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The present invention is directed to a device and methods for immobilizing a localized region of a compliant body. A device of the invention includes at least two arms, an elbow region between the arms, and a suction arrangement. During use the region of the compliant material to be immobilized is flanked by the arms and a negative pressure is applied through the suction arrangement to immobilize the flanked region. The device of the invention is suited for use in medical applications, for example, coronary bypass graft surgery.

Title
Device for regional immobilization of a compliant body
Application Number
8/818795
Publication Number
5885271
Application Date
March 14, 1997
Publication Date
March 23, 1999
Inventor
William G Lindsay
Edina
MN, US
George Andrew York Hamilton
Winnipeg
CA
Agent
Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt P A
Assignee
Millennium Cardiac Strategies
MN, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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