Patent Number: 6,254,535

Title: Ball and socket coronary stabilizer

Abstract: An apparatus for stabilizing a predetermined area on a heart or other organ of a patient to enable a surgical procedure, the apparatus comprising a bifurcated member having two elongated prongs and an elongated handle segment pivotally and rotatably attached to the bifurcated member. The handle segment can be movably attached to a rib retractor or other surgical device so that a person is not required to hold the handle segment. The preferred embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention further comprises a device to lock or frictionally hold the bifurcated member in a desired position both on the organ and relative to the handle segment during the surgical procedure.

Inventors: Furnish; Gregory R. (Lawrenceville, GA), Looney; Christopher S. (Roswell, GA)

Assignee: Genzyme Corporation

International Classification: A61B 17/02 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61B 017/00 (); A61B 001/32 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018