Patent Number: 6,168,586

Title: Inflatable cannula and method of using same

Abstract: An expandable lumen cannula which includes an elongate tube having a proximal end, a distal end, an intermediate flexible region, and a lumen therebetween. The cannula further includes a balloon occluder mounted on the distal end of the tube. The intermediate flexible region of the tube further includes an elongate generally cylindrical balloon disposed circumferentially about the flexible region which, upon inflation, expands the luminal diameter of the intermediate region. First and second inflation ports are in fluid communication with the balloon occluder and the cylindrical balloon. The cannula may optionally include a cardioplegia port disposed within the distal region of the tube, proximal the balloon occluder and distal the generally cylindrical balloon. Methods of using such a cannula are also disclosed, particularly to provide cannulation through a minimally invasive port incision, and to thereafter displace the tissues and organs adjacent an intercostal access port upon inflation and expansion of the generally cylindrical balloon.

Inventors: Hahnen; Kevin (San Jose, CA)

Assignee: Embol-X, Inc.

International Classification: A61M 25/10 (20060101); A61B 17/12 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61M 031/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018