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Elazar Sonnenschein, Minelu Sonnenschein, Lawrence Crainich: Stapler for endoscopes. Medigus, Baker Botts, March 29, 2005: US06872214 (439 worldwide citation)

A stapling device for a surgical endoscopic device provided with at least one flexible portion, comprising a staple-firing portion and an anvil portion, wherein one of the staple firing portions and one of the anvil portions are located longitudinally displaced from one another along the longitudina ...


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John R Liddicoat, Gregory H Lambrecht, Richard B Streeter, Steven B Woolfson: Automated annular plication for mitral valve repair. Viacor, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, July 5, 2005: US06913608 (410 worldwide citation)

A novel system for performing a heart valve annuloplasty. The system involves the use of a plication band. In one embodiment, the annulus of the valve is reduced by constriction of the plication band itself. More particularly, each plication band enters the tissue at two or more points which are spa ...


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Edward M Palacios, Raymond P Torrez: Apparatus and method for applying reinforcement material to a surgical stapler. Gore Enterprise Holdings, David J Johns, September 6, 2005: US06939358 (399 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method used to apply a self-adherent strip of bio-compatible, staple line reinforcement material onto a working surface of a surgical stapler. The apparatus effectively contains and supports reinforcement material during sterilization and shipment. At the point of use, the apparatus ...


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Dan Akerfeldt, Per Egnelov, Fredrik Preinitz: Tool, a sealing device, a system and a method for closing a wound. Radi Medical Systems, Foley & Lardner, March 1, 2005: US06860895 (316 worldwide citation)

A tool (101) is provided for inserting and mating two plug members (2, 3) of a sealing device (1) for closing a wound in the wall of a vessel by placing the distal plug member (2) of the sealing device inside the vessel and the proximal plug member (3) on the outside of the vessel. The distal plug m ...


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Stephen Ainsworth, Jianhua Yang: Self-closing surgical clip for tissue. Medtronic, Tom Berry, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, July 5, 2005: US06913607 (293 worldwide citation)

A self-closing fastener is described that comprises a clip passable through a tissue opening. The fastener is adapted for holding by a mechanism in an open configuration for passing through the tissue, followed by releasing the fastener from the holding mechanism, allowing the clip to remain in the ...


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Kirby S Black, K Umit Yuksel, Aaron J Trygstad: Self-supporting, shaped, three-dimensional biopolymeric materials and methods. Cryolife, Nixon & Vanderhye P C, July 26, 2005: US06921412 (220 worldwide citation)

Self-supporting, shaped, three-dimensional cross-linked proteinaceous biopolymeric materials that may be implanted in vivo, and methods of making such materials are disclosed. The biopolymeric materials most preferably include reinforcing media, such as biocompatible fibrous or particulate materials ...


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Richard S Ginn, Daniel T Wallace, Robert C LaDuca: Plug with collet and apparatus and method for delivering such plugs. Ensure Medical, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, May 24, 2005: US06896692 (217 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for sealing a passage through tissue includes a plug including external threads, a lumen extending between its proximal and distal ends, and an annular collet slidably disposed within the lumen. The plug is carried on a distal end of a handle device that includes an inner member with a ...


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Robert Sixto Jr, Kevin W Smith, Juergen A Kortenbach, Michael Sean McBrayer, Charles R Slater: Instrument for applying a surgical fastener particularly for the transoral treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). ID, Gregory L Mayback, November 22, 2005: US06966919 (210 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument includes an end effector having a clevis and first and second jaws mutually rotatable between open and closed positions. The jaws are proximally directed and laterally displaced relative to a longitudinal axis of a control shaft of the instrument. The jaws hold first and second ...


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Richard S Ginn: Guide wire element for positioning vascular closure devices and methods for use. Ensure Medical, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, November 29, 2005: US06969397 (178 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for sealing a passage through tissue includes a threaded plug detachably carried on a distal end of a delivery device. A guide wire element is receivable through the lumens extending through the plug and delivery device that includes expandable wings adjacent its distal end, and markers ...


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Liem Ho, Isidro Matias Gandionco, Nga T Doan: Tissue connector apparatus with cable release. Medtronic, Tom Berry, Jeff Hohenshell, November 1, 2005: US06960221 (175 worldwide citation)

A tissue connector assembly comprising a clip movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration and a mechanical restraining device including a plurality of strands releasably attachable to the clip for restraining the clip in its open configuration. A needle may be releasably attache ...