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606 - Surgery

606001000 - INSTRUMENTS

606191000 - Internal pressure applicator (e.g., dilator)

606192000 - Inflatable or expandible by fluid

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20110184451MEMBRANE IMPLANT FOR TREATMENT OF CEREBRAL ARTERY ANEURYSMS - The invention relates to a membrane implant (07-28-2011
20110202084Operating A Vessel Occlusion Catheter - Some systems and methods for operating a vessel occlusion catheter may include a control and inflation device to control the filling of the balloon in such a manner that the vessel wall will not be overstressed while the safe occlusion of the blood vessel is achieved.08-18-2011
20100036411ANTI-NO-REFLOW GUIDE WIRE FOR VASCULAR INTERVENTIONAL PROCEDURES - The present invention relates to compositions and methods for improving outcomes in vascular interventional procedures. In particular, the present invention relates to compositions and methods for improving outcomes in vascular interventional procedures using an anti-no-reflow guide wire that attenuates the “no-reflow” phenomenon that is associated with negative outcomes.02-11-2010
20100087849CATHETER INCLUDING A COMPLIANT BALLOON - A catheter having an elongate shaft including a plurality of apertures disposed along at least a length of the shaft to facilitate bending. The catheter includes an inflatable balloon, wherein a subset of the plurality of apertures provides fluid communication from an inflation lumen to the inflatable balloon.04-08-2010
20090099589INVERTING OCCLUSION DEVICES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS - Described are devices, methods and systems useful for achieving occlusion of vascular vessels. Percutaneous procedures can be used to occlude and obliterate the greater saphenous vein, for example in the treatment of varicose vein condition caused by venous reflux. Certain embodiments encompass the percutaneous delivery of an occlusion device inverted within a cannula, its deployment and filling, so as to occlude or obliterate a portion of a vascular vessel.04-16-2009
20110196413SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RETAINING VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICES WITHIN AN ANEURYSM - The present invention is directed to systems for occluding an aneurysm having an aneurysmal neck and an aneurysmal inner wall. Generally, a device in accordance with the present invention includes a mesh-like structure that is integrally composed of a shape-memory alloy such as NiTi. The device is deployed within the aneurysm through the aneurysmal neck. The device is configured to be in a deployed state and an undeployed state, and is configured to transition from the undeployed state to the deployed state by exposure to a higher temperature and/or by being unconstrained. The device may function to retain finer vaso-occlusive devices such as vaso-occlusive coils and/or embolic liquids. Furthermore, the device itself may function as a vaso-occlusive device.08-11-2011
20120245615METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE INTERMITTENT OCCLUSION OF THE CORONARY SINUS - In a method for intermittently occluding the coronary sinus, in which in an alternating manner the coronary sinus is occluded by an occlusion device and the occlusion is released, the curve of the fluid pressure occurring in the coronary sinus after the release of the occlusion is estimated by calculation and the time of the beginning of the next occlusion is determined as a function of the estimated pressure curve.09-27-2012
20130041399BALLOON CATHETER WITH DILATING ELEMENTS - A balloon catheter is provided that may be used to dilate hardened regions of a stenosis. The balloon catheter is provided with dilation elements that extend along a surface of a balloon. The dilation elements may comprise a coil and dilation wire. The coil and wire may be configured in various ways such that inflation of the balloon creates a concentration of forces along the dilating wires which are thereafter transmitted to stenosed regions of a vessel wall. The force exerted by the dilation elements against the stenosed region is sufficient to fracture plaque from the vessel wall.02-14-2013
20100106178VASCULAR PLUGS - Certain aspects of the present invention provide devices for occluding vascular vessels. In some preferred forms, these devices are able to move from a first condition to a less compact, second condition in a vascular vessel so as to fully or partially prevent fluid from passing through the vessel. One such device includes a frame and a flexible sheet material. The device also includes an occluding material that is located in an interior region of the frame. The flexible sheet material and frame are associated with one another such that when the device is in the second condition in the vascular vessel, the sheet material is positioned in the vessel lumen so as to block fluid flow through the lumen.04-29-2010
20100106179DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING DISTAL EMBOLIZATION USING FLOW REVERSAL AND PERFUSION AUGMENTATION WITHIN THE CEREBRAL VASCULATURE - Methods of using a medical device having catheter with one or more expandable constricting/occluding members for preventing distal embolization during extracranial or intracranial carotid procedures or vertebral artery procedures by augmenting collateral cerebral circulation by coarctation of the aorta to enhance reversal of blood flow in an internal carotid artery, an external carotid artery, and/or a common carotid artery toward the subclavian artery are disclosed. An interventional catheter can also be advanced into a left cerebral artery and a procedure performed on a lesion in the left cerebral artery.04-29-2010
20120184982Methods and Systems for Treating Aneurysms - A system for treating an aneurysm comprises an elongate flexible shaft and a nosecone. An expandable member may be used to expand an expandable endoframe within a double-walled filling structure. The filling structure is adapted to be filled with a hardenable fluid filing medium so that an outer wall conforms to an inside surface of the aneurysm and an inner wall forms a substantially tubular lumen to provide a path for blood flow. In the expanded configuration the endoframe engages the inner wall of the filling structure. One or more tethers releasably couple the filling structure and/or endoframe with the shaft thereby constraining axial movement of the structures relative to each other. The nosecone is constructed to have a series of side ports and a through lumen such that the nosecone can be positioned with a guidewire and simultaneously receive a contrast media for performing angiography through the lumen.07-19-2012
20100069948SELF-EXPANDABLE ANEURYSM FILLING DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PLACEMENT - The self-expandable aneurysm filling device, system and method provide for placement of the stent into an aneurysm to at least partially fill and stabilize the aneurysm. The self-expandable aneurysm filling device has a compressed undeployed configuration and an expanded three-dimensional deployed configuration, and a severable deployment junction releasably connects the self-expandable aneurysm filling device to a pusher wire. The severable deployment junction can be mechanically, electrolytically, or thermally severed to separate the self-expandable aneurysm filling device from the pusher wire.03-18-2010
20110004237MINIMAL SURFACE AREA CONTACT DEVICE FOR HOLDING PLAQUE TO BLOOD VESSEL WALL - A tack device for holding plaque against blood vessel walls in treating atherosclerotic occlusive disease is formed as a thin, annular band of durable, flexible material having a plurality of focal elevating elements on its outer annular periphery for holding loose plaque under a spring or other expansion force against a blood vessel wall. The focal elevating elements are designed to exert a holding force on a plaque position while minimizing the amount of material surface area in contact with the plaque or blood vessel wall and reducing the potential of friction with the intraluminal surface. This approach offers clinicians the ability to perform a minimally invasive post-angioplasty treatment and produce a stent-like result without using a stent.01-06-2011
20090306700Balloon Catheter - A balloon catheter comprises a long shaft including an inner pipe and an outer pipe, and a balloon provided at a distal end of the shaft, a distal end of the balloon being connected to the inner pipe, a proximal end of the balloon being connected to the outer pipe, and the balloon being inflated and deflated according to pressure of fluid supplied to an inside of the balloon. The balloon is molded in advance such that the balloon is inflated by pressure only to an extent in which a film of the balloon is not stretched, such that the balloon becomes a curved shape having a curved part between the proximal end and the distal end of the balloon, and such that the balloon, when deflated, is folded so as to be in a straight shape, in which the curved part is hidden, and wound around the inner pipe.12-10-2009
20130072957SUBINTIMAL RE-ENTRY CATHETER AND RETROGRADE RECANALIZATION - A catheter for recanalizing a blood vessel having an occlusion therein via a subintimal pathway. The catheter includes a catheter shaft having an inflatable balloon mounted to the distal end portion of the catheter shaft. A flexible tubular member extends from the catheter shaft and along an exterior of the inflatable balloon. Inflation of the inflatable balloon deflects the flexible tubular member into a deflected configuration away from a longitudinal axis of the catheter shaft to effect re-entry into the true lumen distal of the occlusion.03-21-2013
20120116439METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BALLOON COUNTERPULSATION DURING AORTIC VALVE REPLACEMENT - Methods and systems for regulating aortic regurgitation during aortic valve replacement or repair procedures utilize a temporary aortic valve (TAV) catheter and a controller. The temporary aortic valve catheter has an expandable occlusion device which can partially occlude the aortic lumen during ventricular diastole with a lesser occlusion during ventricular systole. Exemplary balloon structures include multiple, independently inflatable balloons which are inflated in synchrony with the cardiac cycle by the controller. By controlling aortic regurgitation, the repair or replacement protocols can be conducted with less interference from blood flow.05-10-2012
20110257674VASCULAR OCCLUSION DEVICE - A vascular occlusion device for occluding a body vessel is disclosed. The device comprises a hub having proximal and distal ends and a plurality of anchoring struts. Each anchoring strut has a first end and a second end. The first ends are connected together at the hub. Each of the second ends extends freely from the first end to engage the body vessel for anchoring the device therein. The device further comprises a central strut attached to the proximal end of the hub. The device further comprises a proximal and distal members and an extracellular matrix material. The proximal and distal members are slidibly disposed about the central strut. The extracellular matrix material is disposed about the central strut between the proximal and distal members.10-20-2011
20100249824CATHETER - In order to provide a catheter which can be operated even when it is deformed inside a bent blood vessel and whose movable part can be easily bent and the movable part thus bent is firmly kept in this shape, a catheter includes: a fluid-driven actuator including: a balloon; a restricting member for restricting inflation of the balloon in a short axis direction of the catheter; and a tube which is less stretchable in a long axis direction of the catheter than the balloon is, according to a cross-sectional view of the fluid-driven actuator taken along the short axis direction of the catheter, the restricting member.09-30-2010
20090043330Embolic protection devices and methods - The present invention provides a PreStent comprising a sheath and frame designed for preparing a vessel passageway for the subsequent delivery of a stent. The PreStent can be self-expanding or balloon-expandable. Also provided is a supporting system for delivering the PreStent safely. The supporting system includes a delivery catheter, one or more occlusion balloon, optionally one or more dilation balloon, and a retention sheath for the self-expanding type of PreStent. The PreStent of the present invention is flexible for use with a variety of stent and guidewire models such that it can easily be incorporated with existing devices to improve stenting procedures.02-12-2009
20110295302Treating Heart Tissue - Some systems and methods for treating heart tissue may include instruments for intermittently occluding the coronary sinus using a coronary sinus occlusion catheter device. In some embodiments, the coronary sinus occlusion catheter can be used before or during a coronary intervention procedure in which a blockage in a heart is repaired or removed.12-01-2011
20120022573FALSE LUMEN OCCLUDER - An endoluminal device for repairing an aortic dissection and preventing future aortic dissections, the device including a plurality of struts with at least one of the plurality of struts having a mid-strut portion having two or more secondary struts, the device being configured to be secured within a false lumen of the aorta and contain filler material in order to encourage thrombosis within the false lumen.01-26-2012
