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20130030461INTRAVASCULAR THROMBOEMBOLECTOMY DEVICE AND METHOD USING THE SAME - A device and a method for increasing or restoring a flow in a body lumen are provided. The device and the method may treat conditions related to a stroke, such as an ischemic stroke, by removing an occlusion from a blood vessel and/or reopen a blood vessel. The device may comprise a tubing compartment, a central wire, and an engaging compartment. The engaging compartment may comprise a distal engaging element and a proximal engaging element. A clot or occlusion present in the body lumen such as an artery may be engaged in and/or between the distal and proximal engaging elements. Further, the positions of one or both of the engaging elements and the distance therebetween can be adjusted to ensure the engagement of the clot or occlusion.01-31-2013
20130030460INTRAVASCULAR THROMBOEMBOLECTOMY DEVICE AND METHOD USING THE SAME - A device and a method for increasing or restoring a flow in a body lumen are provided. The device and the method may treat conditions related to a stroke, such as an ischemic stroke, by removing an occlusion from a blood vessel and/or reopen a blood vessel. The device may comprise a pusher tube and an expandable compartment. The expandable compartment may comprise a control element, a reconfigurable element, and supportive element. The supportive element is configured to adjust a radial force and a configuration of the reconfigurable element, thereby allowing highly efficient removal of an occlusion from a blood vessel and/or reopen a blood vessel with least or no damage to the body lumen.01-31-2013
20100160953INTRODUCER SHEATH FOR USE WITH AN EMBOLIC COIL DEVICE AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING THE SAME - Introducer sheaths for use with embolic coil devices and methods for making and using the same. An example introducer sheath assembly may include an introducer sheath having a proximal end, a distal end, and a body portion defined therebetween. The body portion may include two or more bends formed therein. An embolic coil device may be disposed within the introducer sheath.06-24-2010
20100160955PERCUTANEOUS CATHETER AND GUIDEWIRE HAVING FILTER AND MEDICAL DEVICE DEPLOYMENT CAPABILITIES - The invention provides a nested tubing cannula which comprises outer and inner elongate tubular members, both having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen therebetween. The inner tubular member is sealed at its distal end and is nested substantially coaxially within the lumen of the outer tubular member, so that the gap between the inner and the outer tubular member defines a second lumen whereas the first lumen is the lumen of the inner tubular member. A tubular sleeve is disposed coaxially between the inner and outer tubular members. A balloon is mounted on a distal region of the outer tubular member and is in communication with the first lumen. The cannula further comprises a port proximal or distal the balloon occluder and is in communication with the second lumen. Methods for making the devices herein are disclosed.06-24-2010
20100160956REMOVABLE VENA CAVA FILTER FOR REDUCED TRAUMA IN COLLAPSED CONFIGURATION - The present invention provides a method of capturing thrombi in a blood vessel, which includes delivering a removable filter in a collapsed state within the blood vessel and deploying the filter to an expanded state within the blood vessel. The filter includes a plurality of primary struts and a plurality of secondary struts emanating from a hub and extending arcuately along a longitudinal axis and linearly radially. Each primary strut has an arcuate segment including first and second curved portions. Each secondary strut includes first and second arcs. The primary struts terminate with an anchoring hook. Each primary strut crosses another primary strut along the longitudinal axis in the collapsed state such that the arcuate segments occupy a first diameter and the anchoring hooks occupy a second diameter, the first diameter being greater than the second diameter for filter retrieval or delivery. In the expanded state, the secondary struts centralize the filter in the blood vessel and the anchoring hooks engage with the blood vessel.06-24-2010
20100160954Removable Vena Cava Filter - A removable filter for capturing thrombi in a blood vessel. The filter comprises a plurality of primary struts having first ends connected to each other to define a central axis of the filter. Each primary strut has a curved member extending from the central axis and terminates at an anchoring hook to engage the blood vessel at a first axial plane. The filter further comprises a plurality of secondary struts connected to the curved members of the primary struts and extending therefrom to a free end at a second axial plane to centralize the filter in the blood vessel.06-24-2010
20120172913DELIVERY OF AN EMBOLIZATION COIL WITH AN ATTACHER - An occluding device apparatus includes an embolization coil with a distal end and a proximal end with an opening and an attacher that is threaded through the opening at the proximal end of the embolization coil. The apparatus further comprises a delivery kit for delivery of the embolization coil in a body cavity. The kit comprises a guide catheter for percutaneous introduction of the embolization coil and an inner catheter slidably disposed within the guide catheter during insertion. The inner catheter comprises a proximal end and a distal end. The inner catheter further includes a hub disposed adjacent the proximal end. The kit further comprises a guide wire slidably disposed within the inner catheter. The guide wire is configured to provide a path during insertion thereof within a body cavity. The kit further comprises a pushwire to advance the embolization coil through the inner catheter.07-05-2012
20100023049INTRAVASCULAR FILTER AND METHOD - A filter disposed at the distal end of an elongate guidewire. Catheters are provided for delivering the filter to, and retrieving the filter from, a treatment site. The catheters can be over-the-wire or single operator exchange. The catheters include a housing for receiving the filter therein. The housing has an atraumatic distal end.01-28-2010
20100016882RECOVERABLE INFERIOR VENA CAVA FILTER - A recoverable embolus filter has a symmetrical design with two corollas with radially extending extensions that are mutually interconnected to permit them to slide with respect to each other. The corollas collapse by pulling them apart, and the collapsed filter can then be withdrawn by pulling one of the ends of the collapsed configuration into a recovery sheath.01-21-2010
20130085522BRAID-BALL EMBOLIC DEVICES - Embolic implants, delivery systems and methods of manufacture and delivery are disclosed. The devices can be used for aneurysm treatment and/or parent vessel occlusion. Implant designs offer low profile compressibility for delivery to neurovasculature, while maintaining other necessary features such as density for occlusion purposes and desirable radial strength characteristics.04-04-2013
20130085521DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR IMPLANTABLE DEVICES - Medical devices and systems for treating a vascular condition are described. One such device includes a sheath, an elongate delivery member, and a lock. The sheath has a wall that includes an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface defines a lumen along the sheath. An access opening is in a proximal portion of the wall and is in fluid communication with the lumen. The delivery member is at least partially disposed within the lumen. The delivery member passes through the access opening. The lock is slidably disposed on an outer periphery of the wall. The lock slidably moves from a first position to a second position along a longitudinal axis of the sheath. The lock positioned in the first position restricts movement of the delivery member.04-04-2013
20130085523Non-Entangling Vena Cava Filter - A method of treating a patient includes providing an implantable vessel filter including a plurality of legs and a center-post, inserting the filter into a delivery assembly, and deploying the filter at a desired location in a patient's body. One or more of the legs may have a hook at a distal end thereof and the center-post includes a grooved distal section to receive the hooks. The filter legs transition from a compressed configuration to an expanded configuration during deployment.04-04-2013
20090187209MEANS AND METHOD OF REMOVAL OF EMBOLIC MATERIAL FROM A BLOOD VESSEL - The present invention discloses a mechanical embolectomy device for the removal of intravascular embolic material, especially blood clots. The device comprises of a microcatheter of dimensions suitable for introduction into a blood vessel; a microguide wire; and a retriever coil attached to the distal end of said microcatheter; said retriever coil is positioned to dislodge and remove said embolic material from said blood vessel. A method for removing of intravascular embolic materials is also disclosed.07-23-2009
20110196415MATERIAL FOR ANEURYSM CURING - It is an object of the present invention to provide a polymer material, the histocompatibility of which has been improved by irradiation of ion beam, which prevents an aneurysm having a risk of rupture from actually rupturing. The present invention provides a material for treating aneurysms, which is composed of a polymer material containing carbon as a constitutional element, and which is produced by modifying at least a portion of the surface thereof by ion bombardment.08-11-2011
20090209996REMOVABLE BLOOD CLOT FILTER WITH EDGE FOR CUTTING THROUGH THE ENDOTHELIUM - A removable blood clot filter includes anchor members with a sharp edge configured so that when the filter is removed the sharp edge aids in passing the anchor members through endothelial tissue. The filter may also include a sharp edge on locator members configured to aid pulling the locator members away from the endothelial tissue.08-20-2009
20120179195DUAL ENDOVASCULAR FILTER AND METHODS OF USE - Blood filter devices and methods of use.07-12-2012
20120179194VASOOCCLUSIVE COIL WITH ENHANCED THERAPEUTIC STRAND STRUCTURE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature. The stretch resistant member may be formed from a therapeutic and/or bioactive non-metallic material to enhance the therapeutic properties of the vasoocclusive coil.07-12-2012
20100076482EMBOLI GUARDING DEVICE - A device including a stent structure or frame to which a sheet is attached for use in minimizing or preventing emboli, particles. and/or air bubbles from migrating into certain areas of the anatomy. The device can be placed in the blood stream in an area of the heart, such as the aortic arch, to direct particles toward the descending aorta rather than toward the brain. The sheet of the device can be a thin film material, which may include multiple fenestrations that are smaller in size than the particles that are to be filtered.03-25-2010
20120245622VEIN FILTER - A vessel filter comprising a first region and a second region wherein the filter is movable between a collapsed position for delivery to the vessel and an expanded position for placement within the vessel. A first region has a filter portion having a converging region at a first end portion to direct particles toward the center of the filter and the second region is flared in the expanded position to have a transverse dimension increasing toward a second end portion opposite the first end portion. The second region includes a vessel engaging portion at the second end portion. The second region includes a plurality of spaced apart struts with adjacent struts being joined.09-27-2012
20130079809INTRODUCER PLACEMENT SYSTEM - An introducer assembly is provided with a sheath and a positioning device. The positioning device is able to be configured between released and locking conditions, wherein in the released condition the device can be slid along the outer sheath of the introducer. In the locked condition, the position device is locked to the sheath. The position device is used to fix the length of sheath which can be inserted into a patient and thereby to set the position of the distal end the sheath and thereby the position at which a medical device would be deployed in the patient. The positioning device includes a coil spring with a plurality of coil turns able to apply an even compressive force to the sheath in all radial directions in order to minimize the chance of collapse of the sheath as a result of compressive force.03-28-2013
20090112252CATHETER WITH REMOVABLE FILTER RETRIEVAL TIP - A removable retrieval tip for use with a catheter, a catheter tip, and a system for retrieval of an embolic filter device are provided. The removable retrieval tip includes a filter reception space for receiving a filter; and an interface portion for interfacing with the catheter. The catheter tip for receiving a removable retrieval tip includes a catheter body having an inside wall and an outside wall; an inflatable balloon disposed on the outside wall of the catheter body; and at least two indentations which are spaced from a distal end of the catheter tip and are formed in the inside wall of the catheter body. The system includes a catheter having a catheter tip at a distal end thereof, and a removable retrieval tip including a cylindrical body and an interface portion provided at a proximal end of the cylindrical body for interfacing with the catheter tip.04-30-2009
20130035716EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - The embolic protection device (02-07-2013
20130035713Vascular Filter - A filter, configured to be disposed within a body lumen, that includes one or more filtering zones. The filter may include one or more sets of legs, configured to interact with the body lumen wall in order to stabilize the position of the filter and to create a filtering structure. In some embodiments the filter may be integrally formed form a single tube of material.02-07-2013
20130035717EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - The embolic protection device (02-07-2013
20130035715DEVICES AND METHODS FOR VESSEL OCCLUSION - Embodiments of devices and methods for vessel occlusion include an endoluminal occlusion device having a support structure forming at least two open loops with a crossover point between adjacent loops and free movement of the support structure at the crossover between adjacent loops, wherein the support structure is configured to extend along the walls of a lumen; and a first occlusive material attached to and across one of the at least two loops formed by the support structure, wherein the occlusive material is configured to occlude the flow of fluid within the lumen.02-07-2013
20130035714Vascular Filter - A filter, configured to be disposed within a body lumen, that includes one or more filtering zones. The filter may include one or more sets of legs, configured to interact with the body lumen wall in order to stabilize the position of the filter and to create a filtering structure. In some embodiments the filter may be integrally formed form a single tube of material.02-07-2013
20110202088Embolectomy Device With Optional Vibrator - The present invention provides an embolectomy device for removal of clots from vasculature, said device comprising: a proximal effecter characterized by a non-expanded configuration and an expanded configuration; a distal effecter characterized by a non-expanded configuration and an expanded configuration; said proximal effecter, in said expanded configuration is adapted for grasping a proximal portion of the target embolus; said proximal effecter, in said expanded configuration is adapted for grasping a distal portion of said target embolus; wherein both said effecters, when expanded, are oppositely positioned and are adapted to operate in concert, for trapping said clot such that said clot is (i) manipulatable along and/or around the main longitudinal axis of said vasculature in a predetermined set of motions; (ii) extracted out of said vasculature.08-18-2011
