06142955 is referenced by 278 patents and cites 292 patents.

A surgical biopsy apparatus is provided which includes a housing; a first elongated tubular member removably mounted in the housing and defining a fluid passageway therein, the first elongated tubular member including: a tapered closed distal end portion adapted to penetrate tissue; a laterally disposed tissue receiving opening formed near the tapered distal end which includes a tissue support surface defining a plurality of holes in fluid communication with the fluid passageway; and a second elongated tubular member rotatably and reciprocatingly disposed coaxially about the first elongated tubular member, the second elongated tubular member having a cutting edge formed at an open distal end thereof and a lateral tissue discharge port formed proximally of the cutting edge.

A method of performing a surgical biopsy is also provided which includes inserting a biopsy apparatus into the tissue of a patient, the biopsy apparatus including an inner tubular member having a tapered penetrating end formed on the distal end and an outer tubular member held longitudinally fixed relative to the inner tubular member during the insertion step; retracting the outer tubular member relative to the inner tubular member to expose a laterally disposed tissue receiving area formed on the inner tubular member; applying suction to a series of openings formed along an inner surface of the tissue receiving area to pull tissue into the tissue receiving area; severing tissue disposed within the tissue receiving area by advancing the outer tubular member over the inner tubular member such that a cutting surface formed on the distal end of the outer tubular member rotates as it passes over the tissue receiving area; and removing the severed tissue sample from the tissue sampling site by retracting the inner tubular member from the outer tubular member until the tissue receiving area is aligned with a lateral opening formed in the outer tubular member wherein a tissue stripping plate urges the tissue sample out of the tissue receiving area.

Biopsy apparatus and method
Application Number
Publication Number
Application Date
February 20, 1998
Publication Date
November 7, 2000
Paul A Matula
Christopher F Klecher
San Diego
George M Chelednik
David Farascioni
United States Surgical Corporation
A61B 10/00
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