20100069949DILATION BALLOON HAVING A VALVED OPENING AND RELATED CATHETERS AND METHODS - Dilation catheters including a mechanism used in, for example, removing gas or air from the catheters are disclosed. A dilation catheter may include an elongated tubular member having a distal end and a proximal end, a proximal handle proximate the proximal end of the tubular member, and an inflatable balloon proximate the distal end of the tubular member with inflatable balloon being in fluid communication with a fluid port to supply inflation liquid to the inflatable balloon. The inflatable balloon may include an opening for permitting gas to exit the inflatable balloon. In the proximate location of the opening, an expandable material or a barrier material that permits gas to exit through the opening, while retaining inflation liquid in the inflatable balloon.03-18-2010
20100036410APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR TREATING OBSTRUCTIONS WITHIN BODY LUMENS - An apparatus is provided that is operable in different modes to perform various functions for treating a body lumen. The apparatus includes a shaft including a proximal end, a distal end, a lumen extending therebetween, and a balloon on the distal end having an interior communicating with the lumen. The apparatus includes a valve on the distal end that selectively opens or closes an outlet communicating with the lumen. With the valve open, fluid introduced into the lumen exits the outlet into a body lumen. With the valve closed, fluid introduced into the lumen expands the balloon. The apparatus also includes an actuator for axially compressing the balloon, and a helical member extends between ends of the balloon interior that expands the balloon from a contracted condition to an expanded helical shape when the actuator is activated.02-11-2010
20090054922Apparatus and Method for the Intravascular Control of Trauma - One aspect of the invention relates to a device for control of hemorrhage from major blood vessels in acute trauma. The device can be a self sizing expandable/collapsible device placed percutaneously across the site of injury and fitted with intravascular imaging to allow visualization of positioning without the need for x-ray equipment or an operating room. The expandable/collapsible device can be tapered to accommodate a large variance in vessel size and can be textured with treads to prevent movement in high flow vessels. The expandable/collapsible device can be placed at the patient's bedside, provides for vascular control during definitive repair, and can be removed after said repair.02-26-2009
20120035643METHOD OF IMPLANTING AN ADJUSTABLE OCCLUSION DEVICE - Disclosed is an adjustable occlusion device for use in a body lumen such as the left atrial appendage. The occlusion device is removably carried by a deployment catheter. The device may be enlarged or reduced to facilitate optimal placement or removal. Methods are also disclosed.02-09-2012
20120035642CATHETER, A BALLOON CATHETER AND A METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING THE TRANSVERSE CROSS-SECTION OF A STOMA - A balloon catheter (02-09-2012
20100121372BALLOON CATHETER WITH NON-DEPLOYABLE STENT - An angioplasty balloon including a non-deployable stent to prevent or reduce the potential for slippage of the inflated balloon with respect to the vessel wall being treated. The balloon includes a non-deployable stent that is adapted to be secured to the balloon or angioplasty balloon catheter. The stent has a proximal end, a distal end, and at least three radially-spaced struts, each , each strut connecting the proximal end to the distal end and having one or more bends that allow expansion of the strut to accommodate the inflation of the balloon. The stent is made or a material so that the stent collapses upon deflation of the balloon.05-13-2010
20120109179Intravasculature Devices and Balloons for Use Therewith - An inflatable device (05-03-2012
20100082058DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING LOCAL BLOOD PRESSURE - A device for exposing a blood vessel to increased pressure, the device comprising an anchor capable of being positioned within a lumen of a blood vessel, and a particle capable of expanding, said particle in contact with the anchor. In at least one embodiment, the anchor is further capable of expanding so that the expanded anchor spans across a cross-sectional area of the lumen of the blood vessel.04-01-2010
20110172698NON-COMPLIANT MEDICAL BALLOON HAVING BRAIDED OR KNITTED REINFORCEMENT - A non-compliant medical balloon comprises a base balloon including a pair of spaced-apart, generally conical end sections and a generally cylindrical center section connected therebetween. A braided fabric sleeve surrounds at least a portion of the base balloon, wherein the sleeve is formed of at least three substantially inelastic fibers intertwined in such a way that no two of the three fibers are twisted exclusively around one another. The sleeve is permanently affixed to the outer surface of the base balloon so as to prevent excessive expansion of the base balloon when the base balloon is internally pressurized.07-14-2011
20110172696CATHETER HAVING A SOFT DISTAL TIP - The present invention relates to a catheter having a soft distal tip that can be manufactured at lower cost than catheters in the prior art. In one embodiment, the catheter is produced by coupling a soft sleeve to the distal end of a catheter tube. The sleeve may affixed to the catheter tube under temperature and pressure conditions that cause the proximal end of the sleeve to taper against the outer surface of the catheter tube, avoiding or minimizing discontinuities in the insertion profile of the catheter, and that also cause the inner wall of the sleeve to taper against the distal end of the catheter tube, avoiding or minimizing discontinuities in the lumen of the catheter.07-14-2011
20090281564Pre-Clot Vessel Dilator - A pre-clot dilator is described that may be used to dilate hardened regions of an occluded region. The pre-clot is provided with one or more struts that extend along a surface of a balloon. Each strut has a proximal fixed end and a distal free end. The distal free end extends past the distal end of the shaft. The distal free end is designed with a penetrating tip that is capable of boring through a proximal portion of the occlusion. Expansion of the balloon allows the strut to pivot about the proximal fixed end of the strut, thereby producing a force sufficient to push out the occlusion towards the vessel wall. The balloon may be deflated so that the strut can collapse over the balloon to create a low profile which enables distal advancement deeper into the occlusion. The procedure is repeated until the occlusion is separated.11-12-2009
20090270906METHODS AND DEVICES FOR TREATING LESIONS - An method and apparatus are disclosed including an expandable body having a diameter suitable for insertion into a blood vessel and capable of being modified from a first diameter to a second larger diameter in response to an inflation pressure. The expandable body includes an outer wall having a plurality of delivery outlets extending from a working length of the outer wall. The delivery outlets coincide with regions of a lesion exposed between a framework implanted within the vessel when the expandable body is in an expanded state. A treatment agent is delivered from the delivery outlets to regions of the lesion exposed between the implantable framework.10-29-2009
20110208232MEDICAL DEVICES COMPRISING A CO-POLYMER OF A POLYAMIDE AND A POLYCARBONATE DIAMINE - The present invention refers to medical devices comprising a modified Co-Polymer or to the modified Co-Polymer itself having high flexibility and high stress resistance, especially tensile strength or tear resistance, in addition to the good physical characteristics of a Block-Co-Polymers of a polyamide and a polycarbonate diamine.08-25-2011
20120296368DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING BLOOD PERFUSION PRESSURE - Devices and methods for controlling blood perfusion pressure. In an exemplary device for controlling blood perfusion pressure within a vessel of the present disclosure, the device comprises an elongated body having a lumen, a proximal end configured for placement in a first area having a first blood pressure, and a distal end configured for placement in a second area having a second blood pressure, partial occluder positioned within the lumen of the elongated body between the proximal end and the distal end, the partial occluder configured so not to fully occlude a blood vessel, wherein the partial occluder is configured to equalize the first blood pressure at the first area with the second blood pressure at the second area.11-22-2012
20080312679OCCLUDING DEVICE - An occluding device for occlusion within a body vessel is disclosed. The device comprises an expandable frame having an occluding portion disposed within a closure area of the frame. An anchoring component is attached to the frame to engage the body vessel. A coupling is attached to the frame for repositioning the device.12-18-2008
20080281348MEDICAL DEVICES - At least a portion of the medical device may be guided to a desired position within a patient. For example, the medical device may include an expandable member, such as a balloon, which may be guided to a desired position within a patient. When in the desired position, the expandable member may be expanded. Afterwards, the expandable member may be collapsed, and the medical device may be removed from the patient. The expandable member may include one or more cavities, which may facilitate more consistent, predictable and/or compact collapsing of the expandable member.11-13-2008
20080200944BALLOON CATHETER WITH DILATING ELEMENTS - A balloon catheter is provided that may be used to dilate hardened regions of a stenosis. The balloon catheter is provided with dilation elements that extend along a surface of a balloon. The dilation elements may comprise a coil and dilation wire. The coil and wire may be configured in various ways such that inflation of the balloon creates a concentration of forces along the dilating wires which are thereafter transmitted to stenosed regions of a vessel wall. The force exerted by the dilation elements against the stenosed region is sufficient to fracture plaque from the vessel wall.08-21-2008
20090326574DEVICE FOR TREATING VULNERABLE PLAQUE - A method of treating vulnerable plaque comprising intentionally damaging or rupturing the vulnerable plaque using a wingless balloon which is inflated from a wingless unexpanded diameter to a limited expanded diameter. This process produces significant increase in ECM synthesis at the site of the damage or rupture. As a result, the method strengthens the vulnerable plaque while minimizing or avoiding damage to the surrounding wall of the body lumen or damaging a stable plaque mistakenly believed to be a vulnerable plaque. The method of the invention is particularly useful in treating a fibroatheroma type of vulnerable plaque. In one embodiment, the balloon is self-limiting such that it expands compliantly at initial inflation pressures, and above nominal pressure it expands noncompliantly. In an alternative embodiment, the balloon is inflated using a diameter-limiting device, such as a device which limits the inflation pressure or the volume of inflation fluid in the balloon.12-31-2009
20090024156Tissue Dissection Method - A cannula includes a tubular body and an endoscope for viewing through a transparent, blunt, tissue-separating tip substantially covering the distal end of the body. Endoscopic viewing through the tip is enhanced by inner walls that taper to a cusp adjacent the blunt tip in order to reduce visual distortion. Alternatively, a cannula includes a dissection probe and a removable or deflectable tip for exposing the probe and endoscope to facilitate viewing and the dissection of connective tissue and lateral vessels along the dissected cavity. Methods of using such cannulas produce an elongated cavity along the course of a vessel for subsequent harvesting or other treatment of the isolated vessel. Lateral branch vessels of a main vessel to be harvested are doubly clipped or otherwise doubly occluded, and then severed to isolate the main vessel for use, for example, in revascularizing the coronary artery.01-22-2009
20090118759Catheter Having an Improved Torque Transmitting Shaft - The present invention relates generally to a catheter having a torque transmitting shaft which retains adequate flexibility. The catheter includes an elongate shaft having an outer surface. In a preferred embodiment, a raised pattern is disposed on the outer surface. Preferably, the raised pattern improves the transmission of torque along the elongate shaft by including a series of bearing points which contact other bearing points along the shaft when torqued.05-07-2009
20110144689Occlusion Device - An occlusion device includes a tubular expandable body with a frame that has a plurality of interconnected members configured to expand within a body vessel and to collapse for delivery or retrieval of the device. The occlusion device further includes a hydrophilic polyurethane hydrogel layer attached to the interconnected members of the tubular expandable body. The polyurethane hydrogel layer expands upon exposure to an aqueous environment.06-16-2011
