Patents Examined by Channing L. Pace
  • Patent number: 4078569
    Abstract: A device for plucking out hairs by utilizing heat generated by the application of high frequency waves but which prevents the transfer of the heat to the skin. The device comprises a main body substantially in the form of a letter U including a pair of elongated legs and a curved portion which has a certain degree of flexibility. One of such elongated legs is connected to a high frequency wave generator. A pair of hair clamping members formed as hair clamping tongs is connected to the other elongated leg. A link mechanism is arranged in the two legs and coupled to a set lever for moving the tips of the hair clamping members from a position in which they are in engagement with each other, to a position in which they are out of engagement with each other by utilizing the flexibility of the curved portion of the main body so that the hair clamping members can nip, transmit heat to and pluck out a hair in one operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1978
    Assignee: Chisho Corporation
    Inventor: Sadao Hoshi
  • Patent number: 4078552
    Abstract: The specific disclosure provides a device and method of making an incision of precise dimensions in a patient, preferably in the forearm, and determining exact bleeding from initial puncture of the skin until the flow of blood has ceased, i.e. hemostatis is complete. The device comprises a housing including a blade aperture at one end thereof adapted to be positioned in abutting engagement with the skin of the subject. A spring member and a blade member having at least one cutting edge are located in the housing. Means are also provided in the housing and is connected to the blade member for retracting the blade member inwardly from the blade aperture and against the bias of the spring member. Manually operable means are provided for releasably engaging the retracting means to maintain the blade member in a retracted position against the bias of the spring member until the device is ready for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1978
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Evan N. Chen, Arthur L. Babson
  • Patent number: 4078564
    Abstract: An enzymatic intralenticular cataract treatment for removal of nuclear cortical and subcapsular regions of the cataractous lens through enzymatic digestion thereof which comprises introduction of a concentrated solution of mixed exogenous enzymes into the nuclear and cortical regions of a cataractous lens, and after enzymatic digestion removing the liquefied cataractous material. The procedure allows removal of the nuclear, cortical and subcapsular portions of a cataractous lens through a very tiny incision in the eye and lens capsule, leaving all other structures within the eye intact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1978
    Assignee: Novo Enzyme Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Spina, Michael K. Weibel
  • Patent number: 4076162
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus for suturing vessels with metal staples comprising an anvil part having two hinged halves, forming, when joined together, a working head at the end, with a through hole for the passage of the vessel to be sutured, and a bell mouth for the vessel spreading, and a staple part. The staple part includes two hinged L-shaped plates encompassing the working head on the outside. Recesses are provided on the outer surface of the working head's bell mouth for clinching the ends of the staples, and secured on the ends of the plates of the staple part are magazines with slots for staples and staple tappets, the slots of the stapple magazines are opposite the grooves on the bell mouth. The bell mouth of the working head is shaped, in section, as a polygon elongated in the direction of its two opposite apices lying on the split line of the working head.The proposed apparatus provides for the suturing of vessels end-to-end, end-to-side and at an angle less than 90.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1978
    Inventors: Nikolai Nikolaevich Kapitanov, Vladimir Vasilievich Ippolitov, Galina Dmitrievna Andreeva, Natalyd Petrovna Petrova, Vladimir Semenovich Rabotnikov
  • Patent number: 4073296
    Abstract: An acupressure treatment device including a custom made ear mold having precisely located acupuncture nodules fixed thereto for depressing points on the ear which control or act upon the known auricular acupuncture points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1978
    Inventor: Francis J. McCall
  • Patent number: 4071030
    Abstract: A duraguard for a surgical cutting tool consisting of a guard mounting member rotatably mounted within the nose section of the tool housing at two spaced locations and supporting a guard arm extending outwardly along the cutting tool and terminating a protective foot extending over the end of the cutting tool to separate the dura from the skull, the arm and foot being rotatable relative to and about the cutting tool in order to follow curved slots formed by the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1978
