06419696 is referenced by 344 patents.

Devices for repairing and replacing a heart valve in various embodiments, the devices include at least first and second support rings connected together in a coiled configuration to abut opposite sides of a valve annulus. A replacement valve may be secured to the coil-shaped device. Various alternative fastening systems include suture fastening systems, mechanical fastening systems, shape memory alloy fastening systems and other fastening systems relying only on the resilience between adjacent coils. A method generally includes inserting a first end of the coil-shaped member through a valve annulus, rotating a first ring of the coil-shaped member into position on one side of the valve annulus and positioning at least a second ring of the coil-shaped member on an opposite side of the valve annulus.

Title
Annuloplasty devices and related heart valve repair methods
Application Number
9/610784
Publication Number
6419696 (B1)
Application Date
July 6, 2000
Publication Date
July 16, 2002
Inventor
Paul A Spence
5818 Orion Dr., Louisville
KY, US
Randy Whedon
Cincinnati
OH, US
Mark Ortiz
Milford
OH, US
Agent
Wood Herron & Evans L
US
Assignee
Paul A Spence
KY, US
IPC
A61F 2/24
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