20120265238VASCULAR DEVICE FOR EMBOLI, THROMBUS AND FOREIGN BODY REMOVAL AND METHODS OF USE - Apparatus and methods are provided for use in filtering emboli from a vessel and/or performing thrombectomy and embolectomy, wherein a vascular device comprises one or more support hoops connected near a distal end of a guide wire, each support hoop having an articulation region, and a blood permeable sac affixed to the support hoop or hoops to form a mouth of the blood permeable sac. The mouth of the sac closes when the apparatus is collapsed for removal to prevent material from escaping from the sac.10-18-2012
20100063534ENDOVASCULAR DEVICES AND METHODS FOR EXPLOITING INTRAMURAL SPACE - Devices and methods for exploiting intramural (e.g., subintimal) space of a vascular wall to facilitate the treatment of vascular disease, particularly total occlusions. For example, the devices and methods disclosed herein may be used to visually define the vessel wall boundary, protect the vessel wall boundary from perforation, bypass an occlusion, and/or remove an occlusion.03-11-2010
20130041400EMBOLIC PROTECTION SYSTEM - A catheter system 02-14-2013
20130138137VISUAL STABILIZER ON ANCHOR LEGS OF VENA CAVA FILTER - A removable vena cava filter (05-30-2013
20100042136EVERTED FILTER DEVICE - Everting filter devices and methods for using the devices, including using the devices as intra-vascular filters to filter thrombus, emboli, and plaque fragments from blood vessels. The filter devices include a filter body nominally tubular in shape and having a large proximal opening. The filter body can extend from a proximal first end region distally over the non-everted exterior surface of the filter, further extending distally to a distal-most region, then converging inwardly and extending proximally toward the filter second end region, forming a distal everted cavity. The degree of eversion of the filter can be controlled by varying the distance between the filter first end region near the proximal opening and the closed second end region. Bringing the filter first and second end regions closer together can bring filter material previously on the non-everted filter exterior to occupy the distal-most region.02-18-2010
20100042135TEMPORARY FILTER DEVICE - A filter device for capturing thrombi in a body vessel and transformable to a stent to maintain the blood vessel open is disclosed. The filter comprises a plurality of longitudinal struts comprising proximal and distal portions. Each proximal portion has a first end. The first ends are attached together along a longitudinal axis. Each distal portion extends from the proximal portion to an anchoring hook. The distal portions of the longitudinal struts are configured to expand in the body vessel. The device comprises a biodegradable member attached to the device for maintaining the first ends attached together in a closed position. The biodegradable member is comprised of bio-absorbable material so that the biodegradable member degrades at a predetermined time period after the filter is deployed in the body vessel allowing the first ends to radially expand to an open position defining the stent.02-18-2010
20090157115SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RETRIEVAL OF A MEDICAL FILTER - A medical filter retrieval system for retrieval of a medial filter from placement inside a body passage of a patient has a medical filter with a ferromagnetic head at one end thereof and a retrieval catheter. Located coaxially within the retrieval catheter are an elongated central probe having a ferromagnetic end. The medical filter is retrieved from the body passage by bringing the magnetic end of the central probe into proximity of the filter head which attracts and aligns the probe end to the filter head and magnetically attaches the probe end and head. Optionally, a snare device can be coaxially located within the retrieval catheter to engage the filter after the probe has been aligned with the filter head.06-18-2009
20100106181IN-SITU FILTER - Apparatus is provided including a filter (04-29-2010
20100106182ANGIOPLASTY DEVICE WITH EMBOLIC FILTER - An angioplasty device has a filter associated with it to capture embolic particles that may be broken free during an angioplasty procedure. In one embodiment the embolic filter has a frame in which struts are connected to end rings and to each other by a plurality of interconnected oval members. In another embodiment the device includes an actuator at the proximal end of an actuator wire. By rotating a knob on the device, the physician can smoothly tension the wire by a predetermined amount to prevent the filter from opening too much or too little. Various other embodiments of filter frames are also disclosed.04-29-2010
20130046333INTRALUMENAL RETRIEVAL SYSTEM - Devices, systems and methods are provided for performing intra-lumenal medical procedures in a desired area of the body. Retrieval devices and methods of performing medical procedures to remove foreign objects to re-establish the intravascular flow of blood are provided.02-21-2013
20100106180APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATING AN ANEURYSM - In an apparatus and method for treating an aneurysm, a flow control member is positioned within a blood vessel at least in part upstream of an aneurysm and extending radially inward of the blood vessel wall into the flow path of blood flowing within the blood vessel. The flow control member alters the blood flow path within the blood vessel upstream of the aneurysm to inhibit blood flow to the aneurysm. A retention member may be positioned within the blood vessel at least in part upstream from the aneurysm and having an outer surface engageable with the blood vessel wall. In such an instance, the flow control member is retained by the retention member and extends radially inward of the blood vessel wall upstream from the aneurysm.04-29-2010
20120184987Vascular Implant Retrieval Method, Retrieval Assembly And Tool For Same - A method of retrieving a vascular implant from a patient includes winding a distal segment of a retrieval tool about a vascular implant, at least in part by rotating a proximal segment of the retrieval tool, coupling the retrieval tool with the vascular implant and removing the vascular implant and the retrieval tool from the patient. The retrieval tool may include a wire having proximal, middle and distal segments. The distal segment may include a guide segment and a coupling segment, a tip and at least two turns about a longitudinal axis defined by the middle segment. The wire may further have an increasing stiffness profile in a proximal direction from the tip. A vascular implant retrieval assembly includes a vascular implant, such as a vascular filter, a retrieval tool have a distal segment wound about the vascular implant and a sheath surrounding a middle segment of the retrieval tool.07-19-2012
20120184986Vein Filter - A vessel filter having a first region and a second region, the filter movable between a collapsed position for delivery to the vessel and an expanded position for placement within the vessel. The first region has a filter portion having a converging region to direct particles toward the center of the filter and includes a plurality of spaced apart filter struts. The struts each have a strut height defined as a distance between a first wall and a second wall. A plurality of hooks are at the second region, the hooks having a vessel penetrating tip and a width greater than the width of the strut from which it extends such that the penetrating tip portion of the hook extends beyond the first wall.07-19-2012
20120184985Removeable Embolus Blood Clot Filter and Filter Delivery Unit - A blood clot filter is collapsible toward a longitudinal axis into a collapsed configuration for insertion into a blood vessel, and is radially expandable outwardly from the longitudinal axis to an expanded configuration for contact with the inner wall of the blood vessel at two longitudinal spaced locations. A first plurality of spaced, elongate arms, in the expanded configuration, curve outwardly away from the longitudinal axis toward the leading end of the filter to form a first filter basket and to center a hub at the trailing end of the filter within the vessel. A second plurality of spaced elongate legs angle outwardly away from the longitudinal axis toward the leading edge of the filter in the expanded configuration to form a second filter basket opening toward the leading end. The ends of these legs include hooks to bend and straighten in response to withdrawal force.07-19-2012
20120184984TEMPORARY VENOUS FILTER WITH ANTI-COAGULANT DELIVERY METHOD - The present invention provides a removable vena cava filter for capturing and treating blood clots in a blood vessel. The filter comprises a hub, a plurality of struts extending distally from the hub, and a tubular member disposed through the hub. The tubular member has a proximal end and a distal portion including a plurality of perforations. A catheter may be attached to the proximal end of the tubular member. Fluid may be injected into the catheter to treat blood clots captured in the filter.07-19-2012
20120165861SNARE - An intravascular snare device for use in capturing debris found in blood vessels. The snare device is fabricated from a tube and includes longitudinally and circumferentially extending members. The snare device specifically embodies structure that provides enhanced radial opening and angular resistance to collapse.06-28-2012
20120165860DEVICE AND METHOD FOR VASCULAR FILTER - A device implantable into a blood vessel having a filter to prevent particles from passing into a blood vessel, and having bows extending from a horizontal plain of the device, such bows to hold such device in place in a blood vessel.06-28-2012
20120165858DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CLOT CAPTURE - A clot removal device and method for removing a clot from a blood vessel may employ a tubular clot capture element. The clot capture element may be configured for deployment in a blood vessel for surrounding a clot. The clot capture element may have an opening therein configured to receive and guide a clot engaging element and may be configured to radially contract upon retraction, such that when the clot capture element surrounds a clot and is retracted in a longitudinal direction of the blood vessel, the clot capture element is configured to exert a radially inward compression force on the clot.06-28-2012
20130046334INTRALUMENAL RETRIEVAL SYSTEM - Devices, systems and methods are provided for performing intra-lumenal medical procedures in a desired area of the body. Retrieval devices and methods of performing medical procedures to remove foreign objects to re-establish the intravascular flow of blood are provided.02-21-2013
20130046332METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING THROMBECTOMY PROCEDURES - Devices, systems and methods are provided for performing intra-lumenal medical procedures in a desired area of the body. Thrombectomy systems and methods of performing medical procedures to re-establish the intravascular flow of blood are provided for the treatment of ischemic disease states.02-21-2013
20130046331BODY LUMEN OCCLUSION APPARATUS AND METHODS - Body lumen occlusion apparatus and methods are described.02-21-2013
20130046330MULTI-LAYER FILTRATION DEVICE - A filter device assembly and a method of using such a device to capture and remove embolic material from a body lumen or blood vessel is provided. The filter device assembly generally comprises a structure having a collapsed state and an expanded state with first, second, and optionally N additional filter members circumferentially attached thereto. Each filter member forms an annulus chamber with the first filter member having porosity P02-21-2013
20100004675STRETCH RESISTANT THERAPEUTIC DEVICE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature.01-07-2010
20100121374SHEATHLESS EMBOLIC PROTECTION SYSTEM - A system for enabling the insertion and removal of an embolic protection device, for capturing and retaining embolic debris which may be created during the performance of a therapeutic interventional procedure in a stenosed or occluded region of a blood vessel. The system, in an embodiment thereof, enables the device to be compressed for insertion thereof through a patient's vasculature so as to cross the stenosis in a low profile, and to enable release of compression thereof for expansion and deployment of the device at a location distal to the interventional procedure site.05-13-2010
20090306704SPIRAL SHAPED FILTER - In one embodiment of the present invention there is provided a filter having a first spiral support member having a first end and a second end, a second spiral support member positioned adjacent the first spiral support member to form an open loop between the first end and the second end of the first spiral support member; and a filtering structure attached to the open loop. In another embodiment of the present invention there is provided a filter having a first spiral support member having a first end and a second end; a second spiral support member positioned adjacent the first spiral support member to form a loop between the first end and the second end; a material covering a portion of the first and the second spiral support members; and a structure attached to the loop.12-10-2009
20090306702Device for the Removal of Thrombi - The invention relates to a device provided with one or several distal elements (12-10-2009
20130072961Embolic Coil Delivery System - An embolic coil delivery system includes a flexible elongate body having a distal segment. An embolic coil is loaded on the flexible elongate body at the distal segment and contacts an outer surface of the flexible elongate body. The embolic coil delivery system also includes a delivery catheter sized to advance over the flexible elongate body during an embolic coil delivery procedure, wherein a distal segment of the delivery catheter contacts the embolic coil during the embolic coil delivery procedure.03-21-2013
20130072962REMOVABLE INTRAVASCULAR DEVICES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME - An intravascular device, which may be a filter, that may include a plurality of elongate members, each or several of the elongate members may have one or more inwardly facing edges disposed at and near the part of the intravascular device configured to contact the vessel wall for cutting through the intima or other encapsulating tissue, each of the elongate member may also include an anchoring member or other desired components.03-21-2013
20130072959Non-Fragmenting Low Friction Bioactive Absorbable Coils for Brain Aneurysm Therapy - Non-fragmenting low friction bioactive absorbable coils are disclosed that improve long-term anatomic results in the endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms. The coils are composed of at least one biocompatible and bioabsorbable polymer. The coils are then coated with a polymer to reduce the friction. The coating can contain drugs, such as growth factors, and can be used to accelerate histopathologic transformation in aneurysms. The coil can be a polymer such as polyglycolic acid (PGA), poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), polycaprolactive, poly-L-lactide, polydioxanone, polycarbonates, polyanhydrides, polyglycolic acid/poly-L-lactic acid copolymers, polyhydroxybutyrate/hydroxyvalerate copolymers, or combinations thereof.03-21-2013
