07338434 is referenced by 86 patents and cites 225 patents.

This invention provides a heart positioning device, method and system for positioning, manipulating, holding, grasping, immobilizing and/or stabilizing a heart. The heart positioning device may include a suction head and a shaft with a means for remotely changing the position of the head from a first position axially aligned with the shaft to a second, unaligned position and a sleeve slideably positioned on the shaft and sized to receive the suction head in a compressed condition.

Title
Method and system for organ positioning and stabilization
Application Number
10/643299
Publication Number
7338434 (B1)
Application Date
August 19, 2003
Publication Date
March 4, 2008
Inventor
James R Keogh
Maplewood
MN, US
David J S Kim
Maple Grove
MN, US
Michael J Hobday
Lino Lakes
MN, US
Paul T Rothstein
Maple Grove
MN, US
Christopher P Olig
Eden Prairie
MN, US
Philip J Haarstad
Chanhassen
MN, US
Agent
Jeffrey J Hohenshell
Mike Jaro
Assignee
Medtronic
MN, US
IPC
A61F 2/00
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