05593424 is referenced by 399 patents and cites 16 patents.

An apparatus and method for reducing the circumference of a vascular structure comprising the steps of providing a plurality of sutures and a plurality of discrete suture support segments of a biocompatible, inert material, each suture support segment having at least two suture holes spaced a predetermined distance (D) apart; individually suturing each discrete suture support segment to the vascular structure with one of the plurality of sutures by effecting a horizontal mattress (U-shaped) suture along the vascular structure through a length of tissue of the vascular structure such that the length (D') of tissue sutured is greater than distance (D); and tightening and tying off the suture, whereby each sutured suture support segment creates an imbrication in the vascular structure, thereby reducing the circumference thereof. A biocompatible, inert stabilizing material may optionally be affixed over the suture support segments and the vascular structure after prior to tying off the suture to stabilize the interval between the suture support segments and eliminate direct exposure of the segmented apparatus to blood.

Title
Apparatus and method for reducing and stabilizing the circumference of a vascular structure
Application Number
8/288124
Publication Number
5593424
Application Date
August 10, 1994
Publication Date
January 14, 1997
Inventor
William F Northrup III
Edina
MN, US
Agent
Patterson & Keough P A
Assignee
Segmed
MN, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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