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Dale R Schulze, Richard P Nuchols: Electrosurgical instrument with an operational sequencing element. Ethicon, Brian S Tomko, September 16, 2003: US06620161 (302 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument useful in harvesting blood vessels such as veins and arteries. The instrument has a pair of jaws and a central cutting element displaceable distally and proximally to dissect tissue contained between the jaws. A sequencing element prevents the cutting element from being engaged ...


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Kirsten L Valley, David W Snow, Timothy C Corvi, Brian S Donlon, Stephen W Boyd, Sylvia W Fan, Alex T Roth, William S Peters, Richard J Mueller Jr, Hanson S Gifford III: Endovascular system for arresting the heart. Heartport, Brian S Tomko, July 5, 2005: US06913600 (222 worldwide citation)

Devices and methods are provided for temporarily inducing cardioplegic arrest in the heart of a patient and for establishing cardiopulmonary bypass in order to facilitate surgical procedures on the heart and its related blood vessels. Specifically, a catheter based system is provided for isolating t ...


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Dale R Schulze, Michael F Clem: Electrosurgical instrument with minimally invasive jaws. Ethicon, Brian S Tomko, April 29, 2003: US06554829 (193 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument useful in harvesting blood vessels such as veins and arteries and for manipulating and grasping tissue. The instrument has a pair of jaws and a closing tube to open and close the jaws.


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Hanson S Gifford III, Lee R Bolduc, Jeffrey A Stein, Paul C DiCesare, Peter F Costa, William A Holmes: Devices and methods for performing avascular anastomosis. Heartport, Brian S Tomko, September 26, 2006: US07112211 (80 worldwide citation)

A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis. including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass ...


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Hanson S Gifford III, Lee R Bolduc, Jeffrey A Stein, Paul C DiCesare, Peter F Costa, William A Holmes: Devices and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. Heartport, Brian S Tomko, December 10, 2002: US06491704 (64 worldwide citation)

A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis, including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass ...


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Lee R Bolduc, Christopher F Heck: Surgical stapling instrument and method thereof. Heartport, Brian S Tomko, October 17, 2006: US07122044 (58 worldwide citation)

A stapler for stapling a tubular structure to another structure. The stapler has an anvil which is expandable from a collapsed position to an expanded position. The stapler has a recess which receives at least a portion of the tubular structure and a shoulder which receives an everted end of the tub ...


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Stephen W Boyd, Alan R Rapacki, Matthias Vaska, Brian S Donlon, William S Peters: Devices and methods for port-access multivessel coronary artery bypass surgery. Hearport, Brian S Tomko, November 12, 2002: US06478029 (50 worldwide citation)

Surgical methods and instruments are disclosed for performing port-access or closed-chest coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery in multivessel coronary artery disease. In contrast to standard open-chest CABG surgery, which requires a median sternotomy or other gross thoracotomy to expose the patient ...


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Mark A Vierra, Alex T Roth: Method of performing a procedure on a coronary artery. Heartport, Brian S Tomko, November 19, 2002: US06482151 (43 worldwide citation)

The invention provides a system and method for performing less-invasive surgical procedures within a body cavity. In a preferred embodiment, the invention provides a system and method for isolating a surgical site such as an anastomosis between an internal mammary artery and a coronary artery in a t ...


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Wesley D Sterman, Lawrence C Siegel, Patricia E Curtis, John H Stevens, William S Peters, Timothy R Machold: Methods and systems for performing thoracoscopic coronary bypass and other procedures. Heartport, Brian S Tomko, November 7, 2006: US07131447 (26 worldwide citation)

A method for closed-chest cardiac surgical intervention relies on viewing the cardiac region through a thoracoscope or other viewing scope and endovascularly partitioning the patient's arterial system at a location within the ascending aorta The cardiopulmonary bypass and cardioplegia can be induced ...


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Mark A Vierra, Alex T Roth: Device and method for isolating a surgical site. Heartport, Brian S Tomko, November 23, 2004: US06821247 (20 worldwide citation)

The invention provides a system and method for performing less-invasive surgical procedures within a body cavity. In a preferred embodiment, the invention provides a system and method for isolating a surgical site such as an anastomosis between an internal mammary artery and a coronary artery in a t ...