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The present invention provides methods and devices for grasping, and optional repositioning and fixation of the valve leaflets to treat cardiac valve regurgitation, particularly mitral valve regurgitation. Such grasping will typically be atraumatic providing a number of benefits. For example, atraumatic grasping may allow repositioning of the devices relative to the leaflets and repositioning of the leaflets themselves without damage to the leaflets. However, in some cases it may be necessary or desired to include grasping which pierces or otherwise permanently affects the leaflets. In some of these cases, the grasping step includes fixation.

Title
Methods and devices for capturing and fixing leaflets in valve repair
Application Number
10/803444
Publication Number
7563273 (B2)
Application Date
March 17, 2004
Publication Date
July 21, 2009
Inventor
Troy L Thornton
San Francisco
CA, US
Alfred H Raschdorf
San Francisco
CA, US
Ferolyn T Powell
San Francisco
CA, US
Brian B Martin
Boulder Creek
CA, US
Sylvia Wen Chin Fan
San Francisco
CA, US
Kent D Dell
Redwood City
CA, US
Eric A Goldfarb
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
Jonathan Feuchtwang Esq
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Assignee
Evalve
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/10
A61B 17/08
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