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600201000 - Retractor

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
600208000 Circular or eliptically shaped retracting surface 136
600207000 Inflatable 39
600209000 Unitary wire construction 1
20100292541SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR ACCESSING A BODILY OPENING - Medical systems, devices and methods are provided for accessing a bodily opening that, among other things, are safe and reliable, and facilitate manipulation of a medical instrument. The medical access device generally includes an elongated flexible sheath and an expandable frame connected to the distal end of the flexible sheath. The sheath and expandable frame are operable between expanded and collapsed configurations to provide a pathway from a natural orifice to the bodily opening.11-18-2010
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20090030284OVERTUBE INTRODUCER FOR USE IN ENDOSCOPIC BARIATRIC SURGERY - This application describes an overtube device that gives diagnostic and/or therapeutic access to body cavities using natural orifices of the body. The overtube includes an elongate flexible body having a distal portion deflectable in response to activation of a control cable. Proximal features of the overtube include an insufflations port and seals for minimizing loss of insufflations pressure around the shafts of instruments passed through the tube. In some embodiments, retractor elements are including on the distal portion of the overtube.01-29-2009
20130035554RETRACTORS - A retractor having an elongate portion with first and second parts each with adjacent pivotally connected segments pivotable from a first configuration to a second configuration, wherein in the second configurations the adjacent segments abut each other to inhibit further movement, at least one of the parts including a control whereby a force required to move the first part from the first configuration towards the second configuration is less than the force required to move the second part from the first configuration towards the second configuration, and an actuator arranged to urge the first and second parts from the first to the second configurations at the same time.02-07-2013
20130041231Instrument Access Device - An instrument access device 02-14-2013
20120265020ACCESS AND DRAINAGE DEVICES AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF - A medical device can be used to drain fluids from the body during a medical procedure that requires the insertion of a medical instrument into an anatomical lumen or cavity. The device generally allows the simultaneous introduction of the medical instrument into the body and drainage of fluid out of the body during a medical procedure.10-18-2012
20090221878Minimally Invasive Retractor with Separable Blades and Methods of Use - A device, system and method for orthopedic spine surgery using a screw-based retractor, are disclosed herein and allows for access to the spine through a minimally or less invasive approach. The retractor device is designed to be coupled to a pedicle screw and then to have opposed arms of the retractor spread apart to open the wound proximally. The retractor is removed by separating the opposed blades to allow the retractor portions to be pulled out of the wound. The retractor is intended to be made of a flexible metal material, sterile packaged and disposable after one use. A system and method for using the retractor and performing a minimally invasive spine surgical procedure are also disclosed.09-03-2009
20110021877SURGICAL PORT AND FRANGIBLE INTRODUCER ASSEMBLY - A surgical portal and introducer assembly includes an introducer dimensioned for at least partial positioning within a tissue tract, and having a longitudinal introducer channel extending therethrough and a portal positionable within the longitudinal channel of the introducer. The introducer defines leading and trailing ends, and further has a frangible segment adapted to separate to expose the introducer channel. The portal has at least one longitudinal port for passage of a surgical object. The portal comprises a compressible material and is adapted to transition from a first expanded condition to a second compressed condition upon advancement through the longitudinal channel of the introducer to facilitate passage through the introducer whereby, upon separating of the frangible segment, the portal is released from the longitudinal channel to transition toward the first expanded condition to be generally secured within the tissue tract.01-27-2011
20100087713Shapeable pad - The present invention provides a device comprising a plastically deformable or elastically deformable core component embedded within a pad, sheet or drape. In addition, the present invention further provides methods for the hands-free retraction of organs and tissues during surgical and dental procedures and for the protection of organs and tissues during such procedures.04-08-2010
20120238823SURGICAL ACCESS DEVICES WITH ANVIL INTRODUCTION AND SPECIMEN RETRIEVAL STRUCTURES - Surgical access devices are disclosed. In various forms, the access devices form at least one passageway through which various surgical instruments and tools may be admitted into the body cavity. Various embodiments may be configured to support an anvil for a circular stapling device therein. Various forms employ a flexible bag for retrieval of specimen from the body cavity.09-20-2012
20090192359FLEXIBLE SURGICAL RETRACTOR - A surgical retractor including a slab-shaped member having a first edge and a second opposing edge, wherein a deformable elongate member is provided affixed to said first edge, said elongate member comprising an external wall defining an internal chamber, wherein the external wall is configured to be compressible and moldable to a surface, in particular, a human tissue surface within a surgical incision. A curved flexural handle may be provided attached to the second edge.07-30-2009
20110295075TISSUE RETRACTOR STAY - A handless surgical stay includes an elastomeric band with a longitudinal body having a first end. The surgical stay further includes a tissue retention member including a tissue engaging portion and an anchor portion. The anchor portion is coupled to the first end of the elastomeric band such that the tissue engaging portion extends outwardly relative to the first end. Substantially all of the elastomeric band can be configured for engagement with a surgical retractor frame such that the stay does not include a handle.12-01-2011
