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Did you know? Know-How - Thomas Fogarty
Doug Engelbart
Thomas Fogarty
Ashok Gadgil
Stephanie Kwolek
Thomas Fogarty Biography Fogarty's Adherent Clot Catheter. Patents Fogarty used his fly-fishing skills to tie a glove tip to a catheter, creating the first balloon embolectomy catheter. Videos Some of Fogarty's balloon catheters. Some 20 million people have been treated with these kinds of devices. Interview
Thomas Fogarty displays some of the dozens of medical devices he has invented; in his hands is the first, a balloon catheter.

Thomas Fogarty displays some of the dozens of medical devices he has invented; in his hands is the first, a balloon catheter.
Thomas Fogarty has some 80 patents to his name, all of them for medical devices. His first patent was for the balloon embolectomy catheter; many of his succeeding inventions were for different balloon catheters and other minimally invasive surgical tools.

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Embolectomy Catheter
Patent 3435826, Issued April 1, 1969

Modular intraluminal prostheses construction and methods
Patent 5824037, Issued October 20, 1998

Catheter with corkscrew-like balloon
Patent 4762130, Issued August 9, 1988











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