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US8012164: Method and apparatus for creating an opening in the wall of a tubular vessel

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Inventor(s) Brendan M. Donohoe · Theodore M. Bender · Brian R. DuBois · Scott O. Chamness · Stephen A. Yencho · Jaime S. Vargas · Nathan H. White · Gregory B. Arcenio · Heather L. Klaubert · Russell C. Mead, Jr. ·
Assignee(s) Cardica, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Brian A. Schar ·
Primary Examiner Vy Q Bui ·
Application Number US10054745
Filing date 01/22/2002
Issue date 09/06/2011
Predicted expiration date 11/24/2028
Patent term adjustment 2498
U.S. Classifications 606/167  · 606/170  · 606/155  · 606/169  · 606/154  · 606/171  · 606/180  · 606/181  · 606/153  ·
International Classifications A61B1704  · A61B1714  ·
Kind CodeB1
51 Claims, 12 Drawings


Abstract

An auger is axially fixed to and positioned within a cutter. The auger and cutter advance at the same time relative to a contact structure placed against a vessel, penetrating the wall of the vessel and cutting a tissue plug. When the auger and the cutter are retracted from the vessel wall, the tissue plug is retained by the auger and cutter and removed from the vessel wall. The auger and the cutter thus create an opening in the vessel wall, without the need for a prior incision in that wall.

Independent Claims | See all claims (51)

  1. 1. A tool for making an incision in and removing tissue from a vessel wall, comprising: a cutter; and a piercing member positioned within said cutter, wherein said piercing member and said cutter are configured to translate together to penetrate the wall of the vessel.
  2. 17. A surgical tool for removing tissue from the wall of a vessel to create an opening, comprising: a rotatable cutter; an auger assembly fixed to and substantially coaxial with said cutter, said auger assembly comprising an auger at its distal end; an actuator connected to at least one of said auger assembly and said cutter.

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