Patent Number: 6,966,876

Title: Device for holding and positioning an endoscopic instrument

Abstract: A device for holding and positioning an endoscopic instrument introduced through a body surface of a patient has a holder for the instrument, which holder is designed in such a way that the instrument can be positioned relative to the body surface in different spatial tilt positions. The holder has a first bow-shaped element whose two end portions are arranged directed towards the body surface, and whose middle portion is directed away from the body surface, the first bow-shaped element being pivotable about a first pivot axis which extends through both end portions. The holder has a second bow-shaped element whose end portions are directed towards the body surface, but arranged offset by approximately 90.degree. relative to the end portions of the first bow-shaped element, and whose middle portion is directed away from the body surface by substantially the same distance as the first bow-shaped element, the second bow-shaped element being pivotable about a second pivot axis which extends through both end portions of the second bow-shaped element, and both bow-shaped elements each having an opening which extends along said elements, and an overlapping region of the openings serving as a guide for the instrument.

Inventors: Irion; Klaus M. (Liptingen, DE), Boehm; Ralph (Bodman-Ludwigshafen, DE)

Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG

International Classification: A61B 19/00 (20060101); A61B 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 1/22/02018