20090248056APPLICATOR INSTRUMENTS FOR CONTROLLING BLEEDING AT SURGICAL SITES AND METHODS THEREFOR - An instrument for controlling bleeding includes an outer shaft having a central lumen extending between proximal and distal ends thereof, and an inner shaft disposed within the central lumen of the outer shaft, the inner shaft having a central lumen extending between proximal and distal ends thereof. The instrument has an inflatable balloon with a proximal end secured to the outer shaft and a distal end that is inverted and secured to the inner shaft. In one embodiment, the balloon has a spherical shape when the outer and inner shafts are in a first position and a toroidal shape when the outer and inner shafts are in a second position. The instrument includes an actuator for discharging a flowable material from the central lumen. In one embodiment, the instrument includes a stylet having barb-like features to attach a hemostat to the distal end of the instrument.10-01-2009
20090240277PRESSURE ATTENUATION DEVICE - A therapeutic device is provided. The therapeutic device can include a flexible housing and can be configured to be positioned within an anatomical structure. The therapeutic device can also include at least one high vapor pressure media having a vapor pressure greater than the pressure within the anatomical structure and a permeability of less than 1 ml/day at body temperature through said outer wall.09-24-2009
20090275974FILAMENTARY DEVICES FOR TREATMENT OF VASCULAR DEFECTS - Devices and methods for treatment of a patient's vasculature with some embodiments configured for delivery with a microcatheter for treatment of the cerebral vasculature of a patient. Some embodiments may include a permeable shell configured to occlude blood flow therethrough.11-05-2009
20090076537METHODS AND DEVICES FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE CARDIAC SURGERY FOR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION - Devices for enhancing minimally invasive cardiac surgery include a visualization device including an inflatable balloon at or near the distal end. Some visualization devices also include one or more lumens for allowing the introduction of one or more devices to a surgical site through the visualization device. Systems of the invention involve a visualization device which has at least one lumen for allowing introduction of an ablation device and/or other devices. A visualization device with an inflatable balloon may be positioned to create a space between a heart and pericardium when the balloon is inflated.03-19-2009
20100222803SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF DE-ENDOTHELIALIZATION - Apparatus and methods for treating a wall of an aneurysm formed in a vessel includes introducing a tubular member into the body lumen until a distal end of the tubular member is located within the aneurysm. A fluid is delivered via a lumen of the tubular member into the aneurysm to at least partially de-endothelialize the wall of the aneurysm, thereby causing an endothelium of the wall to generate fibrous tissue to strengthen the wall of the aneurysm.09-02-2010
20100211092DEVICE FOR TREATMENT OF ANEURYSM - In a method, system and device a member is provided around an aneurysm enabling treatment and monitoring of the aneurysm. In accordance with one embodiment the device is adapted to be adjusted postoperatively. Hereby the treatment can be efficiently carried out without having to perform surgery when adjusting the member.08-19-2010
20100211091DEVICE FOR TREATMENT OF ANEURYSM - In a system, device and method for treating an aneurysm of a human or mammal patient an implantable member adapted to hold fluid is provided. The member is adapted to be placed in connection with a blood vessel having the aneurysm and to exercise a pressure on the aneurysm of said blood vessel.08-19-2010
20120143237VASCULAR REMODELING DEVICE - Described herein are vascular remodeling devices that include a proximal section, an intermediate section, and a distal section. During deployment, the proximal section can expand from a compressed delivery state to an expanded state and anchors the device in an afferent vessel of a bifurcation. The distal section expands from the compressed delivery state to an expanded state that may be substantially planar, approximately semi-spherical, umbrella shaped, or reverse umbrella shaped. The distal section is positioned in a bifurcation junction across the neck of an aneurysm or within an aneurysm. The intermediate section allows perfusion to efferent vessels. Before or after the device is in position, embolic material may be used to treat the aneurysm. The distal section can act as a scaffolding to prevent herniation of the embolic material. The device can be used for clot retrieval with integral distal embolic protection.06-07-2012
20090112251BRAIDED OCCLUSION DEVICE HAVING REPEATING EXPANDED VOLUME SEGMENTS SEPARATED BY ARTICULATION SEGMENTS - Embodiments of the present invention are directed to occluder devices and methods for treating various target sites, such as the gonadal vein. For example, an occluder device according to one embodiment includes a tubular structure having proximal and distal ends and a preset, expanded configuration. The tubular structure is configured to be constrained to a reduced configuration for delivery to the target site and to at least partially return to the preset, expanded configuration within the target site when unconstrained. The preset, expanded configuration includes a plurality of expanded volume members and articulating members arranged in a repeating pattern with each articulating member coupling a pair of expanded volume members. In addition, at least one expanded volume member has a cross-sectional dimension that is larger than a cross-sectional dimension of a respective articulating member and that is at least as large as a cross-sectional dimension of the target site.04-30-2009
20090112250Vascular Embolization With An Expansible Implant - A vascular implant formed of a compressible foam material has a compressed configuration from which it is expansible into a configuration substantially conforming to the shape and size of a vascular site to be embolized. Preferably, the implant is formed of a hydrophilic, macroporous foam material, having an initial configuration of a scaled-down model of the vascular site, from which it is compressible into the compressed configuration. The implant is made by scanning the vascular site to create a digitized scan data set; using the scan data set to create a three-dimensional digitized virtual model of the vascular site; using the virtual model to create a scaled-down physical mold of the vascular site; and using the mold to create a vascular implant in the form of a scaled-down model of the vascular site. To embolize a vascular site, the implant is compressed and passed through a microcatheter, the distal end of which has been passed into a vascular site. Upon entering the vascular site, the implant expands in situ substantially to fill the vascular site. A retention element is contained within the microcatheter and has a distal end detachably connected to the implant. A flexible, tubular deployment element is used to pass the implant and the retention element through the microcatheter, and then to separate the implant from the retention element when the implant has been passed out of the microcatheter and into the vascular site.04-30-2009
20110040319METHOD FOR TREATING A TARGET SITE IN A VASCULAR BODY CHANNEL - A method of treating a target site within a vascular channel of the body uses a catheter assembly having proximal and distal occluders which are positioned in occluding states at positions proximal and distal of a target site to define an occluded region therebetween. An agent is injected into the region. An intervention is performed at the target site while the vessel is occluded and the agent is in the region. The catheter assembly is removed from the channel. Intervention may include expanding a balloon within a temporary stent structure against the channel, collapsing balloon and then removing the collapsed balloon and stent structure from the channel. A balloon stent assembly comprises a catheter assembly, a temporary stent surrounding a balloon, the temporary stent placeable in a contracted state by the catheter assembly and in an expanded state by inflation of the balloon.02-17-2011
20100318114Venous Modulation of Collateral Perfusion of Cerebral Ischemia - A patient in whom blood diversion due to cerebral venous steal is present, and abolishment of the cerebral venous steal is indicated, is treated by increasing the cerebral venous pressure in the patient. This increase in cerebral venous pressure restores the collapsed cerebral vasculature, thereby increasing cerebral blood flow. The increase in cerebral venous pressure may be achieved using an occluding catheter in the superior vena cava or the internal jugular veins, using external compression of the cervical veins, or any other suitable mechanism. The occlusion may be controlled precisely during treatment, possibly as a function of cerebral blood flow, and after treatment the patient may experience a persistent effect because the cerebral vasculature is no longer collapsed.12-16-2010
20100331876Method and a catheter device for the dynamic regulation of the venous return to the heart for the treatment of patients with heart failure - This invention relates to a method that comprises the introduction of a catheter via left subclavian vein, advancing into the right atrium and then positioning it in the inferior vena cava, just at the cava-diaphragm junction, where it is anchored at its extreme; and thereafter an external inflation of a balloon positioned in said catheter takes place through a physiological solution to reach a diameter corresponding to half the diameter of the inferior vena cava, resulting in hemi-occlusion in the expiration phase (breath-out) and total occlusion for a short period during the inspiration phase (breath-in), regulating (normalizing) the venous return and decreasing the cardiac volume overload, as a treatment for heart failure. The invention also comprises hydromechanics devices to normalize the venous return in the circulatory system. Said venous return is increased in 90% of patients with heart failure. In particular, it refers to a combined catheter with an inflatable balloon, producing said balloon a cyclical occlusion of the inferior vena cava (IVC). The said balloon is adaptable to the area of its location in the inferior vena cava, proximal to the right atrium (RA), which comprises of means for its fixation within said vein, as well as the capacity of modifying the volume in response to the requirements of the patient. This device is implanted for an extended period of more than three months. The final objective is to treat and stop the progression of heart failure.12-30-2010
20110034949SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING A VESSEL USING FOCUSED FORCE - A device for introduction into a body vessel includes a main elongated element, a balloon positioned at the main elongated element distal end, a distal connecting element positioned at the distal end of the balloon to receive a guidewire during use, and a longitudinally movable sheath positioned external to the main elongated element, a position of the sheath distal end with respect to the balloon defining an exposed portion of the balloon that expands when fluid is delivered to the balloon through the inflation lumen.02-10-2011
20090312787Lumen Passability Checking Device, Lumen Passability Checking Method, and Method of Manufacturing Lumen Passability Checking Device - A lumen passability checking device includes: an expandable and shrinkable outer casing that contains a predetermined fluid, is expanded by a pressure of the contained fluid, and forms an external diameter substantially equal to that of a capsule medical device to be inserted into a body of a subject; and a shape manipulating unit that flows out the fluid contained in the outer casing to shrink-deform the outer casing. The outer casing is shrink-deformed by flowing out the fluid, while maintaining a state of being integrated with the shape manipulating unit.12-17-2009
20110087262Method For Making A Reinforced Balloon With Composite Materials - The method for making a reinforced balloon for a balloon catheter involves blending a polymer with a nano composite to form a composite matrix, extruding a parison from the composite matrix, blow molding the parison into a balloon and orienting the nano composite generally axially with respect to the balloon. The balloon formed has a high strength for resisting bursting. The nano composite may be carbon nanotubes, nano-ceramic fibers or a nano clay.04-14-2011
20120245617CHEMICALLY BASED VASCULAR OCCLUSION DEVICE DEPLOYMENT - A vascular occlusion device deployment system for placing an occlusion device at a preselected site within the vasculature of a patient. The deployment system employing a pusher having a lumen with an opening at the distal end of the pusher. A vascular occlusion device is connected to the distal end of the pusher by a portion that is removeably disposed within the opening. The portion of the occlusion device is forced out of the opening by an expandable reaction chamber, thereby deploying the occlusion device. The expandable reaction chamber, prior to deployment, has multiple chambers separated by a heat-dissolvable membrane. When the membrane is dissolved, components from the chambers react and expand, leading to deployment.09-27-2012
