Dale R Schulze, Joseph Paraschac, William D Fox, Michael E Setser, Kenneth S Wales, Mark S Zeiner: Surgical instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Paul A Coletti, October 27, 1998: US05826776 (735 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for performing endoscopic surgical procedures. In one embodiment, the instrument includes a knife that remains unexposed until initiation of a cutting sequence, and returns to an unexposed position at the conclusion of the cutting sequence, minimizing the risk of injury to the ...

Steven P Buysse, Jenifer S Kennedy, S Wade Lukianow, Thomas P Ryan: Energy delivery system for vessel sealing. Valleylab, October 27, 1998: US05827271 (627 worldwide citation)

Electrosurgical energy is used in combination with a surgical tool to seal vessels and vascular tissue of a patient. One of the important advances of the present system is that it can effectively seal vessels of a patient without leaving any foreign material in the body of the patient. The present s ...

Mark A Reiley, Arie Scholten, Karen D Talmadge: Inflatable device for use in surgical protocols relating to treatment of fractured or diseased bones. Ryan Maki Mann & Hohenfeldt, October 27, 1998: US05827289 (561 worldwide citation)

A balloon for use in compressing cancellous bone and marrow (also known as medullary bone or trabecular bone) against the inner cortex of bones whether the bones are fractured or not. The balloon comprises an inflatable, non-expandable balloon body for insertion into said bone. The body has a shape ...

Rickey D Hart, John T Rice: Surgical fastening system and method for using the same. Innovasive Devices, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, October 27, 1998: US05827298 (522 worldwide citation)

A surgical fastening system for attaching one piece of tissue to another piece of tissue. The system comprises a surgical fastener, an installation tool for deploying the surgical fastener in tissue, and a method for using the same.

Charles H Klieman, John M Stiggelbout: Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery. Charles H Klieman, Fish & Richardson P C P A, October 27, 1998: US05827323 (512 worldwide citation)

An endoscopic surgical instrument with manual controls and single-handed design has a tubular barrel with a handle at its proximal end and an end effector at its distal end. A linkage extends through the tubular barrel and connects the handle with the end effector. The handle has a stationary finger ...

Stephen James Brown: Modular microprocessor-based diagnostic measurement apparatus and method for psychological conditions. Health Hero Network, Christensen O Connor Johnson & Kindness PLLC, October 27, 1998: US05828943 (470 worldwide citation)

A method and modular apparatus for diagnostic assessment of psychological conditions which employs a compact microprocessor-based unit such as a video game. In accordance with the invention, the microprocessor-based unit is programmed to produce a video display that prompts a patient or user to inte ...

Stephen Eldon Leis, David Ristau: System for determining the spatial position and angular orientation of an object. Northern Digital, Fish & Richardson P C, October 27, 1998: US05828770 (425 worldwide citation)

A system for determining the spatial position and angular orientation of an object in real-time is provided having a sensor section and a plurality of activatable markers, adapted for mounting to the object. The plurality of markers are activated simultaneously during each cycle of the sensor sectio ...

Robert L Cassell, John M K Daniel, Thomas V Ressemann: Distal protection device. SciMed Life Systems, Westman Champlin & Kelly P A, October 27, 1998: US05827324 (411 worldwide citation)

An emboli capturing system captures emboli in blood flowing through vasculature. The emboli capturing system includes a guidewire having a longitudinal axis and defining a lumen. An expandable member is coupled to a distal portion of the guidewire and has an interior which is in fluid communication ...

Brian Lee Klosterman: Merging multi-source information in a television system. StarSight Telecast, Christie Parker & Hale, October 27, 1998: US05828945 (384 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 ...