Patent Number: 6,251,120

Title: Medical instrument for removing tissue

Abstract: A medical instrument for removing tissue in the human or animal body has a tubular shaft that has at least one window in the region of its distal end. The instrument moreover has a cutting element that is arranged in the shaft in the region of the window and is connected to a drive shaft, extending in the shaft, by way of which the cutting element can be driven rotationally about its longitudinal axis, the shaft having at least one bending point. The drive shaft terminates proximally from the bending point and is connected to the cutting element through the bending point by way of at least one flexible wire element. The wire element is attached to the drive shaft eccentrically with respect to the latter's longitudinal center axis and to the cutting element eccentrically with respect to the latter's longitudinal center axis.

Inventors: Dorn; Jurgen (Neulussheim, DE)

Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co., KG

International Classification: A61B 17/32 (20060101); A61B 17/28 (20060101); A61B 017/32 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018