US Patent No. 9,623,213

UNCINATE PROCESS SUPPORT FOR ETHMOID INFUNDIBULUM ILLUMINATION


Patent No. 9,623,213
Issue Date April 18, 2017
Title Uncinate Process Support For Ethmoid Infundibulum Illumination
Inventorship Randy J. Kesten, Mountain View, CA (US)
Daniel T. Harfe, Los Altos, CA (US)
Eric Goldfarb, Belmont, CA (US)
Assignee Acclarent, Inc., Irvine, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,623,213

1. An apparatus comprising:
(a) an elongate member, wherein the elongate member defines a longitudinal axis; and
(b) a dilation assembly slidable relative to the elongate member, wherein the dilation assembly comprises:
(i) an inflatable dilator, wherein the inflatable dilator is operable to expand from a non-inflated state to an inflated state,
wherein the inflatable dilator is configured to slide along a path defined by the elongate member,

(ii) a constraining member secured to the inflatable dilator, wherein the constraining member is positioned and configured
to restrict expansion of the inflatable dilator in a first direction transverse to the longitudinal axis while permitting
expansion of the inflatable dilator in a second direction transverse to the longitudinal axis, wherein the first direction
is opposite to the second direction, and

(iii) a conduit in fluid communication with the dilator.