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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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Gregory L Ruff: Barbed Bodily tissue connector. Quill Medical, Michael G Johnston, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, June 5, 2001: US06241747 (814 worldwide citation)

A barbed tissue connector is disclosed for use in closing a body wound. The connector includes an elongated body and a pointed end to facilitate insertion of the connector into tissue. A plurality of closely-spaced barbs are disposed on the body from the pointed end of the connector to a predetermin ...


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John F Krumme: Shape-memory surgical staple apparatus and method for use in surgical suturing. Alchemia, Howard L Rose, December 4, 1984: US04485816 (806 worldwide citation)

The staples are made of a material having the intrinsic property of shape memory, such that heating the material above a certain temperature known as the transition temperature causes any deformation introduced at temperatures below the transition temperature to be reversed, and the staple recovers ...


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Kurt Amplatz, Michael R Afremov: Percutaneous catheter directed constricting occlusion device. AGA Medical Corporation, Nikolai Mersereau & Dietz P A, August 31, 1999: US05944738 (751 worldwide citation)

A collapsible medical device and associated method for occluding an abnormal opening in, for example, a body organ, wherein the medical device is shaped from a shape memory metal fabric. The device may be used, for example, to non-surgically treat a patient having a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) and re ...


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Owen M Gwathmey, Thomas E Sloane Jr, Robert R Oddsen: Suturing assembly and method. Owen M Gwathmey, Griffin Branigan & Butler, March 7, 1989: US04809695 (744 worldwide citation)

A tissue suturing assembly (10) and method involves C-shaped suturing staples (16) embedded in a cartridge (14) formed of a carrier (18) and opposite cartridge jaws (20 and 22). The opposite cartridge jaws are moved linearly along a track in the carrier to bend the C-shaped staples into spiraling ov ...


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William D Richards, Philip R Lichtman: Surgical fastener. Acufex Microsurgical, Schiller Pandiscio & Kusmer, June 2, 1987: US04669473 (738 worldwide citation)

An improved surgical fastener having at least one head portion and a filament portion arranged in a T configuration, wherein at least one end of the said at least one head portion is sharply pointed, so that when that head portion is implanted in body tissue, the head portion will attach itself secu ...


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Shlomo Gabbay: Pericardial strip and stapler assembly for dividing and sealing visceral tissues and method of use thereof. Shelhigh, Amin Eschweiler & Turocy, August 8, 2000: US06099551 (710 worldwide citation)

A pericardial strip and surgical stapler assembly, and method of use thereof, in which at least one pericardial strip is releasably attached to the jaws of the stapler by passing the outer ends of the stapler through holes in the strip(s). Preferably, the trailing end(s) of the strip(s) are secured ...


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Frank Kotula, Kurt Amplatz, Curtis Amplatz: Percutaneous catheter directed intravascular occlusion devices. AGA Medical Corporation, Haugen & Nikolai P A, March 10, 1998: US05725552 (692 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a method of forming a medical device and medical devices which can be formed in accordance with the method. In one embodiment, the method includes the steps of a) providing a metal fabric formed of a plurality of strands formed of a metal which can be heat treated to s ...


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Richard L Grant, David A Dalessandro: Adhesive for attaching buttress material to a surgical fastening device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, July 15, 2003: US06592597 (685 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling instrument for clamping and stapling tissue. The instrument has a handle and first and a second opposed tissue clamping members connected to the handle. The members are movable between an open position for receiving tissue therebetween and a closed position for stapling tissue th ...


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Michael P Whitman: Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities. Power Medical Interventions, Kenyon & Kenyon, April 6, 2004: US06716233 (682 worldwide citation)

A medical tool comprising an electromechanical driver and a surgical instrument attachment for use in invasive surgery, including a handle coupled to a flexible sheath which is in turn coupled to a surgical attachment. The handle of the driver includes the electromechanical driver and at least one p ...