20130072960Electrostatic Vascular Filters - An intravascular filter is constructed to electrostatically capture and retain particles of a targeted type (for example fat or methacrylate emboli), even if those particles are physically small enough to slip through the filter in the absence of electrostatic attraction. Specific types of targeted particles are thereby captured and retained with improved efficiency, while permitting free flow of non-targeted particles. This improvement permits intravascular filters to be constructed with low-resistance, widely spaced filter elements. Accordingly, more targeted particles are captured, less thrombosis occurs, less pressure drop occurs across the filter, and perfusion or blood collection in downstream areas is maintained.03-21-2013
20130060276CATHETER APPARATUS - To provide a catheter apparatus capable of performing removal of an embolus such as a thrombus, administration of a drug, etc. and sampling of body fluid such as blood at the same time inside a lumen of the human body, the catheter apparatus has a catheter 03-07-2013
20130060275MULTI-LUMEN CENTRAL ACCESS VENA CAVA FILTER APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A combined multi-lumen central access catheter and an embolic filter including ports proximal and distal the filter for fluid infusion and/or pressure sensing and infusion ports in the catheter to permit infusion of bioactive agents, flushing agents and/or contrast agents. The embolic filter may be removably coupled to the multi-lumen catheter for temporary placement and retrieval under recommended indications.03-07-2013
20120310271EMBOLUS-FORMING IN-VIVO INDWELLING COIL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN EMBOLUS-FORMING IN-VIVO INDWELLING COIL - The present invention relates to an embolus-forming in-vivo indwelling coil in which the direction of action of force being applied to the embolus-forming coil changes by the curvature of the coil when the coil is in-vivo indwelled, such that the coil can be smoothly indwelled without strongly pressing the blood vessel wall of cerebral aneurysm and the coil can be tightly indwelled in the cerebral aneurysm. To accomplish this object, the embolus-forming in-vivo indwelling coil of the present invention has one or more curvatures formed on a unit helical coil of a secondary coil and the curvatures are connected to two angle-changing portions. A method for manufacturing the coil forms the above-described curvatures and the angle-changing portions for the curvatures.12-06-2012
20090299404VENA CAVA FILTER FORMED FROM A SHEET - A filter formed from a sheet is described herein. In one aspect of the invention, a filter is formed from a sheet of material and, following removal of portions of the sheet, the filter is folded into a shape for insertion into a blood vessel. In another aspect of the invention, features for a filter are formed from a sheet of material and incorporated into the filter.12-03-2009
20090270909BACK-LOADING CATHETER - A catheter provided with a collapsible inner lumen within a main body. The catheter can deploy a distal protection device using a guidewire which is threaded through the inner lumen, the inner lumen collapsing upon retrieval of the device into the catheter main body.10-29-2009
20090270908DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OCCLUSION OF FLUID FLOW THROUGH A BODY VESSEL - The present invention provides an improved occluding device and an improved method of occluding fluid through a body vessel. The occluding device comprises an inner coil. At least one outer coil is disposed about a portion of the inner coil. The outer coil has a pre-curled tension to facilitate the outer coil to be curled within the lumen of the body vessel when deployed.10-29-2009
20120226305SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MECHANICALLY POSITIONING INTRAVASCULAR IMPLANTS - An intravascular implant delivery system carries an implant by retaining an engagement member engaging the implant in a position proximal of an aperture at a distal end of the delivery system. The engagement member is retained proximal to the aperture by a cord that obstructs the movement of the engagement member through the aperture. The engagement member is free to rotate and move within an area defined by the delivery system, allowing the implant to react to forces imparted to the implant by the movement of the delivery system and implant through a delivery catheter. Once the implant is in a desired implant position, the cord is moved away from an aperture and the engagement member is allowed to move away from the delivery system.09-06-2012
20120226304EMBOLIZATION COIL - An occluding device for occlusion of fluid flow through a body cavity is disclosed. The device comprises an embolization coil formed from at least one wire strand and having an initial tension. The embolization coil is defined by a primary coil formed into a secondary coil. The primary coil has a primary shape defined by a linear longitudinally extending coil having a plurality of helical turns and is helically wound into the secondary coil, wherein the secondary coil has a series of axially spaced apart loops. The axially spaced apart loops are larger than the helical turns of the primary coil. The embolization coil is movable between an expanded state for occlusion of a body cavity and a collapsed state for delivery or retrieval. An absorbent material, including at least one of cotton and regenerated cellulose, is attached to the embolization coil and extends therefrom. A kit is also included.09-06-2012
20130066360Braid-Ball Embolic Devices - Embolic implants, delivery systems and methods of manufacture and delivery are disclosed. The devices can be used for aneurysm treatment and/or parent vessel occlusion. Implant designs offer low profile compressibility for delivery to neurovasculature, while maintaining other necessary features such as density for occlusion purposes and desirable radial strength characteristics.03-14-2013
20130066359VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICE - A vaso-occlusive device includes a coil made from coil wire, wherein the coil wire includes a core containing a core material having a first electrical potential covered by a coating containing a coating material having a second electrical potential, wherein the second electrical potential is less than the first electrical potential. A method of manufacturing a vaso-occlusive device includes cladding a core with a magnesium containing coating to form a wire, wrapping the wire around a mandrel to form a coil, and heat-setting the coiled wire. A method of occluding a body cavity with a vaso-occlusive device includes delivering the vaso-occlusive device to a body cavity and inducing a reduction reaction in the body cavity and adjacent the vaso-occlusive device, wherein the reduction reaction reduces infections and promotes cell proliferation in the body cavity.03-14-2013
20110022075Aspiration Catheter - To prevent a small diameter catheter 01-27-2011
20120197286STRETCH RESISTANT THERAPEUTIC DEVICE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature.08-02-2012
20120116443DEVICES FOR RESTORING BLOOD FLOW AND CLOT REMOVAL DURING ACUTE ISCHEMIC STROKE - Devices for restoring blood flow to facilitate lysis of clots and/or enable capture of clots are disclosed. The devices can be configured to be disposed within a lumen of a microcatheter that is inserted within neurovasculature above a carotid siphon to a location of a clot. The devices can include an elongate pusher member and a self-expandable capturing member coupled to a distal end of the elongate pusher member. The capturing member can comprise a generally cylindrical body having an cell structure that is configured to compress the clot against an inner wall of the neurovasculature and capture the clot at least partially on a surface of the generally cylindrical body upon deployment of the capturing member from the microcatheter, thereby restoring blood flow to the neurovasculature downstream of the clot.05-10-2012
20120116442MICRO-SPIRAL IMPLANTATION DEVICE - The invention relates to a device for the implantation of microcoils into body cavities and blood vessels, in particular aneurysms, with said microcoils comprising wires forming a plurality of windings, at least one microcoil serving as occlusion helix for the occlusion of the body cavity or blood vessel, and the device consisting of a catheter, one or several microcoils movably arranged in longitudinal direction within the catheter and at least one securing means passing at least partially through the lumen of the occlusion helix, with said securing means being fixed in its end areas inside the microcoils. Such a fixation of the securing means is achieved in at least one end area by providing a frictional connection with the microcoil in such a manner that this connection is detachable from the microcoil when a certain tensile force acting on the securing means is exceeded.05-10-2012
20120116441Embolization Coil - Provided is an embolization coil in which even if the coil is wound in a shape of a small diameter, an elongation-preventing wire is not broken and the delivery property thereof can be prevented from deterioration. An embolization coil has a coil of partial or full-pitch winding and an elongation-preventing wire which are fixed respectively at two points different from each other, and is characterized in that the natural length of the coil arranged between two different points before the coil is fixed is longer than the length of the elongation-preventing wire arranged between two different points before the elongation-preventing wire is fixed.05-10-2012
20120116440SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING ISCHEMIC STROKE - A thromboembolic removal system for treating ischemic stroke, including a guide and occlusion catheter, a delivery and aspiration catheter, an aspiration pump, a thromboembolic receiver, and a thromboembolic separator.05-10-2012
20090030445DELIVERY SYSEMS FOR EMBOLIC FILTER DEVICES - A delivery system for an expandable filter device includes a dual lumen delivery sheath which has a lumen for receiving the expandable filter device and a lumen for receiving a primary guide wire. The primary guide wire is utilized to place the delivery sheath and expandable filter into the desired region of the patient's vasculature via an over-the-wire or rapid-exchange arrangement. The delivery sheath can be protracted over the expandable filter device to allow the filter to be deployed within the patient's vasculature at the desired location. The delivery system can be embodied in an alternative design in which the primary guide wire extends through a guide wire lumen located in an obturator which forms part of the expandable filter device. Again, the primary guide wire is utilized to maneuver the filter device into the desired area via an over-the-wire arrangement. A slit extending longitudinally along the length of the sheath facilitates the removal of the guide wire and delivery sheath from the patient's vasculature.01-29-2009
20100087850Mechanical Embolectomy Device and Method - An embolectomy device includes an elongated shaft positionable in and movable within a catheter. The elongated shaft having a distal end portion. An expander portion having proximal and distal ends. The expander portion having a first plurality of legs connecting the proximal end of the expander portion to the distal end portion of the elongated shaft and a second plurality of legs connecting the distal end of the expander portion to the proximal end of the intermediate elongated shaft. The expander portion being biased to expand laterally outward from the long axis of the embolectomy device when the expander portion has been moved out of the catheter to engage a clot. A retrieval portion can be provided proximally of the expander portion. A retrieval net can be fixed to the retrieval portion. The expander portion can be at least partially covered by a net. A method for removing clots and other occlusions for body canals is also provided.04-08-2010
20080294188Implant Holder and Method of Deploying the Implant - An implant holder for use with a delivery catheter to deploy an implant, such as a filter, in a tubular body part is provided. The holder includes a cartridge body having a lumen extending between two ends and holding a collapsed implant, and an implant image disposed on the cartridge body. The implant image has an axial orientation corresponding to the axial orientation of the implant held in the cartridge body lumen. The axial orientation of the implant image helps to guide a physician in correctly orienting the implant regardless of which access point is used, thereby reducing the chance of deploying the implant in the wrong axial direction.11-27-2008
20110029008GUIDE WIRE WITH EMBOLIC FILTERING ATTACHMENT - A separate deliverable embolic protection device filter that attaches to a helical coil at a distal end of a conventional guide, for use in a blood vessel when an interventional procedure is being performed to capture any embolic material which may be created and released into the bloodstream during the procedure. The device includes a filter assembly with a proximal end and a distal end, and a guide wire connector attached to the distal end of the filter assembly. The guide wire connector is able to couple with the helical coil of the guide wire. A restraining sheath placed over the filter assembly in a coaxial arrangement maintains the filter assembly in a collapsed position and delivers the filter assembly separately to the helical coil of the guide wire, and then the guide wire connector is joined to the helical coil. Alternatively, the guide wire can include a rotatable coil section forming a portion of the distal tip coil on the guide wire which is adapted to be coupled to the filter assembly. This arrangement allows the filter assembly to be rotatably mounted onto the guide wire.02-03-2011
20110125182FILTER ELEMENT WITH RETRACTABLE GUIDEWIRE TIP - A medical guidewire assembly comprises a guidewire having a flexible tip. A medical device such as a collapsible filter for use as an embolic protection device is mounted on the guidewire. The filter is advanced through a body lumen with the guidewire tip extending distally. A variable thickness guidewire (having a recess or thinner segment between thicker segments) can be employed. At a first location the filter is advanced relative to the tip to a location which is distally advanced from the first location. Placement of the filter in an optimal distal location is thereby achieved.05-26-2011
20120310272INTERVENTIONAL CATHETER FOR RETROGRADE USE HAVING EMBOLIC PROTECTION CAPABILITY AND METHODS OF USE - Interventional catheters are disclosed for use in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in vessels that are accessed retrograde to blood flow. The catheters include an elongated shaft slidably disposed within a sheath, a distal region having an end effector and a filter disposed proximal to the end effector to capture emboli liberated during the diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. The filter includes a plurality of struts that cooperate with an exterior surface of the catheter to define a reservoir to retain captured emboli, the reservoir configured so that advancement of the sheath contracts the filter without squeezing or dislodging captured emboli beyond a distal end of the filter.12-06-2012