    Assignee: Pevrick Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Hedrick
  • Patent number: 4069825
    Abstract: A surgical thread includes a thread-like body and a plurality of projections formed at regular intervals in the thread-like body. A blood vessel can be simply and surely ligated with the surgical thread. A cutting apparatus for the surgical thread includes a holder for a surgical thread through which the surgical thread is inserted, a cutting member arranged adjacent to the holder, an actuating rod for actuating the cutting member, and a trigger for driving the actuating rod. Even when the blood vessel is ligated with the surgical thread in the interior of the human body, the surgical thread can be easily cut by the cutting apparatus in the interior of the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1978
    Inventor: Taichiro Akiyama
  • Patent number: 4069824
    Abstract: As part of the process of realigning the distal ends of a bone having an intermediate section of width W, an arcuate osteotomy is performed on the intermediate section using a cutter having an arcuate cutting edge of a diameter slightly greater than W and an arcuate extent of 180.degree.-N.degree.. The blade is oscillated through an arc of approximately N.degree. to form a crescentic joint having a maximum bearing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1978
    Inventor: Robert E. Weinstock
  • Patent number: 4068668
    Abstract: An ear lobe piercing device for piercing an ear lobe with a stud, said device having means for holding an ear lobe to numb same prior to insertion of a stud into the lobe, said device further having a plunger for holding the stud, a trigger for both actuating said means for holding the ear lobe and cocking said plunger and trigger means operable by an index finger for releasing the plunger after said plunger has been cocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1978
    Assignee: Concept Marketing, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry D. Moore, Isaiah W. Johnson, Charley L. Thompson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4067339
    Abstract: An enterostomy retainer comprising a rigid cylindrical base portion and a flexible tubular portion extending from a first end of the base portion. The second end of the base portion and the free end of the tubular portion have interconnecting means to facilitate connection of the tubular portion free end to the cylindrical portion second end to form a closed loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1978
    Assignee: Medico Developments, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Chiulli
  • Patent number: 4066082
    Abstract: A device for indicating the force applied by a tool comprises a bar arranged so as to be deflected in accordance with the force applied, a pair of spaced stops carried by the bar, a frame enclosing both stops with one end of the frame engaging one side of one stop and the opposite end of the frame extending past the other stop to define a space therebetween, and a load sensing member disposed in the latter space, whereby the deflection of the bar is converted by the two stops and the frame to a compressive force on the load-sensing member. The described load-sensing member is a photoelastic member and the described device in which it is used is a surgical spreader hand tool wherein the photoelastic member indicates to the surgeon the force applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1978
    Assignee: Ramot University Authority for Applied Research and Industrial Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Mircea Arcan, Gordon Robin, Ariel Simkin
  • Patent number: 4064881
    Abstract: An applicator for introducing a surgical sprung clip into a patient's abdomen and setting the clip in position comprises an outer tube having a forward end provided with a clip locating cradle, an inner tube and a pusher rod located in the outer tube for manipulating a clip positioned in the cradle and controls for the inner tube and pusher rod formed as a pistol grip arrangement at the rear end of the outer tube so that an operator can manipulate the applicator controls with one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1977
    Assignee: Rocket of London Limited
    Inventor: Hayden Gwyn Meredith
  • Patent number: 4063556
    Abstract: A vacuum device for performing medical procedures such as a curettage, or the like. The device includes basically an evacuated vessel, a cannula or some other form of medical implement, and a valve arrangement for selectively applying the vacuum to the cannula. The present disclosure deals specifically with a novel valve arrangement for the device and various vacuum indicators that can be employed to provide a visual indication as to the presence of a vacuum within the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1977
    Assignee: Ryder International Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Thomas, Francis E. Ryder
  • Patent number: 4063557
