Method And Apparatus For Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Procedures
Padala, Sai Muralidhar
Yoganathan, Ajit P.
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An apparatus (100) for and a method of delivering and implanting a surgical device on an anatomic structure is through minimally invasive procedures. The method is facilitated by an apparatus including a unitary tube (106) operatively connected to a deployment head (118) controlled by an apparatus controller. The deployment head is configured to deploy suture hooks or similar clips that connect an annuloplasty implant to heart tissue and secondary surgical devices to the annuloplasty implant. The apparatus is further configured to facilitate orientation adjustment or collapsing of the deployment head and surgical devices attached thereto in order to facilitate their passing through an incision smaller than generally required. After the deployment head passes through the incision its orientation is readjusted so that it may be positioned and the annuloplasty implant automatically sutured to a heart valve annulus by the apparatus suturing sub-assembly using the suture hooks.
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