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7766816 Method and apparatus for closing off a portion of a heart ventricle  
Apparatus and methods to reduce ventricular volume are disclosed. The device takes the form of a transventricular anchor, which presses a portion of the ventricular wall inward, thereby reducing...
7766815 Electroactive polymer actuated gastric band  
Methods and devices are provided for remotely adjusting a size of a gastric band disposed around a patient's stomach. In one exemplary embodiment, a gastric band is provided having a first end and...
7762943 Inflatable ventricular partitioning device  
This invention is directed to a device and method of using the device for partitioning a patient's heart chamber into a productive portion and a non-productive portion. The device is particularly...
7762944 Detachable porous vaginal mold  
A detachable vaginal mold is provided. The detachable vaginal mold includes a main body, a minor part, and a jointing design formed between the main body and the minor part for connecting the main...
7758493 Gastric constriction device  
A gastric constriction device (160) comprises a sheet (131) extending over part of the wall of the stomach (24). Five bands (151) extend around the stomach (24) to fix the sheet (131) in position...
7758494 Anterior segment ventricular restoration apparatus and method  
The symptoms of congenital heart failure are addressed in this surgical procedure for mounting a patch in the ventricle of the heart to reduce ventricular volume. Placement of the patch is...
7753841 Gastric ring for treatment of obesity  
A gastric ring includes a band that surrounds the wall of the stomach of a patient, and structure that makes it possible, after implantation, to modify the cross section of the opening delimited by...
7744527 Surgical coring system  
Novel surgical tools and methods for off-pump surgery are described herein. A novel coring system is disclosed which employs a balloon catheter and a coring tool which is adapted to be threaded on...
7736393 Artificial dura mater and process for producing the same  
Provided are an artificial dura mater having a laminated constitution of at least two layers of in vivo degradable polymers, at least one layer of them being a substrate layer, the substrate layer...
7736298 Device and process for preventing female stress urinary incontinence  
The invention concerns a device for preventing female stress incontinence designed to be arranged in the vagina, comprising a proximal part (12) extending between a free end and a second end,...
7736299 Introducer for a cardiac harness delivery  
A system for creating a passage through the pericardium of a patient to permit access of a cardiac harness delivery device, including a tubular introducer sleeve and a tubular dilator sleeve...
7731650 Magnetic capture and placement for cardiac assist device  
A system and method for capturing and placing a cardiac assist device on a heart. A cardiac assist device is delivered to a chest cavity of a being through an opening provided in a chest wall. A...
7731651 Device to deploy a resilient sleeve to constrict on body tissue  
The preferred embodiment of the invention contemplates a device configured to prepare and deploy a resilient sleeve on to a portion of body tissue. The device expands the resilient sleeve, uses a...
7727142 Delivery tool for cardiac support device  
A device for delivery of a cardiac support device for treating cardiac disease of a heart includes a multistage deployment mechanism and an actuating mechanism for controlling the positions of the...
7727143 Locator system for implanted access port with RFID tag  
An access port locator system for adjustable gastric bands. The system includes an access port with an RFID tag with its antenna adjacent to the receiving portion of the port. The system includes a...
7727141 Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safe remotely adjustable artifical sphincter  
An implantable artificial sphincter system provides long-term adjustment via transcutaneous energy transfer (TET), minimizing invasive adjustment through adding or removing fluid via a syringe. An...
7722529 Expandable vessel harness for treating vessel aneurysms  
A harness for treating vessel aneurysms is disclosed. The harness applies elastic, compressive reinforcement on the aneurysm to reduce deleterious wall tension and to resist the shape change of the...
7722523 Transventricular implant tools and devices  
A method and implantation tools for placing a transventricular splint including a tension member. The method includes gaining access to the patient's hearts and identifying entry or exit points for...
7722527 Surgical implants and related methods  
The invention relates to implantable surgical articles, particularly those useful for pelvic health, and related methods of making and using the articles, wherein the implantable articles include a...
7717844 Method and apparatus for stabilization and positioning during surgery  
Novel surgical devices for off-pump surgery are described herein. The disclosed apparatus employs a novel suction element that releasably couples to a surgical connector. In an embodiment, a...
7717843 Restrictive and/or obstructive implant for inducing weight loss  
Described herein is a system for inducing weight loss in a patient, which comprises an extragastric space occupier positionable in contact with an exterior surface of a stomach wall to form an...
7713188 Surgical device forming a surgical prosthesis  
The surgical device is for supporting a mammalian organ in need of support, and in particular for treating urinary incontinence. The device has at least one first support element of elongate shape...
7708684 Methods and devices for reducing hollow organ volume  
Methods and devices for providing a minimally-invasive placement of a mechanical structure for reducing the volume of a hollow body organ. Intragastric bands may be secured within the hollow body...
7704203 Kit for treating gastrointestinal tract  
A method for treating a gastrointestinal tract in a body of a mammal. At least one nonaqueous solution is introduced into the wall. A nonbiodegradable solid is formed in the wall from the at least...
