(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: Us 7,018,384 B2
Skakoon (45) Date of Patent: Mar. 28,2006
(54) MEDICAL PASSING DEVICE AND METHOD
(75) Inventor: James Grant Skakoon, St Paul, MN (US)
(73) Assignee: Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, MN (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 600 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/230,531
(22) Filed: Aug. 29, 2002
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2004/0044348 Al Mar. 4, 2004
(51) Int. CI.
(52) U.S. CI 606/108; 604/164.01; 604/164.06
(58) Field of Classification Search 600/434;
604/158, 161, 163, 164.01, 164.06, 170.01, 604/170.02, 171; 606/108, 129, 145, 190 See application file for complete search history.
A medical device and method for placing a medical tube, such as a catheter or a shunt, or a medical electrical lead within a patient is disclosed. The medical device of the present invention comprises a passer having a proximal end and a distal end, the passer defining a channel between the proximal end and the distal end. The medical device of the present invention further comprises an obturator having an elongated body, and a first end and a second end, the second end comprising a cradle. In accordance with the invention, the obturator has a removable probe having a first section that fits within the cradle and a second section having a tunneling tip that is exposed outside of the cradle. The obturator is placed into the passer so that the tunneling tip of the probe is exposed outside of the passer at the distal end of the passer. The cradle has dimensions to receive and hold in place a portion of the medical tube or medical lead after the probe is removed from the cradle.
42 Claims, 10 Drawing Sheets