Cook Medical has been granted a patent for a cap designed to attach to the distal end of an endoscope. The cap features a tubular body with a lumen, open and closed configurations, and an electrode portion for tissue ablation. This innovation allows for precise positioning and effective medical procedures. GlobalData’s report on Cook Medical gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Endoscope cap with rotatable open and closed configurations

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Cook Medical Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11918182B2) discloses a unique cap designed for attachment to the distal end of an endoscope. The cap features a tubular body with a lumen extending through it, along with a connector that allows the cap to transition between an open and closed configuration. In the closed configuration, the cap is positioned on the endoscope by engaging its distal end into the lumen. The cap also includes an electrode portion for ablating tissue within a patient's lumen, which is extendable from a recess in the distal portion of the cap without protruding beyond the body's end.

Furthermore, the cap includes additional features such as a pad portion for securing the cap to the endoscope, a hinge or elastomeric connector for joining the first and second portions of the cap, and a transparent or translucent material for visibility. The method for securing the cap involves positioning the tubular body against the endoscope's distal end, joining the first and second portions with a connector, and extending the distal portion of the cap beyond the endoscope's distal end. Additional steps include using a pad portion for added security, utilizing a hinge for movement, and employing a snap-fit connector for fastening. The method also involves providing ligating bands for further functionality.

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