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William F Northrup III: Apparatus and method for reducing and stabilizing the circumference of a vascular structure. Segmed, Patterson & Keough P A, January 14, 1997: US05593424 (399 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for reducing the circumference of a vascular structure comprising the steps of providing a plurality of sutures and a plurality of discrete suture support segments of a biocompatible, inert material, each suture support segment having at least two suture holes spaced a predet ...


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William F Northrup III, Joanne B Northrup: Method and apparatus for sizing, stabilizing and/or reducing the circumference of an anatomical structure. Segmed, Patterson & Keough P A, October 5, 1999: US05961539 (223 worldwide citation)

An annuloplasty system is disclosed that respects the uniqueness of each anterior mitral or tricuspid valve leaflet as the appropriate template for an annuloplasty ring. Each dilated tissue annulus is brought to a precise anterior mitral or tricuspid leaflet perimeter dimension, rather than to the d ...


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William F Northrup III, Joanne B Northrup, Jeffrey J Northrup: Suture-staple apparatus and method. Metacardia, Patterson & Keough P A, October 26, 1999: US05972024 (140 worldwide citation)

A staple for effecting e.g. an anastomosis between two vascular structures is combined with a delivery system for the staple, the delivery system comprising a suture having a needle connected thereto at one end. The needle is constructed for passage through an edge of each vascular structure, and fu ...


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William F Northrup III: Apparatus for reducing the circumference of a vascular structure. Segmed, Patterson & Keough P A, January 20, 1998: US05709695 (124 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for reducing the circumference of a vascular structure comprising the steps of providing a plurality of sutures and a plurality of discrete suture support segments of a biocompatible, inert material, each suture support segment having at least two suture holes spaced a predet ...


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William F Northrup III, Joanne B Northrup: Device for creating an anastomosis, including penetration structure and eversion structure. Metacardia, Dicke Billig & Czaja PLLC, July 12, 2005: US06916327 (84 worldwide citation)

A surgical staple for use in creating an everted anastomosis of at least two anatomical structures includes a bendable staple body. At least two evening elements protrude from the staple body. Spacing elements and a penetrating element also are provided. In use, the evening elements and spacing elem ...