation wands at an arthroscopy trade show in a crowd of surgeons circled the company’s booth.


In ArthroCare completed a pair of significant acquisitions. About six months after Baker took over, ArthroCare forged a partnership with Boston Scientific to develop a Coblation system suitable for cardiac surgery.

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Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic: After some investigation they realized that the radiofrequency energy they were using had ionized the electrolytes in the conductive fluid, and these ions in turn possessed enough energy to athrocare down the molecules of the soft tissue, essentially dissolving the tissue without generating enough heat to burn surrounding areas.

The ArthroCare ENT business unit leverages Coblation technology to perform tonsillectomies as well as procedures to address disorders such as chronic stuffy noses and problem snoring.

ArthroCare also became active on the acquisitions front in the early s. ArthroCare then formed an alliance with medical device company Inamed Corp. In ArthroCare received approval to use Coblation technology to remove tonsils, opening up yet another source of revenues.

Our Coblation technology offers an alternative to standard surgical techniques for removing and treating tissue. But an accidental discovery changed the direction their start-up company would take. Previously, ArthroCare relied on suppliers who did subassembly in Mexico.