US 9,808,257 B2
Surgical clamp and surgical clamp installation tool
Jesús R. Armenteros, Santo Domingo (DO); Moises Jacobs, Miami, FL (US); C. Kenneth French, Dripping Springs, TX (US); and Garrett Barker, Meridian, TX (US)
Assigned to Advanced Bariatric Technology, LLC, Coral Gables, FL (US)
Filed by Advanced Bariatric Technology, LLC, Coral Gables, FL (US)
Filed on Sep. 9, 2013, as Appl. No. 14/21,720.
Application 14/021,720 is a continuation of application No. 13/017,666, filed on Jan. 31, 2011, granted, now 8,529,585.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/299,725, filed on Jan. 29, 2010.
Prior Publication US 2014/0074131 A1, Mar. 13, 2014
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61B 17/10 (2006.01); A61B 17/122 (2006.01); A61B 17/128 (2006.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/122 (2013.01) [A61B 17/1285 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00473 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00477 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00818 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00862 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00876 (2013.01)] 17 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A surgical clamp having a proximal end and a distal end, the surgical clamp comprising:
a first elongated member having a distal end and a proximal end;
a second elongated member having a distal end and a proximal end;
a bight portion joining the first and second elongated members at the proximal end of the first elongated member of the surgical clamp and the proximal end of the second elongated member of the surgical clamp, the bight portion including a flexible hinge having an opening formed through a thickness of the flexible hinge and extending in a direction from the proximal end of the surgical clamp toward the distal end of the surgical clamp, and configured to receive at least a portion of a surgical clamp installation tool;
a closure mechanism operable to retain the surgical clamp in a substantially closed position; and
a padding material adjacent at least a portion of at least one of the first elongated member and the second elongated member;
wherein the bight portion defines a passage-forming section of a single continuous passage and the passage forming section is located towards the proximal end of the surgical clamp when the surgical clamp is in the substantially closed position;
wherein portions of the first and second elongated members, when the surgical clamp is in the substantially closed position, are spaced apart from one another to define an elongated section of the single continuous passage and the single continuous passage includes the passage-forming section and the elongated section;
wherein the passage-forming section of the single continuous passage, as defined by the bight portion, has a greater maximum width than the elongated section of the single continuous passage, as defined by the first and second elongated members, when the surgical clamp is in the substantially closed position.