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Warren Williamson IV, Paul A Spence, George T Christakis, Thomas J Ward, Dominic P DiNovo, George A Keller, Cecil R Robinson, E Dale VanHoose: Means and method of replacing a heart valve in a minimally invasive manner. CardioVascular Technologies, Terry M Gernstein, March 28, 2000: US06042607 (427 worldwide citation)

A heart valve can be replaced using minimally invasive methods which include a sutureless sewing cuff that and a fastener delivery tool that holds the cuff against the patient's tissue while delivering fasteners, two at a time to attach the cuff to the tissue from the inside out. The tool stores a p ...


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Paul A Spence, Mark Ortiz: Heart valve repair apparatus and methods. Paul A Spence, Wood Herron & Evans L, September 28, 2004: US06797002 (425 worldwide citation)

Valve repair apparatus and methods for ensuring proper coaptation and operation of the leaflets of a heart valve. Main aspects of the disclosure relate to devices including a support member configured for attachment to the heart valve annulus, a post extending from the support member away from the p ...


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Mark Ortiz, Randy Whedon, Paul A Spence: Annuloplasty devices and related heart valve repair methods. Paul A Spence, Wood Herron & Evans L, July 16, 2002: US06419696 (344 worldwide citation)

Devices for repairing and replacing a heart valve in various embodiments, the devices include at least first and second support rings connected together in a coiled configuration to abut opposite sides of a valve annulus. A replacement valve may be secured to the coil-shaped device. Various alternat ...


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Warren P Williamson IV, Paul A Spence, George T Chistakis, Mark Ortiz: Means and method of replacing a heart valve in a minimally invasive manner. CardioVascular Technologies L L C, Wood Herron & Evans L, June 11, 2002: US06402780 (305 worldwide citation)

A heart valve can be replaced using minimally invasive methods which include a sutureless sewing cuff that and a fastener delivery tool that holds the cuff against the patient's tissue while delivering fasteners to attach the cuff to the tissue from the inside out. The tool stores a plurality o ...


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Edwin J Hlavka, Paul A Spence: Method and apparatus for catheter-based annuloplasty. Ritter Lang & Kaplan, September 16, 2003: US06619291 (261 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a minimally invasive method of performing annuloplasty. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method for performing a procedure on a mitral valve of a heart includes inserting an implant into a left ventricle and orienting the implant in the left ventri ...


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Edwin J Hlavka, Jonathan L Podmore, Paul A Spence: Method and apparatus for catheter-based annuloplasty using local plications. Ritter Lang & Kaplan, April 13, 2004: US06718985 (260 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a minimally invasive method of performing annuloplasty. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method for performing annuloplasty includes accessing a left ventricle of a heart to provide a discrete plication element to the left ventricle, and engaging t ...


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Paul A Spence, Mark Ortiz: Heart valve and apparatus for replacement thereof. Paul A Spence, Wood Herron & Evans L, October 30, 2001: US06309417 (249 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and methods for replacing a heart valve within a vessel. The apparatus includes a replacement heart valve and a plurality of commisure stabilizers connected to the commisures of the heart valve in a removable manner. The commisure stabilizers position and stabilize the commisures in the pr ...


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Edwin J Hlavka, Jonathan L Podmore, Paul A Spence: Method and apparatus for catheter-based annuloplasty using local plications. Mitralign, Wood Herron & Evans L, May 2, 2006: US07037334 (237 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a minimally invasive method of performing annuloplasty. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method for performing annuloplasty includes accessing a left ventricle of a heart to provide a discrete plication element to the left ventricle, and engaging t ...


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Paul A Spence, Warren P Williamson IV, George Christakis: Means and methods for performing an anastomosis. Guidant Corporation, Terry M Gernstein, February 9, 1999: US05868763 (235 worldwide citation)

An anastomosis is performed using a mounting structure mounted on the outside of at least one vessel. The mounting structure includes a flexible mounting structure that is attached to the vessel by a special instrument. A graft vessel is attached to the mounting structure either directly or by means ...


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Paul A Spence, Warren Williamson IV: Device to permit offpump beating heart coronary bypass surgery. Guidant Corporation, Terry M Gernstein, February 1, 2000: US06019722 (229 worldwide citation)

A heart retractor links lifting of the heart and regional immobilization which stops one part of the heart from moving to allow expeditious suturing while permitting other parts of the heart to continue to function whereby coronary surgery can be performed on a beating heart while maintaining cardia ...