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James D Stice: Flexible guide having two-way shape memory alloy. Flexmedics Corporation, James R Haller, Gregory P Kaihoi, Mary P Bauman, January 15, 1991: US04984581 (494 worldwide citation)

A medical guide wire for insertion into body channels for accessing specific inner body areas without major surgery. The guide wire comprises an elongated, flexible guide having a core of a shape memory alloy, the guide utilizing the two-way memory properties of the shape memory alloy to impart tip- ...


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Leonid Shturman: Method and apparatus for in vivo heart valve decalcification. Shturman Cardiology Systems, Gregory P Kaihoi, March 22, 1994: US05295958 (424 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for in vivo removal of calcified deposits from an aortic valve. The apparatus includes an anchoring balloon catheter fixatable across the aortic valve, a tool for removing the deposits, and attachment means for securing the tool with respect to the anchoring balloon and the ao ...


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Leonid Shturman: Method and apparatus for in vivo heart valve decalcification. Shturman Cardiology Systems, Gregory P Kaihoi, August 22, 1995: US05443446 (413 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for in vivo removal of calcified deposits from an aortic valve. The apparatus includes an anchoring balloon catheter fixatable across the aortic valve, a tool for removing the deposits, and a mechanism means for securing the tool with respect to the anchoring balloon and the a ...


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James D Stice, Chester E Sievert Jr, Steven C Christian: ARthroscopic instrumentation and method. Flexmedics Corporation, James R Haller, Gregory P Kaihoi, Mary P Bauman, May 22, 1990: US04926860 (343 worldwide citation)

Arthroscopic instrumentation for use in arthroscopic surgery and similar procedures. The instrumentation includes a cannula having a curved lumen and an elongated, flexible normally straight shape memory alloy probe. The probe is insertable into the lumen of the cannula, which in turn can be directe ...


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Patrick E Guire: Method of improving the biocompatibility of solid surfaces. Bio Metric Systems, James R Bauman Mary P Haller, Gregory P Kaihoi, November 27, 1990: US04973493 (316 worldwide citation)

A method for modifying the solid surface to improve its biocompatibility is disclosed. The method employs molecules of a biocompatible agent and a chemical linking moiety possessing a photochemically reactive group capable upon activation of covalently bonding to the solid surface and possessing a d ...


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Patrick E Guire: Biocompatible coating for solid surfaces. Bio Metric Systems, James R Haller, Mary P Bauman, Gregory P Kaihoi, December 25, 1990: US04979959 (258 worldwide citation)

The biocompatibility of biomaterials having solid surfaces is improved through coating the same with biocompatible agents where the biocompatible agents are covalently bonded to the solid surface via a chemical linking moiety. The method for modifying the solid surface to improve biocompatibility em ...


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Leonid Shturman: Apparatus and method for rotational atherectomy. Shturman Cardiology Systems, Gregory P Kaihoi, October 18, 1994: US05356418 (244 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and method for performing an atherectomy. The apparatus includes a rotational atherectomy device having a flexible, elongated drive shaft and an abrasive burr carried on the drive shaft. The drive shaft and abrasive burr each include a central lumen so that they can be advanced over a guid ...


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Patrick E Guire, Shawn G Dunkirk, Mark W Josephson, Melvin J Swanson: Preparation of polymeric surfaces via covalently attaching polymers. Bio Metric Systems, James R Haller, Gregory P Kaihoi, Mary P Bauman, March 26, 1991: US05002582 (238 worldwide citation)

A method wherein surfaces are provided with desired characteristics of a polymer by covalently bonding polymer molecules to the surface through external activation of latent reactive groups carried by the polymer molecules is disclosed. The initial surfaces are free of chemical groups added by surfa ...


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Stuart J Lind: Flexible guide with safety tip. Flexmedics Corporation, James R Haller, Gregory P Kaihoi, Edward S Hotchkiss, November 26, 1991: US05067489 (218 worldwide citation)

An elongated guide for use in medical procedures is provided, the guide having a flexible metal core and a forward portion comprising an elongated, helically wound wire coil providing a flexible tip. A flexible safety wire extends forwardly within the coil and terminates forwardly in an integral, en ...


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Petr Ruzicka, Milan Ruzicka: Cerebrospinal fluid shunt system. Surelab Superior Research Laboratories, James R Haller, Gregory P Kaihoi, Mary P Bauman, August 21, 1990: US04950232 (215 worldwide citation)

A catheter useful in draining cerebrospinal fluid from the ventricles of a brain. The catheter utilizes a series of holes arranged in a helical pattern at the forward or ventricular end portion of the catheter. Exterior grooves may be provided in the ventricular end of the catheter within which the ...