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A surgical device includes a frame member having a distal end and a proximal end and a pair of tissue holding mechanisms movably mounted to the frame member at the distal end thereof for securing holds on spaced organic tissues of a patient. Actuators mounted to the frame member at the proximal end thereof are operatively connected to the holding mechanisms for controlling the operation thereof. Another actuator, also mounted to the frame member, is operatively connected to the holding mechanisms for moving the holding mechanisms relative to one another, thereby stretching organic tissues between the held tissues and facilitating access to the stretched tissues. The instrument assembly is particularly useful during laparoscopic surgery.

Title
Laparoscopic stretching instrument and associated method
Application Number
972508
Publication Number
5511564
Application Date
February 1, 1995
Publication Date
April 30, 1996
Inventor
Peter J Wilk
New York
NY, US
Agent
Henry D Coleman
R Neil Sudol
Assignee
Valleylab
CO, US
IPC
A61B 19/00
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