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The invention provides devices and methods for suture placement while performing less invasive surgical procedures within a body cavity. In an exemplary embodiment, the invention provides for the placement of sutures within the heart or a great vessel that is accessed from outside the closed chest. According to one exemplary method, the patient's heart valve is accessed through an intercostal port in the patient's chest. At least one needle having a suture is then directed into the annulus while visualizing through the port placement of the needle into the annulus. The needle is then passed through the annulus.

Title
Endoscopic suturing devices and methods
Application Number
8/594869
Publication Number
5860992
Application Date
January 31, 1996
Publication Date
January 19, 1999
Inventor
Wiley A Kittrell
Fremont
CA, US
Gerald R Anderson
Campbell
CA, US
James B Mullin
Pleasanton
CA, US
George Crothall
Santa Clara
CA, US
Robert L Lathrop II
San Jose
CA, US
William S Peters
Elwood
AU
Daniel C Rosenman
San Mateo
CA, US
Hanson S Gifford III
Woodside
CA, US
Michi E Garrison
Belmont
CA, US
Brian S Donlon
Los Altos Hills
CA, US
Sean Christopher Daniel
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
Jens E Hoekendijk
Jeffry J Grainger
Assignee
Heartport
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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