20100249523SURGICAL ACCESS PORT AND ASSOCIATED INTRODUCER MECHANISM - A surgical portal assembly includes a portal member adapted for positioning within a tissue tract and defining a longitudinal axis with leading and trailing ends. The portal member includes at least one longitudinal port for passage of an object. The portal member comprises a compressible material adapted to transition between a first expanded condition to facilitate securing of the portal within the tissue tract and in substantial sealed relation with tissue surfaces defining the tissue tract, and a second compressed condition to facilitate at least partial insertion of the portal within the tissue tract. The portal assembly also includes an elongated member extending through the at least one longitudinal port and mechanically couplable to the portal member adjacent the leading end thereof. The elongated member is adapted to move through the at least one longitudinal port in a trailing direction to exert a compressive force at least adjacent the leading end to cause the portal member to transition toward the compressed condition.09-30-2010
20100249522SEAL DEVICE WITH ADJUSTABLE APERTURE - A seal device comprising: a seal housing defining a central axis, the seal housing having an inner wall and an outer wall, the inner wall defining an opening along the central axis; a rotatable head mounted to the seal housing; at least one finger pivotally mounted to the rotatable head, the fingers defining an aperture for reception of a surgical instrument; and a cam mounted to the rotatable head for pivoting the fingers upon rotation of the rotatable head, the at least one finger configured to reduce the amount by which the surgical instrument may be moved off-axis relative to the central axis.09-30-2010
20100249521Access Device Including Retractor And Insert - Various devices and methods are provided with respect to inserting multiple surgical instruments through a single surgical access device. A medical device including a flexible tissue retractor and a releasable insert having multiple instrument openings is disclosed. The insert can be in the form of an insert assembly including multiple components. A member operable to prevent over insertion of the insert with respect to a passageway of a retractor is provided.09-30-2010
20100249520Method Of Surgical Access - Various devices and methods are provided with respect to inserting multiple surgical instruments through a single surgical access device. A medical device including a flexible tissue retractor and a releasable insert having multiple instrument openings is disclosed. The insert can be in the form of an insert assembly including multiple components. A method of using the insert is also described, where the insert is positionable at different insertion depths within the passageway defined by the flexible member.09-30-2010
20110270039FLEXIBLE DAM AND RETRACTOR - An instrument for field isolation during surgery. The instrument includes a flexible member, and a retractor configured to retract the flexible member for field isolation during a surgical procedure. A method of providing field isolation during a surgical procedure is also provided.11-03-2011
20120035423SURGICAL ACCESS INSTRUMENT - Embodiments of the invention include instruments and methods for providing surgical access to a surgical site. Some embodiments include a flexible arm that adjustably holds a retractor blade to enable access to the surgical site.02-09-2012
20120296170THORACIC ACCESS PORT - A surgical access assembly for positioning within an opening in tissue including an outer frame positionable outside a patient and defining an opening therein dimensioned to receive a surgical instrument therethrough. The outer frame includes first and second portions. The first portion is biased into locking engagement with the second portion such that a first engagement structure is in locking engagement with a second engagement structure. An inner member is positionable within a patient and a flexible member extends between the inner member and outer member and is operatively associated with the outer member. The first portion is movable to overcome the bias to move the first and second engagement structures to a disengaged position, wherein in the disengaged position at least one of the first and second portions is movable with respect to the other portion to adjust the tension on the flexible member to retract tissue.11-22-2012
20080281161SURGICAL RETRACTOR WITH GEL PAD - A surgical access device has a surgical retractor having a noncompliant outer ring with an annular axis, an inner ring, and a sleeve coupling the outer ring to the inner ring. The noncompliant outer ring is adapted to roll over itself around the annular axis to roll the sleeve around the outer ring to retract and seal an opening in a biological body wall. The access device may include a lid adapted for being coupled to the noncompliant outer ring of the surgical retractor. The outer ring of the surgical retractor has a cross-sectional shape that prohibits the lid from being partially or incorrectly coupled to the outer ring of the surgical retractor.11-13-2008
20100280325RETRACTORS AND SURGICAL SYSTEMS INCLUDING THE SAME - Retractors and surgical systems that include retractors are disclosed.11-04-2010
20090264709Method and Apparatus for Retention of Adipose Tissue - A tissue retention system to assist in maintaining adipose tissue on a patient in a displaced position during a medical procedure to provide access to a body region of the patient includes a flexible anchor pad having a pad length and a pad width. The anchor pad may include a pad body with an adhesive surface thereon, the adhesive being configured to selectively adhere to a patient's skin. The anchor pad also may include an opposing first attachment surface facing away from the adhesive surface. The tissue retention system also may include a flexible tension member having a second attachment surface.10-22-2009
20090187079SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ACCESS DEVICE - Embodiments of an access device system useful for single or limited port procedures comprises a retractor and a gel cap removably coupled to the retractor. The gel cap comprises a gel pad that acts as an artificial body wall, through which instruments may be inserted into a body cavity, either directly or through one or more trocars. The gel pad permits flexible instrument placement, as well as translational and angular degrees of freedom for the instruments while maintaining a gas tight seal.07-23-2009
