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Alan R Rapacki, John H Stevens: Endoscopic vascular clamping system and method. Heartport, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, October 29, 1996: US05569274 (432 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 temporarily occluding a blood vessel in an arterial graft in a thoracoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting pro ...


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Stephen W Boyd, Alan R Rapacki, William S Peters: Devices and methods for port-access multivessel coronary artery bypass surgery. Heartport, Jeffry J Grainger, Jens E Hoekendijk, Michael J Lynch, September 1, 1998: US05799661 (288 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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Lee R Bolduc, Alan R Rapacki: Apparatus and methods for rotationally deploying needles. Heartport, Jens E Hoekendijk, Jeffry J Grainger, September 14, 1999: US05951575 (184 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument comprises a shaft, a clamp support at a distal end of the shaft, and a clamp comprising a pair of pivotally mounted jaws within the clamp support. A handle at a proximal end of the shaft comprises an actuator for both opening and closing the jaws of the clamp and for rotating t ...


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Darin C Gittings, Wally S Buch, Alan R Rapacki: Methods and devices for forming vascular anastomoses. Ventrica, Hoekendijk & Lynch, February 11, 2003: US06517558 (168 worldwide citation)

Methods and devices for forming an anastomosis utilize a graft vessel secured to a vessel coupling that is fixed to a target vessel without using suture. The vessel coupling may be collapsed for introduction into the target vessel and then expanded to engage the vessel wall. The vessel coupling may ...


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Mark E Deem, Bernard H Andreas, Sunmi Chew, Antony J Fields, Ronald French, Hanson S Gifford III, Ronald R Hundertmark, Alan R Rapacki, Douglas S Sutton, Peter M Wilson: Methods and devices for use in performing pulmonary procedures. Emphasys Medical, Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, February 24, 2004: US06694979 (159 worldwide citation)

An implantable flow control element is provided which prevents air from entering an isolated portion of a patient's lung. The element may permit air to escape from the isolated portion so that the element acts like a valve. Systems for implanting pulmonary devices are also provided.


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Peter M Wilson, Antony J Fields, Hanson S Gifford III, John G McCutcheon, Michael J Hendrickson, Alan R Rapacki, David R Tholfsen, Michael S Barrett, Ronald Hundertmark, Donald Sutton: Bronchial flow control devices and methods of use. Emphasys Medical, Fish & Richardson P C, Fred C Hernandez, Stephanie L Seidman, September 13, 2005: US06941950 (147 worldwide citation)

Disclosed are methods and devices for regulating fluid flow to and from a region of a patient's lung, such as to achieve a desired fluid flow dynamic to a lung region during respiration and/or to induce collapse in one or more lung regions. An identified region of the lung is targeted for treatment, ...


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Stephen W Boyd, Alan R Rapacki, Matthias Vaska, Brian S Donlon, William S Peters, John H Stevens: Tunneling instrument for port access multivessel coronary artery bypass surgery. Heartport, September 2, 2003: US06613069 (142 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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Bernard H Andreas, Sunmi Chew, Anton J Fields, Ronald R Hundertmark, Alan R Rapacki, Peter M Wilson: Methods and devices for use in performing pulmonary procedures. Emphasys Medical, Fish & Richardson P C, Fred C Hernandez, June 14, 2005: US06904909 (136 worldwide citation)

An implantable flow control element is provided which prevents air from entering an isolated portion of a patient's lung. The element may permit air to escape from the isolated portion so that the element acts like a valve. Systems for implanting pulmonary devices are also provided.


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Alan R Rapacki, Darin C Gittings, Gilbert S Laroya, Mark J Foley: Delivering a conduit into a heart wall to place a coronary vessel in communication with a heart chamber and removing tissue from the vessel or heart wall to facilitate such communication. Medtronic, Mike Jaro, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, May 8, 2007: US07214234 (87 worldwide citation)

Devices and methods for delivering conduits into the wall of a patient's heart to communicate a coronary vessel with a heart chamber. The devices are passed through the coronary vessel and the heart wall to place the conduit and establish a blood flow path between the vessel and the heart chamber. A ...


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Alan R Rapacki, Michael Barrett, Michael J Hendricksen, Ronald R Hundertmark: Multiple seal port anesthesia adapter. Emphasys Medical, Fish & Richardson P C, Fred C Hernandez, May 2, 2006: US07036509 (68 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is an anesthesia adapter that is suitable for the simultaneous insertion of multiple devices or instruments into the lungs during ventilation of the patient, while minimizing or eliminating gas leaks. The anesthesia adapter comprises in one embodiment a first port sized to receive a first ...