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Eric R Cosman: Thermometric cardiac tissue ablation electrode with ultra-sensitive temperature detection. Richard J Birch, October 30, 1990: US04966597 (601 worldwide citation)

This invention relates to the construction of a cardiac ablation electrode with a thermosensing detector at one or more positions in the distal tip. The distal tip is uninsulated in contrast to the rest of the flexible length of the electrode to enable radiofrequency (rf) potential to be applied the ...


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Jacob H Barak: Surgical stapler. Abiomed, Lahive & Cockfield, June 5, 1990: US04930674 (587 worldwide citation)

A stapler for the anastomosis of blood vessels includes a vessel gripping structure, and an outwardly directed anvil head structure, and a stapler head structure adjustably positioned opposite each other. A first vessel is everted to form a cuff over one head structure, and the cuff is inserted into ...


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Benjamin Spenser, Netanel Benichu, Assaf Bash, Avraham Zakai: Implantable prosthetic valve. Percutaneous Valve Technologies, David L Hauser, William H Dippert, May 17, 2005: US06893460 (544 worldwide citation)

A valve prosthesis device is disclosed suitable for implantation in body ducts. The device comprises support stent, comprised of a deployable construction adapted to be initially crimped in a narrow configuration suitable for catheterization through the body duct to a target location and adapted to ...


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George A Clark, Malcolm C Burwell, John A Gola, Christopher Robinson, Fred E Snyder: Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, Charles P Boukus, March 4, 1997: US05607094 (542 worldwide citation)

An improved surgical instrument is provided for applying surgical fasteners, such as staples, to human tissue which is particularly suited for applying one or more rows of fasteners across a tissue lumen. The surgical instrument can be used in thoracic and abdominal surgical procedures where access ...


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James M Jonza, Michael F Weber, Andrew J Ouderkirk, Carl A Stover: Optical film. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, John A Fortkort, March 16, 1999: US05882774 (541 worldwide citation)

Birefringent multilayer optical films in which the refractive indices in the thickness direction of two adjacent layers are substantially matched have a Brewster angle (the angle at which reflectance of p-polarized light goes to zero) which is very large or is nonexistant. This allows for the constr ...


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Bret Ferree: Artificial intervertebral disc replacement methods and apparatus. Gifford Krass Groh Sprinkle Anderson & Citkowski PC, July 16, 2002: US06419704 (532 worldwide citation)

Artificial disc replacements for natural intervertebral discs make use of a shaped body having a final volume sized to consume at least a portion of an intervertebral disc space, and a filling within the shaped body enabling the body to cyclically compress and expand in a manner similar to the disc ...


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Casey K Lee, Noshir A Langrana, Harold Alexander, Alastair J Clemow, Elizabeth H Chen, John R Parsons: Functional and biocompatible intervertebral disc spacer. University of Medicine & Dentistry of N J, Rutgers University, Johnson & Johnson, Klauber & Jackson, March 27, 1990: US04911718 (525 worldwide citation)

The construction and manufacturing technique for a functional biocompatible intervertebral disc spacer is described. This device is useful for a replacement for a degenerated disc in certain treatments of back pain and spinal disease. The disc spacer possesses mechanical properties akin to those of ...


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Naomi L Nakao, Peter J Wilk: Endoscopic stapling device and method. R Neil Sudol, Henry D Coleman, October 20, 1992: US05156609 (522 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument comprises an elongate forceps member having a diameter sufficiently small so that the forceps member is slidably insertable into a biopsy channel extending longitudinally through a tubular endoscope member, the forceps member being provided at a distal end with a pair of forcep ...


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George A Clark, Malcolm C Burwell, John A Gola, Christopher Robinson, Fred E Snyder: Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, November 14, 1995: US05465894 (515 worldwide citation)

An improved surgical instrument is provided for applying surgical fasteners, such as staples, to human tissue which is particularly suited for applying one or more rows of fasteners across a tissue lumen. The surgical instrument can be used in thoracic and abdominal surgical procedures where access ...


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Jeffrey A Hubbell: Injectable hydrogel compositions. Reprogenesis, Baker & Botts, October 10, 2000: US06129761 (511 worldwide citation)

Slowly polymerizing hydrogels are provided which are useful as a means of delivering large numbers of isolated cells via injection. The gels promote engraftment and provide three dimensional templates for new cell growth. The resulting tissue is similar in composition and histology to naturally occu ...



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