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The present invention provides medical devices and methods for: suturing tissue by proximally drawing sutures through a tissue layer in the proximity of an aperture; suturing vascular tissue while maintaining adequate perfusion or hemostasis, or both; anastomosing a graft to an aperture in a vessel wall while maintaining hemostasis at the anastomosis with physiological flow and/or pressure in the vessel lumen; punching and removing tissue to form an aperture in a vessel wall while maintaining hemostasis at the aperture with physiological flow and/or pressure in the vessel lumen; automatically and repeatably placing suture thread through vessel wall tissue surrounding an aperture in the vessel wall in a suture pattern that is useful for anastomosing a tubular graft to the aperture; and, deploying a suture with one end extending through the tissue that surrounds a punched aperture in a vessel wall and the opposite suture end extending radially through a tubular graft wall adjacent an open end of the graft, such that a vessel anastomosis may be rapidly and repeatably performed in a CABG procedure even while the vessel is under physiological flow.

Title
Device and method for suturing tissue
Application Number
989611
Publication Number
6036699
Application Date
March 26, 1997
Publication Date
March 14, 2000
Inventor
James W Vetter
Portola Valley
CA, US
Bernard H Andreas
Fremont
CA, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Assignee
Perclose
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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