SURGICAL TENSION/PRESSURE MONITOR
 Inventor: Theodore V. Benderev, 26975
Magnolia Ct., Laguna Hills, Calif.
 Appl. No.: 09/157,466
 Filed: Sep. 21, 1998
 Int. CI. A611- 2/00
 U.S. CI 600/37; 600/30
 Field of Search 600/29, 30, 37
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Primary Examiner—Max Hindenburg
Assistant Examiner—Brian Szmal
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Matthew A. Newboles
A surgical tension/pressure monitor for measuring and indicating the degree of tension of a surgical sling, and in particular, a suburethral sling, as well as the pressure exerted thereby upon the urethra. In a first embodiment, the invention comprises a pressure sensor interposable between a suburethral sling and the urethra supported thereby. The pressure sensor is coupled to a meter that provides an indication as to the degree of tension in the sling and/or pressure exerted on the urethra, as well as provides an indication when such tension/pressure attains optimal levels that correlate with ideal surgical outcomes. In a second embodiment, the invention comprises a tension monitor that may be connected, via a suture, to either a respective one or both ends of a suburethral sling. The device may be utilized to manipulate the tension in such sling and enable the surgeon to secure such sling in a manner that causes the sling to maintain a desired tension and/or imparted desired urethral support. There is further provided devices and methods for measuring the positioning of the urethra, as well as intra-urethral pressure during urologic/gynecologic surgery.
20 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets