Patent Number: 6,332,466

Title: Ovarian capsules and methods of surgical contraception by ovarian encapsulation

Abstract: An ovarian capsule includes a capsule body enclosing an interior for receiving an ovary and defining a selectively openable, selectively closeable access. The access, when open, forms a gap, space or opening in the ovarian capsule through which an ovary is introduced in the interior. When the access is closed, withdrawal of the ovary from the interior is prevented whereby the ovary is encapsulated by the ovarian capsule to prevent fertilization of ova released by the encapsulated ovary. A method of encapsulating an ovary in the body of a patient includes the steps of introducing an ovarian capsule in the abdominal cavity of the patient, opening the ovarian capsule to provide access to the interior thereof, positioning an ovary of the patient within the interior of the capsule and closing the ovarian capsule to encapsulate the ovary and prevent withdrawal of the ovary from the ovarian capsule.

Inventors: Yoon; InBae (Phoenix, MD)


International Classification: A61F 6/00 (20060101); A61F 6/20 (20060101); A61B 17/12 (20060101); A61F 006/06 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018