05735290 is referenced by 347 patents and cites 23 patents.

A method for closed-chest cardiac surgical intervention relies on viewing the cardiac region through a thoracoscope or other viewing scope and endovascularly partitioning the patient's arterial system at a location within the ascending aorta. The cardiopulmonary bypass and cardioplegia can be induced, and a variety of surgical procedures performed on the stopped heart using percutaneously introduced tools. The method of the present invention will be particularly suitable for forming coronary artery bypass grafts, where an arterial blood source is created using least invasive surgical techniques, and the arterial source is connected to a target location within a coronary artery while the patient is under cardiopulmonary bypass and cardioplegia.

Title
Methods and systems for performing thoracoscopic coronary bypass and other procedures
Application Number
23778
Publication Number
5735290
Application Date
July 28, 1994
Publication Date
April 7, 1998
Inventor
Timothy R MacHold
Moss Beach
CA, US
John H Stevens
Palo Alto
CA, US
Patricia E Curtis
Hillsborough
CA, US
Lawrence C Siegel
Hillsborough
CA, US
Wesley D Sterman
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Assignee
Heartport
CA, US
IPC
A61B 19/00
View Original Source