05533496 is referenced by 56 patents and cites 6 patents.

Improved exploratory, pre- and post- surgical techniques are now available due to an improved endoscope which uses a housing with a window member thereon. Due to the window's angle and the air-pocket between the viewing tip of the endoscope and the window, exceptional vision is provided without the need to create artificial chambers within the body. Should the window become occluded with debris, the surgeon can easily clean the window by wiping it against a nearby organ or muscle to dislodge the debris. Since no inflating gas is used, techniques employing the endoscope create minimal trauma and are ideally suited for exploratory surgery, pre-surgical inspection of the operation site, and post-surgical inspection to assure the operation obtained the desired results.

Title
Endoscopic technique particularly suited for exploratory surgery
Application Number
8/196712
Publication Number
5533496
Application Date
February 15, 1994
Publication Date
July 9, 1996
Inventor
Julio Hochberg
Morgantown
WV, US
Marco A M De Faria Correa
Rio Grande Do Sul
BR
Agent
Ogram & Teplitz
Assignee
Very Inventive Physicians
AZ, US
IPC
A61B 1/012
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