An endoscopic sheath having a biomimetic retractor for retracting organs and tissues in the body. The inflatable retractor comprises an inflatable balloon configured to retract specific organs and tissues at the site of the endoscopic procedure, with attached inflation and deflation means. In one embodiment, the inflatable retractor is attached to an outer tube or cannula. A second, inner cannula is placed within the outer cannula and attached thereto by a plurality of substantially elastic strands. The strands center the inner cannula while allowing it to be manipulated in any direction.
Youssef, Ashraf Samy, "Endoscopic sheath having a biomimetic retractor" (2011). USF Patents. 455.
University of South Florida