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A balloon end contact scope device for performing laser-assisted transmyocardial revascularization (TMR) or other surgical and catheter procedures, the device particularly adapted for delivery of laser energy via a laser delivery means and configured to reach inside a body cavity or organ chamber at a point not directly accessible, either visually or otherwise, such as in a lateral or posterior position, the device having a hollow outer lumen, a balloon scope portion with an internal guide tube extending through the balloon portion for directing a laser delivery means or other surgical or catheter device through the visualization balloon toward the area being visualized. The balloon scope portion may have a plurality of guide holes extending therethrough. On the essentially transparent contact viewing surface a friction surface may be applied to facilitate precise positioning and treatment therethrough.

Lateral-and posterior-aspect method and apparatus for laser-assisted transmyocardial revascularization and other surgical applications
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Publication Number
Application Date
March 29, 1996
Publication Date
March 10, 1998
Richard L Mueller
1049 Kiel Ct., Sunnyvale, 94089
Christopher N Sears
Ray K Shahani
A61B 17/36
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