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An endoscope tool coupling that facilitates the placement and positioning of a surgical tool within an endoscope. The tool coupling may be configured to accommodate differences in lengths between the surgical tool and the endoscope, which may allow a user to precisely position and maintain the distal end of a surgical tool in a desired location relative to the distal end of the endoscope despite differences and variations in lengths. The tool coupling may have an adjustable configuration to accommodate variations in tool and/or endoscope lengths. The tool coupling employ an arrangement that allows a user to easily increase or decrease the length of the coupling, such as by using a telescoping arrangement. A locking arrangement or mechanism may be provided to secure the coupling in a selected configuration for maintaining the surgical tool in a desired location relative to the endoscope. The tool coupling may be configured to generate a preload on the surgical tool when the tool is positioned in a desired location relative to the endoscope. The tool coupling may be configured to allow for the withdrawal and reintroduction of the same or a similar surgical tool without changing or impacting the original length adjustment and/or preload for the particular tool/endoscope arrangement. The tool coupling may be configured as a separate device that can be attached to various endoscopes, or the tool coupling may be an integrated component of the endoscope.

Title
Endoscope tool coupling
Application Number
11/436103
Publication Number
7927271 (B2)
Application Date
May 17, 2006
Publication Date
April 19, 2011
Inventor
Patrick Gutelius
Monroe
CT, US
Daniel Vigliotti
Hamden
CT, US
Danial Ferreira
Milford
CT, US
Christopher A Battles
Seymour
CT, US
John Dimitriou
Stow
MA, US
Agent
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks P C
Assignee
C R Bard
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 1/00
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