05908428 is referenced by 262 patents and cites 103 patents.

There are provided surgical suturing apparatus or stitching devices particularly suited for use in suturing artificial heart valves to heart tissue during heart valve replacement surgery. The disclosed apparatus include a stationary jaw oriented at a predetermined angle relative to the apparatus to facilitate suturing through the artificial valve in a direction generally parallel to the axis of the valve. One embodiment of the stitching device utilizes a pair of surgical needles or incision members joined by a single length of suture material. There are also disclosed disposable loading units for providing suture - needle assemblies to the suturing apparatus. Also disclosed are methods of suturing an artificial heart valve to heart tissue using the disclosed apparatus.

Title
Stitching devices for heart valve replacement surgery
Application Number
8/932569
Publication Number
5908428
Application Date
September 19, 1997
Publication Date
June 1, 1999
Inventor
Stephen W Zlock
Hawthorne
NY, US
Paul A Scirica
Huntington
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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