Patent Number: 6,254,617

Title: Means and method for performing an anastomosis

Abstract: An anastomosis is performed using a mounting structure mounted on the outside of at least one vessel. The mounting structure includes a flexible mounting structure that is attached to the vessel by a special instrument. A graft vessel is attached to the mounting structure either directly or by means of another mounting structure attached to the graft vessel. Tools for attaching a mounting structure to a vessel are disclosed, and a tool for attaching two mounting structures together is also disclosed. Methods for carrying out the anastomosis according to the invention are also disclosed.

Inventors: Spence; Paul A. (Louisville, KY), Williamson, IV; Warren P. (Loveland, OH), Christakis; George (Toronto, CA)

Assignee: Origin Medsystems, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 17/11 (20060101); A61B 17/115 (20060101); A61B 17/03 (20060101); A61B 017/04 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018