20120245616Balloon Catheter With Non-Deployable Stent - An angioplasty balloon including a non-deployable stent to prevent or reduce the potential for slippage of the inflated balloon with respect to the vessel wall being treated. The balloon includes a non-deployable stent that is adapted to be secured to the balloon or angioplasty balloon catheter. The stent has a proximal end, a distal end, and at least three radially-spaced struts, each, each strut connecting the proximal end to the distal end and having one or more bends that allow expansion of the strut to accommodate the inflation of the balloon. The stem is made or a material so that the stent collapses upon deflation of the balloon.09-27-2012
20100063531Medical Device with Non-Circumferential Surface Portion - PCT A medical device (03-11-2010
20110098737ANTI-RESTENOSIS DRUG COVERED AND ELUTING BALLOONS FOR VALVULOPLASTY OF AORTIC VALVE STENOSIS FOR THE PREVENTION OF RESTENOSIS - Described herein are special balloons intended for use in valvuloplasty of stenosed aortic valves, with a potential use for valvuloplasty of other heart valves as well. A feature of these balloons is that the entire or part of their external surface is covered by a drug that is eluted at the valve tissues during the balloon brief contact with them at the time of dilatation. The drug acts against the process of restenosis, which almost uniformly occurs after some time. The shape of the balloon can be the classical cylindrical or an hour-glass shape that facilitates targeted delivery of the drug at the valve tissues.04-28-2011
20110082490Non-Occlusive Dilation Devices - Non-occlusive modeling catheters including a dilation device for expanding an endoprosthesis implanted in a vessel are disclosed. In an embodiment, a modeling catheter includes a device comprising a plurality of compliant wires braided in a double overlapping pattern and having a length spanning between a proximal end of the device and a distal end of the device, wherein the device is positioned in at least a portion of an endoprosthesis implanted in a vessel, wherein, when the device is in a relaxed state, a plurality of spaces are formed between the plurality of wires to allow fluid to move freely through the plurality of spaces, and wherein, when the device is in a dilated state, the plurality of wires are sufficiently designed to exert a radial force on the endoprosthesis while continually allowing the fluid to move freely through the plurality of spaces.04-07-2011
20110082491DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TREATING VASCULAR MALFORMATIONS - The invention is also directed to a device for treating an aneurysm which has a cover covering the neck of the aneurysm and a lateral portion extending into the aneurysm. The invention is also directed to a cover which is used to cover the neck of the aneurysm thereby isolating the aneurysm from the parental vessel.04-07-2011
20120136384GRADUATED ARTERIAL DILATION BALLOON CATHETER - A graduated arterial dilation balloon catheter, including an elongate catheter body for being introduced into an artery, and including a inflatable treatment zone section for being positioned in a section of an artery to be treated, a first, relatively small diameter balloon positioned distally in the treatment zone section, and a second, relatively large diameter inflatable balloon positioned proximally within the treatment zone section of the catheter body in longitudinal alignment with the first balloon and with the catheter body. A first dilation lumen is provided and extends in fluid communication along the catheter body between a first dilation port and the first balloon; and a second dilation lumen is provided and extends in fluid communication along the catheter body between a second dilation port and the second balloon.05-31-2012
20110034948Catheter Device and Method for Selective Occlusion of Arteries of the Descending Aorta - An improved catheter device includes an elongate shaft having a distal portion adapted to be disposed with the abdominal aorta and a plurality of expandable members disposed thereon. One expandable member is dimensioned and configured so that it rests within the iliac bifurcation when expanded. At least two expandable members are spaced apart from the one expandable member and configured to selectively occlude blood flow to different abdominal/pelvic arteries when expanded. Preferably, the distal-most and the proximal-most expandable members are spaced apart at a distance more than 20 cm and less than 40 cm (and most preferably on the order of 30 cm). The expandable members are preferably realized by four inflatable balloons controlled by fluidic pressure supplied thereto via corresponding inflation lumens in the shaft. The catheter device can be fixated within the abdominal aorta and manipulated in order to quickly and efficiently identify and isolate a hemorrhage flowing from an abdominal artery. In another aspect, the catheter device can be used in treating an abdominal aortic aneurysm.02-10-2011
20120303054CATHETER WITH STEPPED SKIVED HYPOTUBE - Catheter having a hypotube with a skive defined by a first angled cut, an axial cut, and a second angled cut. A midshaft member includes a guidewire lumen and an inflation lumen in fluid communication with an inflation lumen of the hypotube, the inflation lumen of the midshaft member configured to receive at least a portion of the hypotube. A distal tubular shaft member extends distally from the midshaft member. The distal tubular shaft member has a guidewire lumen and an inflation lumen defined therein, the guidewire lumen of the distal tubular shaft member in fluid communication with the guidewire lumen of the midshaft member. The inflation lumen of the distal tubular shaft member is in fluid communication with the inflation lumen of the midshaft member and a balloon is coupled to the distal tubular shaft member and in fluid communication with the inflation lumen.11-29-2012
20120303053VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICES WITH IN-SITU STIFFENING - A vaso-occlusive device includes a first coil made from a first substantially non-expansile material, and a second coil at least partially co-wound with the first coil and made from a second expansile material. The second coil has a contracted state and an expanded state, in which the second coil expands radially and/or longitudinally. The vaso-occlusive device has increased stiffness when the second coil is in its expanded state.11-29-2012
20120303052Aneurysm occlusion by rotational dispensation of mass - This invention is a device for occluding an aneurysm comprising: a rotating member that is inserted into, and then rotated within, the aneurysm; and one or more fill members that are dispensed outwards from one or more openings in the rotating member toward the aneurysm walls. Coordination of the rate of rotation of the rotating member with the rate at which the one or more fill members are dispensed from the rotating member can create a densely-packed spiraling mass that fills a higher percentage of the volume of the aneurysm interior than is possible with deployment of coils in the less-directed, relatively-random manner used in the prior art.11-29-2012
20120203264Graft Systems Having Semi-Permeable Filling Structures and Methods for Their Use - Aneurysms are treated by filling at least one double-walled filling structure with a filling medium within the aneurysm, such as filling structures having a membrane that allows water molecules to permeate across the membrane in response to a water potential differential across the membrane. The transport of fluid across the membrane allows the bag to expand or shrink to accommodate changes in the size or shape of the aneurysm, thereby maintaining a seal between the filling structure against the vessel wall and maintaining apposition of the filling structure against the inside surface of the aneurysm. Transport of water molecules into or out of the filling structure is controlled by adjusting for the osmolarity of the filling fluid medium. The filling structures may be delivered over balloon deployment mechanisms in order to shape occlude the aneurysm and open a tubular lumen for flow of blood through the filling structure.08-09-2012
20080243168System and method for embolic protection - A balloon catheter system distinguishing a proximal balloon catheter system and a distal balloon catheter is provided. The proximal balloon catheter system has a first and a second catheter. These two catheters are positioned side-by-side over at least part of the longitudinal area of their outer surfaces, and they are detachably connected to each other. A first inflatable member is attached to the first catheter near the distal end of the first catheter. The distal balloon catheter distinguishes a catheter part with a distal end and a proximal end, and an exchange rod attached near the proximal end of the catheter part. The catheter part has a second inflatable member encircling the outer surface of the catheter part. The balloon catheter system can be used for example in methods of isolating a segment of a vessel, generating reversal fluid flow and creating an in-vivo shunt with a balloon catheter.10-02-2008
20110257673MEDICAL DEVICE - A medical device includes an expandable element for location in a blood vessel. The expandable element is movable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. In the expanded configuration, at least a part of a longitudinal axis of the expandable element is curved in three-dimensional space. The medical device can be stent deployment device which includes an elongate catheter shaft and an inflatable balloon.10-20-2011
20110264133INTRODUCER SHEATHS, THROMBUS COLLECTION DEVICES AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A sheath comprises an elastomeric tube having a self-expanding scaffold coupled to a wall. The scaffold can expand to a diameter larger than the tube diameter to provide an enlarged distal opening. An aspiration catheter has a balloon and an aspiration port so that occlusive material can be removed from a blood vessel by drawing the balloon through the vessel while simultaneously aspirating through the port.10-27-2011
20110118773ELLIPTICAL DEVICE FOR TREATING AFTERLOAD - Apparatus and methods are provided, including an elongate element that is inserted into a subject's artery via a catheter, the catheter being configured to be withdrawn from the artery subsequent to the insertion. Expandable elements are disposed on the elongate element, the expandable elements comprising respective distal tips that are substantially aligned with the elongate element. During insertion of the elongate element via the catheter, the expandable elements are in contracted states thereof. In response to the withdrawal of the catheter from the artery, the expandable elements cause the artery to change a shape thereof, by the expandable elements expanding such that the distal tips of the expandable elements contact respective contact points on the wall of the artery. Subsequently, the distal tips of the expandable elements are freed from the contact points upon pulling of the elongate element. Other embodiments are also described.05-19-2011
20100305603Shape-Changing Medical Device, Kit, Method Of Production, And Method Of Use - The present disclosure relates to treatment of disorders in the heart rhythm regulation system and, more particularly, to a medical device for tissue cutting and/or migrating wherein the cutting and/or migrating is at least partly actuated by the swelling of a swellable material. The disclosure furthermore relates to a method of producing such a medical device, a kit of such medical devices, and a method for treating such disorders.12-02-2010
20100114151METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DEPLOYMENT INTO A LUMEN - The present invention is directed to an intracorporeal occlusion device having denuding elements, motion transfer converter or anti-migration features or a combination of one or more of these features. The disclosed occlusion device can denude the body lumen through a rotational motion of the denuding elements within a lumen. The delivery system can transfer a linear motion of a handle to a combination of linear and rotational movements of the occlusion device for placement and denuding action. Anti-migration features provide free spinning of the main body of the occlusion device to prevent migration of the deployed occlusion device, especially with rotatable denuding elements.05-06-2010
20100198251Aneurysm Sealing Device - A device useful for treating an aneurysm having a neck comprises a first inflatable disc and a second inflatable disc, said second inflatable disc being adjacent to said first inflatable disc and in fluid communication therewith. The inflatable discs are sized and constructed such that when the inflatable discs are inflated, the aneurysm neck is engaged there between. The inflatable discs may include at least one wall that is substantially inelastic and may include an internal member limiting expansion of the inflatable disc in a direction parallel to the device axis. The inflatable discs may have an aspect ratio greater than 3.08-05-2010
20110137331Perfusion device - A vascular filter device (06-09-2011
20100030250CATHETER, IN PARTICULAR PTCA CATHETER02-04-2010
