Minimally invasive rectal balloon apparatus

  • US 8,080,031 B2
  • Filed: 02/20/2008
  • Issued: 12/20/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/16/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A prostate immobilizing rectal balloon, said rectal balloon comprising:

  • a. a flexible shaft having a fluid passageway extending therethrough and having a distal end and a proximal end,b. one balloon having an upper portion, a bottom portion, a distal end near said distal end of said shaft and a proximal end that is affixed to said shaft, such that said fluid passageway communicates with an interior of said balloon,c. wherein said balloon comprises a top layer connected to a bottom layer to form said balloon,d. said balloon further comprising a middle layer extending between said top layer and said bottom layer, wherein said middle layer is connected to said top layer at a groove,e. wherein said balloon has a first inflated position wherein said upper portion is generally laterally flat and said bottom portion is rounded, said groove forming a central seating area that is configured to engage with a prostate when inflated,f. wherein said balloon has a second further inflated position wherein said upper portion has a bulge at said distal end of said balloon,g. wherein said bulge is configured to immobilize said prostate in position at said groove.

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