20100305605APPARATUS FOR DEPLOYMENT OF MICRO-COIL USING A CATHETER - The apparatus for deployment of a therapeutic device such as a micro-coil detachably mounts the therapeutic device to a distal portion of a pusher member. In one embodiment, the therapeutic device is detachably mounted to the distal portion of the pusher member by a tubular collar that can be heated by a heater such as an electrical resistance coil to expand the collar and release and deploy the therapeutic device. The apparatus for deployment of a therapeutic device such as a micro-coil may also provide for a pusher member and a connector fiber for securing the therapeutic device to the pusher member. The connector fiber passes through a heater within the distal portion of the pusher member, for heating and breaking the connector fiber to release the therapeutic device when a desired placement of the therapeutic device within the vasculature is achieved.12-02-2010
20090069840PERCUTANEOUS PERMANENT RETRIEVABLE VASCULAR FILTER - Retrievable vena cava filters for the temporary or permanent prevention of Pulmonary embolism (PE) are disclosed. A filter in accordance with the present invention has a tube-within-tube structure with overlapping semi-spheres. The semi-spheres comprise a plurality of expandable legs. The first tube may have a first set of expandable legs and a plurality of slots allowing for deployment of a second or third set of expandable legs on the second tube. The free end of each leg in the first set of expandable legs is oriented in a direction opposite to the free end of each leg in the second set forming a cage which comprises legs from the first and second sets of expandable legs. The filter of the present invention may be retrieved by a catheter and snare. The third set of expandable legs conveys the vector force from the closing of the first set to the second set to cause it to collapse.03-12-2009
20110264135VASCULAR DEVICE FOR EMBOLI AND THROMBI REMOVAL AND METHODS OF USE - Apparatus and methods are provided for use in filtering emboli from a vessel and/or performing thrombectomy and embolectomy, wherein a vascular device disposed on a guidewire comprises a support hoop disposed from a suspension strut. Alternately, a support hoop having an articulation region may be directly connected to a region proximate the distal end of the guidewire. A blood permeable sac is affixed to the support hoop to form a mouth of the blood permeable sac. The support hoop is disposed obliquely relative to the longitudinal axis of the guidewire and is capable of being properly used in a wide range of vessel diameters. The vascular device collapses during removal to prevent material from escaping from the sac. A delivery sheath and introducer sheath for use with the vascular device of the present invention are also provided.10-27-2011
20100063535METHOD OF REMOVING A VEIN FILTER - A method of removing an implanted vessel filter by a femoral approach comprising the steps of providing a catheter with a curved tip, inserting a straightening device into the catheter to move the catheter tip from a curved position to a more straightened position, advancing the catheter tip through the femoral vein and past a cranial end of the filter, withdrawing the straightening device to enable the catheter tip to return to the curved condition, and inserting a filter grasping device though the catheter and a curved catheter tip to exit a distal portion to grasp the filter.03-11-2010
20110282380REATTACHABLE INTRODUCER FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM - A reattachable introducer and method of using such introducer is disclosed for inserting an embolic coil deployment system into the tortuous vasculature of the human brain for placing an embolic coil within an aneurysm. The introducer includes a sheath having a lumen, a side opening and a longitudinal slit and includes a cylindrical sleeve slideably disposed about the sheath. A deployment catheter with a conical expander member is slideably disposed through the side opening of the sheath and through the lumen of the sheath. The conical expander member detaches the introducer from the deployment catheter through the longitudinal slit of the sheath, while the cylindrical sleeve reattaches the introducer to the deployment catheter through the longitudinal slit.11-17-2011
20110282379Intravascular Blood Filters and Methods of Use - Multi-filter endolumenal methods and systems for filtering fluids within the body. In some embodiments a multi-filter blood filtering system captures and removes particulates dislodge or generated during a surgical procedure and circulating in a patient's vasculature. In some embodiments a dual filter system protects the cerebral vasculature during a cardiac valve repair or replacement procedure.11-17-2011
20100191272DISTAL ACCESS EMBOLIC PROTECTION SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME - A distal access embolic protection system and methods of using the same for the capture and removal of embolic material from a blood vessel during an interventional procedure are provided. A distal access embolic protection system is inserted through the wall of the blood vessel at a position distal to a stenosis and a distal access filter device is deployed at the point of insertion. After the filter is deployed and is filtering blood that is flowing across the treatment site, an interventional procedure can be performed at the treatment site. After the procedure, the filter device can be collapsed and removed from the blood vessel. A further method is provided wherein a second embolic protection system including a second filter is advanced to the treatment site using a transcatheter technique after the distal access filter has been deployed. A distal access embolic protection system is also provided.07-29-2010
20100016881BIODEGRADABLE FILTER - A medical device that filters thrombi in a body vessel is disclosed. After the need for filtering passes, the device maintains patency in the body vessel without requiring additional steps of percutaneous retrieval or introduction into the patient.01-21-2010
20110301635EMBOLIC PROTECTION FILTERING DEVICE THAT ACAN BE ADAPTED TO BE ADANCED OVER A GUIDEWIRE - An improved embolic protection filtering device. In at least some embodiments, an embolic protection filtering device includes a filter wire assembly. The filter wire assembly may include an elongate shaft, a tubular member, and an embolic protection filter.12-08-2011
20110301636SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VASCULAR FILTER RETRIEVAL - Apparatus and methods for retrieving a vascular filter from a vessel are provided wherein a retrieval adapter is delivered to a treatment site concurrently along with an interventional device to reduce the number of steps required to remove the vascular filter. The retrieval adapter also reduces the possibility of entangling the vascular filter with a stent disposed within the vessel during removal of the vascular filter. A separate retrieval catheter is also described for use in conjunction with the retrieval adapter.12-08-2011
20110301634Systems and Methods for Removing and Fragmenting Undesirable Material Within a Circulatory System - A method for removing an undesirable material is provided. The method includes maneuvering a first cannula within a vessel such that it is positioned for capturing the undesirable material. The method also includes positioning a second cannula within the vessel such that it is in a spaced relation to the first cannula. A suction force may be provided so as to capture the undesirable material through the first cannula. The undesirable material may be fragmenting as it is drawn along the first cannula, so as to enhance removal of the undesirable material through the first cannula. A system for removing an undesirable material is also provided.12-08-2011
20110295305BLOOD CLOT REMOVAL DEVICE - A blood clot removal device (12-01-2011
20110295303Embolization Device - In an embolization device (12-01-2011
20110295308LASER-CUT CLOT PULLER - A device for removing blood clots and methods of making and using the same. The clot pulling device may include a first spine, a second spine disposed parallel to the first spine, and a basket disposed between and coupled to the spines. In addition, a pushing member may be coupled to the first spine and extend proximally therefrom.12-01-2011
20110295307EXPANDABLE RETRIEVAL DEVICE - A device for retrieving an intravascular device from a body lumen is disclosed. A retrieval device in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a braided member coupled to an elongated shaft member. The braided member may include a number of filaments defining a radially expandable inner lumen configured to receive and encapsulate the intravascular device therein. An elastomeric jacket disposed about at least a portion of the braided member may encase the filaments.12-01-2011
20110295306BLOOD FILTER RETRIEVAL DEVICES AND METHODS - Devices for retrieving intravascular blood filters can include sheaths into which the devices can be received. Some devices can include catches by which the filters can be manipulated to facilitate introduction of the filters into the sheaths. Some devices can include tapered regions that can align the sheaths with other portions of the devices.12-01-2011
20110295304Temporary Embolic Protection Device And Medical Procedure For Delivery Thereof - An embolic protection device and medical procedure for positioning the device in the aortic arch is disclosed. The device and method effectively prevent material from entering with blood flow into side branch vessels of the aortic arch. The device is a collapsible embolic protection device devised for temporary transvascular delivery to an aortic arch of a patient, wherein the device has a protection unit that comprises a selectively permeable unit adapted to prevent embolic material from passage with a blood flow into a plurality of aortic side branch vessels at the aortic arch. The protection unit is permanently attached to a transvascular delivery unit at a connection point provided at the selectively permeable unit, and a first support member for the protection unit that is at least partly arranged at a periphery of the selectively permeable unit. In an expanded state of the device, the connection point is enclosed by the first support member or arranged at said support member.12-01-2011
20120022580MEDICAL DEVICE REMOVAL SYSTEM - A medical device removal system includes a vessel filter repositioning or removal device to remove and/or reposition a medical device, such as a vessel filter. The system includes a gripper to grip a medical device that is located within a body vessel, and a detector, linked to the gripper, to detect the proximity of the medical device to the gripper. The system may also include an output to indicate a signal from the detector.01-26-2012
20120022578FRAME-BASED VENA CAVA FILTER - A filter device for capturing thrombi in a body vessel of a patient is disclosed. The device comprises first and second portions, each comprising a wire formed into a zig-zag configuration. The configuration comprises a series of straight sections and a plurality of bends connected to the straight sections. The straight sections are joined by the bends, defining a first cell size of the first portion and a second cell size of the second portion. The filter device further comprises a filter portion connected to the first and second portions. The filter portion comprises the wire formed into a zig-zag configuration having a series of straight sections and a plurality of bends connected to the straight sections. The straight sections of the filter portion are joined by the bends of the filter portion, defining a filter cell size of the filter portion. The filter portion is configured to be disposed at the arc of the iliac veins at the opening of the inferior vena cava.01-26-2012
20090292307MECHANICAL EMBOLECTOMY DEVICE AND METHOD - An embolectomy device includes a catheter and an elongated shaft positioned in and moveable within the catheter. The shaft has proximal and distal end portions, and a retrieval portion between the proximal and distal end portions. The retrieval portion has a plurality of legs having proximal and distal end portions. Portions of the legs are movable laterally outward from a long axis of the elongated shaft when the retrieval portion is at least partially moved out of the catheter. A retrieval net can be fixed to portions of the legs for engaging a clot or other occlusion within a body canal. An expander can be provided for moving portions of an occlusion toward canal walls to open a lumen. A method for removing clots and other occlusions from body canals is also disclosed.11-26-2009
20100268266DEVICE FOR LOADING AN EMBOLIC PROTECTION FILTER INTO A CATHETER - A transvascular embolic protection system for safely capturing and retaining embolic material released during an interventional procedure comprises an embolic protection device (10-21-2010
20100268265RETRIEVAL APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR USE - An apparatus for capturing material within a body lumen includes a shaft carrying an expandable basket device on a distal end thereof. The basket device includes a distal basket carried and a proximal basket carried on the shaft such that the proximal basket is proximal to and spaced apart from the distal basket. Each basket includes an open end communicating with an interior of the respective basket and oriented towards one another. In one embodiment, a tubular middle portion extends between the baskets. In another embodiment, the distal basket includes an actuator coupled to the distal basket open end such that movement of the baskets towards one another causes the actuator to direct the distal basket open end inwardly to allow the open end to be received within the proximal basket to facilitate removal of the apparatus after capturing material within the baskets.10-21-2010
20090099592Detachable Interlock Systems and Methods of Use - Described herein are various implant delivery systems and methods of use. The systems can include an implantable medical device mated to a pusher wire via a detachable link. The user can detach the detachable link by rotating the pusher wire. For example, the detachable link can include first and second interlocking members, where the first interlocking member including a male mating surface and the second interlocking member including a female mating surface. The first and second body members can be mechanically interlocked, for example, with a pin and a slot.04-16-2009
20090125054VASO-OCCLUSIVE COILS WITH NON-OVERLAPPING SECTIONS - A vaso-occlusive implant has a primary helical-coil shape that defines a primary axis and a three-dimensional secondary shape. The secondary shape includes a substantially helical section and a second section having a plurality of non-overlapping loops or loop sections. Each loop defines a plane that is oriented at an angle from about 30-150 degrees relative to a plane defined by an immediately preceding or immediately succeeding loop along the primary axis. The coil sections or loops can be generally circular loops or other smooth shapes.05-14-2009
20100030255Abdominal aortic aneurysms: systems and methods of use - Delivery systems, components of delivery system, stent graft systems, stent graft delivery systems can be used to treat aortic aneurysms.02-04-2010
20100217304MULTI-LUMEN CENTRAL ACCESS VENA CAVA FILTER APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A combined multi-lumen central access catheter and an embolic filter including ports proximal and distal the filter for fluid infusion and/or pressure sensing and infusion ports in the catheter to permit infusion of bioactive agents, flushing agents and/or contrast agents. The embolic filter may be removably coupled to the multi-lumen catheter for temporary placement and retrieval under recommended indications.08-26-2010
