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A heart valve can be replaced using minimally invasive methods which include a sutureless sewing cuff that and a fastener delivery tool that holds the cuff against the patient's tissue while delivering fasteners, two at a time to attach the cuff to the tissue from the inside out. The tool stores a plurality of fasteners. Drawstrings are operated from outside the patient's body and cinch the sewing cuff to the valve body. The cuff is releasably mounted on the tool and the tool holds the cuff against tissue and drives the fastener through the cuff and the tissue before folding over the legs of the fastener whereby secure securement between the cuff and the tissue is assured. At least two rows of staggered fasteners are formed whereby fasteners are located continuously throughout the entire circumference of the cuff. A minimally invasive surgical method is disclosed, and a method and tool are disclosed for repairing abdominal aortic aneurysms in a minimally invasive manner.

Title
Means and method of replacing a heart valve in a minimally invasive manner
Application Number
606343
Publication Number
6042607
Application Date
February 21, 1997
Publication Date
March 28, 2000
Inventor
E Dale VanHoose
Columbus
OH, US
Cecil R Robinson
Hilliard
OH, US
George A Keller
Grandview Heights
OH, US
Dominic P DiNovo
Columbus
OH, US
Thomas J Ward
Grandview Heights
OH, US
George T Christakis
Toronto
CA
Paul A Spence
Louisville
KY, US
Warren Williamson IV
Loveland
OH, US
Agent
Terry M Gernstein
Assignee
CardioVascular Technologies
OH, US
IPC
A61F 2/24
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