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An endoscope with separable auxiliary assembly is provided that includes a cylindrical shaped endoscope that is insertable within a sterile end cap with attached sterile drape, the drape being extendable over the length of the endoscope and its trailing cables thus isolating the endoscope and its trailing cables from the environment. A sterile separable channel section is provided that releasably attaches to the end cap. The separable channel section has a plurality of longitudinal channels running therethrough so that operative fluids, gases or operative instruments may be applied to the surgical site. To enable a surgeon to obtain selectable images of an operative site, a detachable viewing head may be attached to the distal end of the endoscope prior to placement of the endoscope inside the end cap.

Sterilizable endoscope with separable auxiliary assembly
Application Number
Publication Number
Application Date
March 7, 1995
Publication Date
May 20, 1997
Edwin L Adair
317 Paragon Way, Castle Pines Village, 80104
Fields & Johnson P C
A61B 1/00
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