20110144443INVERTED CONICAL EXPANDABLE RETRACTOR WITH COIL SPRING - Access devices and related methods are disclosed that generally involve flexible or adjustable cannulas that have a substantially cylindrical insertion configuration and a substantially conical expanded configuration. Various methods and features are provided for transitioning the cannula from the insertion configuration to the expanded configuration while the access device is inserted through tissue to form a conical opening through the tissue. Examples include cables, biasing elements, retaining elements, bimodal rings, and coil springs. The devices and methods disclosed herein can allow for improved retention of the access device, improved angulation of instruments passed through the access device, and can increase the integrity of a seal formed between the access device and surrounding tissue.06-16-2011
20100152542PERICARDIUM MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR INTRA-PERICARDIAL SURGICAL PROCEDURES - A method for managing the pericardium during intra-pericardial procedures such as the delivery of cardiac support devices. One embodiment of the method includes making an incision through the pericardium to provide access to the pericardial space, and inserting a plurality of strips of lubricious material into and through the incision. The strips of material are spaced around the edges of the incision to form a tubular barrier against the pericardium. End portions of the strips of material in the pericardial space are expanded away from the body to form a lip that lines the inside of the pericardium around the incision.06-17-2010
20080306344Surgical retractor securing device with capture assembly - A resilient compressive surgical retractor securing device with capture assembly includes a compressive securing device that compressively joins the resilient compressive surgical retractor securing device with capture assembly to a surgical accessory bar of a halo style head fixation device and a capture assembly that releasably retains the elasticized band of a scalp hook retractor. The compressive securing device is formed with an arm that is configured to form a neck for receiving the surgical accessory bar or other external support between the arm and the compressive securing device. The arm may be resilient or non-resilient, and may employ releasable closures to close the neck. The capture assembly may include a pivotable cam that releasably retains the elasticized band of a scalp hook retractor by compressing the band between the cam and the surgical accessory bar or other external support.12-11-2008
20090118587Manifold for laparoscopic seal assembly - A laparoscopic seal assembly includes a seal cap having a seal with an access opening. The seal cap also includes a manifold connection for attachment of a functional apparatus. The seal assembly further includes a retractor.05-07-2009
20100261972Surgical Access Device with One Time Seal - Various methods and devices are provided for sealing a working channel of a surgical access device using a non-resealable membrane. The non-resealable membrane seals the working channel of the device before use and is punctured when a surgical instrument is inserted into the device such that it will no longer provide a seal in the working channel.10-14-2010
20120143009Expandable Surgical Access Port - A method of accessing an internal portion of a patient including the steps of providing an access assembly including an outer frame, an inner member and a flexible member, inserting the inner member through an opening in tissue into a body of a patient with the flexible member extending proximally through the opening in tissue, moving at least a first portion or second portion of the outer member to a select unlocked spread position to enlarge the opening in tissue and the passageway through the flexible member, and subsequently moving the locking member to move the first and second engagement structures into a locking position to lock the first portion in the select spread position.06-07-2012
20120143008Expandable Surgical Access Port - A surgical access assembly for positioning within an opening in tissue including an outer frame positionable outside a patient and defining an opening therein dimensioned to receive a surgical instrument therethrough. The outer frame includes a first portion, a second portion and a locking portion. An inner member is positionable within a patient and a flexible member extends between the inner member and outer frame and is spreadable by actuation of the outer frame.06-07-2012
20120143007THORACIC PORT WITH CHANGING ELASTICITY - A surgical access assembly for positioning within an opening in a tissue to provide access to a patient's body for insertion of surgical instrumentation therethrough. The surgical access assembly includes a body portion defining a longitudinal axis and a passageway and having a proximal portion and a distal portion. At least a portion of the distal portion is configured to transition from a more flexible, first configuration for passage into a patient's body and a more rigid, second configuration to securely maintain the distal portion within the patient's body.06-07-2012
20110034777EXPANDABLE RETRACTOR AND METHODS INCORPORATING THE SAME - A surgical instrument, generally in the form of an expandable elongate conduit, for use as a distractor and/or retractor. The conduit generally includes a first elongate trough and a second elongate trough movable between an expanded state and a collapsed state wherein the second trough is nestable with the first trough. The first and second troughs may be fastened to vertebrae to facilitate distraction and/or compression of the vertebrae relative to one another.02-10-2011
20110040152SURGICAL RETRACTOR - Provided is a surgical retractor capable of preventing an organ of a human body from being damaged when the organ of the human body positioned over a surgical area in the human body is lifted up. The surgical retractor includes a support body including a plurality of support members that are inserted below an organ of a human body which is positioned over a surgical area in the body of a patient to lift the organ of the human body in an upward direction, the plurality of support members being fastened to a joint, and a protective film member joined to the support body to cover a region between the support members, and configured to enclose and protect a lower surface of the organ of the human body.02-17-2011
20110124969SEAL ANCHOR INTRODUCER INCLUDING BIASING MEMBER - A seal anchor member has opposing ends that define a longitudinal axis. The seal anchor member is adapted to transition between an expanded condition and a compressed condition to facilitate securing of the seal anchor member within a tissue tract in a substantially sealed relationship. The seal anchor member includes a biasing member positioned along the longitudinal axis. The biasing member is configured and adapted to facilitate the transition between the expanded and compressed conditions. The seal anchor member further includes at least one lumen extending through the seal anchor member for slidably receiving a surgical instrument.05-26-2011
