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1. (WO2018226726) DEVICE FOR REMOVAL OF IMPLANTS AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF USE
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A removal device for removing an implant, said removal device comprising:

a hollow container extending between a first end and a second end along a longitudinal axis with a middle portion disposed between said first and second ends, and said container having an interior container surface defining a volume for receiving and containing the implant,

a connector port coupled to said second end of said hollow container, and adapted for connection to a suction device, and

a nozzle coupled to said first end of said hollow container extending away from said first end along a nozzle axis with said nozzle having an interior nozzle surface and terminating at a nozzle opening,

wherein said nozzle opening of said nozzle includes at least one gripping portion and at least one recessed portion.

2. The removal device of claim 1, wherein said recessed portions are curved between said gripping portions.

3. The removal device of claim 1 or claim 2, wherein said at least one gripping portion comprises a plurality of gripping portions, and wherein said at least one recessed portion comprises a plurality of recessed portions, with a respective one of said plurality of recessed portions positioned between each respective pair of said plurality of gripping portions.

4. The removal device of claim 1 or claim 2, wherein said at least one gripping portion comprises a pair of gripping portions, and wherein said at least one recessed portion comprises a pair of recessed portions, with a respective one of said pair of recessed portions between said pair of said plurality of gripping portions.

5. The removal device of claim 1, wherein each of said gripping portions define a terminal end surface having an apex, with said apex of each respective one of said at least one gripping portion being spaced further from said first end than said recessed portions.

6. The removal device of claim 5, where each of said recessed portions is curved and has a vertex with a distance between said apex of said gripping portions and said vertex of said recessed portions defining a depth of said curved recessed portions.

7. A removal device for removing an implant, said removal device comprising:

a hollow container extending between a first end and a second end along a longitudinal axis with a middle portion disposed between said first and second ends, and said container having an interior container surface defining a volume for receiving and containing the implant,

a connector port coupled to said second end of said hollow container, and adapted for connection to a suction device, and

a nozzle coupled to said first end of said hollow container extending away from said first end along a nozzle axis with said nozzle having an interior nozzle surface and terminating at a nozzle opening, and said nozzle axis being offset from said longitudinal axis such that said nozzle opening is offset from said middle portion of said hollow container for aligning with the implant during the removal process.

8. The removal device of claim 7, wherein said connector part defines a connector axis parallel to said longitudinal axis.

9. The removal device of claim 8, wherein said connector axis and said nozzle axis are radially spaced from each other relative to said longitudinal axis.

10. The removal device of claim 7, wherein said connector port defines a connector axis parallel to said longitudinal axis and said nozzle axis such that said nozzle extends in an opposite direction from said connector port.

11. The removal device of claim 7, wherein said nozzle opening of said nozzle includes at least one gripping portion and at least one recessed portion.

12. The removal device of claim 11, wherein said recessed portions are curved between said gripping portions.

13. The removal device of claim 1 or claim 7, wherein said nozzle is formed from a material having sufficient rigidity such that said nozzle resists deformation and said nozzle opening remains open for permitting passage of the implant into the container to occupy the volume.

14. The removal device of claim 1 or claim 7, wherein said container includes a first cap defining said first end with an outer peripheral end of said first cap being one of press fit or ultrasonically welded to said middle portion.

15. The removal device of claim 1 or claim 7, wherein said container includes a second cap defining said second end with said middle portion integrally formed with said second cap.

16. The removal device of claim 1 or claim 7 further comprising a low friction coating material bonded to said interior nozzle surface to form a coating layer, wherein an outer surface of said coating layer has lower surface friction than said interior nozzle surface.

17. The removal device of claim 1 or claim 7, wherein an exterior surface of said hollow container includes one or more recesses or protrusions for gripping said exterior surface of said hollow container.

18. The removal device of claim 1 or claim 7, where said nozzle is spaced from an exterior container surface of said middle portion toward said longitudinal axis.

19. The removal device of claim 1 or claim 7, wherein said hollow container is transparent.

20. The removal device of claim 1 or claim 7, wherein one or both of said nozzle and said hollow container are formed from a polycarbonate material.

21. A method for removing an implant through an incision in the skin of a patient where the implant includes a shell and gel, using a suction device and a removal device having a hollow container defining a volume, a connector port, and a nozzle terminating at a nozzle opening, said method comprising the steps of:

coupling the suction device to the connector port;

inserting the removal device within the incision such that the nozzle opening is in proximity to the implant; and

creating negative pressure in the volume of the hollow container through the connector port to draw out both the shell and the gel from the patient through the nozzle and into the volume of the hollow container.

22. The method of claim 21 wherein the step of inserting the removal device is further defined as inserting the removal device such that the nozzle opening is in contact with the shell of the implant.

23. The method of claim 21 wherein the nozzle opening includes at least one gripping portion and at least one recessed portion, and wherein the step of inserting the removal device is further defined as inserting the removal device such that the gripping portion is in contact with the shell of the implant.

24. The method of claim 21 wherein the nozzle extends away from the hollow container along a nozzle axis with the nozzle axis being offset from a longitudinal axis of the hollow container, and wherein the step of inserting the removal device includes the step of aligning the offset nozzle axis with the shell of the implant.

25. The method of claim 21, wherein the nozzle is formed from a material having sufficient rigidity, and wherein the step of creating the negative pressure in the volume of the hollow container is further defined as drawing out both the shell and the gel from the patient through the nozzle and into the volume of the hollow container without deformation of the nozzle opening to permit passage of the implant through the nozzle.