CardioMendís heart valve technology is embodied in specialized, single-use, disposable surgical instruments.† These instruments allow a cardiac surgeon to restore a patientís aortic or pulmonary heart valve to near normal anatomy using the patientís own tissue.†
The procedure involves harvesting a section of the patientís pericardium, cleaning the tissue, and using a standard technique for briefly treating the pericardium in a dilute, buffered glutaraldehyde solution.† After preparation, the pericardial tissue is cut to a precise geometrical pattern. With the cut tissue pattern in hand, the surgeon then uses a specialized holding instrument to maintain the tissue in anatomical orientation during the reconstruction procedure.
CardioMendís instruments are provided in kits. One kit contains novel sizer-marker devices that are used to assess commissural symmetry, sino-tubular diameter, and leaflet geometry. If desired, the sizer-markers can also be used to mark the annulus for guiding the suture line during surgical attachment.
The second kit is sterile and size-specific to match the patients valve anatomy as assessed by the sizer-markers.† This kit contains instruments to cut the tissue pattern and the specialized tissue holder.
At the completion of the procedure, the instruments are discarded and the patient is left with nothing but his or her own tissue and the suture material.
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