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US 8,430,890 B2 (2013)

Rectal Prolapse
Method and apparatus for endoscopically treating rectal prolapse
US 8430890 B2
Abstract: 

In one form of the invention, there is provided a method for treating rectal prolapse, the method comprising: inserting an expandable element into a prolapsed rectum via the anus; expanding the expandable element so that the expandable element securely engages the rectum; advancing the expanded element distally so as to return the prolapsed rectum to its normal, non-prolapsed state; and securing the rectum to supporting tissue whereby to retain the rectum in its normal, non-prolapsed state. In another form of the invention, there is provided an endoscope assembly for treating rectal prolapse, the endoscope assembly comprising: an endoscope; a balloon catheter; and a tacker; wherein the endoscope, balloon catheter and tacker are mounted together for insertion as a unit.

Publication number: 
US 8,430,890 B2
Publication type: 
Grant
Application number: 
US 12/263,774
Publication Date: 
April 30, 2013
Priority date: 
November 2, 2007
Filing date: 
November 3, 2008