20100030251DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CROSSING CHRONIC TOTAL OCCLUSIONS - Devices and methods for crossing total chronic occlusions in body lumens (e.g., blood vessels, etc.). The devices and methods may involve guidewire assisted delivery of a device designed to both traverse a chronic total occlusion (CTO) and create a passageway through the CTO for a treatment device (e.g., an angioplasty balloon, stent, etc.). Some devices of the present invention may include an expandable sleeve constructed of material that expands in response to temperature changes. In other devices, an expandable sleeve may be provided in which two or more interlocking cylindrical sections can be arranged such that the cylindrical sections have a first, smaller diameter at which the expandable sleeve can be inserted through a CTO. The expandable sleeve also has a second, larger diameter that can be achieved by moving the two or more interlocking cylindrical sections relative to each other such that the expandable sleeve moves from the first diameter to the second diameter when the expandable sleeve is located across the CTO. In other aspects, a guide catheter may include a friction-enhanced outer surface to assist in maintaining the guide catheter in a selected location during use. The friction-enhanced property may be provided using, e.g., materials with an increased coefficient of friction, adding features to the surface of an otherwise smooth guide catheter, etc.02-04-2010
20110118774SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING A VESSEL USING FOCUSED FORCE - A device for introduction into a vessel including a main elongated element having a main elongated element proximal end and a main elongated element distal end, a balloon positioned at the main elongated element distal end, and a core wire attached to the device at a core wire attachment point and including an internal core wire portion positioned in the main elongated element and an external core wire portion positioned distally with respect to the internal core wire portion and positioned in parallel relation and external to the balloon.05-19-2011
20110152915HEMOSTATIC STABILIZATION SYSTEM - A hemostatic stabilization system for hemostatically accessing a bodily organ includes a hemostatic cup and a hemostatic port. The hemostatic cup includes a proximal end, a distal end, and a wall extending therebetween. The hemostatic cup also includes a tissue attachment edge at the distal end, and a sealing surface at the proximal end. The hemostatic port is configured for insertion through the sealing surface and into the bodily organ. The hemostatic port defines a working channel configured to receive an instrument to be inserted into the bodily organ. The hemostatic cup defines a vacuum chamber configured to adhere the hemostatic cup to the bodily organ when a vacuum source is coupled thereto and when the tissue attachment edge is brought into contact with the bodily organ. The hemostatic cup is configured to maintain a hemostatic environment when the instrument is inserted into the bodily organ through the hemostatic port.06-23-2011
20100228277Valvuloplasty Catheter - The present invention provides an aortic valvuloplasty catheter which, in one preferred embodiment, has a tapered distal balloon segment that anchors within the left ventricle outflow track of the patient's heart and a rounded proximal segment which conforms to the aortic sinuses forcing the valve leaflets open. In addition, this embodiment of the valvuloplasty catheter includes a fiber-based balloon membrane, a distal pigtail end hole catheter tip, and a catheter sheath.09-09-2010
20110112567EXPANDABLE CEREBROVASCULAR SHEATH AND METHOD OF USE - Disclosed is an expandable transluminal sheath, for introduction into the body while in a first, small cross-sectional area configuration, and subsequent expansion of at least a part of the distal end of the sheath to a second, enlarged cross-sectional configuration. The sheath is configured for use in the upper vascular system and has utility in the introduction and removal of therapeutic or diagnostic microcatheters. The access route is through the femoral arteries or the iliac arteries to the cerebrovasculature. The distal end of the sheath is maintained in the first, low cross-sectional configuration during advancement to the cerebrovasculature. The distal end of the sheath is subsequently expanded using a radial dilatation device, which is removed prior to the introduction of microcatheters. The sheath can be inserted in a first, small cross-sectional configuration, be expanded diametrically to a second, larger cross-sectional configuration, and then be reduced to a diametrically smaller size for removal.05-12-2011
20110172697Medical Device, Method And System For Temporary Occlusion Of An Opening In A Lumen Of A Body - A medical system is disclosed that has three basic components; a retractable sheet, a first balloon that has a centrally arranged hollow, and a collapsible/expandable support structure at the hollow. The first balloon is for instance mounted/molded onto the exterior surface of the support structure. The aggregate of support structure and the first balloon is positioned, and once the sheet has been retracted from the first balloon, the first balloon is inflated. The support structure may be self-expandable or expandable by an expansion unit, such as a further balloon arranged at its inside. The lumen of the support structure is chosen to be smaller than that of a main lumen. The outside diameter of the inflated first balloon is chosen to be larger than the interior diameter of the main lumen. This procedure may be done using standard Seldinger technique and fluoroscopy. This makes the system user friendly and increases patient safety, as a well established clinical method may be used with some modifications according to the invention.07-14-2011
20120046684Graft Systems Having Filling Structures Supported by Scaffolds and Methods for Their Use - Aneurysms are treated by filling at least one double-walled filling structure with a curable medium within the aneurysm. The filling structures may be delivered over balloon deployment mechanisms in order to shape and open tubular lumens therethrough. Scaffolds are placed into the tubular lumens in order to help maintain the shape, anchor the filling structures in place, and provide improved blood flow transition into and out of the tubular lumens.02-23-2012
20120046683DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TEMPORARILY OPENING A BLOOD VESSEL - A device for temporarily opening a blood vessel is provided. The device has an expandable cage mounted over a shaft having a lumen. The lumen has a distal end, which extends beyond the distal end of the cage so that the lumen provides access to the vasculature distal to the obstruction.02-23-2012
20120004682Occluding member expansion and the stent expansion for aneurysm treatment - This invention is a device and method to occlude an aneurysm comprising: a laterally-expanding occluding member (such as a relatively-flat balloon, mesh, net, or patch) that is positioned within the parent vessel of the aneurysm and then expanded laterally; and a radially-expanding structural member (such as a stent) that is positioned within the parent vessel of the aneurysm and then expanded radially after, or concurrently with, expansion of the laterally-expanding occluding member. Expansion of the radially-expanding member presses and holds the laterally-expanding occluding member into contact with the aneurysm neck, so that the laterally-expanding occlusive member at least partially covers the aneurysm neck and reduces blood flow to the aneurysm. This invention has several potential advantages over devices and methods in the prior art, especially for treatment of wide-neck and fusiform aneurysms.01-05-2012
20120209309VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICE - A vaso-occlusive device includes a first wire having a first cross-sectional geometry and a second wire having a second cross-sectional geometry, where the first cross-sectional geometry is different from the second cross-sectional geometry. The first wire may be wound to form a first coil, where the second wire is wound to form a second coil defining a lumen therein, and where the first coil is disposed at least partially in the lumen. The first wire and the second wire may be co-wound to form a single coil.08-16-2012
20120016405Medical Device Balloons Containing Thermoplastic Elastomers - A dilatation balloon, the dilatation balloon having a multilayer structure wherein the multilayer structure comprises a thermoplastic elastomer coextruded with a non-compliant structural polymer, the thermoplastic elastomer as an outer layer and the non-compliant structural material is an inner layer.01-19-2012
20120016406FLOW RESTORATION METHODS - Systems, methods, and devices for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke that provide immediate blood flow restoration to a vessel occluded by a clot and, after reestablishing blood flow, address the clot itself. Immediate blood flow restoration advantageously can facilitate natural lysis of the clot and also can reduce or obviate the concern for distal embolization due to fragmentation of the clot. Several embodiments of the invention provide for progressive, or modular, treatment based upon the nature of the clot. For example, the progressive treatment can comprise a three-step progressive treatment process that includes immediate restoration of blood flow, in-situ clot management, and/or clot removal depending on the particular circumstances of the treatment. The in-situ clot management can include, for example, lysis and maceration. The progressive, or modular, treatment can be provided by a system or kit of one or more treatment devices.01-19-2012
20120022572OCCLUSION DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE - A device for protecting cerebral vessels or brain tissue during treatment of a carotid vessel includes a catheter having a distal portion, a proximal portion and a lumen extending therebetween, the catheter including first and second expandable areas provided over the length of the catheter. The device includes a first elongate member insertable longitudinally through the lumen of the catheter, the first elongate member being configured for stretching at least a portion of the catheter and causing one of the first and second expandable areas to transition from an expanded state to a collapsed state. The device further includes a second elongate member insertable longitudinally through the lumen of the catheter, the second elongate member being configured for stretching at least a portion of the catheter and causing the other of the first and second expandable areas to transition from an expanded state to a collapsed state.01-26-2012
20110093001BALLOON CATHETER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IT - The invention relates to a balloon catheter comprising a catheter tube and an inflatable balloon. The ends of the balloon are attached to the catheter tube. The outside surface of the balloon in an uninflated state is provided with a relief structure which in an inflated state of the balloon is substantially disappeared. The invention also relates to a method for producing such a balloon catheter.04-21-2011
20110093000VASCULAR MEDICAL DEVICES WITH SEALING ELEMENTS AND PROCEDURES FOR THE TREATMENT OF ISOLATED VESSEL SECTIONS - Devices for the isolation of a selected portion of a vessel are described. In some embodiments, the device comprises an introducer sheath and a sealing catheter that are movable relative to each other to create an isolated volume with adjustable size and location. The methods for the treatment of vascular aneurysms using the devices are described. The treatment is achieved through the delivery of an effective amount of stabilization agent to an isolated volume that encompass the aneurysm. The device optionally has an aspiration means to improve the effectiveness of the treatment.04-21-2011
20090062835CATHETER HAVING AN IMPROVED DISTAL TIP - An elongated balloon catheter having a distal tip member on the distal end of the catheter and having a sleeve surrounding and secured at least to the proximal end of the distal tip member.03-05-2009
20120158036METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE INTERMITTENT OCCLUSION OF THE CORONARY SINUS - In a method for intermittently occluding the coronary sinus, in which in an alternating manner the coronary sinus is occluded by an occlusion device and the occlusion is released, the curve of the fluid pressure occurring in the coronary sinus after the release of the occlusion is estimated by calculation and the time of the beginning of the next occlusion is determined as a function of the estimated pressure curve.06-21-2012
20120158035PUSHABLE COAXIAL BALLOON CATHETER - Coaxial balloon catheters are described herein. The balloon catheter can include outer and inner tubes in a coaxial relationship, with a balloon attached to an end thereof. A support sleeve can be disposed around the inner tubular member proximate the proximal end of the balloon. The support sleeve can have a channel formed therein to communicate with an inflation lumen and a balloon interior. The channel may be formed by separation of two longitudinal edges extending through the support sleeve. The support sleeve can include an outward extending portion that is sized to engage the distal end of the outer tube in order to limit relative movement between the inner and outer tubes. The support sleeve can be configured to orient the inner tube eccentrically or concentrically relative to the outer tube. The support sleeve can have an elongate body that can be extended in proximal or distal direction.06-21-2012
