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Howard C Topel, Thomas L Foster: Surgical cutting instrument for coring tissue affixed thereto. Vance Products Incorporated, Richard J Godlewski, February 6, 1996: US05488958 (244 worldwide citation)

A surgical cutting instrument for coring, debulking, and removing a large, tough tissue mass such as a fibroid tumor through a trocar access sheath during a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The instrument includes an outer sheath having a distal cutting end for coring the tissue mass and an in ...


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James E Gottesman, Thomas L Foster: Suture guide and method of placing sutures through a severed duct. Vance Products Incorporated, Richard J Godlewski, October 1, 1991: US05053043 (184 worldwide citation)

A suture guide and, in particular, a urethral sound having interchangeable tips for placing sutures in the severed end of a body duct. The urethral sound includes an attachment mechanism having interconnection parts longitudinally rotatable when interconnected. The sound further includes an elongate ...


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Rodney W Bosley Jr, Paul G Thomson, Thomas L Foster: Echogenic devices, material and method. Vance Products Incorporated, Richard J Godlewski, January 21, 1992: US05081997 (149 worldwide citation)

Echogenic medical devices and methods of fabrication and of use are disclosed. The devices are adapted to be inserted into a patient. The device includes an elongated member including a material having an acoustic impedance different from that of the surrounding medium. The medium includes surroundi ...


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Thomas L Foster, John S Lyttle, Edward D Pingleton, Paul G Thomson: Surgical access sheath. Vance Products Incorporated, Richard J Godlewski, March 1, 1994: US05290249 (142 worldwide citation)

A surgical trocar access sheath having a laterally expandable retention mechanism for percutaneous insertion through a body cavity wall. The expandable retention mechanism is positioned about the distal end of the sheath for retaining the access sheath within the body cavity. The access sheath has a ...


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Thomas L Foster: Medical device including basket. Richard J Godlewski, November 23, 1999: US05989266 (129 worldwide citation)

A minimally invasive, medical device 10 for removing stones, calculus or the like from the renal or biliary systems includes a reversibly collapsible basket 12 and an elongated member 14 for delivering the basket 12 to the location of the stones, calculus or the like. The basket 12 is tipless and at ...


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Thomas L Foster: Medical instrument for driving a suture needle. Vance Products, Richard J Godlewski, December 27, 1994: US05376096 (121 worldwide citation)

A needle driver (100) for fixedly positioning a curved suture needle (101) in a channel (114) of an inner rod (109) thereof and in a preferred 90 degree orientation with respect to the longitudinal axis of the inner rod. The needle driver includes an outer tube (102) with a beveled edge (110) positi ...


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Bosley Jr Rodney W, Paul G Thomson, Thomas L Foster: Echogenic devices, material and method. Vance Products Incorporated, Richard J Godlewski, April 13, 1993: US05201314 (109 worldwide citation)

Echogenic medical devices and methods of fabrication and of use are disclosed. The devices are adapted to be inserted into a patient. The device includes an elongated member including a material having an acoustic impedance different from that of the surrounding medium. The medium includes surroundi ...


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Thomas L Foster: Releasable, surgical clamp. Vance Products Incorporated, Richard J Godlewski, April 27, 1999: US05897565 (97 worldwide citation)

A releasable, surgical clamp (10) for insertion through a surgical introducer sheath (11) and into a cavity (12) of a patient (13) during a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The releasable clamp comprises a continuous wire (39) that is shaped for insertion through the surgical sheath and into o ...