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Fascinating facts about Thomas Fogarty
inventor of the Balloon Catheter in 1961.

Thomas Fogarty
 
AT A GLANCE:
Thomas
Fogarty invented the embolectomy balloon catheter  in 1961 while still in medical school. His catheter patented in 1969 revolutionized vascular surgery--it is still the most widely used technique for blood clot removal--and encouraged advances for other minimally invasive surgeries, including angioplasty. In addition, he has founded six companies and holds 65 patents in surgical instrumentation. Book Source: Inventing Modern America
Inventor: Thomas Fogarty
Thomas Fogarty photo courtesy Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Criteria: First to patent. First practical. Entrepreneur.
Birth: 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio
   
Nationality: American
Invention: Balloon Catheter
Balloon Catheter photo courtesy The Cardiologist
Function: noun / Embolectomy Catheter
Definition: A balloon catheter is a type of "soft" catheter with an inflatable "balloon" at its tip which is used during a catheterization procedure to enlarge a narrow opening within the body.
Patent: 3,435,826 (US) issued April 1, 1969

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