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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, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, December 9, 1997: US05695504 (934 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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Michi E Garrison, Hanson S Gifford III, Frederick G St Goar: Methods and devices for implanting cardiac valves. July 30, 2002: US06425916 (833 worldwide citation)

The valve implantation system has a valve displacer for displacing and holding the native valve leaflets open in a first aspect of the invention. A replacement valve may be attached to the valve displacer before or after introduction and may be positioned independent of the valve displacer. In anoth ...


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John H Stevens, Bruce A Reitz, Alex T Roth, William S Peters, Hanson S Gifford: Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures. Jeffry J Grainger, Jens E Hoekendijk, August 25, 1998: US05797960 (681 worldwide citation)

Devices, systems, and methods are provided for accessing the interior of the heart and performing procedures therein while the heart is beating. In one embodiment, a tubular access device having an inner lumen is provided for positioning through a penetration in a muscular wall of the heart, the acc ...


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Wesley D Sterman, Michi E Garrison, Hanson S Gifford III, John H Stevens: Devices and methods for intracardiac procedures. Heartport, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, November 5, 1996: US05571215 (631 worldwide citation)

The invention provides devices and methods for performing less-invasive surgical procedures within an organ or vessel. In an exemplary embodiment, the invention provides a method of closed-chest surgical intervention within an internal cavity of a patient's heart or great vessel. According to the me ...


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Frederick G St Goar, James I Lin Fann, Mark E Deem, Hanson S Gifford III, Martin S Dieck, Brian B Martin, Sylvia Wen Chin Fan, Eric A Goldfarb, Kent D Dell, Ferolyn T Powell: Methods and apparatus for cardiac valve repair. Evalve, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, October 7, 2003: US06629534 (630 worldwide citation)

The methods, devices, and systems are provided for performing endovascular repair of atrioventricular and other cardiac valves in the heart. Regurgitation of an atrioventricular valve, particularly a mitral valve, can be repaired by modifying a tissue structure selected from the valve leaflets, the ...


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James L Cox, Stephen W Boyd, Hanson S Gifford III, Matthias Vaska, Daniel D Merrick: Methods of epicardial ablation for creating a lesion around the pulmonary veins. Epicor, Jens E Hoekendijk, December 19, 2000: US06161543 (623 worldwide citation)

The invention provides surgical systems and methods for ablating heart tissue within the interior and/or exterior of the heart. A plurality of probes is provided with each probe configured for introduction into the chest for engaging the heart. Each probe includes an elongated shaft having an elonga ...


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Philip C Evard, Timothy R MacHold, Hanson S Gifford III, Alex T Roth, Wesley D Sterman, Lawrence C Siegel: Thoracoscopic devices and methods for arresting the heart. Heartport, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, July 16, 1996: US05536251 (491 worldwide citation)

The invention provides devices and methods for thoracoscopically arresting the heart and establishing cardiopulmonary bypass, thus facilitating a variety of less-invasive surgical procedures on and within the heart and great vessels of the thorax. In one embodiment, the invention provides a thoracos ...


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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, Jens E Hoekendijk, Jeffrey J Grainger, October 6, 1998: US05817113 (483 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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Mark E Deem, Douglas S Sutton, Hanson S Gifford III, Bernard H Andreas, Ronald G French: Obesity treatment tools and methods. Satiety, Morrison & Foerster, May 6, 2003: US06558400 (481 worldwide citation)

Various obesity treatment tools and methods are described herein, as well as treatments for other gastric-related diseases, e.g., GERD. Treatment includes reducing the size of the stomach pouch to limit the caloric intake as well as to provide an earlier feeling of satiety. This may be done by creat ...


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Hanson S Gifford III, John B Simpson, Peter S Brown: Atherectomy device for severe occlusions. Devices for Vascular Intervention, Townsend & Townsend, May 22, 1990: US04926858 (455 worldwide citation)

An atherectomy catheter for removal of plaque buildup from the walls of a blood vessel. The atherectomy catheter includes a cutter assembly disposed at the distal end of a flexible guide tube that may be inserted into a vessel and directed to the occlusion. A proximal actuator assembly is adapted to ...