06866628 is referenced by 41 patents and cites 14 patents.

An improved tissue engagement device such as a suction stabilizer or retractor. The stabilizer or retractor is provided with one or more suction pods mounted to the distal end of a flexible arm. The flexible arm is coupled to a base assembly, which attaches the arm to an associated retractor or other structure that is fixedly located relative to the operative site. The base assembly includes a fixed portion, which is coupled to the retractor or other fixed mounting point and a rotatable turret, allowing rotation of the arm relative to the fixed portion of the base assembly. A tensioning mechanism mounted to the turret applies tension to compress the turret around a corresponding pivot mounted to the fixed portion of the base to rotationally lock the turret and to lock the arm in its current configuration.

Title
Apparatus for temporarily engaging body tissue
Application Number
10/122971
Publication Number
6866628 (B2)
Application Date
April 11, 2002
Publication Date
March 15, 2005
Inventor
David J S Kim
Maplewood
MN, US
Douglas H Gubbin
Brooklyn Park
MN, US
Tom Daigle
Corcoran
MN, US
Jack Goodman
Ann Arbor
MI, US
Agent
Jeffrey J Hohenshell
Thomas G Berry
Assignee
Medtronic
MN, US
IPC
A61B 001/00
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