06048339 is referenced by 103 patents and cites 3 patents.

A surgical instrument (10) includes a rigid stem section (12) defining a longitudinal axis (32) of the surgical instrument. The rigid stem section (12) has a central passage (86) for aspirating human tissue through the rigid stem section. A flexible stem section (14) extends from the rigid stem section (12). The flexible stem section (14) has a central passage (86) for aspirating human tissue through the flexible stem section. The flexible stem (14) section has a distal end portion (68) defining a suction opening (74) of the surgical instrument (10). The suction opening (74) communicates with the central passage (86) of the flexible stem section (14). The flexible stem section (14) comprises a bendable outer tubular member (60) and a bendable inner tubular member (90) slidable within the outer tubular member. The outer tubular member (60) has a neutral axis of bending (66). The inner tubular member (90) has a neutral axis of bending (102) spaced apart from the neutral axis of bending (66) of the outer tubular member (60). The flexible stem section (14) is movable between a plurality of orientations relative to the axis (32) in response to relative sliding movement between the inner and outer tubular members (90, 60).

Title
Flexible surgical instruments with suction
Application Number
9/106655
Publication Number
6048339
Application Date
June 29, 1998
Publication Date
April 11, 2000
Inventor
Timothy E Taylor
Attleboro
MA, US
Matthew Emans
Boston
MA, US
Christopher Zirps
Milton
MA, US
Agent
Tarolli Sundheim Covell Tummino & Szabo L
Assignee
Endius Incorporated
MA, US
IPC
A61M 25/00
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