20120179192EMBOLIZATION DEVICE AND A METHOD OF USING THE SAME - Space-occupying devices for treating voids within the body are disclosed. The devices can have multiple elements connected to a flexible leader. The devices can be coated by a binding agent. The devices can also be fillable. Methods of making and using the devices are also disclosed.07-12-2012
20110106132PARTIAL AORTIC OCCLUSION DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CEREBRAL PERFUSION AUGMENTATION - Methods are provided for partial aortic obstruction for cerebral perfusion augmentation in patients suffering from global or focal cerebral ischemia. Alternatively, the methods can be used to partially obstruct aortic blood flow to condition the spinal cord to secrete neuroprotective agents prior to abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Partial obstruction of a vessel can be accomplished by a device comprising an elongate catheter and a distally mounted expandable member. The expandable member may comprise one or two balloons. Other medical devices, such as an angioplasty, stent, or atherectomy catheter, can be inserted distal the expandable member to provide therapeutic intervention.05-05-2011
20100094330DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING DISTAL EMBOLIZATION USING FLOW REVERSAL AND PERFUSION AUGMENTATION WITHIN THE CEREBRAL VASCULATURE - A medical device having catheter with first and second elongate member and one or more expandable constricting/occluding members. The catheter is adapted for use with therapeutic or diagnostic devices, including an angioplasty/stent catheter and an atherectomy catheter. A first constrictor/occluder is mounted at the distal end of the first elongate member. A second elongate member is adapted to extend through the first elongate member. A second constrictor is mounted on the second elongate member proximal. Pressure measuring devices may be included, and filters may be used to capture embolic debris. Methods of using the devices for preventing distal embolization during extracranial or intracranial carotid procedures or vertebral artery procedures by augmenting collateral cerebral circulation by coarctation of the aorta to enhance reversal of blood flow in an internal carotid artery, an external carotid artery, and/or a common carotid artery toward the subclavian artery are disclosed.04-15-2010
20120130415VASCULAR TREATMENT DEVICE - An apparatus for performing a vascular treatment. In some embodiments, the apparatus comprises a vascular therapy device comprising a vascular treatment device and a feeder. The vascular treatment device can connect to a wire configured for use in vascular treatment. The vascular treatment device can rotate the wire. The feeder can be configured for controller the longitudinal translation of the wire. The feeder and the vascular treatment device can be independently or combinedly controlled.05-24-2012
20120130416LOW RESISTANCE DILATOR - A dilator for use in accessing a vessel or other hollow organ is provided. The dilator has an extruded shaft with a tip portion at the distal end. The tip portion is formed by inserting the distal end portion of an extruded shaft into a die. Typically, the tip portion is molded to be tapered, and has a matte finish on at least a portion of its surface. The non-tapered shaft portion of the dilator may also have a matte finish that is typically formed during the extrusion process. In one embodiment, the matte surface is imparted to the surface of the tip portion after the shaft of the dilator has been extruded, by molding the tip portion in a die that has a matte or unpolished surface. The surface of the molded tip portion is then the inverse of the pattern on the surface of the die.05-24-2012
20120215251CUTTING BALLOON WITH CONNECTOR AND DILATION ELEMENT - A balloon catheter is provided that may be used to dilate hardened regions of a stenosis. The balloon catheter is provided with one or more dilation elements that extend along a surface of a balloon. Each dilation element is connected to an outer surface of the balloon by a connector. The connector is sufficiently sized and designed to undergo stress-induced plastic deformation incurred during blow molding so that a significant portion of each of the dilation elements does not become absorbed into the wall of the final blow molded balloon, thereby maintaining the structural integrity of each of the dilation elements.08-23-2012
20120083821BALLOON WITH INTEGRALLY RETAINED DILATION ELEMENT - A balloon catheter is provided with integral tubular extensions for securing dilation elements to the outside of the balloon. The dilation elements are disposed within the tubular extensions along the working diameter of the balloon. The balloon may be manufactured by extruding a parison and blow molding the parison with the dilation elements installed within the tubular extensions.04-05-2012
20120136385FENESTRATION DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS - The present disclosure provides methods and apparatuses for guiding an endovascular tool, such as a puncturing tool or an angioscope, in a radial direction, such as toward or through the sidewall of a vessel, stent, or stent graft, using elongate members and specialized catheters. The present disclosure provides methods and apparatuses for locating branch vessels from within a grafted main vessel while maintaining continuous blood flow to the branch vessel. Another aspect of the present disclosure involves a reverse cannulation system, particularly useful for stenting the abdominal aorta proximate the renal arteries and stenting the renal artery.05-31-2012
20120215250VASCULAR AND BODILY DUCT TREATMENT DEVICES AND METHODS - Devices including, but not limited to, a self-expandable member having a proximal end portion and a main body portion. The self-expandable member is movable from a first delivery position to a second placement position, in the first delivery position the expandable member being in an unexpanded position and having a nominal first diameter and in the second position the expandable member being in a radially expanded position and having a second nominal diameter greater than the first nominal diameter for deployment within a vessel or duct of a patient. The expandable member includes a plurality of cell structures with the cell structures in the main body portion extending circumferentially around a longitudinal axis of the expandable member and the cell structures in the proximal end portion extending less than circumferentially around the longitudinal axis of the expandable member to form first and second peripheral rails that vary in width along their lengths.08-23-2012
20110184450ANEURYSM EMBOLIZATION DEVICE - An aneurysm embolization device includes at least: a sac-shaped balloon dome part which is inserted into an aneurysm in a blood vessel, then expanded and left therein; and a balloon plane part which is provided at an opening of the balloon dome part and covers an aneurysm mouth part. The balloon plane part includes: a first hole and a second hole communicating with the inside and the outside of the balloon dome part, respectively. The balloon dome part includes a gap forming member which forms a non-contact region where, when the balloon dome part is expanded in the aneurysm, an outer surface of the balloon dome part does not come into contact with an inner surface of the aneurysm. When the aneurysm embolization device is placed and deployed in an aneurysm having a blood vessel branching therefrom, a gap is formed between the outer surface of the balloon dome part and the inner surface of the aneurysm. Thus, a treatment for the aneurysm can be carried out without occluding an entrance of the branched blood vessel.07-28-2011
20120172911OCCLUSION DEVICE - A vascular occlusion device for occluding a body cavity includes an elongate member with a first lumen and a second lumen. An inflatable balloon is disposed about a distal end of the elongate member, and is inflated with inflating fluid introduced into the interior of the balloon by way of the first lumen. The device also includes a pressure regulation system that determines the pressure of embolization material being injected from the second lumen into the body cavity to occlude the body cavity.07-05-2012
20120172910SMART EXPANDABLE MEMBER FOR MEDICAL APPLICATIONS - Devices and methods for assessing the compliance of vessel lumens and hollow portions of organs are described. The devices and methods are particularly adapted for determining the compliance of the native heart valves to facilitate the later implantation of a prosthetic heart valve. The devices are typically catheter-based having an expandable member fixed to a distal end of the catheter. Located within the expandable member is an imaging member. The methods typically comprise deploying the balloon percutaneously to a target location, expanding the balloon, and determining the compliance of a lumen, particularly a cardiac valve. An optical coherence tomography apparatus is a preferred apparatus for determining compliance.07-05-2012
20120316597Device For Occluding A Lumen - One embodiment according to the present invention includes an occlusion device in which the support structure or frame expands circumferentially within the lumen to secure an expansile plug or embolic material. Once in place, the expansile plug or embolic material expands, thereby occluding the target lumen. Another embodiment according to the present invention includes a radially expandable support structure having a closed portion for capturing subsequently delivered embolic material, such as embolic coils. For example, the structure may have a closed portion at its distal end or at its middle (forming an hourglass shape). Additionally, the closed portion may be formed from the support structure itself or from a discrete, second layer that is attached within the support structure.12-13-2012
20100298860TAPERED MULTI-CHAMBER BALLOON - A catheter for carotid artery dilatation that includes a multi-chamber balloon assembly mounted at the distal end of the elongated tube that has at least two tandem chambers. Each chamber communicates with a separate lumen and each separate lumen terminates at the proximal end at a lumen valve head. The chambers have an inflated configuration with a diameter that progressively tapers in a direction from proximal to distal, said taper extends substantially continuously from the proximal end of the balloon assembly to the distal end thereof11-25-2010
20110106131Systems and Methods for Closing a Percutaneous Vascular Puncture - A system and method for closing a percutaneous vessel puncture at the conclusion of a vascular catheterization procedure includes placement of an intravascular closure device having a tubular membrane mounted about a radially self-expandable scaffold. A tether is attached to a midpoint of the closure device and extends externally therefrom. The closure device is placed by a delivery catheter extending through the puncture site and is radially expanded in a location upstream or downstream of the puncture site. The tether extends through the vessel puncture and tension applied to the tether slides the closure device into a position covering the puncture from within the vessel.05-05-2011
20120226303Perfusion Dilation Catheter System and Methods of Use - A system includes an elongate catheter having a self-expanding frame disposed at the distal end of the catheter. The frame includes a plurality of longitudinal struts defined by parallel slots. The frame may be constrained into a radially compressed configuration for delivery to a treatment site. A helical balloon is mounted about the frame. Upon release from the constraining mechanism, the frame returns to a heat-set radially expanded configuration to initiate dilation of a treatment site in a patient. Inflating the balloon around the expanded frame further expands the initial radial dilation of the site. Proximal and distal ends of the slots are unobstructed by the balloon to permit flow of a fluid through the slots and through a lumen defined by an interior surface of the balloon when the frame is in the radially expanded configuration.09-06-2012
20120253380Balloon for the treatment of stenosis and method for manufacturing the balloon - The present invention relates to a balloon (10-04-2012
20120259356RETRIEVABLE CARDIAC DEVICES - Removable cardiac implants, applicators for inserting, repositioning and/or removing them, and methods of using them are described. In particular, removable or repositionable ventricular partitioning devices are described. Systems including removable implants and applicators for inserting and/or removing them are also described.10-11-2012
20090254114BALLOON CATHETER SYSTEM FOR TREATING VASCULAR OCCLUSIONS - The present invention provides a balloon catheter comprising: 10-08-2009
20100324584Medical Device Fixation Anchor Having Improved Compaction and Delivery - A medical fixation device having a device attachment portion, a compression bearing portion and a barb portion. The barb portion is separated from a device constraining means by the incorporation of the compression bearing portion.12-23-2010