20110124968SURGICAL PORTAL AND INTRODUCER ASSEMBLY - A surgical portal and introducer assembly includes an introducer and a portal. The introducer has a surface member and a portal member extending from the surface member. The surface member limits the positioning of the portal member within a tissue tract relative to an outer tissue surface. The portal member and the surface member define a longitudinal channel therethrough. The portal is positionable within the longitudinal channel of the introducer. The portal has one or more longitudinal ports dimensioned to permit passage of a surgical object therethrough. The portal includes a compressible material that permits the portal to transition between a first expanded condition and a second compressed condition. The portal is biased toward the first expanded condition. The portal maintains a substantially sealed relationship with the longitudinal channel when positioned in the longitudinal channel and disposed in the expanded condition.05-26-2011
20090137878Flexible, Selectively Rotatable Tissue Retractor and Method for Using the Retractor - A retractor for manipulating an object, the retractor includes a retractor body with proximal and distal ends, a retraction device with a head connected at the distal end of the retractor body and flexible needles of a shape memory material having a memory shape, the memory shape of the needles including a portion with an arcuate shape housed, at least partially, within the head. The retractor further includes an actuation device connected to the proximal end of the retractor body and operatively connected to the needles, the actuation device, upon actuation thereof, moving the needles out of the head and withdrawing the needles into the head and a rotation joint allowing the distal end of the retractor body and the retraction device to rotate independent of the proximal end of the retractor body.05-28-2009
20120245424THORACIC ACCESS PORT - A surgical access assembly includes a body having reinforcing structure. The reinforcing structure may include reinforcing panels or ribs. Various fold line configurations can be provided in the body to facilitate insertion and removal of the body through an incision in a patient. Various peripheral configurations for the body are disclosed to facilitate insertion and removal of the body.09-27-2012
20110251464SURGICAL ACCESS METHOD AND ASSEMBLY INCLUDING SLEEVE AND PORT - A surgical access assembly includes a sleeve and a port. The sleeve is adapted for insertion within tissue to access an underlying tissue site. The sleeve defines a first passage therethrough. The first passage has a first diameter. The port defines one or more second passages extending therethrough. The port is adapted for insertion within the first passage of the sleeve in a substantially sealed relationship therewith. The one or more second passages are adapted for a substantially sealed reception of a surgical object therethrough. The one or more second passages have one or more second diameters. The port is selectively removably positionable within the first passage of the sleeve. The first diameter is greater than the one or more second diameters.10-13-2011
20110098536ILM Spatula with Malleable Blade - A surgical spatula has a blade with a tip formed with a portion with a first bendable portion beginning at the tip and a second, non-bendable portion extending from the terminus of the first blade portion toward the handle of the spatula. The blade is constructed in such a way as to allow the bending of the bendable portion by exerting very light pressure thereon making it possible for the surgeon to effect such bends during surgery without removing the instrument from the operating field.04-28-2011
20110082342ORIFICE INTRODUCER DEVICE - An orifice introducer device for introducing, e.g., a surgical device, into, e.g., an orifice of a body, includes a tubular member having a distal end and a proximal end. The distal end is adjustable between a first position for insertion into an orifice and a second position once inserted into the orifice. Alternatively, the orifice introducer device includes a distal portion having a proximal end configured to be detachably secured to the distal end of the tubular member. The distal portion is selectively detachable when the orifice introducer device is positioned in the orifice.04-07-2011
20100280326SURGICAL DEVICES FOR INTERNAL ACCESS THROUGH TISSUE - Methods and devices are provided for providing access through tissue to a surgical site. In one embodiment, a surgical access device can be configured to move between a first, expanded configuration, and a second, compressed configuration. As the device moves from the first configuration to the second configuration, a longitudinal length of the device can decrease, thereby allowing the device to be securely positioned in tissue and reducing a distance that the device extends into a body cavity.11-04-2010
20110046450Visiblade - a transparent disposable surgical retractor based on fis ("form in situ") technology - The subject instruments are surgical retractors known as the Visiblade™ that can be anatomically “customized” for each surgical procedure. The retractors are single blade instruments which are comprised of plastic composite and semi-liquid (pliable) acrylic resin materials that can be formed in-situ to a desired configuration. Once configured, the retractor blade is exposed to a light source where the acrylic resin attains a rigid state. The retractors are single use (sterile), translucent, radiolucent and non-abrasive. They improve visualization, reduce risk of infection and minimize the need for multiple pre-formed retractor instruments during surgical procedures. The retractors are intended to be disposed after use and are made of materials that can be recycled.02-24-2011
20100312064RETRACTOR WITH INTEGRATED WOUND CLOSURE - Methods and devices are provided to allow the same component used to access a surgical site to assist in closing the surgical opening in which it was disposed. In one exemplary embodiment a flexible retractor is provided that includes proximal and distal ends and a lumen extending therethrough. A wound closure component is associated with the flexible retractor and is configured to engage tissue adjacent to a surgical incision in which the retractor is disposed and move tissue from one side of the surgical incision toward a second side of the surgical incision to assist in closing the surgical incision. In one embodiment the wound closure component includes strands of suture having hooks disposed on a distal end. In another embodiment the wound closure component includes a ring having hooks disposed around a circumference of the ring. Exemplary methods for closing a surgical opening are also provided.12-09-2010
