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1. (WO2018183632) MINIMALLY INVASIVE HEART VALVE REPAIR IN A BEATING HEART

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/183632    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/025076
Publication Date: Fri Oct 05 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Mar 30 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: A61B 17/04
A61F 2/24
Applicants: NEOCHORD, INC.
Inventors: COLLI, Andrea
Title: MINIMALLY INVASIVE HEART VALVE REPAIR IN A BEATING HEART
Abstract:
In one embodiment, a method of repairing a heart valve accesses an interior of a patient's beating heart minimally invasively and inserts one or more sutures into each of a plurality of heart valve leaflets with a suturing instrument. The suture ends of the sutures are divided into suture pairs, with each pair including one suture end from a suture inserted into a first valve leaflet and one suture end from a suture inserted into a second valve leaflet. One or more tourniquet tubes is advanced over the suture pairs to the leaflets to draw the sutures together to coapt the leaflets and then the sutures are secured in that position.