20100069950METHOD FOR REDUCING EMBOLI FORMATION - Methods and devices for reducing emboli formation during medical procedures. In accordance with the present invention a first medical device is passed through a stenosed area and activated to block fluid flow through the lumen, a second medical device including a filter is passed through the stenosed area and deployed. The first medical device is then deactivated to restore fluid flow through the lumen.03-18-2010
20110196414MULTIMODE OCCLUSION AND STENOSIS TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE - A multimode occlusion and stenosis treatment apparatus comprises an elongated member having a distal region, and an enclosure secured to the distal region of the elongated member, the enclosure comprising a flow restoring segment, an open segment distal of the flow restoring segment, and a capture segment distal the open segment. In use, a catheter is inserted into a selected blood vessel until a distal end of the catheter is distal of an occlusive or stenotic lesion in the blood vessel. The multimode occlusion and stenosis treatment apparatus is inserted into the catheter, the flow restoring segment is aligned with the lesion, and the catheter is withdrawn relative to the apparatus until a distal end of the catheter is proximal of the flow restoring segment to thereby allow the flow restoring segment to expand radially and compress the lesion against an inner surface of the blood vessel.08-11-2011
20090099593EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - An embolic protection device has a collapsible filter element (04-16-2009
20090138035Filter for Thrombus Capture Catheter - It is an object to provide a filter for thrombus capture catheters with a thin wall and a sufficient strength and a method of producing the same. A filter for thrombus capture catheters is produced by a method comprising the steps of: arranging a plurality of wires so as to run helically and cross each other, thereby forming a cross wire assembly 05-28-2009
20090149881FILTER ELEMENT FOR EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - A collapsible filter element for a transcatheter embolic protection device comprises a collapsible filter body which is movable between a collapsed stored position for movement through a vascular system and an expanded position for extension across a blood vessel such that blood passing through the blood vessel is delivered through the filter element. A proximal inlet portion of the filter body has one or more inlet openings sized to allow blood and embolic material enter the filter body and a distal outlet portion of the filter body has a plurality of outlet openings sized to allow through-passage of blood, but to retain embolic material within the filter body. The filter body is at least partially of laminate construction comprising a membrane coated with a coating which is biocompatible, the thickness of the coating being from 4% to 40% of the thickness of the membrane. The coating may be of hydrophilic material. To facilitate retrieval of captured embolic material the distal portion and/or an intermediate portion of the filter membrane may be stretchable. The filter body may have regions of varying hardness or stiffness.06-11-2009
20100274277EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE WITH MAXIMIZED FLOW-THROUGH - An embolic protection device for capturing emboli during treatment of a lesion in a blood vessel is presented. This embolic protection device generally comprises a plurality of struts having a predetermined shape and being configured to move between an expanded state for engagement with the blood vessel and a collapsed state for filter retrieval and delivery and a filter portion circumferentially attached to the struts having a proximal end and a distal end; the filter portion extending freely from the proximal end to a closed distal end. The filter portion forms at least one annulus chamber in the expanded state with the closed distal end of each chamber being not coincident to the center longitudinal axis of the blood vessel in order capture emboli in the chambers and to reduce any overall restriction of blood flow through the filter portion.10-28-2010
20080275491REMOVABLE HELICAL MEDICAL FILTER - A medical filter intended for placement inside a tubular body passage such as a blood vessel of a patient, the medical filter having a plurality of arms radiating from an elongated spine in a helical pattern.11-06-2008
20120035649TEMPORARY VASCULAR FILTER - The present invention provides a method of deploying a medical filter within a channel in a patient's body and filter systems which can be used in such a method. Such a filter may include a radially expandable body 02-09-2012
20120035648STRETCH RESISTANT THERAPEUTIC DEVICE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature.02-09-2012
20120035647BODY LUMEN FILTERS WITH LARGE SURFACE AREA ANCHORS - As described herein, a body lumen filter (02-09-2012
20120035646BISTABLE BODY LUMEN FILTER ANCHORS - A body lumen filter includes a plurality of bistable anchors configured to move between a stable pre-deployed state and a stable deployed state. In the stable deployed state the stable pre-deployed diameter the bistable anchors define a pre-deployed anchor diameter and in the stable deployed diameter the bistable anchors define a deployed anchor diameter, the deployed diameter being larger than the pre-deployed diameter. A filtering structure is operatively associated with the bistable anchors.02-09-2012
20120035645DYNAMIC AND STATIC BLOOD FILTERS - Apparatus and methods are described for preventing stroke. The apparatus includes a housing, and a blood rotation device coupled to the housing. The blood rotation device facilitates the preventing of the stroke by rotating blood flowing through an artery of a subject, without the device storing energy during systole of the subject that is subsequently released by the device during diastole of the subject. Other embodiments are also described.02-09-2012
20100131000SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOVAL OF MATERIAL FROM A BLOOD VESSEL - This invention provides a device and controllably expansive tool tip for thrombus removal. According to one embodiment, the controllably expansive thrombus removal tool tip (e.g., a screen and/or mesh) may be collapsed by pushing on an actuating handle, and then advanced into a balloon or guiding catheter until a distal end of device has reached the thrombus. The tool tip is then expanded by pulling the actuating handle backward; and the radially extended (expanded) tool tip is moved to receive and substantially surround (e.g., encompass) the thrombus. The tool tip may then be collapsed again by pushing on the actuating handle to engage (tighten around) the thrombus, and the device may be withdrawn from a patient's body through the vascular system with the thrombus engaged by the tool tip.05-27-2010
20100121373REMOVABLE VENA CAVA FILTER WITH IMPROVED LEG - A removable filter for capturing thrombi in a blood vessel. The filter has primary struts with first ends attached together along a longitudinal axis. Each primary strut has a body member extending from its first end along the longitudinal axis to an anchoring hook. Each primary strut is configured to move relative to the longitudinal axis between an expanded state and a collapsed state. At least one primary strut has a resistant portion next to the anchoring hook. The resistant portion is configured to contact the blood vessel in the expanded state. The filter also has secondary struts. The secondary struts have proximal ends attached together along the longitudinal axis and distal ends located radially from the longitudinal axis in the expanded state. The secondary struts are configured to engage the blood vessel to centralize the filter in the expanded state in the blood vessel.05-13-2010
20120109183EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - The embolic protection device (05-03-2012
20120109182EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - An embolic protection device for use in a patient's blood vessel, such as the aorta, has an approximately cylindrical outer structure made of a filter mesh material and an approximately conical inner structure also made of a filter mesh material. On the downstream end of the embolic protection device, the wider end of the conical inner structure is joined to the cylindrical outer structure. The upstream end of the embolic protection device is open for blood to flow between the conical inner structure and the cylindrical outer structure. The space between the conical inner structure and the cylindrical outer structure defines a collection chamber for captured emboli. The narrow upstream end of the conical inner structure has a catheter port with a resilient seal that is sized for passage of a catheter shaft. The filter mesh material may be self-supporting or it may be supported on a resilient-framework or an inflatable framework.05-03-2012
20120109181PERCUTANEOUS RETRIEVABLE VASCULAR FILTER - Retrievable vena cava filters for the temporary or permanent prevention of Pulmonary embolism (PE) are disclosed. A filter in accordance with the present invention has a tube-within-tube structure with overlapping semi-spheres. The semi-spheres comprise a plurality of expandable legs. The first tube may have a first set of expandable legs and a plurality of slots allowing for deployment of a second or third set of expandable legs on the second tube. The filter of the present invention may be retrieved by a catheter and snare. The third set of expandable legs conveys the vector force from the closing of the first set to the second set to cause it to collapse.05-03-2012
20120109180BODY LUMEN FILTER RETRIEVAL SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR FILTERING A BODY LUMEN - A filter retrieval system is described. The filter retrieval system may include a capture structure having an interior space bounded by an at least partially closed distal end and an open proximal end. The filter retrieval system may include an elongate retrieval member slidably disposable within at least a portion of the interior space. The elongate retrieval member may include a retrieval structure adapted to releasably engage at least a portion of a filter. Methods of using the same are disclosed.05-03-2012
20090275976EMBOLIC FILTERING METHOD AND APPARATUS - The present invention relates generally to a device and method for preventing the undesired passage of emboli from a venous blood pool to an arterial blood pool. The invention relates especially to a device and method for treating certain cardiac defects, especially patent foramen ovales and other septal defects, through the use of an embolic filtering device capable of instantaneously deterring the passage of emboli from the moment of implantation. The device consists of a frame, and a braided mesh of sufficient dimensions to prevent passage of emboli through the mesh. The device is preferably composed of shape memory allow, such as nitinol, which conforms to the shape and dimension of the defect to be treated.11-05-2009
20110184454EMBOLIC IMPLANTS - Embolic coils are disclosed. The coils include an inner coil, an outer coil, and a stretch resistant member. Some embodiments include a large diameter outer coil formed from a small diameter wire. The inner coils may be either closed pitch or open pitch. Alternative coils include an inner coil that is shape set to a diameter that is larger than the diameter of the outer coil. Another alternative coil has multiple stretch resistant members.07-28-2011
20090306703EMBOLUS BLOOD CLOT FILTER WITH POST DELIVERY ACTUATION - A removable blood clot filter includes a number of locator members and anchor members, and a bio-resorbable structure that causes locator members and/or anchor members to deploy to an initial configuration which changes when the bio-resorbable structure is resorbed. The bio-resorbable structure causes the filter locator members and/or anchor members to press against the vessel wall sufficient to locate and anchor the filter upo delivery. After the bio-resorbable structure is resorbed, the locator member's and/or anchor members change shape to apply less pressure against the vessel wall. The bio-resorbable structure may be activated by exposure to radiation so that actuation of the locator members and/or anchor members can be enabled or initiated by a clinician.12-10-2009
20110202086VENA CAVA FILTER HAVING PLURALITY OF HOOKS - A removable filter for capturing thrombi in a body vessel is disclosed. The filter comprises a plurality of primary struts comprising proximal and distal portions. Each proximal portion has a first end, wherein the first ends are attached together along a longitudinal axis. Each primary strut extends arcuately along the longitudinal axis and linearly radially. The distal portions of the primary struts are configured to expand in the body vessel, engaging the distal hooks with the body vessel. Each distal portion integrally extends from the proximal portion to a plurality of distal hooks. The distal hooks are substantially equal in size relative to each other.08-18-2011
20090222035Intraluminal Mass Collector - Disclosed is a catheter for disconnecting, collecting and removing an intraluminal mass from a luminal aspect of a blood vessel, comprising an elongate catheter body, an elongate tubular element extending proximally from an end of the proximal catheter body portion and an intraluminal mass collector configured for collecting an intraluminal mass from a blood vessel. An exemplary collector has a body portion connected to the proximal portion of the catheter body and a radially expandable portion extending in a proximal direction from the body portion, the expandable portion having a reduced diameter configuration with a reduced cross sectional size and at least one expanded diameter configuration. The exemplary catheter additionally includes a disconnector configured for disconnecting an intraluminal mass from a luminal aspect of a blood vessel located proximally from the collector.09-03-2009
20090099591Coil Anchor Systems and Methods of Use - Described herein is a coil anchor having an anchor body configured for placement within a large diameter blood vessel, wherein the anchor body includes a radially expandable sidewall, a proximal opening dimensioned to receive an embolic coil, and a distal opening dimensioned to permit blood flow within the blood vessel. The coil anchor further includes at least one coil retaining element configured to retain the embolic coil within the blood vessel while permitting blood flow within the blood vessel.04-16-2009
20090198270Vein Filter - A vessel filter comprising a first region and a second region wherein the filter is movable between a collapsed position for delivery to the vessel and an expanded position for placement within the vessel. A first region has a filter portion having a converging region to direct particles toward the center of the filter and having a plurality of spaced apart elongated struts and, a plurality of connecting struts extending at an angle from the elongated struts to form closed geometric shapes. The second region is flared in the expanded position to have a transverse dimension increasing toward a second end portion opposite the first end portion. The second region includes vessel engaging hooks at the second end portion. The first region has a plurality of closed looped spacer struts extending radially with respect to a longitudinal axis of the filter when the filter is in the expanded position.08-06-2009