20080287984Medical balloons and methods of making the same - Medical balloons are provided that have enhanced properties, such as thinner walls, enhanced tensile strength, and/or electrical conductivity. Methods are also disclosed.11-20-2008
20120265236CATHETER DEVICE - A catheter device for expanding stenoses in the branching region of body vessels, comprising two catheter branches, the length of which is adjustable, and each of which has an outer distal rolling membrane, and which are interconnected at or near the distal end of a common catheter shaft.10-18-2012
20120323269LUMEN REENTRY DEVICES AND METHODS - A device, such as for use with lumen reentry, including a catheter including a balloon disposed at a distal end thereof, the catheter being formed with a first lumen through the balloon for passing therethrough a guidewire and a second lumen for inflation and deflation of the balloon, the catheter and the balloon being sized and shaped for entry between two layers of a wall of a body lumen, wherein upon expansion of the balloon when placed between the layers, a distal portion of the first lumen that passes through the balloon is bent with respect to a portion of the first lumen proximal to the balloon and is directed towards the body lumen.12-20-2012
20120271339Balloon Catheter With Integrated Optical Sensor For Determining Balloon Diameter - An apparatus and method for determining an expanded diameter of a catheter balloon. An optical sensor includes an elongated optical fiber with at least one diffraction grating formed in a core of a distal portion thereof. The fiber distal portion is coupled to the inflatable balloon. Broadband light is transmitted to the diffraction grating by an optical interrogator. A portion of the light is reflected from the diffraction grating and is received by a wavelength detector. The wavelength of the reflected portion of light is dependent on the strain applied to the diffraction grating. The wavelength detector determines the strain in the balloon and correlates the strain to the diameter of the balloon.10-25-2012
20110213403DEVICES AND METHODS FOR VASCULAR RECANALIZATION - In some embodiments, a medical device for recanalizing a vessel having a blockage and restoring blood flow through an obstructed blood vessel includes an expandable member coupled to a core wire and a hypotube that are movable relative to each other to manipulate the expandable member between various configurations. The expandable member having a capture structure in an expanded configuration. The expandable member can include multiple interstices formed by woven mesh filaments or braided strands through which the material blocking the vessel can pass. The capture structure can include a shape on its external surface that facilitates dislodgement and capture of the material within capture spaces created by the expandable member. Some embodiments include a capture sack or cap for capturing material and preventing material from migrating down stream of the blockage. Superoxygenated blood can be infused distal to the blockage to minimize loss of function during an ischemic event.09-01-2011
20100234876APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR RECAPTURING AN ABLATION BALLOON - A recapturing apparatus, a medical kit including the recapturing apparatus and a method for performing a medical procedure using the recapturing apparatus are provided. The recapturing apparatus includes a moveable collar and a push wire. The moveable collar comprises a proximal attachment region and a distal capture region sized to capture an expandable body therein. The push wire is configured to couple to the attachment region. The medical kit includes a sheath, a catheter having a distally-located expandable body, and the recapturing apparatus located concentrically between the sheath and the catheter. The method for performing the medical procedure includes coupling the push wire to the collar and advancing the collar distally along the catheter until the expandable body on the catheter is captured within the collar.09-16-2010
20100234875RUPTURE-RESISTANT COMPLIANT RADIOPAQUE CATHETER BALLOON AND METHODS FOR USE OF SAME IN AN INTRAVASCULAR SURGICAL PROCEDURE - The present invention provides a compliant balloon for use with a catheter having an inner compliant inner layer defining a cylindrical lumen encased by a fiber layer including non-braided inelastic fibers imparting integrity to the balloon wall. The balloon further includes radiopaque material which may be disposed over substantially the entire length of the balloon as a coating or by incorporation within the fiber layer or an outer coating layer. The balloon is expandable from a folded deflated state to an inflated state by increasing pressure within the balloon and can be used with saline as the sole inflation medium to allow rapid deflation as compared to use of a balloon with a contrast medium.09-16-2010
20120277786Treating Heart Tissue - Some systems and methods for treating heart tissue may include instruments for intermittently occluding the coronary sinus using a coronary sinus occlusion catheter device. In some embodiments, the coronary sinus occlusion catheter can be used before or during a coronary intervention procedure in which a blockage in a heart is repaired or removed.11-01-2012
20120277785Valvuloplasty Balloon Catheter - A valvuloplasty balloon assembly includes a balloon (11-01-2012
20110276079ENDOVASCULAR DEVICES AND METHODS - Devices and methods for the treatment of chronic total occlusions are provided. One disclosed embodiment comprises a method of facilitating treatment via a vascular wall defining a vascular lumen containing an occlusion therein. The method includes providing an intravascular device having a distal portion with a side port, inserting the device into the vascular lumen, positioning the distal portion in the vascular wall, directing the distal portion within the vascular wall such that the distal portion moves at least partially laterally, and directing the side port towards the vascular lumen.11-10-2011
20110276078FILLING STRUCTURE FOR A GRAFT SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE - A system for treating an aneurysm includes a first double-walled filling structure having an outer wall and an inner wall. The filling structure is adapted to be filled with a hardenable fluid filling medium so that the outer wall conforms to an inside surface of the aneurysm and the inner wall forms a generally tubular lumen to permit blood flow therethrough. The inner wall comprises a blood contacting layer and a reinforcing layer. The reinforcing layer prevents circumferential creep or elastic expansion of the lumen.11-10-2011
20120330342SYSTEMS AND DEVICES FOR INTRALUMENAL IMPLANTATION - Devices, systems and methods are provided for performing intra-lumenal medical procedures in a desired area of the body. Medical devices including filter devices, embolization devices, stents, delivery systems and methods of performing medical procedures to occlude, filter, redirect and or re-establish the intravascular flow of blood are provided for the treatment of hemorrhagic and ischemic disease states.12-27-2012
20120101515PRESSURE INDUCED COLOR CHANGE FOR BALLOON CATHETER CHASSIS - A balloon catheter has a visual indicator to indicate when a maximum pressure has been reached or exceeded for forensic purposes after a catheter has failed. The visual indicator can be mechanical, such as a physical member that stretches or discolors upon yielding. Or the visual indicator can be the use of a force sensitive polymer that changes color upon a predetermined stress, such as for example mechanophores. Where such visual indicators are present, a failed catheter can be investigated to determine if the failure was likely the result of overpressurization, or if the catheter failed for defects unrelated to the pressure.04-26-2012
20120289993Aneurysm Treatment Device And Method Of Use - The present application discloses an apparatus for treating vascular aneurysms and includes a radially expandable substantially cylindrical structure formed from a plurality of support members and defining a plurality of openings, and at least one reactive material strand selectively integrated into the substantially cylindrical structure. The reactive material is configured to assume a non-reacted state and a reacted state. The reactive material in the reacted state is configured to restrict a flow of blood to an aneurysm.11-15-2012
20100130999EMBOLI PROTECTION DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS OF USE - An evacuation sheath assembly and method of treating occluded vessels which reduces the risk of distal embolization during vascular interventions is provided. A method of treating a lesion within a blood vessel, includes providing an evacuation sheath assembly having a multi-lumen tube with proximal and distal ends, first and second lumens therebetween, and at least one sealing surface mounted on the distal end of the multi-lumen tube. The evacuation sheath assembly is advanced to a region of interest within a blood vessel. The sealing surface is deployed upstream of the region of interest to occlude antegrade flow adjacent to the lesion to be treated. A dilation catheter is advanced through the multi-lumen tube such that the dilation balloon is positioned across the lesion and the lesion is dilated. Suction is applied to induce retrograde blood flow to carry dislodged embolic material into a lumen of the evacuation sheath assembly.05-27-2010
20130018406EXPANDABLE MEDICAL DEVICESAANM Campbell; Carey V.AACI FlagstaffAAST AZAACO USAAGP Campbell; Carey V. Flagstaff AZ USAANM Hartman; Cody L.AACI FlagstaffAAST AZAACO USAAGP Hartman; Cody L. Flagstaff AZ US - A medical device with an expandable element and expandable tubular sleeve surrounding at least a portion of the expandable element which influences the rate, shape and/or force required to expand the expandable element and methods for use in a body lumen are provided.01-17-2013
20130018407VASCULAR OCCLUSION DEVICE WITH ENHANCED FEEDBACK - A vascular occlusion device for occluding a body cavity includes an elongate member, a deflecting device and an indicator device. The elongate member includes a proximal end and a distal end. An embolization material is injected into the body cavity through the distal end. The deflecting device is disposed at the distal end of the elongate member and configured to be deflected by the embolization material. The indicator device is disposed at the proximal end of the elongate member. The indicator device indicates a status of occlusion of the body cavity based on deflection of the deflecting device by the embolization material.01-17-2013
20110160762APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING EMBOLIZATION DURING TREATMENT OF CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE - Methods and apparatus are provided for removing emboli during an angioplasty, stenting or surgical procedure comprising a catheter having an occlusion element, an aspiration lumen, and a blood outlet port in communication with the lumen, a guide wire having a balloon, a venous return sheath with a blood inlet port, and tubing that couples the blood outlet port to the blood inlet port. Apparatus is also provided for occluding the external carotid artery to prevent reversal of flow into the internal carotid artery. The pressure differential between the artery and the vein provides reverse flow through the artery, thereby flushing emboli. A blood filter may optionally be included in-line with the tubing to filter emboli from blood reperfused into the patient.06-30-2011
20110160761MULTIPLE LAYER EMBOLUS REMOVAL - Systems, methods, and devices for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke that provide immediate blood flow restoration to a vessel occluded by a clot and, after reestablishing blood flow, address the clot itself. Immediate blood flow restoration advantageously can facilitate natural lysis of the clot and also can reduce or obviate the concern for distal embolization due to fragmentation of the clot. Several embodiments of the invention provide for progressive, or modular, treatment based upon the nature of the clot. For example, the progressive treatment can comprise a three-step progressive treatment process that includes immediate restoration of blood flow, in-situ clot management, and/or clot removal depending on the particular circumstances of the treatment. The in-situ clot management can include, for example, lysis and maceration. The progressive, or modular, treatment can be provided by a system or kit of one or more treatment devices.06-30-2011
20110160760SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING PROGRESSIVE THERAPY FOR THROMBUS MANAGEMENT - Systems, methods, and devices for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke that provide immediate blood flow restoration to a vessel occluded by a clot and, after reestablishing blood flow, address the clot itself. Immediate blood flow restoration advantageously can facilitate natural lysis of the clot and also can reduce or obviate the concern for distal embolization due to fragmentation of the clot. Several embodiments of the invention provide for progressive, or modular, treatment based upon the nature of the clot. For example, the progressive treatment can comprise a three-step progressive treatment process that includes immediate restoration of blood flow, in-situ clot management, and/or clot removal depending on the particular circumstances of the treatment. The in-situ clot management can include, for example, lysis and maceration. The progressive, or modular, treatment can be provided by a system or kit of one or more treatment devices.06-30-2011
