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An improved device for performing medical procedures, preferably minimally invasive medical procedures, includes a shaft with a proximal and distal end and a bendable tip extending from the distal end of the shaft. In some preferred embodiments, a fastener applicator extends from the bendable tip. In other preferred embodiments, a malleable section is located between the bendable tip and the shaft. The bendable tip can include a plurality of articulating segments. The improved directional device can be used to repair native valves in a patient, especially heart valves.

Title
Devices with a bendable tip for medical procedures
Application Number
9/578984
Publication Number
6743239 (B1)
Application Date
May 25, 2000
Publication Date
June 1, 2004
Inventor
Karen P Montpetit
St. Paul
MN, US
Stephen T Kuehn
Woodbury
MN, US
Agent
Altera Group
US
Agent
Hallie A Finucane
US
Assignee
St Jude Medical
MN, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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