Surgical bowel retractor devices

  • US 10,130,352 B2
  • Filed: 07/01/2015
  • Issued: 11/20/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/14/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A bowel retractor device, comprising:

  • a bendable collar defining a central area, said bendable collar being selectively bendable between a planar configuration and non-planar configurations and be self-retained in such non-planar configurations;

    a flexible planar film coextensive with said central area and including a perimeter attached to said bendable collar; and

    at least one preformed opening defined in said flexible planar film, wherein said at least one preformed opening is smaller than said central area such that said at least one preformed opening is completely bounded by portions of said flexible planar film, wherein said at least one preformed opening is configured to retainingly support at least one section of bowel therethrough, and wherein said at least one preformed opening comprises;

    an open center portion defining a hole in said flexible planar film; and

    a plurality of radially-extending slots extending from an outer perimeter of said hole, each said radially-extending slot comprising a slot width that is different from a diametrical width of said hole to form a plurality of gripping portions extending inward toward said open center portion, wherein said gripping portions are formed for gripping said at least one section of bowel to retainingly support said at least one section of bowel inserted through said open center portion.

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