Stephen D Kuslich: Expandable fabric implant for stabilizing the spinal motion segment. Vidas Arrett & Steinkraus, August 27, 1996: US05549679 (766 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 (708 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 (669 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 (638 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 ...

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 (532 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 ...

Ken Hardwick, Geoffrey C Stone: Method and apparatus for virtual switching. Storage Technology Corporation, Timothy R Schulte, August 27, 1996: US05550816 (529 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 ...

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 (527 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 ...

Lawrence Crainich: Articulated medical instrument. Bachman & LaPointe P C, August 27, 1996: US05549637 (507 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 ...

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 (449 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.

Fred B Tarter, Jeffrey M Greene, Thomas J De Fazio, Jan Peck, L Stephen Wylie, Mark M Magnotte, Del Hall, Scott A Tarter: Computerized healthcare accounts receivable purchasing collections securitization and management system. The Pharmacy Fund, Brown Raysman & Millstein, August 27, 1996: US05550734 (396 worldwide citation)

The present invention is a computerized method and system for financing health care service providers, especially pharmacies, by evaluating and purchasing their accounts receivables, scoring the creditworthiness of payors and obligors such as insurance companies, self-insured employers, health maint ...