J David Kuntz: Intervertebral disc prosthesis. September 21, 1982: US04349921 (1077 worldwide citation)

An intervertebral disc prosthesis intended to replace a natural intervertebral disc and to restore the normal intervertebral spacing without complete loss of flexibility of the spinal joint. The prosthesis comprises a body of biologically-acceptable material suitably dimensioned and shaped to replac ...

Charles T Dotter: Transluminally placed expandable graft prosthesis. Woodard Weikart Emhardt & Naughton, March 12, 1985: US04503569 (824 worldwide citation)

A transluminally placed endovascular graft prosthesis includes a helically wound coil having a generally tubular shape and is made of a shape memory Nitinol alloy having a transition temperature in the range of 115.degree.-125.degree. F. After placement within a body blood vessel and upon heating of ...

Victor L Poirier, Warren C Clay, Benedict D T Daly: Percutaneous access device. Thermedics, TMCA Foundation, Herbert E Messenger, January 30, 1990: US04897081 (655 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is a percutaneous access device (PAD) for long-term skin penetration and use as an access port in the body of a patient. The buttonlike device includes a flat skirt for subdermal anchoring of the PAD and a neck through which a tube may extend for transmission of materials to or from the bo ...

E Marlowe Goble, Larry DeHart: Suture anchor system. Biotron Labs, M Reid Russell, April 19, 1988: US04738255 (563 worldwide citation)

A suture anchor system that includes a drill for turning into a bone mass with sissoring blades pivotally connected in a longitudinal drill shaft slot proximate to a cutting end thereof, the blade ends to sissor to extend cutting edges outwardly therefrom, which sissoring occurs at a certain depth o ...

Cyril J Schweich Jr, Todd J Mortier: Heart wall tension reduction apparatus and method. Myocor, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner L, October 5, 1999: US05961440 (476 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for treatment of a failing heart by reducing the wall tension therein. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a tension member for drawing at least two walls of a heart chamber toward each other. Methods for placing the apparatus on the heart are also provided.

Kevin R Stone, Allen H DeSatnick: Suture anchor assembly. Kevin R Stone, Lappin & Kusmer, December 6, 1994: US05370662 (456 worldwide citation)

Suture anchor assembly for attaching soft tissue to bone. The assembly includes an elongated member having a self-tapping threaded portion at one proximal end, and an integral eyelet for receiving a suture at its distal end. The distal end further includes a receiver for a rotating driver device, su ...

Patrick M McCarthy, Cyril J Schweich Jr, Todd J Mortier, Peter T Keith, Michael J Kallok: Methods and devices for improving cardiac function in hearts. Myocor, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, June 18, 2002: US06406420 (441 worldwide citation)

Various methods and devices are disclosed for improving cardiac function in hearts having zones of infarcted (akinetic) and aneurysmal (dyskinetic) tissue regions. The methods and devices reduce the radius of curvature in walls of the heart proximal infarcted and aneurysmal regions to reduce wall st ...

Michael S Hunt, Peter J Mundell, Angus E Strover: Surgical implant. South African Invention Development Corporation, Ladas & Parry, May 27, 1986: US04590928 (402 worldwide citation)

The invention provides a surgical implant in the form of a stud for anchoring in a hole formed in bone. The stud has an elongated cylindrical body which is tubular and which has a head at one end and a passage along its interior. A pin is insertable into the passage from the end having the head to e ...

Kenneth Z Kurland: Means and method of implanting bioprosthetics. Charmasson & Holz, August 30, 1983: US04400833 (400 worldwide citation)

A means and method for implanting bioprosthetic material surgically, in humans or animals, is disclosed. The means comprise lengths of connective tissue such as cow tendons which are covered entirely or partially with a synthetic, looseweave mesh which is stitched to the tendon and which augments th ...

Kent K Wu: Vertebral body prosthesis and spine stabilizing method. Henry Ford Hospital, Barnes Kisselle Raisch Choate Whittemore & Hulbert, November 19, 1985: US04553273 (394 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for stabilizing the spine wherein vertebral bodies have been removed which comprises forming recesses in the vertebral bodies which face one another, inserting a longitudinally extendable prosthetic device between the opposed vertebral bodies with the ends of the prosthetic de ...