04759349 is referenced by 59 patents and cites 7 patents.

A surgical instrument and support unit for enabling a user using one hand to probe an incision and illuminate, irrigate, and aspirate the incision. The surgical instrument has a probe with illumination, irrigation, and aspiration ports on the end. The probe is coupled to a handle having controls for the irrigation and aspiration functions. Light from a high intensity lamp in the handle is transmitted through an optical fiber to the illumination port. A heat sink enclosing the lamp draws heat away from the lamp and transfers the heat to the aspirated fluid passing through the heat sink. The support unit is controlled by a microcomputer and provides an electrical supply for the lamp and a pressurized fluid supply for irrigation. The sources of the irrigation fluid is a standard hospital flexible bag. A bladder inflated by an air pump pressurizes the flexible bag. The pump is also utilized to deflate the bladder to allow rapid changing of the flexible bag during a surgical procedure.

Title
Surgical instrument having a heat sink for irrigation, aspiration, and illumination
Application Number
6/832478
Publication Number
4759349
Application Date
February 24, 1986
Publication Date
July 26, 1988
Inventor
Jeffrey P Castleberry
San Diego
CA, US
Charles T Bovey
Escondido
CA, US
Bradley J Denny
San Marcos
CA, US
Stephen J Krienick
San Diego
CA, US
Larry Blankenship
Boulder
CO, US
Daniel J Conley
Oceanside
CA, US
Bard B Betz
Reno
NV, US
Agent
Freilich Hornbaker Rosen & Fernandez
Assignee
Vitalmetrics
CA, US
IPC
A61M 1/00
A61B 1/06
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