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Gary L Rayburn, Rob G Riffle, Frederick J Walburn, Benjamin G Williams: Endoscopic device and method for reinforcing surgical staples. Gore Enterprise Holdings, David J Johns, September 22, 1998: US05810855 (800 worldwide citation)

A surgical staple line reinforcement device for use with a variety of surgical staplers having a pivoted connection between stapler arms or jaws, such as endoscopic stapler devices. The device comprises a pair of tubes of bio-implantable material connected together at a hinge. The device can be quic ...


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Gary L Rayburn, Rob G Riffle, Frederick J Walburn, Benjamin G Williams: Device and method for reinforcing surgical staples. W L Gore & Associates, David J Johns, December 30, 1997: US05702409 (595 worldwide citation)

A surgical staple line reinforcement device for use with a variety of surgical staplers to protect against tissue damage from surgical staples. The device comprises a tube of bio-implantable material that can be quickly and readily applied by a surgical team to provide tissue reinforcement. The devi ...


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Edward E Shaw, Nitin V Salunke, Gregory T Mace: Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using. Gore Enterprise Holdings, David J Johns, June 27, 2000: US06080182 (461 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a self-expanding device for sealing a defect in a wall, such as a septal defect. The device of the present invention has a fluoropolymer membrane that is supported by an embedded wire structure having elastic properties which is capable of being compressed and insert ...


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Edward E Shaw, Nitin V Salunke, Gregory T Mace: Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using. W L Gore & Associates, David J Johns, March 9, 1999: US05879366 (460 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a self-expanding device for sealing a defect in a wall, such as a septal defect. The device of the present invention has a fluoropolymer membrane that is supported by an embedded wire structure having elastic properties which is capable of being compressed and insert ...


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Michael T O Connor: Device for tissue repair and method for employing same. W L Gore & Associates, David J Johns, September 19, 1995: US05450860 (451 worldwide citation)

The present invention comprises an improved device and method for plicating tissue. The apparatus of the present invention employs a ligament of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene or similar material which is of sufficient width to allow it to be retained in place by sewing through it using convention ...


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Edward M Palacios, Raymond P Torrez: Apparatus and method for applying reinforcement material to a surgical stapler. Gore Enterprise Holdings, David J Johns, September 6, 2005: US06939358 (399 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method used to apply a self-adherent strip of bio-compatible, staple line reinforcement material onto a working surface of a surgical stapler. The apparatus effectively contains and supports reinforcement material during sterilization and shipment. At the point of use, the apparatus ...


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Edward E Shaw, Robert C Farnan: Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using. Gore Enterprise Holdings, David J Johns, January 9, 2001: US06171329 (332 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a self-expanding device for sealing a defect in a wall, such as a septal defect. The device of the present invention has a helical shaped periphery formed from an elastic wire and at least one eyelet. The eyelet has a non-circular (“asymmetric”) shape which allows th ...


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William C Bruchman, Anita J Switzer: Cell excluding sheath for vascular grafts. W L Gore & Associates, Eric J Sheets, David J Johns, December 17, 1996: US05584876 (275 worldwide citation)

The present invention is directed to a sheath for use with vascular prostheses derived from donor blood vessels, particularly mammalian blood vessels. A vascular prosthesis of the present invention employs an external sheath around a donor blood vessel. The sheath prevents access to the donor vessel ...


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Michael J Vonesh, Edward H Cully, Gerald R Martin, Steven R Bruun, Dennis L Salzmann: Multi-stage expandable stent-graft. Gore Enterprise Holdings, David J Johns, January 8, 2002: US06336937 (178 worldwide citation)

An improved device for use in a conduit, such as a blood vessel, is provided. The device uniquely combines desirable properties from two distinct previous devices. The device of the present invention assumes and is constrained to a first diametrical dimension for insertion into the conduit. Once ins ...


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Edward E Shaw, Robert C Farnan: Self-expanding defect closure device and method of making and using. Gore Enterprise Holdings, David J Johns, September 23, 2003: US06623508 (153 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a self-expanding device for sealing a defect in a wall, such as a septal defect. The device of the present invention has a helical shaped periphery formed from an elastic wire and at least one eyelet. The eyelet has a non-circular (“asymmetric”) shape which allows th ...