Effective date : An inflatable speculum adapted to be positioned within an orifice includes an inflatable bladder. In an embodiment, when the inflatable bladder is inflated, the inflatable bladder includes a baffle member. The baffle member includes a plurality of baffles, and each of the plurality of baffles has a substantially trapezoidal cross-sectional shape. The inflatable bladder also includes an opening formed between a first end of the inflatable bladder and a second end of the inflatable bladder for viewing an inside of the orifice.
Speculums Are Not One-Size-Fits-All
Inflatable speculum - SPRUILL; THERESA
The present invention relates, in general, to surgical instruments, and in particular, to a new and useful speculum which has inflatable blades to reduce the discomfort associated with the use of the instrument. Specula are currently available in plastic and metal varieties. Gynecological patients who are examined using a speculum report pain and discomfort. Further, a speculum having metal blades tends to be cold, further adding to the patient's discomfort. Patients having small or narrow vaginas, pediatric and elderly patients, cancer patients and patients undergoing various treatments such as irradiation, are even more susceptible to the discomfort and pain associated with the use of a speculum. The discomfort caused by a cold speculum has been addressed in U.
The present invention concerns gynecological examinations and procedures. Gynecologists often examine a woman's cervix or uterus. Referring to FIG. The vagina walls may obstruct the view of the cervix from the proximal end of the vagina As is known, the uterus is a pear-shaped muscular organ which receives and holds fertilized ovum during the development of the fetus and serves to expulse the fetus at birth.