Stephen D Kuslich: Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment. Vidas Arrett & Steinkraus, August 27, 1996: US05549679 (783 worldwide citation)

A method for stabilizing a spinal motion segment by boring and excising an opening in a disc nucleus, inserting a fabric bag having a pore size between about 0.25 and 5.0 mm, packing the bag with a graft medium until the bag is a rigid self-retaining shape, then closing the bag. The nucleus is excis ...

James R Gross: Apparatus for removing fluid from a wound. The Kendall Company, David J Koris, August 27, 1996: US05549584 (753 worldwide citation)

The invention features methods and apparatuses for evacuation of exudate from wounds. The apparatuses include a suctioning means having an inlet port and an outlet port, and a wound cover in fluid communication with the suctioning means via the inlet port. The wound cover is adapted to fit in fluid ...

Kenneth Schofield, Mark Larson: Automatic rearview mirror system using a photosensor array. Donnelly Corporation, Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto, August 27, 1996: US05550677 (732 worldwide citation)

A system apparatus, structure and method for controlling a plurality of variable reflectance mirrors (or mirror segments), including a rearview mirror and side view mirrors, which change their reflectance level in response to a plurality of drive voltages applied thereto, for an automotive vehicle. ...

Joel Cooper, Sally L Winegar Hentges, Robert P Nelson, Kemal Schankereli, Kristine M Teich: Soft tissue stapling buttress. Bio Vascular, Haugen and Nikolai P A, August 27, 1996: US05549628 (654 worldwide citation)

To reinforce a line of surgical staples in host tissue, a strip of xenogeneic or autogenic tissue, such as cross-linked pericardium or dura mater harvested from horses, cows, pigs, sheep and humans, is appropriately adhered to the apposed surfaces of a staple cartridge supporting jaw and an anvil ja ...

Ken Hardwick, Geoffrey C Stone: Method and apparatus for virtual switching. Storage Technology Corporation, Timothy R Schulte, August 27, 1996: US05550816 (558 worldwide citation)

A physical switching device for use in a communication network to switch Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) network layer packets and method of use therefor is provided. The physical switching device includes at least a first and a second virtual switch. Each virtual switch includes a decision mecha ...

Brian L Klosterman: Method and apparatus for merging television program schedule information received from multiple television schedule information sources. StarSight Telecast Incorporated, David G Townsend and Townsend and Crew Beck, August 27, 1996: US05550576 (536 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a scheme for merging television schedule information received from multiple sources (26, 28, 30 and 34). In the preferred embodiment, a microprocessor (36) mixes and sorts the schedule information received from multiple source devices (26, 28, 30 or 34). The schedule i ...

Lawrence Crainich: Articulated medical instrument. Bachman & LaPointe P C, August 27, 1996: US05549637 (534 worldwide citation)

A medical instrument includes a handle; an elongate body member having a first end and a second end and at least one joint disposed therebetween dividing the body member into a plurality of segments including a first segment and a second segment, the first segment being connected to the handle and t ...

Theodore T Miller, Bernard Ghelman: Vena caval filter. New York Society For The Ruptured And Crippled Maintaining The Hospital For Special Surgery, Darby & Darby P C, August 27, 1996: US05549626 (531 worldwide citation)

A co-axial filtering device for removing particles from arteries and veins comprises an outer catheter that can be inserted into a blood vessel and an inner catheter with a filter at its distal end. The filter is a radially expandable receptacle made of an elastic mesh structure of spring wires or p ...

Marc Bessler, Max R Mintz, Byron C Sutherland: Apparatus and method for performing vertical banded gastroplasty. Byron C Sutherland, Hava Mattea Mintz, Conley Rose & Tayon P C, Conley Rose & Tayon P C, August 27, 1996: US05549621 (463 worldwide citation)

The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method which enable the performance of vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) without the use of staples. Further, a laparoscopic instrument which can be used in combination with the VBG apparatus and method is also disclosed.

William F Beausoleil, Tak Kwong Ng, Harold R Palmer: Multiprocessor for hardware emulation. International Business Machines Corporation, Bernard M Goldman, August 27, 1996: US05551013 (403 worldwide citation)

A software-driven multiprocessor emulation system comprising a plurality of emulation processors connected in parallel in a module. One or more modules of processors comprise an emulation system. An execution unit in each processor includes a table-lookup unit for emulating any type of logic gate fu ...