20110054259MINIMALLY INVASIVE RETRACTOR AND METHODS OF USE - A device, system and method for orthopedic spine surgery using a novel screw-based retractor, disclosed herein, that allows for access to the spine through a minimally or less invasive approach. The retractor device is designed to be coupled to a pedicle screw and then to have opposed arms of the retractor spread apart to open the wound proximally. The retractor is removed by pulling it out of the wound whereby the retractor is deformed to pass over the pedicle screw head. The retractor is intended to be made of a stiff plastic material, sterile packaged and disposable after one use. A system and method for using the retractor and performing a minimally invasive spine surgical procedure are also disclosed.03-03-2011
20110054258FOAM PORT INTRODUCER - The present disclosure relates to devices for introducing a port within a body cavity. The system includes a compressible port that collapses radially for positioning into an introducer that is inserted into an incision. Methods for using the devices are also described.03-03-2011
20110054257SINGLE INCISION SURGICAL PORTAL APPARATUS INCLUDING INNER MEMBER - A surgical apparatus includes a housing member and an inner member. The housing member includes an expandable material that is adapted to transition between a compressed condition and an expanded condition. In the expanded condition, an outer surface of the housing member is adapted for a substantial sealing relationship with tissue upon insertion of the housing member within the tissue for accessing an underlying tissue site. The housing member has leading and trailing ends that define a longitudinal axis. The inner member is operably associated with the housing member and includes one or more longitudinal portals extending therethrough adapted for substantially sealed reception of a surgical object. The inner member may be less compliant than the housing member. The inner member may rotate about the longitudinal axis of the housing member.03-03-2011
20110021878TROCAR SEAL SYSTEM - A seal assembly for reception of an elongated surgical instrument is provided which includes a body having at least one opening configured and dimensioned to permit entry of an elongated surgical instrument and defining a central longitudinal axis; a seal member formed of a resilient material and defining an aperture therein, the aperture being configured and dimensioned such that insertion of the surgical instrument into the aperture causes the resilient material defining the aperture to resiliently contact the outer surface of the surgical instrument in a substantially fluid tight manner; and a fabric layer juxtaposed relative to the resilient material. A coating may be applied to the seal member to reduce friction between the seal member and surgical instrumentation inserted therein. The coating is preferably a hydrocyclosiloxane membrane prepared by plasma polymerization process.01-27-2011
20110071360Tissue Retractor and Method for Using the Retractor - A retractor for manipulating an object includes a body having proximal and distal ends and a retraction device with a head connected to the distal end of the body, a connector movably disposed in the body, and flexible needles of a shape memory material having a memory shape. The needles are connected to the connector and each have a distal tip. The memory shape of the needles include a portion with an arcuate shape biasing the needles in a memory direction out and away from the head and toward the body to position the distal tip of each of the needles closer to the body when the needles are fully extended out of the head than when the needles are only partially extended out of the head. An actuation device is connected to the proximal end of the body and operatively connected to the connector through the body, the actuation device, upon actuation thereof, moves the connector to selectively extend the needles out of the head in different directions and withdraw the needles into the head.03-24-2011
20110082341UNIVERSAL HEIGHT FOAM PORT - A surgical apparatus for positioning within a tissue tract accessing an underlying body cavity is adapted to tissues having different thicknesses. The surgical apparatus is configured to have different lengths. In one embodiment, the surgical includes a seal anchor member having two ends, and one of which is adapted to fold resulting in a plurality of folded states. Each folded state corresponds to a different length of the seal anchor member. The seal anchor member includes a slot to facilitate transition within the plurality of folded states. The seal anchor member further includes an aperture and a pin configured to further facilitate transition within the plurality of folded states.04-07-2011
20100305407Malleable Port Retractor - A port retractor includes malleable leaves that may be bent outwardly to an open position from a closed position. The port retractor includes a body having a cross-section defining a substantially closed area, with the leaves extending therefrom. The leaves extend from the body at an angle when bent to the open position. Further, the port retractor may include opposed pairs of leaves.12-02-2010
20110137129LAPAROSCOPIC SCAFFOLD ASSEMBLY - A scaffold assembly includes an instrument pod and a plurality of actuable movers. The instrument pod may include one or more instruments operably coupled thereto. The instrument pod is inserted through a tissue tract into the body cavity. Each actuatable mover includes an insertion member extending therefrom therefrom for insertion within tissue. Each mover has one or more lines removably attachable to the instrument pod that are configured to move the instrument pod between different positions relative to each mover upon the actuation of one or more of the movers to move the instrument pod within the body cavity.06-09-2011
20110137128ATRIAL LIFT RETRACTOR - A retractor includes a retractor support and an elongated retractor blade. The retractor blade has a first, closed position in which ends of the blade are positioned proximal to the support and a second, open position in which ends of the blade are positioned distal to the support. The retractor support has structure for engaging the retractor blade. A handle extends from the retractor support. A method of retracting tissue is also disclosed.06-09-2011