20130172924HEMOSTASIS VALVE AND GUIDEWIRE PACING SYSTEM - Systems and methods for temporarily pacing a patient's heart are provided. One system includes a hemostasis valve with an adjustable electrical connection, the adjustable electrical connection having one or more adjustable contacts. The adjustable contacts have a first, radially expanded configuration and a second, radially constricted configuration. In the radially constricted configuration, the adjustable contacts are configured to pierce through a layer of an elongate medical device that is disposed in the hemostasis valve. The elongate medical device has a distal electrode and a conductor extending along a portion of the elongate medical device. The adjustable contacts pierce through a make contact with the conductor, providing an electrical pathway to the distal electrode. Also provided are vascular access systems including a hemostasis valve and a guide catheter, guide wire torquers with adjustable contacts and methods of temporarily pacing a patient's heart.07-04-2013
20090254113Dilatation balloon with ridges and methods - The present invention provides a zero-fold dilatation balloon that includes a balloon body having a proximal end and a distal end and at least one ridge at the proximal end and at least one ridge at the distal end in an inflated state, wherein the balloon body between the ridges comprises a continuous polymer tube with an external surface having a hydrophilic coating thereon, and further wherein the balloon has a uniform profile along its entire length in a deflated state.10-08-2009
20110264132MULTI-UTILITARIAN MICROCATHETER SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE - A device for performing therapeutic or diagnostic procedures within the cerebrovasculature includes a catheter having a distal portion, a proximal portion and a lumen extending therebetween, the catheter including an expandable region for engaging the vessel wall, thrombus, atheroma, or other structures. The device further includes an elongate stretching member, which can be a guidewire, insertable longitudinally through the lumen of the catheter, the elongate stretching member being configured for stretching at least a portion of the catheter and causing the expandable region to transition from an expanded state to a collapsed state, and wherein the elongate stretching member is retracted proximally relative to the catheter causes the expandable region to transition from the radially collapsed state to a radially, or laterally expanded state.10-27-2011
20130144323ELONGATED EXPANDABLE MEMBER FOR OCCLUDING VARICOSE VEINS - Assemblies, kits, and methods for occluding a vascular vessel, such as a varicose vein, are disclosed. An assembly can include a removable inner member, a removable outer member, and an elongated expandable member positioned in a compressed form between portions of the inner and outer members. To facilitate their removal, one or both of the inner and outer members can include a handle coupled to a proximal end. The elongated expandable member can include a gelatin material or a collagen material that is configured, when wetted, to expand from a compressed first diametrical size to a second larger diametrical size within a time period of 5 minutes or less. At the second larger diametrical size, the gelatin or collagen material can occlude a vascular vessel for a period of at least 20 days without degrading.06-06-2013
20130096604INTEGRATED CROSSING BALLOON CATHETER - An integrated crossing balloon catheter. The catheter includes a hub assembly secured to the proximal end of the catheter shaft, an inflatable balloon secured to the distal end of the catheter shaft, and a stiffening tube positioned over the inflatable balloon and a distal end portion of the catheter shaft. The stiffening tube is configured to be advanced through a vasculature with the catheter shaft as a unit. The stiffening tube is translatable along the catheter shaft from a first position in which the inflatable balloon is within the stiffening tube to a second position in which the inflatable balloon is exposed from the stiffening tube.04-18-2013
20130123832MEDICAL DEVICES - Medical systems and methods including balloons having nanotubes are disclosed. In some embodiments, a medical system includes an elongated shaft, and an expandable balloon carried by the shaft and including nanotubes. The medical system is capable of cooling the balloon to less than about 37° C. In some embodiments, a method includes providing a medical device having an elongated shaft, and an expandable balloon carried by the elongated shaft and including nanotubes; and cooling the balloon to less than about 37° C.05-16-2013
20130131711Embolic Device With Shaped Wire - Devices for the occlusion of body cavities, such as the embolization of vascular aneurysms and the like, and methods for making and using such devices. The devices may be comprised of novel expansile materials, novel infrastructure design, or both. The devices provided are very flexible and enable deployment with reduced or no damage to bodily tissues, conduits, cavities, etceteras.05-23-2013
20130131712OVER-THE-WIRE EXCLUSION DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR DELIVERY - A modification to allow delivery of a two port medical flow restrictor over a guidewire, and a means to mechanically collapse the new device. A thin walled, foil-like shell, is compacted for delivery. The invention includes the device, delivery assemblies, and methods of placing, and using, the device. A device with an aneurysm lobe and an artery lobe self-aligns its waist at the neck of an aneurysm as the device shell is pressure expanded. Mechanical force collapses both the aneurysm lobe and the artery lobe, captivating the neck of the aneurysm and securing the device. The device works for aneurysms at bifurcations and aneurysms near side-branch arteries. The device, unlike endovascular coiling, excludes the weak neck of the aneurysm from circulation, while leaving the aneurysm relatively empty. Unlike stent-based exclusion, the device does not block perforator arteries. This exclusion device can also limit flow through body lumens or orifices.05-23-2013
20130131710DEVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESHAPING TISSUE OPENINGS - A device for resizing/reshaping a tissue opening is provided. The device includes a cage structure which is positionable within the tissue opening and is radially expandable therein while enabling flow therethrough while it is fully expanded and biased against a tissue defining the tissue opening.05-23-2013
20110276080INTRAVASCULAR DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME, AND KITS INCLUDING SAME - The invention relates to an intravascular device (11-10-2011
20100286721Dilatation Catheter with Enhanced Distal End for Crossing Occluded Lesions - A catheter for crossing an occluding lesion with an inflatable balloon and dilating the lesion includes an inner tube that defines a longitudinal axis. The balloon includes a distal section that is bonded to the tube's distal end, a working section, and a conically shaped distal transition section connecting the working and distal section. A plurality of rigid ribs are spaced around the circumference of the balloon near the catheter's distal end. Each rib includes a first elongated portion attached to the balloon's distal section and aligned substantially parallel with the longitudinal axis. A second portion extending from the first portion and at an angle thereto is attached to and lies along the surface of the balloon's distal transition section. The plurality of ribs combine to simulate a stiff, tapered surface that can be wedged into the occluding lesion to create a passageway to cross the lesion with the balloon.11-11-2010
20100286720VESSEL TREATMENT DEVICES - A catheter system for treating lesions is provided. The system is suitable for treatment of bifurcation lesions, has a low profile and provides substantially predictable translational and rotational positioning. In one embodiment, the system includes a fixed wire balloon catheter and a partially attached guidewire lumen, wherein the guidewire lumen is attached to the catheter at a crotch point. The location of the crotch point is predetermined so as to provide substantially predictable positioning. Several embodiments of the system are described for various types of lesions and vessel configurations.11-11-2010
20130150881VALVULOPLASTY DEVICE - A medical device may include an elongate shaft having a plurality of elongated balloons disposed at a distal end including a first balloon, a second balloon, and a third balloon, a manifold disposed at a proximal end of the elongate shaft in fluid communication with the plurality of balloons, and a distal tip disposed distal of the plurality of balloons, the distal end of each balloon being joined together by the distal tip. A medical device may include an elongate shaft having a plurality of elongated balloons disposed at a distal end including a first opposing pair and a second opposing pair, a manifold disposed at a proximal end of the elongate shaft in fluid communication with the plurality of balloons, and a distal tip disposed distal of the plurality of balloons, the distal end of each balloon being joined together by the distal tip.06-13-2013
20130150880SUBINTIMAL RECANALIZATION WITH BIO-ABSORBABLE STENT - A recanalization catheter assembly and method for establishing a subintimal pathway around an occlusion in a blood vessel. The recanalization catheter assembly an inflatable balloon structure including a distal anchoring portion configured to expand within a true lumen portion of the blood vessel distal of the occlusion to anchor the recanalization catheter from unintentional movement during expansion of a stent in the subintimal pathway. The expandable stent, such as a bioabsorbable stent, may be configured to promote native tissue regrowth around the stent to create a superficial intimal layer along the subintimal pathway.06-13-2013
20120283767EXTENSION TUBES FOR BALLOON CATHETERS - A balloon catheter may include a multi-lumen tube having an inflation lumen and a guide wire lumen. The multi-lumen tube may include a proximal end and a distal end and may terminate at a distal tip. The catheter may include an extension tube extending distally from the distal tip of the multi-lumen tube and a dilatation balloon disposed about the multi-lumen tube and the extension tube. The distal tip of the multi-lumen tube may be under the balloon.11-08-2012
20110295301Catheter System and Method For Occluding A Body Vessel - Some embodiments of a balloon catheter device for introduction into a body vessel, in particular the coronary sinus, can include a catheter shaft which carries an inflatable balloon on its distal portion and in which a plurality of different lumens are formed. In particular embodiments, a system for treating heart tissue can include a coronary sinus occlusion catheter configured for improved deliverability to the coronary sinus and for thereafter performing intermittent occlusion of the coronary sinus.12-01-2011
20130190797ANGIOPLASTY PRESSURE TRANSDUCER - An angioplasty pressure transducer includes a cylindrical member defining an inner cavity. The first end of the cylindrical member is provided with a fluid port allowing the passage of fluid into and out of the cylindrical member due to pressure changes in the physiological fluid being monitored. The angioplasty pressure transducer also includes a cylindrical elastomeric sleeve surrounding the cylindrical member. A cylindrical, transparent housing member is positioned about the cylindrical member such that a substantial portion of the outer surface of the cylindrical member, as well as the elastomeric sleeve, are enclosed and encased within the housing member. The cylindrical wall includes a plurality of small apertures spaced cylindrically about the circumference of cylindrical wall at a position substantially located at the longitudinal center of the cylindrical member, the apertures permitting pressurized fluid to pass between the inner cavity and the outer surface of the cylindrical member.07-25-2013
20130204289DEVICES AND METHODS FOR OCCLUDING VASCULAR ABNORMALITIES - Medical devices are provided that include at least one layer that defines a proximal end, a distal end, and an expanded volume portion between the proximal and distal ends. The expanded volume portion defines a longitudinal axis extending between the proximal and distal ends. A first end feature including a reversible connection for attachment to a pusher member may be attached to the proximal end. The first end feature may define a first axis between its opposing ends. Similarly, a second end feature defining a second axis between its opposing ends may be located at the distal end. In the contracted state (e.g., when constrained within a delivery catheter), the first axis and the second axis may be aligned with the longitudinal axis, and in the expanded state (e.g., when deployed), the first axis and/or the second axis may be angled with respect to the longitudinal axis.08-08-2013

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