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9039611 Laparoscopic instrument and trocar system and related surgical method  
Laparoscopic instruments and cannulas are provided for performing laparoscopic procedures entirely through the umbilicus. Generally S-shaped laparoscopic instruments placed through the C-shaped...
9039602 Endoscope propelling device  
A propelling device includes a traveling body that rotates in a state of being brought into contact with an inner wall of an alimentary canal, an external cylinder around which the traveling body...
9039603 Propulsion apparatus and drive apparatus for endoscope  
A propulsion apparatus for an endoscope includes a propulsion assembly for mounting on a tip device of the endoscope, for propulsion in a body cavity. First and second wire devices are disposed to...
9039606 Encapsulated medical device guidance system, and a method of controlling the same  
An encapsulated medical device guidance system, and a method of controlling the system, in which a magnetic generator acts on a magnet built into a capsulated medical device, and generates a...
9039601 Endoluminal treatment method and associated surgical assembly including tissue occlusion device  
A surgical instrument includes a hollow member having a sidewall provided with a window and a closure member movably connected to the hollow member for alternately covering and uncovering the...
9033867 Self-propellable endoscopic apparatus and method  
A self propelled, endoscopic apparatus formed of a flexible, fluid-filled toroid and a motorized or powerable frame The apparatus may be used to advance a variety of accessory devices into...
9011318 Steerable, follow the leader device  
A highly articulated robotic probe (HARP) is comprised of a first mechanism and a second mechanism, one or both of which can be steered in desired directions. Each mechanism can alternate between...
9011320 Transluminal endoscopic surgery kit  
A transluminal surgery kit and method of using the same. In one embodiment, the kit may include an endoscope, a surgical instrument, and an overtube. The surgical instrument may be an injection...
9011319 Conical laparoscopic apparatus for minimally invasive surgery  
A single body port or body flange access device having an oval shape and associated stabilizer anchor for performing laparoscopic surgery is disclosed. The device is slipped into the body anchor...
9005115 Illuminated telescoping cannula  
An illumination system includes an arthroscope, endoscope or other suitable surgical tool and an attachable cannula comprising a transparent or semi-transparent material capable of carrying light...
9002285 Portable wireless terminal, wireless terminal, wireless communication system, and wireless communication method  
Disclosed is a wireless terminal for performing independent distributed-type wireless communication with a portable wireless terminal. The wireless terminal is provided with: a channel setting...
8998797 Surgical system  
A surgical system performs a surgical procedure on a patient with manipulators and an endoscope. The surgical system has a display unit for simultaneously displaying a plurality of items of...
8992420 Methods and apparatus for off-axis visualization  
Methods and apparatus for off-axis visualization are described herein. An endoluminal tissue manipulation assembly is disclosed which provides for a stable endoluminal platform and which also...
8992417 Feeding tube system  
An endoscope collar for use with an endoscope. The endoscope collar comprising a main portion comprising a proximal end that detachably couples to an end of the endoscope and a collar protrusion...
8986195 Medical operation device  
A medical operation device is attachable to an insertion portion of a medical instrument for observation. The medical operation device includes: rotary cylinder rotatably disposed in device main...
8986197 Medical system and endoscope system  
A medical system includes: a treatment instrument having an insertion portion configured by an exterior member, and an insertion member that is inserted into the exterior member and is longer than...
8986196 Minimally invasive surgery instrument assembly with reduced cross section  
A surgical instrument extends through a guide tube and exits at an intermediate position of the guide tube. The instrument includes a parallel motion mechanism that changes the position of a...
8986244 Needleless delivery systems  
A method of treating a prostate condition, including the steps of providing a needleless injector that includes a body at a proximal end, an injection shaft extending from the body to a distal end...
8979884 Method and apparatus for stabilizing, straightening, expanding and/or flattening the side wall of a body lumen and/or body cavity so as to provide increased visualization of the same and/or increased access to the same, and/or for stabilizing instruments relative to the same  
The present invention comprises the provision and use of a novel endoscopic device which is capable of stabilizing, straightening, expanding and/or flattening the side wall of a body lumen and/or...
8974408 Robotic catheter system  
A robotic catheter system includes a controller with a master input device. An instrument driver is in communication with the controller and has a guide instrument interface including a plurality...
8974372 Path-following robot  
A path-following robot, such as for creating a path to a target surgical site, includes a series of interconnected elements including a lead element at one end thereof, and a plurality of...
8968185 Magnetically guiding system and magnetically guiding method  
A magnetically guiding system includes: a capsule medical device that has a magnet provided therein; an information acquiring unit that acquires physical information about magnetic guiding of the...
8968345 Surgical introducer with indicators  
A surgical introducer including a body portion, a shaft and a sensor is disclosed. The body portion includes a reference indicator. The shaft defines a longitudinal axis and is positionable...
8961398 Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear, nose and throat  
Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, including methods and apparatus for dilating ostia, passageways and other anatomical structures,...
8961399 Medical robotic system having entry guide controller with instrument tip velocity limiting  
A medical robotic system includes an entry guide with articulatable instruments extending out of its distal end, an entry guide manipulator providing controllable four degrees-of-freedom movement...