20080208244VARIABLE THICKNESS EMBOLIC FILTERING DEVICES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A strut assembly to be used in conjunction with an embolic filtering device has varying strut thicknesses, with the thickness selected based at least in part on the flexing characteristics of the particular portion of the strut assembly. The strut assembly is formed with patterns having flexing portions and stable portions, with the flexing portions contributing to the flexibility of the strut assembly during delivery and recovery in the patient's vasculature. The stable portions remain relatively unflexed and stiff when being delivered or recovered from the patient's vasculature. The stable portions provide strength and increased radiopacity to the strut assembly which is needed when the strut assembly is deployed in the body vessel. The flexing portions act much like a mechanical hinges in providing the needed flexibility to resiliently bend when being delivered through tortuous anatomy of the patient.08-28-2008
20100100118SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VASCULAR FILTER RETRIEVAL - Apparatus and methods for retrieving a vascular filter from a vessel are provided wherein a retrieval adapter is delivered to a treatment site concurrently along with an interventional device to reduce the number of steps required to remove the vascular filter. The retrieval adapter also reduces the possibility of entangling the vascular filter with a stent disposed within the vessel during removal of the vascular filter. A separate retrieval catheter is also described for use in conjunction with the retrieval adapter.04-22-2010
20120271340Method and Apparatus for Embolic Protection During Heart Procedure - A method and apparatus is provided for embolic protection during a heart procedure to ablate an arrhythmia of the heart of the patient. The method may include placing an embolic protection filter and reshaping the mitral valve annulus.10-25-2012
20090287242Method of Retrieving a Blood Clot Filter - A compact retrievable blood clot filter has a filter section, a releasable lock and an alignment section connected to the filter section. Alignment ribs of the alignment section have releasable upstream ends that are locked to the filter by the releasable lock. The releasable upstream ends of the alignment ribs are capable of being released from the releasable lock so that during retrieval of the filter, the alignment ribs can slide through the endothelial tissue that may have grown around the alignment ribs.11-19-2009
20090287241METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR LUMINAL STENTING - Described herein are flexible implantable occluding devices that can, for example, navigate the tortuous vessels of the neurovasculature. The occluding devices can also conform to the shape of the tortuous vessels of the vasculature. In some embodiments, the occluding devices can direct blood flow within a vessel away from an aneurysm or limit blood flow to the aneurysm. Some embodiments describe methods and apparatus for adjusting, along a length of the device, the porosity of the occluding device. In some embodiments, the occluding devices allows adequate blood flow to be provided to adjacent structures such that those structures, whether they are branch vessels or oxygen-demanding tissues, are not deprived of the necessary blood flow.11-19-2009
20110172700SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING ISCHEMIC STROKE - A thromboembolic removal system for treating ischemic stroke, including a guide and occlusion catheter, a delivery and aspiration catheter, an aspiration pump, a thromboembolic receiver, and a thromboembolic separator.07-14-2011
20110172699Balloon Catheter - This is a balloon catheter having at least two lumens. One of the lumens is a large working lumen. The balloon catheter is especially useful as a guide catheter or micro catheter and may be used in a variety of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. In particular, it has value in treating neurovascular embolic strokes in combination with other devices which are delivered to the stroke site through that working lumen. The remainder of the lumens typically are used to inflate and to deflate the balloon.07-14-2011
20090299403IVC FILTER WITH TRANSLATING HOOKS - A filter with translating hooks is described. The filter can include strut members having first and second struts connected by a connecting portion. A translating hook is disposed adjacent the connecting portion of the strut members, the hook including a first elongate member attached at one end to the first strut and a second elongate member attached at one end to a second strut, the opposite ends of the elongate members connected together to define a tip. The translating hooks are configured to bend toward a central axis of the filter when the filter is in a collapsed configuration for delivery to a blood vessel and recovery from a blood vessel, and away from the central axis of the filter when the filter is in an expanded configuration within a blood vessel such that the hooks engage a vessel wall.12-03-2009
20080275492EXTENDED DURATION MEDICAL FILTER WITH BIO-ABSORBABLE BARBS - A removable, radially compressible and expandable medical filter for placement in a tubular body passage such as a blood vessel. In radially expanded form, the medical filter has a main structure with a plurality of barbs extending radially outwardly from the main structure. The barbs are spaced circumferentially around the structure and are adapted to stand-off the main structure from the wall of a tubular body passage such as a blood vessel after the filter has been implanted and allowed to expand therein. The barbs also are adapted to anchor the main structure in the tubular passage to prevent migration of the filter in the passage. The barbs are comprised of a bio-absorbable material.11-06-2008
20080275488EXTENDED DURATION REMOVABLE MEDICAL FILTER - A medical filter intended for placement inside a tubular body passage of a patient has a generally longitudinally extending central spine with a retrieval element at one end; and a plurality of filter sections attached to and spaced along the spine, each of the filter sections having a plurality of radial arms attached to the spine and extending radially outwardly with parallel end segments extending axially generally parallel to the longitudinal axis, each of the end segments ending in a tip which extends radially inwardly. Each filter section may also have a graft band attached to the parallel end segments of the radial arms.11-06-2008
20080275497SNARE - An intravascular snare device for use in capturing debris found in blood vessels. The snare device is fabricated from a tube and includes longitudinally and circumferentially extending members. The snare device specifically embodies structure that provides enhanced radial opening and angular resistance to collapse.11-06-2008
20080275487REMOVABLE MEDICAL FILTER WITH STAND-OFF ARMS - A medical filter for placement in a tubular body passage. The filter has a main structure with a plurality of arms extending radially outwardly from the main structure to stand off the main structure from the wall of the tubular body passage. The filter is removed by first rotating the filter about its longitudinal axis to remove the stand-off arms from any endothelium attachments.11-06-2008
20080275495RETRIEVABLE MEDICAL FILTER WITH DIVERSE BASKETS - An elongated medical filter is radially expandable and compressible and is intended for placement inside a tubular body passage, such as a blood vessel, of a patient. In expanded form, the medical filter has a spine with a retrieval element and a pair of longitudinally spaced filter baskets, one of the filter baskets having a plurality of independent legs and the other of the filter baskets having a plurality of legs with interconnecting struts.11-06-2008
20080275494EXTENDED DURATION REMOVABLE MEDICAL FILTER WITH TISSUE BARRIER - A medical filter intended for placement inside a tubular body passage of a patient has a filter frame with a cell growth inhibiting sheet attached to the struts of the frame to prevent or minimize growth of cells over the frame after it has been implanted in a vessel or body passage of a patient.11-06-2008
20080275493EXTENDED DURATION MEDICAL FILTER SYSTEM WITH CAGED FILTER - A removable, radially compressible and expandable medical filter system for placement in a tubular body passage such as a blood vessel. The medical filter system comprises in radially expanded form, an elongated tubular cage with a hollow interior and an elongated filter disposed within the hollow interior of the cage in an interference fit.11-06-2008
20080275485Guidewire with collapsible filter system and method of use - A guidewire with collapsible filter system and method of use where a deployable, collapsible and retrievable filter attached to a guidewire tube is utilized for filtering thrombotic particulate from blood flow in the vascular system during thrombectomy or other interventional vascular procedures.11-06-2008
20100268264INTRAVASCULAR GUIDEWIRE FILTER SYSTEM FOR PULMONARY EMBOLISM PROTECTION AND EMBOLISM REMOVAL OR MACERATION - An intravascular emboli capture and retrieval system for intravascular embolism protection and embolism removal or maceration. Guidewire mounted proximally and distally located multiple opening filters are deployed within the vasculature and used to part, divide and macerate embolic debris and to capture such embolic debris within the confines thereof. A deployable flexible preformed memory shaped capture sleeve is alternatively used to collapse one or more filters and embolic debris therein for subsequent proximal withdrawal from the vasculature.10-21-2010
20130190805METHOD OF FABRICATING MODIFIABLE OCCLUSION DEVICE - A method of fabricating a frangible material for an occlusive device suitable for endovascular treatment of an aneurysm in a region of a parent vessel in a patient, including selecting first and second spray devices having first and second nozzle openings and first and second adjustable flow controls, respectively. The first and second spray devices are arranged to deliver droplets of a first liquid including at least one biocompatible polymer through the first spray device and to deliver droplets of a second liquid including a non-solvent for the polymer through the second spray device in an overlapping spray pattern on a substrate at a pre-selected distance and a pre-selected relative translation speed.07-25-2013
20120143239Devices and Methods for Removing Clots - A device for capturing a clot is provided. The device can include an inflatable body, a network of veins incorporated thereinto, and a wall defining the inflatable body. The inflatable body can include a pathway substantially axial therethrough upon inflation. The network of veins, upon introduction of a fluid thereinto, can inflate the inflatable body to a predetermined shape. The wall can extend between adjacent veins to define the pathway through the inflatable body and to direct the clot therethrough.06-07-2012
20130218195MEDICAL DEVICE ANCHOR AND DELIVERY SYSTEM - A method and an apparatus for anchoring a medical implant device within a blood vessel or other body passageway are described herein. An anchor delivery system houses one or more expandable anchors connected to the medical implant device. The anchors remain housed in a non-expanded configuration until the medical implant device has been placed in a desired position within the body, and then the anchors are propelled through a body wall where each anchor expands outwardly from an anchor shaft. In one configuration, each anchor is formed as a compressible closed loop which extends outwardly from an anchor shaft and loops back to cross over and extend beyond the anchor shaft. To propel the anchors, a drive shaft is connected to a triggering unit which, when activated, causes the drive shaft to drive the anchor shafts in a direction such that the anchors are propelled through the body wall.08-22-2013
20100004674DEVICE FOR, AND METHOD OF, BLOCKING EMBOLI IN VESSELS SUCH AS BLOOD ARTERIES - A filtering device has a directional member and filtering member disposable in a vessel (e.g. blood artery) at a position past a lesion in the direction of fluid flow. The filtering member is made from a resilient material having properties of passing the fluid while blocking the passage of emboli in the fluid. This material may be selected from a group consisting of blood filter material and a braided/woven biocompatible material with the properties specified above. The inner end of the filtering member is attached to a shaft which provides for the disposition of the members in the vessel at the position past the lesion and the withdrawal of the members from the vessel. The directional member has a length extending at least to the vessel wall. The directional member is made from a pliable and elongatable material with properties of blocking fluid and emboli passage. The directional member is deployable within the vessel by the fluid flow in the vessel and directs the fluid in the vessel and any emboli in the fluid into the filtering member. The filtering and directional members are disposed at an acute angle relative to the shaft to create a trapping pocket. Restraining wires attached to the directional member are used to collapse the directional member and draw at least a part of the directional member into an outer sheath to prevent emboli from backflowing into the vessel.01-07-2010
20100280540Intravascular Filter with Debris Entrapment Mechanism - Apparatus for filtering and entrapping debris in the vascular system of a patient, the apparatus including a filter to allow blood to flow therethrough and to restrict passage of debris, wherein the filter captures debris carried in a first direction of blood flow. The apparatus further includes an entrapment mechanism which allows passage of debris and blood therethrough, in the first direction of blood flow and prevents debris passage in a second direction. The entrapment mechanism and filter allow blood and debris therethrough in the first direction of blood flow. The entrapment mechanism prevents debris flow in the second direction of blood flow. A method for filtering and entrapping debris in the vascular system includes inserting the apparatus into the vascular system, allowing blood and debris carried therein to flow through the entrapment mechanism, and removing the apparatus and accumulated debris from the vascular system.11-04-2010
20080221609Vein filter - A vessel filter comprising a first region and a second region wherein the filter is movable between a collapsed position for delivery to the vessel and an expanded position for placement within the vessel. A first region has a filter portion having a converging region to direct particles toward the center of the filter and the second region is flared in the expanded position to have a transverse dimension increasing toward a second end portion opposite the first end portion. The second region includes a vessel engaging portion at the second end portion. The first region includes a plurality of spaced apart elongated struts with adjacent struts being joined and a spacer extending radially with respect to a longitudinal axis of the filter.09-11-2008
