US 3495588 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Feb. 17, 1970 R. s.'wAl.-TERs 3,495,588v
SURGICAL sPLIm Filed se t. 12, 1966 mmf ATTORNEYS United States Patent O 3,495,588 SURGICAL SPLINT Robert S. Walters, 967, Rte. 1, Sandy Run Drive, Warner Robins, Ga. 31093 Filed Sept. 12, 1966, Ser. No. 578,644 Int. Cl. A61f 5/42 U.S. Cl. 128-79 ABSTRACT F THE DISCLOSURE A surgical splint formed of a yieldable, firm elastomer and including a hollow tubular shank provided with an axial, open-ended slot along one side thereof, the shank being of an appropriate size to receive the body of the penis. A exible, extractor tab is provided for removing the surgical splint during copulation without passing the surgical splint over the head of the penis.
This invention relates to a surgical splint and is more particularly concerned with an instrument which will aid during copulation.
It is quite generally known that, as a male advances in age, the ability to perform copulation decreases and during the later years may present quite a problem. In some instances the problem involved is a mental problem, as much as a physical problem. The present instrument is designed as an aid in solving this problem.
The surgical splint itself is formed of a yieldable yet rigid elastomer and includes a hollow tubular central shank which is open at both ends, the shank being an appropriate size to receive the body of the penis. The central shank is also open along its upper edge, being provided with an axial, open ended, slot which permits the sidewise removal of the shank from the penis. At thev lower end of the shank is an extractor tab which is flexible, lying generally axially and protruding outwardly from the shank. By means of the extractor tab, the surgical splint is removed during copulation without passing the instrument over the head of the penis.
At the front end of the shank, carried only by a small peripheral edge portion of the shank is the rounded or spherical nose or cap for partially enclosing the head of the penis, the cap being so shaped and sufficiently exible that it will pivot outwardly, riding along the bottom portion of the penis, as the instrument is simultaneously removed from the penis and extracted from the vagina.
Accordingly, it is anobject of the present invention to provide a surgical splint which is inex-pensive to manufacture, durable in structure and efficient in operation.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a surgical splint which will enable the ready and easy insertion of the male genitalia into the' female genitalia regardless of the condition of erection of the male genital.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a surgical splint which may readily and easily be removed during the act of copulation, without the necessity of removing the penis from the vagina.
Other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein like characters of reference designate corresponding parts throughout the several views and wherein:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a surgical splint constructed in accordance with the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view of the nose portion of the surgical splint shown in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a vertical sectional view of a modied form of surgical splint construction in accordance with the present invention;
6 Claims l r' 3,495,588 Patented Feb. 17, 1970 FIG. 4 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view similar to FIG. 2 and showing the nose of the surgical splint of FIG. 1 in ay pivoted condition such as when the device is being removed;
FIG. 5 is a cross sectional view of the shank of the surgical splint shown in FIG. l;
FIG. 6` is a view similar to FIG. 5 and showing the device in an installed condition on the penis;
FIG. 7 is a view similar to FIGS. 5 and 6 but illustrating the device as it is being removed from the penis; and
FIG. 8 is a View of still another modified form of the present invention showing the edges of the shank of the prostatic instrument in an overlapped relaxed condition.
Referring now in detail to the embodiments chosen for the purpose of illustrating the present invention, it being understood that, in its broader aspects, the present invention is not limited to the exact details herein depicted, numeral 10 denotes the hollow tubular open ended open sided shank of the surgical splint illustrated in FIGS. l, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7. In more detail, the shank 10 includes a lower straight transversely concaved 'back or base 11, the side edges of which merge with the edges of the complementary transversely concaved sides 12 and 13 of shank 10. The sides 12 and 13 curve upwardly and inwardly so as to terminate in straight parallel upper edges 14 and 15 respectively, the upper edges 14 and 15 being rounded in cross section and spaced from each other to define, therebetween, an open ended axially extending slot 16.
Thus, in cross section, as seen in FIGS 5, 6 and 7, the shank 10 is a rounded U-shaped member having an inside diameter slightly less than the diameter of an average size penis. Base 11 is relatively thick while the sides 12 and 13 progressively taper toward edges 14 and 15 whereby both the inside and outside surfaces of shank 10 are smooth and the sides 12 and 13 may be resiliently urged apart for purposes to be described hereinafter.
The forward edges 17 and 18 of the complementary sides 12 and 13 curve downwardly and forwardly from the edges 14 and 15, respectively, and then curve forwardly, adjacent the back 11.
Protruding forwardly from and carried solely by the back 11 is a nose, head or cap, denoted generally by numeral 20. The nose 20 includes a back portion 21 which is aligned with the back 11 and normally curves upwardly to terminate along essentially the plane of the upper periphery of shank 10 and the axis of the shank 10. From the back portion 21 of nose 20, a pair of curved flexible complementary wings 22 and 23 diverge rearwardly so as to terminatel adjacent and in alignment with the lower portions of edges 17 and 18, respectively. The upper extremity of back portion 21 forms a U-shaped apex 24, the edge of which merge with the upper edges 25 and 26 of wings 22 and 23, respectively. The upper edges 25 and 26 extend rearwardly and downwardly from apex 24 and then are curved progressively downwardly and then extend forwardly to join the ends of edges 17 and 18 respectively. Thus, the lower edges 27 and 28 of the wings are formed and define, with edges 25 and 26, the rear curved lobes of the wings 22 and 23.
In the normal position of wings 22 and 23, the lower edges 27 and 28 diverge slightly from edges 17 and 18 to provide V-shaped slots 29 and 30, respectively, The thickness of nose 20 tapers toward apex 24 and even though the nose is generally spherical or rounded in shape, it is sufficiently thin and flexible for the nose 20 to be pivoted from its transverse position, covering a portion of the head of the penis, to an axial position, as illustrated in FIG. 4, the lower edges 27 and 28 pivoting away from the edges 17 and 18, respectively, as the nose 20 is pivoted outwardly.