    Abstract: Apparatus for the surgical removal of tissue is disclosed comprising a handpiece having a resonant vibrator with a magnetostrictive stack and connecting body encompassing a hollow elongated tool which is ultrasonically vibrated at its tip longitudinally to a peak to peak stroke of at least 0.005 inches at about 25,000 cps (25 KHz). A generator powers the vibrator and is automatically controlled at the frequency to maintain the resonant vibration. Aspiration is provided by suction through the hollow tool at its tip, and a manifold enclosing the tool end of the handpiece provides irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1977
    Assignee: Cavitron Corporation
    Inventors: David G. Wuchinich, Alan Broadwin, Robert P. Andersen
  • Patent number: 4063560
    Abstract: The invention provides for re-warming of a cryosurgical instrument after its use in the cold mode, during which refrigerant is supplied through a first duct through first restriction, by admitting to the cavity within the probe tip fluid from a pressurized source through a second duct this supply being subject to control imposed by a second restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1977
    Assignee: Spembly Limited
    Inventors: Ernest Hilton Thomas, Humphry Robert Evatt
  • Patent number: 4061146
    Abstract: There is disclosed a surgical tissue macerating and removal tool having a rotating rod with a cutting member at one end and disposed in a tube which itself is disposed coaxially in an extension of the tool handle. A frusto-conical member extends into the extension at the cutter member end of the rotating rod with its small end engaging the tube. The portion of the frusto-conical member outside of the extension forms a tissue engaging member and may be cut-off at an angle to the axis of the rod to form a tissue engaging edge. Apertures are provided in the extension adjacent the frusto-conical member so that treatment fluid supplied in the annular space between the tube and the extension may flow to the operative site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Edward F. Baehr, James E. Burnett
  • Patent number: 4059115
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for the surgical operation of anterior fenestrated spondylodesis comprising an elongated hollow body with a handle at one end, and a detachable hollow cylindrical cutter with a cutting edge, at the other. Incorporated within the body is a shaft with a knife on the end situated within the cavity of the cutter. The instrument has a device for securing the shaft in the body in a position whereat the blades and cutting edge of the knife and the cutter lie in the same plane. The cutter is intended for excising two transplants in the shape of cylindrical segments from two adjacent vertebrae, and the knife, for undercutting them, once they are formed by the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1977
    Inventors: Georgy Stepanovich Jumashev, Motel Khaimovich Furman
  • Patent number: 4058126
    Abstract: A device for the selective fracture of the inner lining or tunica intima of a blood vessel without severing of the surrounding outer layer or tunica adventitia of the vessel is disclosed. The device comprises a combination of an anvil member having a dull blade affixed thereto which acts as one blade of a guillotine which descends upon the vessel caught between it and a hammer member of the guillotine. The hammer member is spring loaded through connection with a slider arm which extends upward toward the spring and a grip for the fingers of the user. There is provided a guide for the anvil and its blade which guide is aligned and connected with the central rod which extends between the slider arm and the spring which causes impact on the hammer member of the guillotine. The central rod acts as a core for two springs which surrounds the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1973
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1977
    Inventor: Harry H. Leveen
  • Patent number: 4055167
    Abstract: A cannula for uterine curettement comprising a straight, rigid tube proportioned for insertion into the uterus, a flattened, closed end at the insert end of the tube and staggered openings at opposing sides of the tube adjacent to the insert end. A handle is provided at the opposite end to facilitate manipulation of the tube when it is in use and a short reach of the tube extends beyond this handle for attachment to the suction tube of an aspirator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1977
    Inventor: Dell L. Bernstein
  • Patent number: 4054954
    Abstract: The provision of hair at selected areas of the human scalp by attaching one or more hairpieces in strip form to a plurality of rings which pass through the scalp at spaced locations in such area and are threaded on an endless suture embedded under the scalp is disclosed. Surgical procedure for embedding the endless suture under the scalp and threading the rings thereon are described. A preferred combination of suture, rings and hairpiece is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1977
    Assignee: Tokyo Gihatsu Seikei Company Limited
    Inventors: Taisuke Nakayama, Sokichi Nakajima