20080294189VEIN FILTER - A vein filter includes a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart elongated legs having opposed proximal and distal leg portions. Adjacent distal leg portions are connected to one another by bridging structure and the legs are adapted and configured for movement between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the proximal leg portions are substantially parallel to one another. In the second position, the proximal leg portions are circumferentially divergent from one another to anchor the filter within a blood vessel. Methods of placing or relocating a vein filter in a vein utilize a catheter balloon to move the vein filter legs between first and second positions. Kits include a vein filter, a catheter balloon for moving the legs of the vein filter, and a delivery sheath for housing the vein filter for delivery within a blood vessel.11-27-2008
20080275489REMOVABLE MEDICAL FILTER - A medical filter intended for placement inside a tubular body passage such as a blood vessel of a patient, the medical filter having an end member at one end of the longitudinal axis of the filter. The end member supports a retrieval element and a plurality of struts defining a first filter cone proximate to the end member and a second filter cone distal from the end member.11-06-2008
20080275498EMBOLIC BASKET - An intravascular basket device for use in capturing either naturally occurring or foreign debris found in blood vessels or other regions of the body. The basket device is fabricated from a tube and includes a mid-section having at least one ring configured in an alternating V-pattern. The basket device specifically embodies structure that provides enhanced radial opening and angular resistance to collapse.11-06-2008
20090264917EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - An embolic protection filter. In some embodiments, the device includes an elongate shaft, a filter coupled to the shaft, and a proximal stop coupled to the shaft.10-22-2009
20090264916EMBOLIC PROTECTION FILTER WITH REDUCED LANDING ZONE - An emboli capturing filter device and system are provided. The filter device includes an expandable filter disposed about an elongate member. The filter has a proximal mouth portion facing the proximal end of the elongate member, and a distal portion extending toward to distal end of the elongate member. A support arm is coupled to the elongate member and mouth portion of the expandable filter. When the filter is in an expanded orientation, the support arm is attached to the elongate member at or distal of the mouth of the filter.10-22-2009
20090264915STAGED RELEASE OF IVC FILTER LEGS - A catheter for stage-delivering a vena cava filter within a body lumen is disclosed. The catheter may comprise an elongated tubular member having a proximal section, a distal section, and an inner lumen configured to receive an intravascular filter. One or more notches or slits radially disposed about the distal end of the catheter may be utilized to stage-deploy the filter within the body. Several grooves or indentations disposed along an inner surface of the catheter may also be employed.10-22-2009
20080275490MEDICAL FILTER WITH PARTIAL BASKETS - A medical filter intended for placement inside a tubular body passage such as a blood vessel of a patient, the medical filter having a plurality of truncated baskets positioned along a spine. Each of the baskets is rotated about the axis of the spine to be out of alignment with adjacent baskets and the spine carrying a retrieval element such as a hook.11-06-2008
20080243170EMBOLIC CAPTURING DEVICES AND METHODS - Disclosed is an emboli capturing device having a first support hoop at a distal portion of a first elongate member, and a support member that is coupled to the first support hoop. The support member can comprise a second elongate member. In some cases, the second elongate member can be coupled to the first support hoop. In other cases, the support member can comprise a second elongate member and a support strut. The support strut can be coupled to both the first support hoop and the second elongate member. Movement of the support member relative to the first elongate member can translate the first support hoop between collapsed and expanded configurations. Once in a desired configuration, the support members can also provide support to maintain the first support hoop in the desired configuration. Also disclosed is a combination emboli capturing and perfusion device. The combination device can have a perfusion member in combination with an emboli capturing device. The perfusion member can facilitate the introduction of fluids around a lesion in a vessel of a patient, for example if the lesion is creating a partial or total occlusion of the vessel.10-02-2008
20080275496CROSSOVER RETRIEVABLE MEDICAL FILTER - A retrievable medical filter which can be placed in a blood vessel or other body passage. The filter has improved structural features for enhancing its filter effectiveness and to facilitate its retrieval from the body passage. The filter has a longitudinal spine with struts extending from each longitudinal to form filter baskets. The ends of the spine to which the struts are attached may be rings with serpentine cuts in the rings to make them expandable. The struts can extend circumferentially as well as radially outwardly to provide a structure which can be radially compressed without bending the struts in a tight radius.11-06-2008
20080275486EXTENDED DURATION MEDICAL FILTER - A medical filter for placement inside a body passage such as a vessel has a first filter half and a second filter half each of which have generally longitudinally extending legs with free ends. The first filter half has a docking station centrally located at one longitudinal end and a stop carried by one of said legs centrally located at its other end while the second filter half has a cylindrical collar and a longitudinally centrally located hook. The filter halves fit together with legs in interlocking relationship and the docking station has a smaller diameter than the diameter of the collar so that the filter can be retrieved by pushing the first filter half into the collar of the second filter half with a mandrel pushing against the docking station while holding the second filter half with a snare attached to its hook to collapse the first filter half in the collar of the second filter half and then pulling the second filter half into the lumen of a retrieval catheter with the snare.11-06-2008
20080281350Aneurysm Occlusion Devices - An implantable occlusion device for bridging the neck of an aneurysm comprises a biocompatible matrix. The device is movable between a compressed position prior to implantation and a generally concave or cup-shaped position following implantation. The device may comprise a frame having a plurality of elements. The frame elements have a first pre-deployment position generally parallel to a major axis of the delivery lumen, and a second post-deployment position spread radially from the major axis of the delivery lumen. The biocompatible matrix and/or the frame elements may also form or be manipulated to form a generally concave or cupped shape. The matrix can be porous or semiporous, such as a foam or a reticulated matrix. The occlusion device can be folded, twisted and/or stretched to adopt a narrow profile for loading into a coaxial delivery device and expand in place as it adopts its original shape on release. The device may be released or manipulated to a desired shape to occlude an aneurysm. Methods of using the implantable device are also provided.11-13-2008
20100145380THROMBOSIS FILTER WITH COVER LAYER - A method is provided for applying a cover layer (06-10-2010
20120197289STRETCH RESISTANT THERAPEUTIC DEVICE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature.08-02-2012
20120197288STRETCH RESISTANT THERAPEUTIC DEVICE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature.08-02-2012
20120197287STRETCH RESISTANT THERAPEUTIC DEVICE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature.08-02-2012
20090069841Device for Filtering of Blood During Removal of Heart Valve Stenosis and Method of Removing Heart Valve Stenosis - The invention relates to a device and a method for the removal of a heart valve stenosis, in which a filter catheter is arranged in a vessel section located downstream of the heart valve, and a valvuplasty catheter is arranged in the area of the heart valve. The filter catheter has in one embodiment of the invention at its distal end a radial filter which is unfolded radially until it fits up against the vessel wall. The catheter lumen is closed in such a way that blood must flow through the filter. After the filter has been unfolded, the valvuplasty catheter is inflated in the area of the heart valve to remove the heart valve stenosis, while debris and plaque which are released are collected in the filter. In an alternative membrane, the filter catheter may be sealed relative to the vessel wall by means of a sealing element, while an external filter is connected to the filter catheter to filter debris and plaque from the blood.03-12-2009
20110208234METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FILTERING BODY FLUID - Medical devices for filtering fluids flowing through a lumen and a method of forming medical devices. The devices can be used in vascular channels, urinary tracts, biliary ducts and the like, and filter emboli and other debris generated at a treatment site.08-25-2011
20110208233DEVICE FOR PREVENTING CLOT MIGRATION FROM LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE - A device for placement within the left atrial appendage of a patient comprising a retention member and a material positioned within the retention member and unattached thereto. The retention member has a first elongated configuration for delivery and a second expanded configuration for placement within the left atrial appendage. The material is configured to float within the retention member. The retention member can have at least one appendage wall engagement member to secure the retention member to the appendage.08-25-2011
20090131971GUIDE WIRE WITH EMBOLIC FILTERING ATTACHMENT - A separate deliverable embolic protection device filter that attaches to a helical coil at a distal end of a conventional guide, for use in a blood vessel when an interventional procedure is being performed to capture any embolic material which may be created and released into the bloodstream during the procedure. The device includes a filter assembly with a proximal end and a distal end, and a guide wire connector attached to the distal end of the filter assembly. The guide wire connector is able to couple with the helical coil of the guide wire. A restraining sheath placed over the filter assembly in a coaxial arrangement maintains the filter assembly in a collapsed position and delivers the filter assembly separately to the helical coil of the guide wire, and then the guide wire connector is joined to the helical coil. Alternatively, the guide wire can include a rotatable coil section forming a portion of the distal tip coil on the guide wire which is adapted to be coupled to the filter assembly. This arrangement allows the filter assembly to be rotatably mounted onto the guide wire.05-21-2009
20090138037STRAIN LIMITING TETHER FOR A CATHETER - A catheter tip and a catheter system are provided. The catheter tip includes a shaft which comprises at least two segments at a distal end portion thereof, wherein the at least two segments define a reception space for receiving a filter element; an expandable tip body; and at least two tethers connecting the segments. The catheter system includes a guide catheter; and a retrieval catheter for insertion into the guide catheter, the retrieval catheter having a catheter tip including a shaft which comprises at least two segments at a distal end portion thereof, wherein the at least two segments define a reception space for receiving a filter element; an expandable tip body; and at least two tethers connecting the segments.05-28-2009
20090138038EMBOLIC FILTER DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - An embolic filter device and method of manufacturing the same are provided. The method includes reducing a wall thickness of a tube in a central region between a proximal end portion and a distal end portion of the tube; cutting the proximal end portion of the tube to form an annular ring at a proximal end of the proximal end portion; cutting a plurality of slits in the central region; and expanding a portion of the tube between the annular ring and the distal end portion. The device includes a distal annular ring; a mesh connected to the distal annular ring; and a proximal annular ring connected to the mesh by at least two connecting portions.05-28-2009
20090138036BIOABSORBABLE DETACHABLE COIL AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE - Described herein are various implant delivery methods and systems that include an implantable medical device secured to a pusher wire with biomaterial. The biomaterial is selected to controllably decouple the implantable medical device from the pusher wire after exposure to a flushing agent.05-28-2009
20090005803Removable vascular filter and method of filter use - A vascular filter system and method of removing the same is disclosed. In one embodiment, the filter system comprises a filter housing having a plurality of hollow support struts connected to a support ring, and a filter element having a plurality of primary filter limbs. Securing barbs extend from the distal ends of the primary filter limbs. The primary filter limbs are slidably held within the hollow support struts of the filter housing to form the filter system. The hollow support struts hold the filter element away from a vascular wall to allow only the securing barbs to contact the wall. The filter system may be removed by advancing a snaring catheter and wire to the filter system and drawing the system into the catheter thereby causing the securing barbs to retract into the hollow support struts releasing the system from the vein.01-01-2009
20090187210VENA CAVA FILTER HAVING HOURGLASS SHAPE - The present invention is a luminal filter having wall contacts. The filter is formed to include: a plurality of filter elements interconnected so as to form a filter body shaped in a free recovery form and having a plurality of apertures disposed between and defined by the interconnected filter elements. The apertures are dimensioned so as to inhibit a thrombus of a selected size from passing through the apertures and being dimensioned so as to allow blood components smaller than the selected size to pass through the apertures. The polymeric wall contact is coupled to the filter and disposed on an external surface thereof. Optionally, a fastener can be used to secure the wall contact to the filter.07-23-2009
20090187208Introduction catheter set for a self-expandable implant - The present invention relates to an introduction catheter set for a collapsible self-expandable implant into a blood vessel of a patient. Without being limited thereto the invention is concerned in particular with the introduction of collapsible self-expandable stents or filters of the type comprising a number of diverging legs to secure correct positioning of the implant when arranged in the blood vessel.07-23-2009
20090326575Embolic protection during percutaneous heart valve replacement and similar procedures - Various devices are described to provide filtering of flow from the aorta to the left carotid artery and the right carotid artery. The filters can be brought into a desired position through one or more peripheral arteries. A single filter device can provide the desired filtering or a plurality of devices can be used. In particular a single filter device can span between the brachiocephalic artery and the left carotid artery. These filter devices can be used effectively to capture emboli generated during procedures on the heart so that emboli do not travel to the patient's brain where the emboli can cause a stroke or other adverse event. In particular, these filters can be used during percutaneous procedures on the heart, such as endovascular heart valve replacement.12-31-2009
