07166126 is referenced by 77 patents and cites 61 patents.

Valve repair apparatus and methods for ensuring proper coaptation and operation of the leaflets of a heart valve. Main aspects of the disclosure relate to devices including a support member configured for attachment to the heart valve annulus, a post extending from the support member away from the plane of the annulus and a connector coupled with the post and configured for attachment to at least one of the leaflets. The various embodiments may include a replacement heart valve connected with the support member for facilitating full replacement as opposed to near repair of an existing native heart valve. Various other devices include support structure and one or more posts connected to opposite sides of the support structure and extending from one side of the valve annulus to another to modify the shape of the annulus.

Title
Heart valve repair apparatus and methods
Application Number
10/695380
Publication Number
7166126 (B2)
Application Date
October 28, 2003
Publication Date
January 23, 2007
Inventor
Mark Ortiz
Milford
OH, US
Paul A Spence
Louisville, 40222
KY, US
Agent
Wood Herron & Evans L
Assignee
Paul A Spence
KY, US
IPC
A61F 2/24
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