8958870 Therapy program modification  
A therapy program may be modified based on information indicative of a change in a therapy field, which may represent a region of a patient's tissue to which therapy is delivered. Upon receiving...
8956278 Multiple portal guide  
The present disclosure relates to a guide assembly including a guide having a body and a joint including at least one through hole, wherein the joint is configured for sliding along a length of...
8956280 Apparatus and methods for placing leads using direct visualization  
An apparatus for imaging a body structure within a body cavity includes a catheter including proximal and distal ends, an imaging element on the distal end, and an extension extending distally...
8939892 Endoscopic image processing device, method and program  
Endoscopic images and virtual endoscopic images are obtained. Then, an endoscopic image captured at a predetermined position of the anatomical structure is extracted from the obtained endoscopic...
8939963 Surgical instruments with sheathed tendons  
A flexible surgical instrument employs sheaths around tendons that actuate an end effector or other mechanisms in a distal tip of the instrument. A liquid lubricant can be introduced in the...
8939898 Rotary self-advancing endoscope system, program, and method for driving rotary self-advancing endoscope system  
A rotary self-advancing endoscope system which produces propulsion by rotating, with a motor, a rotating cylindrical body provided on an outer periphery side of an insertion portion main body and...
8939895 Self-centralizing inflatable balloon  
An apparatus is presented for use with a biologically-compatible-fluid pressure source. The apparatus comprises an elongated carrier defining a fluid passageway and adapted to be inserted through...
8942442 Method and device for aligning a needle  
A method and a device for use in conjunction with an imaging modality (202), for controlling the angular orientation of a needle-shaped object (212) while moving it along a path (214) from a given...
8936545 Dilator with direct visualization  
Dilators with a threaded distal portion and direct visualization capability may be used for penetrating and dilating stiff tissues and bones. The threaded portion of a dilator engages the tissue...
8932208 Apparatus and methods for performing minimally-invasive surgical procedures  
Devices, tools and methods for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures. Methods of performing minimally invasive ablation procedures. Methods of performing rapid exchange of tools in a...
8926501 Intelligent endoscopy systems and methods  
Endoscope sheaths and associated endoscopy data collection and analysis systems and methods are described. In one implementation an endoscope sheath include a body and one or more sensors disposed...
8915836 Endoscope, guide unit, guide wire, medical-device guiding system, and medical-device guiding method  
An endoscope and a surgical instrument are easily manipulated to desired positions and orientations independently while the state of treatment with the surgical instrument can be easily observed...
8911352 Endoscope-holding device and endoscopic system  
An endoscope holding device includes an insertion part that is long and holds the distal end part of an endoscope so as to freely protrude and retract; a distal end face that specifies a...
8911359 Guide sheath and medical system  
A guide sheath includes: an elongated member extending along a longitudinal axis; a manipulation wire extending along the longitudinal axis of the elongated member so as to be capable of advancing...
8908089 Implantable imaging device  
An imaging device for in vivo medical applications that enables minimally invasive surgical procedures. The imaging device includes an elongated frame having a base, a module housing, and an...
8900132 Endoscope apparatus  
The endoscope apparatus of the present invention includes: an insertion portion having a bending portion; an observation device that is provided at the insertion portion; an illumination unit that...
8894565 Insertion device, rotating tubular member, and driving unit  
An insertion device includes a channel defining portion extended through an inside of an insertion section up to a base portion toward a distal direction and defining a channel that is open to an...
8894567 Medical tube  
A medical tube includes: a tube main body through which a conduit, through which an insertion portion of a cholangioscope is insertable, is pierced from a distal end to a rear end; a side hole...
8894564 Methods of advancing a cannula system into a body  
A method for advancing a device positioned coaxially with respect to a cannula comprises rigidizing a portion of the cannula and advancing the device until a first preestablished limit of relative...
8888684 Medical devices with local drug delivery capabilities  
A medical device, for example, an endoscope or catheter, includes local drug delivery capabilities for selectively delivering at least one drug in vivo. The local drug delivery may occur as the...
8888813 Retractor cannula system for accessing and visualizing spine and related methods  
Retractor cannula systems may be used for accessing and visualizing the spine and related methods of treatment, including a forward-looking retractor cannula system for creating a working space...
8876699 Fistulectomy method of forming a fistula between a first duct and a second duct  
A fistulectomy method of forming a fistula between a first duct and a second duct is provided. The method including: inserting an insertion portion of an endoscope having a channel into the first...
8876698 Pressing member, endoscopic treatment system, and endoscopic suturing device  
An endoscopic treatment system 1 of the present invention includes an overtube 2 that is inserted into the body of a patient. An endoscope 7 and a suturing device 8 are inserted into the overtube...
8876704 Medical device  
Apparatuses of the type broadly applicable to numerous medical applications in which it is desirable to insert one or more steerable or non-steerable catheters or similar devices into a working...
8876703 Rotary self-propelled endoscope  
A rotary self-propelled endoscope, including: a tubular outer shaft having an elongated insertion section main body with a distal end portion which is rotatable around a longitudinal axis and has...