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Taylor Charles S, Aldrich William N, Baughman Thomas L, Benetti Federico J, Bennett Brian J, Billing Michael J, Fogarty Thomas J, Frantzen John J, Ginn Richard S, Glines Robert C, Green Harry L, Morejohn Dwight P, Regan Brent, Reis Eugene E, Salahieh Amr, Sepetka Ivan, Sherman Benjamin, Skieller Christian, Subramanian Valavanur A, Weller Gary B: Surgical instruments and procedures for stabilizing the beating heart during coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Cardiothoracic Sys, August 27, 1997: EP0791330-A2 (156 worldwide citation)

The invention is methods and devices which a surgeon may use to stabilize the beating heart during a surgical procedure on the heart. Pursuant to the invention, a stabilizing device is introduced through an opening in the chest and brought into contact with the beating heart. By contacting the heart ...


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Taylor Charles S, Benetti Frederico J, Matheny Robert G: Surgical devices for imposing a negative pressure to stabilize cardiac tissue during surgery. Cardiothoracic Sys, August 27, 1997: EP0791329-A1 (52 worldwide citation)

The invention is devices and techniques which use a negative (suction) pressure or vacuum, applied through a surgical instrument, to fix the position of a portion of the surface of a beating heart so that a surgical procedure can be more easily performed. The devices apply a negative pressure at sev ...


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Taylor Charles S, Aldrich William N, Benetti Federico J, Ferrari Richard M, Matheny Robert G, Morejohn Dwight P, Regan Brent, Reis Eugene E, Sepetka Ivan, Witt William F, Ginn Richard S: Access platform for internal mammary dissection. Cardiothoracic Sys, September 3, 1997: EP0792620-A2 (42 worldwide citation)

An access platform (10) having a first and a second blade (50,51) interconnected to a spreader member (12) that laterally drives the blades apart or together and a sternal pad (80,81) interconnected to a blade. The superior blade is pivotally coupled to the spreader member such that it naturally ris ...


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Taylor Charles S, Cantu Alfredo R, Gia Son M, Krolik Jeff A, Matheny Robert G, Salahieh Amr, Sepetka Ivan: A perfusion device for maintaining blood flow in a vessel while isolating an anastomosis. Cardiothoracic Sys, August 27, 1997: EP0791332-A1 (23 worldwide citation)

A plurality of embodiments of a distal perfusion device are disclosed, which device facilitates anastomosis constructions by maintaining a dry anastomosis site while simultaneously maintaining blood flow distally in the blood vessel to prevent ischemia and reduce overall patient trauma. The perfusio ...


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Ginn Richard S, Taylor Charles S, Hooven Michael D: Electrosurgical m.i.s. malleable cutting device. Cardiothoracic Sys, Enable Medical, July 1, 1998: EP0850598-A1 (3 worldwide citation)

Devices and methods for minimally invasive harvesting of a vessel, especially the internal mammary artery for coronary artery bypass grafting, are disclosed. Generally, an electrosurgical instrument is provided which has a scissors mechanism or other end effector for dissecting tissue. The instrumen ...


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Taylor Charles S, Cantu Alfredo R, Gia Son M, Krolik Jeff A, Matheny Robert G, Salahieh Amr, Sepetka Ivan: A perfusion device for maintaining blood flow in a vessel while isolating an anastomosis. Cardiothoracic Sys, August 5, 1998: EP0856287-A1 (3 worldwide citation)

A plurality of embodiments of a distal perfusion device are disclosed, which device facilitates anastomosis constructions by maintaining a dry anastomosis site while simultaneously maintaining blood flow distally in the blood vessel to prevent ischemia and reduce overall patient trauma. The perfusio ...


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Chin Albert K, Willis Geoffrey H, Uemura Shuji, Cantu Alfred R, Javier Manuel A Jr, Johnson Theodore C, Agarwal Amit: Apparatus and methods for performing ablation. Cardiothoracic Sys, February 6, 2008: EP1883364-A2

Apparatus and methods for performing endoscopic surgical procedures where only a minimal number of (or even one) openings are required to perform the procedures. Ablation procedures, including epicardial ablation procedures and apparatus for performing such procedures. Epicardial atrial ablation may ...


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Peng Steven, Voss Larry, Hancock David, Carlson Grace, Davis John, Chin Albert, Vargas Jaime: Organ manipulator. Cardiothoracic Sys, June 19, 2002: EP1213999-A2

An organ manipulator including at least one suction member or adhesive disc mounted to a compliant joint, a flexible locking arm for mounting such suction member or compliant joint, and a method for retracting and suspending an organ in a retracted position using suction (or adhesive force) so that ...