(a) Identification. A bipolar endoscopic coagulator-cutter is a device used to perform female sterilization and other operative procedures under endoscopic observation. It destroys tissue with high temperatures by directing a high frequency electrical current through tissue between two electrical contacts of a probe. This generic type of device may include the following accessories: an electrical generator, probes, and electrical cables.
(b) Classification. Class II. The special controls for this device are:
(i) "Use of International Standard ISO 10993 `Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices--Part I: Evaluation and Testing,'"
(ii) "510(k) Sterility Review Guidance 2/12/90 (K-90)," and
(iii) "Guidance (`Guidelines') for Evaluation of Laproscopic Bipolar and Thermal Coagulators (and Accessories),"
(2) International Electrotechnical Commission's IEC 60601-1-AM2 (1995-03), Amendment 2, "Medical Electrical Equipment--Part 1: General Requirements for Safety,"
(3) American National Standards Institute/American Association for Medical Instrumentation's HF-18, 1993, "Electrosurgical Devices,"
(i) Indication: For female tubal sterilization, and
(ii) Instructions for use:
(A) Destroy at least 2 centimeters of the fallopian tubes,
(B) Use a cut or undampened sinusoidal waveform,
(C) Use a minimum power of 25 watts, and
(D) For devices with ammeters: continue electrode activation for 5 seconds after the visual endpoint (tissue blanching) is reached or current flow ceases indicating adequate tissue destruction.
[45 FR 12684-12720, Feb. 26, 1980, as amended at 52 FR 17741, May 11, 1987; 65 FR 17146, Mar. 31, 2000]