Endoscopic ports for minimally invasive surgical access and methods of use thereof

Patent Number: 9386972

Patent Date: 2016-07-12

Patent type: utility

A method for providing an endoscopic port includes inserting a distal portion of an expandable member into soft tissue in a patient's body. The distal portion of the expandable member is inflated to form a passageway in the soft tissue. A rigid tube member is delivered into the passageway formed by the expandable member through the inside of the inflatable member. A port is established between a proximal opening in the rigid tube member and a distal opening in the rigid tube member.


First Name Last Name City State Country
Johnathan A. Engh - - -
Gregg W. Podnar - - -


Section Class Sub Class Group Sub Group
A 61 B 1 32
A 61 B 17 02
A 61 B 1 313
A 61 B 17 34
A 61 B 17 00


Organization First Name Last Name City State Country
University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education - - - - -