Patent Number: 6,332,468

Title: Method for coronary artery bypass

Abstract: Methods for performing a coronary artery bypass graft on a beating heart. Thoracoscopic visualization is used to view at least one of the steps of the procedure that include locating a target artery for an arterial blood supply; introducing instruments through one or more small openings in the patient's chest to prepare the target artery, and introducing instruments through one or more small openings in the patient's chest to connect the target artery with the coronary artery. At least one small opening is formed in the patient's chest, a target artery for an arterial blood supply is located instruments are introduced through one or more small openings formed in the patient's chest to prepare the target artery for fluid connection to the coronary artery, and instruments are introduced through one or more small openings formed in the patient chest to connect the target artery to the coronary artery distal from a stenosis.

Inventors: Benetti; Frederico J. (Rosario-Santa Fe, AR)

Assignee: Cardiothoracic Systems, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 17/02 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61B 001/19 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018