Extending rearwardly from the lower edge of the back 11 is a flexible extractor tab or strap `40. The tab 40 is normally in alignment with the back 11 and is provided with a pair of opposed parallel side edges 41 and 42 which merge with a semi-circular or curvilinear rear most edge 43 of tab 40. Within the contines of edges 41, 42 and 43 is a central hole 44.
The forward ends of side edges 41 and 42 merge respectively with the rear ends f rear edges 45 and 46 of the sides 12 and 13, the rear edges 45 and 46 extending upwardly and forwardly and merging with the rear opposed edges 14 and 15, respectively, of sides 12 and 13.
In the modication shown in FIG. 3, it is seen, that, if desired, an internal ridge 150 is provided in the instrument of FIG. l. Otherwise, the surgical splint of FIG. 3 is essentially identical to the surgical splint of FIG. l. In the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 3, the ridge 150 is a peripheral ridge formed along the inner surface of the sides, such as side 112, and the back 111 and is disposed rearwardly adjacent and approximately parallel to the leading edges, Such as edge 117. The ridge 150 is convex and integral with shank 10, extending from edge 114 around the inside surface of shank 10 to terminate at the opposed edge (not shown), the plane of the ridge 150 being angled from the axis of the surgical splint so as to conform generally with the head of the penis. This ridge 156 will enable the surgical splint to be maintained in place on the penis with the head of the penis being confined between the ridge 150 and the head 120 of the device, It will be also noted in FIG. 3 that, if desired, the extraction tab 140 may be curved downwardly so that it may be more readily grasped when it is desired to remove the device,
In the embodiment shown in FIG. 8, it will be seen that the opposed edges 214 and 215 of the opposed sides 212 and 213, in the relaxed condition of the instrument, may, if desired, overlap. By such an overlapping arrangement, the instrument may be made to t various sizes of penises.
It will be understood that While, preferably, the surgical splint of the present invention is to be manufactured from a relatively flexible elastomer, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, nylon, a plasticized polyvinylchloride, or the like, the device may also be made from natural or synthetic rubber. A suitable material from which the surgical splint of the present invention may be constructed is known as hospital grade Tygon which is supplied as surgical tubing by Stoneware Company of Akron, Ohio. It is a vinyl tubing having the following characteristics:
Hardness Durometer 68. Tensile strength 2,200 lbs./sq./in. Flexible 90 F.
Brittle 40 F.
Preferably the sides 12 and 13 taper from back 11 so as to terminate in relatively thin edges 14 and 15. Furthermore, the back 21 of nose 20 is also tapered from the back 11 so as to be exible and sufficiently rigid for its intended purpose.
In operation, the surgical splint is placed on the penis so that the head of the penis is received in the head and the shank of the penis is received in the tubular cavity dened by the back 11 and the sides 12 and 13. As illustrated in FIG. 6, when the device is properly installed, it snugly receives the shank 200 of the penis with the sides 12 and 13 being resiliently deflected, slightly outwardly. It is not, a prerequisite, however, that the penis 200 be in an erected condition since, regardless of the condition, the surgical splint itself is suiciently rigid to enable penetration.
After insertion of the instrument containing the penis 200 into the vagina, the surgical splint may remain in place throughout copulation or be readily and easily removed by pulling rearwardly and downwardly upon the tab 40 or tab 140, as the case may be. As the surgical splint is simultaneously stripped from the penis and retracted from the vagina, the sides 12 and 13 will be urged outwardly against the yieldable Wall of the vagina, as the edges 14 and 15 ride along opposite sides of the penis 200, whereby the penis 200 passes out of slot 16, as illustrated in FIG. 7. At the same time, due to the rearward urging of the surgical splint, the nose 20 will pivot outwardly to the position shown in FIG. 4 so as to be essenti-ally coaxial with the shank 1G and thereby permit the nose 20 to pass along the lower portion of the penis.
The hole 44 is suiciently large that a persons finger may be inserted into it, thereby facilitating the removal of the instrument.
1. A surgical splint comprising a unitary hollow flexible and rigid tubular shank composed essentially of an elastomer open at at least one end and open along its side said shank being of an appropriate size and of sufficient flexibility and rigidity to be installed on a penis for imparting an artilicial rigidity thereto suflicient for copulation, said shank being sufficiently flexible that said shank may be stripped from said penis during such copulation, the penis passing through the side opening of said shank, said shank includes a back and a pair of opposed sides extending arcuately from opposite sides of said back, said sides having upwardly and forwardly extending edges terminating in straight parallel edges.
2. The structure dened in claim 1 including a pivotable nose protruding from and carried by one end of said shank for receiving the head of said penis, said nose being constructed and arranged to pivot outwardly and ride along one side of said penis as said shank is being removed rearwardly from said penis.
3. The structure defined in claim 2 including an extractor tab secured to the other end of said shank by means of which the instrument may be removed.
4. The structure delined in claim 3 wherein said tab is provided with a hole through which a persons linger may be inserted.
5. The structure defined in claim 2 wherein said nose includes a forwardly and upwardly curved back portion and a pair of opposed wings diverging rearwardly from said back portion and wherein said nose is secured to only the lower portion of the forward edge of said shank.
6. The structure dened in claim 1 wherein said shank includes a transversely curved back and a pair of opposed sides which curve upwardly from said back and extend toward each other, said sides terminating in spaced opposed edges dening an open ended slot.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS D. 27,065 5/ 1897 Scheinkman 12S-79 XR FOREIGN PATENTS 875,853 5/1953 Germany.
L. W. TRAPP, Primary Examiner