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Federico J Benetti, Robert G Matheny, Charles S Taylor: Surgical devices for imposing a negative pressure to fix the position of cardiac tissue during surgery. Cardiothoracic Systems, Lyon & Lyon, March 17, 1998: US05727569 (340 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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Charles S Taylor, William N Aldrich, Thomas L Baughman, Federico J Benetti, Brian J Bennett, Michael J Billig, Thomas J Fogarty, John J Frantzen, Richard S Ginn, Robert C Glines, Harry L Green, Dwight P Morejohn, Brent Regan, Eugene E Reis, Amr Salahieh, Ivan Sepetka, Benjamin Sherman, Christian Skieller, Valavanur A Subramanian, Gary B Weller, William F Witt: Surgical instrument for stabilizing the beating heart during coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Cardiothoracic Systems, Alan W Cannon, Bozicevic Field & Francis, February 12, 2002: US06346077 (336 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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Charles S Taylor, Robert G Matheny, Dwight P Morejohn: Method and apparatus for using vagus nerve stimulation in surgery. Cardiothoracic Systems, Lyon & Lyon, June 22, 1999: US05913876 (305 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for facilitating coronary surgery on the beating heart wherein the vagus nerve is electrically stimulated to purposely temporarily stop or substantially reduce the beating of the heart under precisely controlled conditions. The apparatus controllably applies the electrical sti ...


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Robert G Matheny, Charles S Taylor: Method of using vagal nerve stimulation in surgery. Cardiothoracic Systems, Lyon & Lyon, July 29, 1997: US05651378 (253 worldwide citation)

The invention comprises a method for facilitating coronary surgery on the beating heart wherein the vagal nerve is electrically stimulated to temporarily stop or substantially reduce the beating of the heart. Such temporary stoppage or substantial reduction of the beating of the heart facilitates pr ...


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Richard M Ferrari, Charles S Taylor, Jack W Lasersohn, Federico J Benetti, Jodi J Akin, Richard Ginn, Amr Salahieh: Methods and devices for minimally invasive coronary artery revascularization on a beating heart without cardiopulmonary bypass. Cardiothoracic Systems, Carol LaSalle, March 2, 1999: US05875782 (241 worldwide citation)

Methods and devices for revascularization of a patient's coronary artery system which obviate the need to place the patient on cardiopulmonary bypass. A method is provided for revascularizing a patient while the-heart is beating, and includes performing at least one minimally invasive coronary arter ...


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William N Aldrich, Michael V Morejohn, Richard A Helkowski, Ivan Sepetka: Instruments and methods employing thermal energy for the repair and replacement of cardiac valves. Cardiothoracic Systems, Thelen Reid & Priest, March 12, 2002: US06355030 (238 worldwide citation)

The present invention is methods and devices for improving valve function in a heart. Particularly a device of the present invention comprises a an elongate member having a distal end and a proximal end, a thermal heating member fixed to the distal end of the elongate member, wherein the thermal hea ...


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Federico J Benetti, Charles S Taylor, Ivan Sepetka, Amr Salahieh, Robert C Glines, William N Aldrich, Brent Regan, John J Frantzen: Surgical method for stabilizing the beating heart during coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Cardiothoracic Systems, Lyon & Lyon, April 20, 1999: US05894843 (190 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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Amr Salahieh, Charles S Taylor, Alfredo R Cantu, Ivan Sepetka, Robert G Matheny: Perfusion device for maintaining blood flow in a vessel while isolating an anastomosis. Cardiothoracic Systems, Lyon & Lyon, June 23, 1998: US05769870 (163 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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Charles S Taylor, Federico J Benetti, Robert G Matheny: Surgical devices for imposing a negative pressure to stabilize cardiac tissue during surgery. Cardiothoracic Systems, Lyon & Lyon, May 25, 1999: US05906607 (148 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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Frederico J Benetti: Method for coronary artery bypass. Cardiothoracic Systems, Lyon & Lyon, March 30, 1999: US05888247 (148 worldwide citation)

The invention comprises a method for performing a coronary artery bypass graft on a beating heart under thoracoscopic visualization without opening the chest wall. At least one small opening is formed in the patient's chest, a target artery for an arterial blood supply is located, instruments are in ...