05716370 is referenced by 363 patents and cites 17 patents.

A heart valve can be replaced using minimally invasive methods which include a sutureless sewing cuff that and a fastener delivery tool that holds the cuff against the patient's tissue while delivering fasteners, two at a time in opposite directions, to attach the cuff to the tissue from the inside out. Drawstrings are operated from outside the patient's body and cinch the sewing cuff to the valve body. The cuff is releasably mounted on the tool. The tool stores a plurality of fasteners thereon. Two rows of staggered fasteners are formed whereby fasteners are located continuously throughout the entire circumference of the cuff. A minimally invasive surgical method is disclosed, and a method and tool are disclosed for repairing abdominal aortic aneurysms in a minimally invasive manner.

Title
Means for replacing a heart valve in a minimally invasive manner
Application Number
8/606343
Publication Number
5716370
Application Date
February 23, 1996
Publication Date
February 10, 1998
Inventor
George T Christakis
6 Playter Blvd., Toronto, Ontario
CA
Paul A Spense
5818 Orion Rd., Louisville, 40222
KY, US
Warren Williamson IV
101 Southbend Ct., Loveland, 45140
OH, US
Agent
Terry M Gernstein
IPC
A61B 17/08
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