Patent Number: 6,569,120

Title: Seal assembly

Abstract: A valve assembly is provided for permitting the introduction of a surgicalinstrument into a patient's body while providing a substantial seal aboutthe instrument. The valve assembly includes a sealing gasket assemblyproviding a fluid tight seal before instrument insertion, and isconfigured and dimensioned for accommodating an instrument and providing asubstantial fluid tight seal after insertion of an instrument. The valveassembly may further include a deformable sealing member having asubstantially central aperture for accommodating the instrument. Thesealing member provides a substantial seal about the instrument when theinstrument is passed therethrough impeding the egress of fluids and gassesthrough the valve assembly.

Inventors: Green; David T. (Westport, CT), Bolanos; Henry (East Norwalk, CT), Castro; Salvatore (Seymour, CT), Sienkiewicz; Henry (Stamford, CT), DeFonzo; Stephan A. (Bridgeport, CT), Cuny; Douglas J. (Bethel, CT), Young; Wayne P. (Brewster, NY)


International Classification: A61B 17/34 (20060101); A61M 25/04 (20060101); A61M 25/02 (20060101); A61M 39/02 (20060101); A61M 39/06 (20060101); A61B 17/22 (20060101); A61F 2/00 (20060101); A61M 005/178 (); F16K 015/14 (); F16K 015/16 ()

Expiration Date: 05/22015