20120209077FLEXIBLE ACCESS DEVICE FOR USE IN SURGICAL PROCEDURES - A flexible access device for insertion through tissue is provided. The flexible access device includes a compressible body having a first collapsed configuration and a second resiliently expanded configuration. The body is compressible in both a radial dimension and a longitudinal dimension and is resilient to expand in an incision in the tissue. The body includes a trailing end defining concave receiving recess and a leading end defining a concave exiting recess. The flexible access device further includes a lumen disposed in the body and extending therethrough, the lumen communicating with the concave receiving and exiting recesses so as to receive an instrument with a non-linear shaft.08-16-2012
20110144442Methods and Devices for Providing Access into a Body Cavity - Methods and devices are provided for providing surgical access into a body cavity. In general, the methods and devices allow a surgical access device to be securely positioned within an opening in tissue to provide access to a body cavity underlying the tissue. An actuator can be rotatably disposed on or in a housing of a surgical access device such that rotation of the actuator relative to the housing is effective to move a cannula of the surgical access device between an insertion configuration in which the cannula has a reduced profile enabling it to easily be inserted into a tissue opening, and an expanded profile enabling it to form an anchor against and/or within the tissue opening.06-16-2011
20110152624Percutaneous Tube Assembly - A percutaneous tube assembly is provided for performing minimally invasive surgery, the system comprising a percutaneous tube comprising a translucent main body; an external attachment fixture attached to the main body; an access channel longitudinally bored through the main body; an internal attachment channel longitudinally bored through the main body, wherein the internal attachment channel comprises a partially smooth inner surface adjacent to a partially rough inner surface; and an internal attachment, mating with the internal attachment channel.06-23-2011
20110118552PORT FIXATION DEVICE - A port fixation device is disclosed. The port fixation device comprises a body portion and a longitudinal slit. The body portion has an elongated tubular shaped and has an interior lumen defining a longitudinal axis therethrough. The interior lumen is configured for reception of a surgical access port. The longitudinal slit is disposed in the body portion between a first longitudinal edge thereof and a second longitudinal edge thereof, and extends between a proximal portion and a distal portion of the body portion. The body portion is configured to expand radially outwardly to accommodate a surgical access port therein.05-19-2011
20110144444METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PROVIDING ACCESS THROUGH TISSUE TO A SURGICAL SITE - Methods and devices are provided for providing surgical access into a body cavity. A surgical access port is provided that has an adjustable longitudinal length, such as by being formed from multiple segments configured to move relative to one another. An anchor can be coupled to a distal end of the surgical access port to help secure the surgical access port within a tissue opening by engaging a distal side of the tissue. Optionally, the anchor can be removably coupled to the distal end of the surgical access port, thereby allowing any one of a plurality of anchors to be selectively coupled thereto.06-16-2011
20110306842Manifold for laparoscopic seal assembly - A laparoscopic seal assembly includes a seal cap having a seal with an access opening. The seal cap also includes a manifold connection for attachment of a functional apparatus. The seal assembly further includes a retractor.12-15-2011
20120232350RETRACTOR BLADE INCLUDING A FLEXIBLE MEMBER FOR ANCHORAGE ENGAGEMENT - A retractor blade for retracting soft tissues during surgery, the blade having a blade body having a first proximal end and a second distal end, the first end including a structure to allow connection of the blade body to a blade support member; a formation at its distal end which is capable of releasably engaging a second co-operating retractor blade; and a structure to engage the retractor blade to an anchor.09-13-2012
20120310048EXPANDING CONDUITS - A device comprising an elongated conduit comprising further at least an upper profile and at least a lower profile is disclosed. The upper and lower profiles being relatively displaceable such that when a distal part of the conduit is deployed between two regions of tissue, a spacing between an upper distal surface of the upper profile and a lower distal surface of the lower profile can be varied, thereby opening a space between the two regions of tissue, and wherein the upper and lower profiles are further configured so as to define therebetween a working channel to provide access to the space between the two regions of tissue through the conduit.12-06-2012
20120130183REINFORCED FLEXIBLE ACCESS ASSEMBLY - A reinforced access assembly is provided. The access assembly includes a compressible body having proximal and distal ends and a substantially hourglass-shaped central portion extending therebetween. The compressible body defining at least a first lumen configured to receive an instrument in a sealing manner. The access assembly further includes a reinforcing mechanism extending between the proximal and distal ends of the compressible body. The reinforcing mechanism includes a plurality of rib members configured to permit compression of the compressible body during insertion into an incision and return the compressible body to an uncompressed condition following insertion.05-24-2012
20120130182ACCESS DEVICE INCLUDING SHAPE MEMORY DEPLOYMENT MECHANISM - A surgical access device is disclosed which includes a housing, a collar, and a plurality of deformable members. The housing defines a proximal end and a distal end and has a plurality of lumens extending therethrough. The collar is repositionable between a first position and a second position with the second position being closer to the proximal end of the housing than the first position. Each of the plurality of deformable members defines a distal portion, is coupled to the collar and is transitionable through one of the plurality of lumens. The plurality of deformable members is in a retracted state when the collar is in the first position and a deployed state when the collar is in the second position. One or more of the plurality of deformable members may also include a barb attached to the distal portion.05-24-2012
