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Details for Patent: 8,795,156

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Details for Patent: 8,795,156

Title:Methods for manipulating a channel within a medical device
Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a medical device for accessing a patient's body portion and used for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Embodiments of the invention may include a particular endoscopic positioning mechanism for placing an endoscope and an additional treatment device within desired body portions in order to assist in diagnosis and treatment of anatomical diseases and disorders. In particular, a medical device according to an embodiment of the invention includes a positioning mechanism configured for movement through at least two degrees of freedom.
Inventor(s): Geitz; Kurt (Sudbury, MA), Tinkham; Brian (Quincy, MA)
Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc. (Maple Grove, MN)
Filing Date:Sep 15, 2010
Application Number:12/882,719
Claims:1. A method of positioning a treatment instrument in a body, the method comprising: inserting a medical device into an anatomical lumen of the body, the medical device comprising: a first tube including a distal end and a proximal end, the first tube including a longitudinal axis and a channel extending from the proximal end to an aperture at the distal end; a handle at the proximal end of the first tube; and a positioning mechanism entirely proximal to the distal end and connected to the handle, the positioning mechanism configured for rotation around the longitudinal axis of the first robe and upward deflection at and relative to the distal end of the first tube to control a direction at which a treatment instrument extends from the aperture, wherein the handle includes an actuator configured to rotate the positioning mechanism up to 360 degrees relative to the longitudinal axis; inserting a treatment instrument through the channel after inserting the medical device into the anatomical lumen; positioning the treatment instrument by rotating the positioning mechanism around the longitudinal axis of the first tube; and positioning the treatment instrument by upwardly deflecting a distal portion of the positioning mechanism, wherein rotating the positioning mechanism is independent of upwardly deflecting the distal portion of the positioning mechanism.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising extending the treatment instrument beyond the aperture of the first tube and into the anatomical lumen.

3. The method of claim 2, further comprising retracting the treatment instrument into the medical device, repositioning the medical device within the anatomical lumen, applying torque to the positioning mechanism to rotate the treatment instrument housed therein, and extending the treatment instrument through the aperture.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein the treatment instrument is positioned within a bile duct during an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography procedure.

5. The method of claim 1, wherein the distal portion of the positioning mechanism is housed within a recess at the distal end of the first tube, and the distal portion of the positioning mechanism is rotated about a pin within the recess.

6. The method of claim 1, wherein the positioning mechanism comprises a second tube housed within the channel, and wherein the distal portion of the positioning mechanism is upwardly deflected through actuation of a pull wire connected to the positioning mechanism and extending proximally within the first tube.

7. The method of claim 6, wherein a pin extends through the distal portion of the positioning mechanism and a distal portion of the second tube housed within the channel.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the positioning mechanism comprises a sleeve receiving the treatment instrument therein, the sleeve being slidably housed and rotatable within the channel and having a distal end extendable beyond the aperture; and a pull wire connected to the distal end of the sleeve and moveable longitudinally and laterally within and relative to the first tube such that the distal end of the sleeve deflects relative to the first tube.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein the aperture is a side-facing aperture.

10. A method of positioning a treatment instrument in a body, the method comprising: inserting a medical device into an anatomical lumen of the body, the medical device comprising: a first tube including a distal end and a proximal end, the first tube including a longitudinal axis and a channel extending from the proximal end to a side-facing aperture at the distal end; a handle at the proximal end of the first tube; and a positioning mechanism proximate the aperture and connected to the handle, the positioning mechanism configured for rotation relative to the distal end of the first tube and around the longitudinal axis of the first tube and upward deflection at and relative to the distal end of the first tube to control a direction at which a treatment instrument extends from the aperture, wherein the handle includes an actuator configured to rotate the positioning mechanism up to 360 degrees relative to the longitudinal axis; inserting a treatment instrument through the channel after inserting the medical device into the anatomical lumen; positioning the treatment instrument by rotating the positioning mechanism around the longitudinal axis of the first tube; and positioning the treatment instrument by upwardly deflecting a distal portion of the positioning mechanism, wherein rotating the positioning mechanism is independent of upwardly deflecting the distal portion of the positioning mechanism.

11. The method of claim 10, further comprising retracting the treatment instrument into the medical device, repositioning the medical device within the anatomical lumen, applying torque to the positioning mechanism to rotate the treatment instrument housed therein, and extending the treatment instrument through the aperture.

12. The method of claim 10, further comprising moving the positioning mechanism through at least three degrees of freedom.

13. The method of claim 10, wherein the positioning mechanism includes a sleeve configured to receive the treatment instrument and a pull wire connected to a distal end of the sleeve, wherein the pull wire is housed within a pull wire lumen within the first tube and is moveable longitudinally and laterally within the pull wire lumen such that the distal end of the sleeve deflects relative to the first tube.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the pull wire lumen includes an arc shape, the method further comprising moving the pull wire from one end of the arc shape to another end of the arc shape to laterally deflect the sleeve.

15. The method of claim 10, wherein the actuator includes a rotatable ring.

16. A method of positioning a treatment instrument in a body the method comprising: inserting a medical device into an anatomical lumen of the body, the medical device comprising: a first tube including a distal end and a proximal end, the first tube including a longitudinal axis and a channel extending from the proximal end to an aperture at the distal end; a handle at the proximal end of the first tube; and a positioning mechanism proximate the aperture and connected to the handle, the positioning mechanism configured for rotation relative to the distal end of the first tube and around the longitudinal axis of the first tube and upward deflection at and relative to the distal end of the first tube to control a direction at which a treatment instrument extends from the aperture, wherein the handle includes a first actuator configured to rotate the positioning mechanism up to 360 degrees relative to the longitudinal axis and a second actuator configured to upwardly deflect the positioning mechanism; inserting a treatment instrument through the channel after inserting the medical device into the anatomical lumen; positioning the treatment instrument by rotating the positioning mechanism in at least one of a clockwise direction and a counterclockwise direction around the longitudinal axis of the first tube; and positioning the treatment instrument by upwardly deflecting a distal portion of the positioning mechanism, wherein rotating the positioning mechanism is independent of upwardly deflecting the distal portion of the positioning mechanism.

17. The method of claim 16, wherein, when the positioning mechanism is rotated, the positioning mechanism is not deflected upwards.

18. The method of claim 16, wherein the first actuator includes a rotatable ring.

19. The method of claim 16, wherein the second actuator includes a slidable ring.
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