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Thomas F Hinnenkamp, Mark A Blazei, Jonathan Kagan, Brian M Packard, Ricci D Smelser, David M Costello, Angela L Hillyard, Tim T Hidani: Adjustable sizing apparatus. St Jude Medical, Westman Champlin & Kelly P A, September 29, 1998: US05814098 (131 worldwide citation)

The present invention is a single apparatus that can be adjusted through a range of diameters to measure an anatomical tissue annulus. The apparatus includes an elongated support member having a proximal end and a distal end. An operator actuated movable member is joined to the proximal end of the e ...


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Alfred A Iversen, Thomas E Broome, David M Costello, Timothy A Keeter: Method of manufacture of enhanced surface implant. PMT Corporation, Palmatier Sjoquist & Helget, June 11, 1996: US05525275 (49 worldwide citation)

An implantable body including an outer membrane forming an enclosure for receiving a filler material. The surface of the outer membrane is characterized by a random distribution of peaks separated by valleys. The peaks and valleys are separated by gradual contoured slopes with a smooth transition be ...


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Alfred A Iversen, Thomas E Broome, David M Costello, Timothy A Keeter: Elastomeric valve assembly. PMT Corporation, Palmatier Sjoquist & Helget, October 10, 1995: US05456716 (20 worldwide citation)

An elastomeric valve assembly designed for use in an inflatable surgical implant to provide a self sealing means for filling the implant. The valve assembly incorporates vulcanized elastomeric strips molded between two larger silicone sheets, wherein the strips form a collapsible self-sealing channe ...


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Michael P Brenzel, Paul J Hindrichs, Theodore P Dale, Todd A Krinke, Steven D Kruse, David M Costello, Todd A Berg, John A Roop: Apparatus and methods for tissue gathering and securing. St Jude Medical, Lerner David Littenberg Krumbolz & Mentlik, February 14, 2012: US08114123 (14 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus are provided that gather a patient's body tissue and then secure the gathered tissue in a reduced area utilizing a securing structure. The securing structure mainly resides on one side of the tissue to minimize or eliminate both foreign material and the amount of manipulation o ...


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Paul J Hindrichs, Steven D Kruse, Todd A Krinke, Michael P Brenzel, Kenton J Zehr, Paul Thompson, Theodore P Dale, David M Costello: Soft body tissue remodeling methods and apparatus. MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, Marshall Gerstein & Borun, August 11, 2015: US09101338 (1 worldwide citation)

An implant structure for use in pulling two soft body tissue areas closer together in a patient (e.g., two points along or adjacent to the patient's mitral valve annulus) includes at least two tissue anchor structures that are respectively implantable into the two tissue areas. A tether structure li ...


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Paul J Hindrichs, Steven D Kruse, Todd A Krinke, Michael P Brenzel, Kenton J Zehr, Paul Thompson, Theodore P Dale, David M Costello: Soft body tissue remodeling methods and apparatus. MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, Marshall Gerstein & Borun, November 15, 2016: US09492277

Soft body tissue structure can be remodeled by shortening the distance between first and second portions of that tissue structure. First and second anchor structures are respectively implanted in the first and second portions of the tissue structure. These anchor structures are linked by a linking s ...


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Michael P Brenzel, Theodore P Dale, David M Costello, Paul J Hindrichs: Remote body tissue engaging methods and apparatus. St Jude Medical Cardiology Division, Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik, December 30, 2014: US08920434

Apparatus is provided that can be delivered through a catheter to a remote location in a patient's body. The apparatus may include a first structure that can be positioned in all dimensions in a controlled manner and stabilized in that desired position, a second structure that can then position a lu ...


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Paul J Hindrichs, Steven D Kruse, Todd A Krinke, Michael P Brenzel, Kenton J Zehr, Paul Thompson, Theodore P Dale, David M Costello: Soft body tissue remodeling methods and apparatus. Fish & Neave Ip Group, Ropes & Gray, March 1, 2007: US20070049942-A1

Soft body tissue structure can be remodeled by shortening the distance between first and second portions of that tissue structure. First and second anchor structures are respectively implanted in the first and second portions of the tissue structure. These anchor structures are linked by a linking s ...


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Paul J Hindrichs, Steven D Kruse, Todd A Krinke, Michael P Brenzel, Kenton J Zehr, Paul Thompson, Theodore P Dale, David M Costello: Soft body tissue remodeling methods and apparatus. St Jude Medical, Ropes & Gray, Patent Docketing 39 361, December 6, 2007: US20070282375-A1

An implant structure for use in pulling two soft body tissue areas closer together in a patient (e.g., two points along or adjacent to the patient's mitral valve annulus) includes at least two tissue anchor structures that are respectively implantable into the two tissue areas. A tether structure li ...


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Michael P Brenzel, Paul J Hindrichs, Theodore P Dale, Todd A Krinke, Steven D Kruse, David M Costello, Todd A Berg, John A Roop: Apparatus and methods for tissue gathering and securing. St Jude Medical, Fish & Neave Ip Group, Ropes & Gray, April 7, 2005: US20050075665-A1

Methods and apparatus are provided that gather a patient's body tissue and then secure the gathered tissue in a reduced area utilizing a securing structure. The securing structure mainly resides on one side of the tissue to minimize or eliminate both foreign material and the amount of manipulation o ...