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Surgical sling for positioning a harvested kidney during surgical reattachment
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Artificial sphincter for use at stoma, or for the like purposes
Surgical bag for splenorrhaphy
ApplicationNo. 344970 filed on 04/27/1989
US Classes:606/151, Surgical mesh, connector, clip, clamp or band600/37, INTERNAL ORGAN SUPPORT OR SLING606/202, Pneumatic cuff606/204Acupressure device
ExaminersPrimary: Hafer, Robert A.
Assistant: Brown, Michael A.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassesA61B 017/12
AbstractThe present invention concerns methods and apparatus for compartmentalizing and carrying out hemostasis of a massively bleeding internal bodily organ of a patient. Generally, the apparatus includes a flexible compartment-defining structure having physical dimensions sufficient to generally conform to the gross geometry of a substantial portion of the organ. The flexible compartment-defining structure has an inner and outer surface, and is configurable so as surround and compartmentalize a substantial portion of the organ, with the inner surface facing the external surface of the organ. The apparatus of the present invention can be used to carry out hemostasis and/or the collection of blood for reprocessing and subsequent introduction to the patient by auto-transfusion. In another embodiment of the present invention, apparatus manipulates the surface-temperature of an internal bodily organ is also provided. Such apparatus further includes a flexible fluid-containable structure disposed over a substantial portion of the outer surface of the flexible compartment-defining structure, and is adapted for the passage of a gas or fluid therethrough in order to control the surface-temperature of the organ. In yet another embodiment of the present invention, a computer-graphic modelling and computer control system are provided in order to programmably control the surface-temperature and surface-pressure of the organ, while carrying out the methods of the present invention.