7699770 Device for non-invasive measurement of fluid pressure in an adjustable restriction device  
A restriction system, such as an adjustable gastric band, for forming a restriction in a patient and non-invasively communicating pressure data regarding the restriction to an external monitor. The...
7695425 Heart wall tension reduction apparatus and method  
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...
7695427 Methods and apparatus for treating body tissue sphincters and the like  
A plurality of structures that resiliently attract one another are provided for implanting in a patient around a body tissue structure of the patient. For example, the body tissue structure may be...
7691053 Gastric restrictor assembly and method of use  
A gastric restrictor assembly is provided which includes a first longitudinal member, a second longitudinal member, a first connector and a second connector. The first and second connectors support...
7691052 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery  
The invention, in various embodiments, provides systems, devices, and methods for treating urinary incontinence.
7682305 Methods and devices for cardiac surgery  
Methods for performing minimally invasive heart surgery include accessing a heart of a patient through a first incision on the left thorax of the patient, contacting the heart through the incision...
7674222 Cardiac device and methods of use thereof  
Devices and methods are described herein which are directed to the treatment of a patient's heart having, or one which is susceptible to heart failure, to improve diastolic function.
7670279 Percutaneous gastroplasty  
Disclosed are methods and apparatus for implantation into the walls of an organ such as the stomach. Deformable or inflatable anchors with a connector between are used to pull the walls of the...
7662087 Gastric ring for treatment of obesity  
This gastric ring (1) comprises: a band (3) which is able to surround the wall of the stomach, andconnection means (4, 40, 51, 54) with which this band can be maintained in the form of a ring....
7658751 Method for implanting soft tissue  
A suture construction and method for forming a suture construction is disclosed. The construction utilizes a suture having an enlarged central body portion defining a longitudinal passage. First...
7658705 Actuation mechanisms for a heart actuation device  
An actuation mechanism for assisting the operation of the natural heart has a varying shape for deforming the heart. In one embodiment, a plurality of links articulates with respect to each other...
7658196 System and method for determining implanted device orientation  
A system is operable to detect the orientation of an implant component. The system comprises an implantable component, an external component, and a logic component. The implantable component...
7651461 Cardiac support with metallic structure  
A jacket of biological compatible material has an internal volume dimensioned for an apex of the heart to be inserted into the volume and for the jacket to be slipped over the heart. The jacket has...
7651462 Cardiac support device delivery tool with release mechanism  
An apparatus for placing a cardiac support device (CSD) on a heart. The apparatus includes a body, a deployment mechanism on the body for supporting the CSD in an open position for placement on the...
7641608 Sectional cardiac support device and method of delivery  
A cardiac support device formed from a plurality of compliant sections individually delivered and deployed at positions around the heart and interconnected to one another.
7637860 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery  
Systems and methods employing a sling delivery assembly having a sling delivery device couplable to a sling assembly to deliver an implant through a transobturator incision point are disclosed....
7635329 Methods and devices for tissue grasping and assessment  
Devices, systems and methods are provided for stabilizing and grasping tissues such as valve leaflets, assessing the grasp of these tissues, approximating and fixating the tissues, and assessing...
7632308 Methods, devices, and kits for treating mitral valve prolapse  
Described here are methods, devices, and kits for treating a prolapsed valve leaflet. The devices generally comprise a flexible cord, a first anchor attached to the cord at its distal end, and a...
7628155 Method of surgical repair of vagina damaged by pelvic organ prolapse and prosthetic materials and devices suitable for use therein  
A vaginal wall which has been damaged by one or more prolapsed organs may be repaired by a surgical procedure including the steps of: (a) mobilizing the vaginal epithelium off of the underlying...
7621866 Method and device for deployment of a sub-pericardial sack  
Various methods and devices for deploying a sub-pericardial sack about at least a portion of a heart to alleviate congestive heart failure. A medical device housing the sub-pericardial sack is...
7618365 Method of implating a medical device using a suture tab extender  
A method of implanting a surgically implantable band, the method comprising the steps of providing a band with an elongated body member having a first end with a first latching member positioned...
7618364 Cardiac wall tension relief device and method  
Method and apparatus are disclosed for treating congestive heart failure by administering a fibrosis-inducing agent to an epicardial surface of the heart in an amount selected to induce the...
7615000 Tissue resection device, system, and method  
A resection device and method permits safe and efficient encapsulation, isolation and resection of body tissue. The device includes a sheath of flexible and severable material configured to receive...
7615064 Endolumenal gastric ring with suspended impeding member  
An implantable device including a supporting member, such as a ring, or series of rings, and an impeding member that is used to adjust the effective area of the created orifice after implantation....
7615001 Precurved gastric band  
A low pressure, high volume gastric band includes a balloon shaped and dimensioned to circumscribe the stomach at a predetermined location and a belt extending about the balloon. The gastric band...
7611455 Method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of tissue  
A method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of tissue. In particular, the present invention provides a method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of heart...