20120130181SEAL ANCHOR FOR USE IN SURGICAL PROCEDURES - A surgical apparatus for positioning within a tissue tract accessing an underlying body cavity, includes a seal anchor member comprising a compressible material and being adapted to transition between a first expanded condition to facilitate securing of the seal anchor member within the tissue tract and in substantial sealed relation with tissue surfaces defining the tissue tract and a second compressed condition to facilitate at least partial insertion of the seal anchor member within the tissue tract. The seal anchor member defines a central longitudinal axis and has leading and trailing ends. At least one longitudinal object port extends between the leading and trailing ends and is adapted for reception of a surgical object whereby compressible material defining the at least one longitudinal object port is adapted to deform to establish a substantial sealed relation with the object. The seal anchor member includes at least two separable anchor segments dimensioned to be positioned in adjacent stacked relation to selectively alter the longitudinal length of the seal anchor member to accommodate tissue tracts of different lengths.05-24-2012
20120130180METHODS AND DEVICES TO DECREASE TISSUE TRAUMA DURING SURGERY - Methods and devices are disclosed to reduce tissue trauma when a physician retracts a patient's tissues for surgery. In one part, methods and devices are disclosed for controlling retraction force and pace. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for oscillating force when opening. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for detecting trauma during retraction. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for balancing forces on multiple retraction elements. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for reducing forces in multiple dimensions. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for engaging ribs. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed to compensate for deformation of a retractor under load. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed that combine these methods and devices. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for controlling pressure inside inflatable devices used for deforming biological tissues.05-24-2012
20100204549EXPANDABLE PORT FOR ACCESSING A BODILY OPENING - Medical systems, devices and methods are provided for accessing a bodily opening. One embodiment of a medical device generally includes a flexible sheath and an expandable member. The flexible sheath has a length suitable for forming the pathway along a longitudinal axis. The expandable member is connected to a distal portion of a sheath. The expandable member is operable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. The expandable member includes a plurality of longitudinally extending struts connected together by a wire frame. The plurality of struts move radially and circumferentially relative to one another between collapsed and expanded configurations.08-12-2010
20120083659Foam Surgical Retractor - There is a method and surgical retractor provided which includes a member having a first end and a second end. The member defines a concave inner side between the two ends. The member also defines a convex outer side between the two ends. The member includes a first side and a second side wherein the edge of the first side extends, between the two ends, beyond an edge of the second side. The surgical retractor may further comprise a V-shaped channel defined in the convex inner side. The member may be composed of a surgical foam, wherein the surgical foam includes a characteristic of restorative shape memory.04-05-2012
20110201892EXPANDABLE THORACIC ACCESS PORT - A surgical access assembly includes a body having first and second body members. Each body member has an opposed side and an outer side. The body members are coupled to one another by a connector and are moveable with respect to one another between an approximated position and a spread position wherein the opposed sides are flexed outwardly and apart from one another to define a passageway therebetween. A flexible membrane is coupled to the first and second body members and extends therefrom such that translating the flexible membrane radially outwardly moves the body members from the approximated position to the spread position.08-18-2011
20100274093METHODS AND DEVICES FOR IDENTIFYING SEALING PORT SIZE - Methods and devices are provided for identifying surgical port size. In one embodiment, a surgical access device can include a proximal housing and a distal retractor with a plurality of sealing ports seated in the housing. The surgical access device can also include at least one identifier configured to indicate sizes of the sealing ports. The one or more identifiers can be visual and/or tactile for each of the sealing ports.10-28-2010
20110105849Devices and Methods for Minimally Invasive Access to Sinuses and Treatment of Sinusitis - The present invention provides minimally invasive devices and methods for accessing the sinuses and their surrounding structures for surgery and other treatments. The anterior ethmoid and maxillary sinuses are accessed and treated under minimal anesthesia with little or no postoperative limitation of activity or adverse symptoms. Direct visual verification of the sinuses and their natural ostia is utilized. Other paranasal sinuses may be treated by this method as well. The sinuses, in particular the maxillary and anterior ethmoid, are accessed via a direct anterior to posterior axis and the natural ostia of those sinuses is directly visualized for placement of a guide-free dilator, in the desired location within the natural ostia. That access to the maxillary ostium is accomplished by the anterior transuncinate “keyhole” approach in which a hole is punched in the uncinate process with the described devices according to the described methods. The properly placed dilator is expanded to allow drainage of the inflamed sinus and then withdrawn. An analogous ethmoid bulla “keyhole” approach and subsequent dilation are used for the anterior ethmoid sinus ostia. Pharmaceutical agents may be placed at desired locations in the sinuses using the same access technique.05-05-2011
20100292540SURGICAL RETRACTOR AND METHOD - A retractor instrument for use in surgery having a body section and attachment tabs for securing the retractor to tissue. The retractor may have multiple body sections joined by hinges or ribs and may be rigid or flexible or some combination thereof. The retractor may comprise bioabsorbable material as well as hemostatic material. The retractor is suitable for use with clips, staples, sutures and tacks.11-18-2010
