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Systems for anastomosing a first hollow tissue structure to a second hollow tissue structure are disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, such a system comprises at least one tissue securing member adapted to secure the first and second hollow tissue structures together, and a device for applying the tissue securing member to the tissue structures. The tissue securing member is preferably configured to pass through only one of the tissue structures, and is movable from a first configuration to a second configuration which results in a compressive force being applied to the tissue structures. The systems are particularly useful for performing anastomosis of blood vessels in heart surgery.

Title
System for performing vascular anastomoses
Application Number
9/227076
Publication Number
6193734 (B1)
Application Date
January 5, 1999
Publication Date
February 27, 2001
Inventor
Philip R Houle
Palo Alto
CA, US
James R Gannoe
Redwood City
CA, US
Lee R Bolduc
Mountain View
CA, US
Agent
Jens E Hoekendijk
US
Assignee
Heartport
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/08
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