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A flexible fiberoptic endoscope has an insertion member with a distal end portion split longitudinally into a plurality of independently operable working segments each provided with at least one longitudinally extending working channel. Visualization optics are provided in the working segments or a separate central segment surrounded by the working segments. A sheath temporarily joins the working segments to one another during an introduction procedure. The sheath is removed upon insertion of the endoscope, so that the working segments may be/separated from one another and independently maneuvered via proximal control heads to facilitate the performance of an endoscopic surgical procedure.

Title
Endoscope having multiple working segments
Application Number
10/687401
Publication Number
7029435 (B2)
Application Date
October 16, 2003
Publication Date
April 18, 2006
Inventor
Naomi L Nakao
New York
NY, US
Agent
William J Sapone
Henry D Coleman
R Neil Sudol
Assignee
Granit Medical Innovation
NY, US
IPC
A61B 1/00
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