20080300466SELF CONSTRICTING ORIFICE SEAL - An apparatus is disclosed for the reception of a surgical instrument inserted through a cannula assembly. An orifice in a seal member defines a central longitudinal axis in general alignment with the cannula assembly. The seal member includes an elastic member for engaging the surgical object about the orifice and forming a fluid-tight interface. A fiber loop is at least partially embedded in the elastic member and serves to compress central portions of the elastic member around the instrument. The fiber loop may form a loop around the orifice and may cooperate with other fiber loops similarly embedded in the seal.12-04-2008
20110213207NON-RIGID SURGICAL RETRACTOR - The present invention provides a non-rigid retractor for providing access to a surgical site, such as a patient's spine, during a surgical process. When used in spinal surgery, the non-rigid retractor allows a surgeon to operate on one or more spinal levels. The non-rigid retractor includes at least one flexible strap anchored at a first end to the spine or other internal body part at the surgical site. The body of the at least one flexible strap extends from a skin incision and is anchored at a second location external to the body to retract skin and muscle from the surgical site, allowing adequate visualization of the surgical site and providing access for implants and surgical instruments to pass through the retractor and into the surgical site09-01-2011
20100249519Frame Device - The devices and methods described can be used to create and maintain a working space within the lumen of an organ or between or among organs or tissue structures during medical procedures in order to elicit a diagnosis, biopsy, surgery, or therapy.09-30-2010
20130018229FOLDABLE SURGICAL RETRACTOR - A foldable retractor is provided. The retractor includes an arcuate deformable frame that is defined from a first arm extending through a first portion of an outer circumference of the frame, and a second arm that defines a remaining portion of the outer circumference. The first and second arms each include opposite first and second end portions, wherein the respective first end portions and the respective second end portions are hingedly connected together. The first and second arms of the frame are biased toward a first configuration wherein the combined first and second arms are aligned substantially continuously through the combined first and second end portions and the frame extends through substantially a single plane.01-17-2013
20130096386OPHTHALMIC STRUCTURE - A ring for dilating a pupil during an ophthalmic procedure includes a series of spaced supports for engaging an iris perimeter. The supports are plate elements which form an open pocket directed outwardly for engaging the iris. The sides of the ring form a primary plane, and the plates are located in respective planes above and below the primary plane. The outer periphery of the top and bottom plates forms a lip feature which is the opening to the pocket which retains the iris.04-18-2013
20110245619SURGICAL ACCESS DEVICE - A surgical device is disclosed which can be utilized to access a surgical site within a patient. The surgical device can comprise a member insertable into a patient, a base member configured to be positioned against the patient, and a flexible sleeve extending therebetween. The surgical device can further comprise an upper member which can be assembled to the base member such that it can be rotated about an axis. The upper member and the base member can comprise corresponding retention features and slots which can permit the upper member to be rotated relative to the base member yet prevent the upper member from being disassembled from the base member unless the upper member and the base member have been aligned in a unique orientation.10-06-2011
20110275902DISTRACTOR - A surgical distractor for distracting tissue of a patient to access structure underlying the tissue of the patient. The distractor includes a tube having a distal end adapted for insertion in tissue, a proximal end opposite the distal end, an exterior surface adapted for contacting the tissue, and an interior surface opposite the exterior surface defining a hollow interior extending between the distal end and the proximal end for accessing structure underlying the tissue when the distal end is inserted in the tissue. The distractor is adjustable from a reduced configuration, in which the tube has a reduced width sized for inserting the distal end in the tissue, and an expanded configuration, in which the tube has an expanded width greater than the reduced width sized to provide the hollow interior with a size sufficient for accessing the structure underlying the tissue.11-10-2011
20130150681THORACIC ACCESS ASSEMBLY - A surgical access assembly for accessing a cavity of a patient includes a proximal frame member, a distal frame member, and a membrane between the proximal and distal frame members. The proximal frame member is positionable adjacent an external surface of tissue and has first and second frame portions movable between a contracted condition and an expanded condition to expand an opening defined therethrough. The membrane defines a loop disposed about at least a portion of the proximal frame member at a proximal end thereof and is engaged to the distal frame member at a distal end thereof. The membrane is transitionable between a crumpled condition and an extended condition upon transitioning of the proximal frame member between the contracted condition and the expanded condition.06-13-2013
20110319719THORACIC ACCESS PORT - A surgical access assembly having a body including a leading end, a trailing end, and first and second body members extending between the leading and trailing ends. The leading end, trailing end and first and second body members define a passageway therethrough for receipt of surgical instrumentation. First and second flexible wing members extend proximally from the body. A flexible member is attached to the body and extends proximally therefrom.12-29-2011
20120029295PANNUS SUPPORT ADAPTED FOR SURGICAL PROCEDURES - A pannus support member is configured to support and contain a pannus during a surgical procedure to provide unobstructed access to the surgical site and provide, post surgery, a clean site that is exposed to air to promote proper healing.02-02-2012

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