Endoscopic surgical sealing device

Ronald J. Brinkerhoff (Inventor), Ramesh S. Candadai (Inventor), John A. Cartmill (Inventor), Jack B. Stubbs (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


This sealing device allows the interchangeable use of the hand or a conventional laparoscopic instrument in the laparoscopic operating environment.

A sealing device for endoscopic surgical procedures is disclosed. In one embodiment, the device has two inflatable toroidal sections connected by a transition section. The device is partially inserted into an abdominal opening in a deflated state, and then inflated to provide a seal for obstructing the passage of gas from the abdominal cavity during endoscopic surgery. Endoscopic instruments, or alternatively, the surgeon's hand, can penetrate through the lumen of the toroidal sections of the device. The lumen then conforms to the shape of the instrument or hand passed through it to maintain an adequate seal. PAL In another embodiment, a sealing device to seal a trocar is disclosed. The device is an inflatable toroid shaped to fit securely within the housing of the trocar. Means are provided to selectively inflate or deflate the device to perform its intended sealing function, and instruments can be passed through the lumen of the toroid to access the surgical site without destroying the integrity of the seal.
Original languageEnglish
Patent number5366478
Filing date22/11/94
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 1994
Externally publishedYes


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