Patents by Inventor Diane E. Caramore

Diane E. Caramore has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5820555
    Abstract: A lifting device for laparoscopic procedures is provided with joints to enable an instrument carried by the device to be rotated to selectively adjust its pitch, roll and yaw. The adjustment provides a mechanism whereby the instrument may be connected to the arm in a variety of rotational orientations and accommodate different conditions to provide operating space within the body of a patient. Various mechanisms are provided to selectively lock the joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventors: Frank T. Watkins, III, Richard L. Mueller, Jr., Tim J. Kovac, Diane E. Caramore
  • Patent number: 5520609
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for mechanically lifting the abdominal wall away from underlying abdominal organs for laparoscopic surgery without insufflation. In the method an expansible device is inserted in the abdominal cavity through a small incision in a collapsed state and then expanded into engagement with an extensive area of the abdominal wall. Lifting force is then applied to the device for peritoneal retraction. The device takes the form of mechanical rods or arms and/or balloons. In the balloon embodiments lifting force may be applied externally of the abdominal cavity, or internally of the cavity by balloon inflation. Certain of the balloon embodiments are of an annular or U-shaped configuration and include a membrane for draping the internal organs and/or a centrally located balloon for lateral expansion. The balloons may be provided with an internal endoscope for viewing. The method also provides for laparoscopic gallbladder removal, either to the interior or exterior of the balloons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Assignee: Origin Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic H. Moll, Albert K. Chin, Diane E. Caramore, Frank T. Watkins, III
  • Patent number: 5190551
    Abstract: A cement plug received within a bone recess is extracted by forming a bore within the plug, tapping the bore to form internal screw threads therein, engaging the threads with a pulling tool, and applying tension to the tool to extract the plug. The bore is formed through means of a rod inserted into the plug while in a fluid state and/or a drill bit having a tubular guide received therearound to maintain the bit in generally aligned condition with the bone recess and limit the depth to which the bit penetrates the plug. The degree to which the bore is tapped and engaged by the pulling tool is controlled to avoid exceeding the extent of the bore and the screw threads formed therein. One embodiment employs a self-tapping extraction rod which serves both as a tap to form the screw threads and as the pulling tool to apply tension to extract the plug. Another embodiment employs a tap which is separate from the pulling tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: ALbert K. Chin, Milton B. McColl, Kathryn J. Hoffman, Diane E. Caramore