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A method and apparatus for in vivo removal of calcified deposits from an aortic valve. The apparatus includes an anchoring balloon catheter fixatable across the aortic valve, a tool for removing the deposits, and a mechanism means for securing the tool with respect to the anchoring balloon and the aortic valve. The method involves advancing an anchoring balloon catheter through the aorta and positioning it across the aortic valve, inflating the anchoring balloon to fixate it with respect to the aorta and aortic valve, and then operating a deposit removal tool secured to the anchoring balloon to remove the deposits.

Title
Method and apparatus for in vivo heart valve decalcification
Application Number
680705
Publication Number
5443446
Application Date
February 3, 1994
Publication Date
August 22, 1995
Inventor
Leonid Shturman
Minnetonka
MN, US
Agent
Gregory P Kaihoi
Assignee
Shturman Cardiology Systems
MN, US
IPC
A61B 17/36
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