06960221 is referenced by 175 patents and cites 188 patents.

A tissue connector assembly comprising a clip movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration and a mechanical restraining device including a plurality of strands releasably attachable to the clip for restraining the clip in its open configuration. A needle may be releasably attached to the clip. A flexible member may also interconnect the clip and the needle.

Title
Tissue connector apparatus with cable release
Application Number
10/188013
Publication Number
6960221 (B2)
Application Date
July 1, 2002
Publication Date
November 1, 2005
Inventor
Nga T Doan
San Jose
CA, US
Isidro Matias Gandionco
Fremont
CA, US
Liem Ho
Mountain View
CA, US
Agent
Jeff Hohenshell
Tom Berry
Assignee
Medtronic
MN, US
IPC
A61B 017/08
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