20100268262Biomedical filter - A drug-eluting medical filter having a conically shaped wire frame with a circular base and a plurality of bioabsorbable prongs extending at various positions around the periphery of the base toward a common apex. The prongs have a variable thickness along their length and contain bioactive material, such as heparin or other anti-platelet agent, etc. The bioactive material is varied in concentration along the length of the prongs depending on the need by the patient, and a protective or other coating can be applied on any portion of the frame and/or prongs.10-21-2010
20110224716PERCUTANEOUS CATHETER AND GUIDEWIRE HAVING FILTER AND MEDICAL DEVICE DEPLOYMENT CAPABILITIES - The invention provides a nested tubing cannula which comprises outer and inner elongate tubular members, both having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen therebetween. The inner tubular member is sealed at its distal end and is nested substantially coaxially within the lumen of the outer tubular member, so that the gap between the inner and the outer tubular member defines a second lumen whereas the first lumen is the lumen of the inner tubular member. A tubular sleeve is disposed coaxially between the inner and outer tubular members. A balloon is mounted on a distal region of the outer tubular member and is in communication with the first lumen. The cannula further comprises a port proximal or distal the balloon occluder and is in communication with the second lumen. Methods for making the devices herein are disclosed.09-15-2011
20110224715Reversible Vascular Filter Devices and Methods for Using Same - The present invention provides, in one embodiment, a vascular filter device for capturing dislodged blood clots within a vessel. The vascular filter device includes an expandable framework for securing the device within a vessel. The device also includes a pathway extending through the framework. The device further includes at least one filter in alignment with the pathway for capturing dislodged clots or emboli. In an embodiment, the filter can be given form by a material that can be easily eliminated in situ to permit reestablishment of the pathway.09-15-2011
20090204143Distal Protection Filter with Improved Wall Apposition - In accordance with the present invention, a distal protection and embolic material retrieval device with improved apposition to both large and small vessel walls of varying geometries for enhancing the filtering of embolic material during intravascular procedures while allowing for the passage of blood is provided. The device includes a filter basket designed to maximize apposition of the filtering portion to that of the vessel wall and may include struts which provide circumferential support to the filtering membrane and thereby minimizing or eliminating in-folding of the filter basket. Thin film materials may also be utilized for the filtering membrane of the filter basket. In addition one can incorporate biological and/or pharmaceutical agents in combination with the present invention.08-13-2009
20090198269Device for the Removal of Thrombi From Blood Vessels - The invention relates to a device for the removal of foreign objects and thrombi from body cavities and blood vessels (08-06-2009
20090198271ELECTRODE BASED FILTER - Apparatus is described including a filter, configured to be implanted in a blood vessel of a subject. An electrode is configured to be disposed in a vicinity of the blood vessel. A control unit breaks up matter that aggregates on the filter, by driving the electrode to drive a current into the blood vessel and configuring the signal to increase nitric oxide (NO) secretion by the wall. Other embodiments are also described.08-06-2009
20090054924MEDICAL DEVICE - A collapsible filter element (02-26-2009
20090099590EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE HAVING A FILTER FRAME WITH INTEGRAL DISTAL STRAIN RELIEF - An embolic protection device provides a filter membrane for removing emboli from a fluid flowing in a vessel of a patient. The filter membrane is mounted on a filter frame having an integrated strain relief mechanism that provides strain relief and kink resistance in the transition between the relatively stiff filter and the flexible distal tip of the guidewire that is used to guide the filter into the treatment area. The strain relief mechanism is one or more cuts through the distal end of the filter frame. The cut pattern, pitch and variation of the pitch from one end to the other provides a way of fine-tuning the strain relief to a wide variety of filter frames, guidewires and flexible distal guidewire tips.04-16-2009
20110230908THROMBUS REMOVAL SYSTEM AND PROCESS - A device captures and assists in the removal of a thrombus in arteries, even in small arteries. The device uses a soft coil mesh to engage the surface of a thrombus, and a guidewire is used to retract the soft coil mesh with the captured thrombus. The soft coil is formed by an elongated microcoil element that forms the helical elements of a macrocoil element. The microcoil element provides a relatively elastic effect to the helical element forming the macrocoil and allows for control of gripping forces on the thrombus while reducing non-rigid contact of the device with arterial walls.09-22-2011
20110230909THROMBUS REMOVAL SYSTEM AND PROCESS - A device capable of capturing and facilitating the removal of a thrombus in blood vessels (or stones in biliary or urinary ducts, or foreign bodies) uses a soft coil mesh with the aid of a pull wire or string to engage the surface of a thrombus, and remove the captured thrombus. The soft coil mesh is formed by an elongated microcoil element that forms the helical elements of a macrocoil element. The microcoil element provides a relatively elastic effect to the helical elements forming the macrocoil and allows for control of gripping forces on the thrombus while reducing non-rigid contact of the device with arterial walls. The use of multiple coil mesh elements, delivered through a single lumen or multiple lumens, preferably with separate control of at least one end of each coil, provides a firm grasp on a distal side of a thrombus, assisting in non-disruptive or minimally disrupted removal of the thrombus upon withdrawal of the device.09-22-2011
20120078286ENDOVASCULAR FILTER AND RETRIVAL APPARATUS - An intravascular filter comprising a plurality of struts extending from a central hub. The distal ends of the struts are curved to form an anchor to the vessel wall. The hub has a hook for retrieving the filter. The filter may be removed by employing a torque force to the hook, so as to disengage the strut ends from the vessel wall.03-29-2012
20120078285BALLOON CATHETER FOR INTRAVASCULAR THERAPIES - A low profile, tailored stiffness intravascular balloon catheter is disclosed for use especially in treatment of intracranial aneurysm. Treatment utilizing the device can be performed without the need for a guide wire during delivery of embolic implants. A profiled metal hyptotube that is machine-cut or laser cut in a dual, off-set helical pattern, is the foundation for the device. A polymer jacket may be disposed upon the hypotube. A thin wall elastomeric balloon is bonded to the distal end of the system in fluid communication with the hypotube. The system may have one or more delivery ports for the release of embolic implants.03-29-2012
20080234722Inferior vena cava filter on guidewire - A temporary inferior vena cava filter including a guidewire and a doublet cage filter distally located on the guidewire. The doublet cage filter has a proximal cage filter and a distal cage filter, both of resilient and biased toward their expanded or deployed state. The proximal and distal cage filters may be collapsed by actuation, preferably with a sheath. A method of protecting from pulmonary embolism during treatment of a deep vein thrombosis is disclosed. The doublet cage provides stability when deployed in the inferior vena cava, is readily retrieved and readily manufactured. A method of manufacturing the doublet cage filter assembly is also disclosed and involves a nitinol tube with plural cuts to form struts which are heat treated in an expanded state.09-25-2008
20080262532COMPLEX WIRE FORMED DEVICES - The devices and methods described herein relate to jointless construction of complex structures. Such devices have applicability in through-out the body, including clearing of blockages within body lumens, such as the vasculature, by addressing the frictional resistance on the obstruction prior to attempting to translate and/or mobilize the obstruction within the body lumen10-23-2008
20090118760Vascular filter retrieval device - A vascular filter retrieval device comprising a catheter and a loop for engaging a filter is described. The loop is extendable from a proximal end of the catheter and comprises a resilient wire. The wire may be a metal alloy such as an ELGILOY® alloy. The loop is typically radiopaque and may have a platinum or palladium wire coiled around at least a part thereof. Also described is a method of retrieving a vascular filter from a patient using the device. The catheter is introduced into the vena cava of a patient adjacent the filter. The loop is advanced so that it extends from the proximal end of the catheter and surrounds the filter. The loop is then engaged with a hook on the filter and the device and filter removed from the patient.05-07-2009
20090112253GUIDEWIRE FOR EMBOLIC DEVICE - A guidewire for use with an embolic protection filter and a method of deploying an embolic protection filter are provided. The guidewire includes a core wire; a core wire tip disposed at a distal end of the core wire; and a hypo shaft, coaxially disposed around the core wire, wherein the hypo shaft is moveable proximally and distally along the core wire with the core wire tip limiting a distal movement of the hypo shaft.04-30-2009
20090209997MEDICAL DEVICE - A collapsible filter element (08-20-2009
20090222036EMBOLIC FILTER LOOP FABRICATED FROM COMPOSITE MATERIAL - Embolic protection filters formed from composite materials exhibiting certain radiopaque and elasticity characteristics are disclosed. An embolic protection filter in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention may include a support structure formed of a composite member having a first layer of relatively elastic material such as superelastic nickel-titanium alloy, and a second layer formed from a relatively dense, radiopaque material. The support structure may comprise a composite wire loop that is connected to a filter membrane that collects embolic debris contained in the blood. The composite wire loop may be formed at least in part of a shape-memory material configured to self-expand to a circular shape when deployed in the body. Methods of forming the support structure are also disclosed.09-03-2009
20090192543RETRIEVABLE IVC FILTER - Retrievable vena cava filters for filtering blood clots within a vessel are disclosed. A retrievable vena cava filter in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention may include a plurality of elongated filter legs each having a hook portion configured to engage the vessel wall, and an expandable member releasably connected to the filter. In certain embodiments, the expandable member may comprise a bendable member and several tubular members, or a coiled wire.07-30-2009
20120197285RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF - The devices and methods described herein relate to improved structures for removing obstructions from body lumens. Such devices have applicability in through-out the body, including clearing of blockages within the vasculature, by recanalizing or removing the obstruction within the body lumen.08-02-2012
20090254117Venous Filter with Detachable Anchors - A venous filter including anchors that detach from the struts and that remain attached to the vein wall after retrieval of the other parts of the filter is described. Anchors may be detachably connected to struts of the filter via a detachably connected ridge and groove, a detachably connected clip and ridge, a friction fit, a detachable locking pin connection, or a combination thereof.10-08-2009
20090254116RETRIEVAL CATHETER AND METHODS OF RETRIEVING DEPLOYED MEDICAL DEVICES - A retrieval catheter for retrieving deployed medical devices includes a first guidewire lumen and a second guidewire lumen spaced radially from the first guidewire lumen. The first guidewire lumen has a distal end portion configured to recapture a medical device, such as a collapsed embolic protection device, deployed in a body lumen and secured to a guidewire extending through the first guidewire lumen. The second guidewire lumen receives a second guidewire which may be advanced past a first interventional site to perform a second procedure. The retrieval catheter may be provided with a soft tip to reduce trauma to the body tissue.10-08-2009
20100152765BODY LUMEN FILTERS WITH STRUCTURES TO REDUCE PARTICULATES AND METHODS FOR FILTERING A BODY LUMEN - As described herein, a body lumen filter is provided that includes a body configured to move between a pre-deployed state and a deployed state, a filtering structure operatively associated with the body to filter particulates, and a separating structure operatively associated with the body. The separating structure can be configured to break up at least one of the particulates.06-17-2010
20090254115EMBOLIC PROTECTION SYSTEM - An embolic protection system comprises an embolic protection filter 10-08-2009
20100274276ANEURYSM TREATMENT SYSTEM, DEVICE AND METHOD - An occlusion system, method, and apparatus which treats an aneurysm in a primary vessel such as an intracranial vessel. Aneurysm types treatable by means of this invention include bulge (sometimes referred to as a true aneurysm), dissecting aneurysms in which the layers of vessel wall are partially delaminated, and what are referred to a “false” aneurysm defined by a relatively small opening in the parent vessel wall fluridically coupled to a bulb-shaped sac, also defined by the vessel wall. The system includes an occlusion device configured for deployment in the parent vessel that restricts fluid flow to the aneurysm. A patch on the device covers the neck of the aneurysm. The system includes a marker in a defined relationship with the patch, which allows for axial and rotational positioning of the device.10-28-2010
20090259247EMBOLI FILTRATION SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE - An emboli filtration apparatus is provided comprising a guide wire having a filter element captured thereon, so that the guide wire is free to rotate and translate while the filter element remains stationary. The apparatus allows for movement and rotation of the guide wire as devices are advanced over it to treat occlusive disease, substantially without dislodging the filter element. In a preferred embodiment, the guide wire comprises a proximal stop configured to reposition the filter element during a medical procedure without having to remove or insert additional interventional devices.10-15-2009
20100152766Methods and devices for filtering fluid flow through a body structure - An intravascular filter having a filament which expands a filter element. The filament is a coil which is stretched to reduce the diameter of the coil for introduction. The filter element is preferably biased toward the closed position and is opened by the coil when tension is released on the coil. The filament slides along the internal surface of the filter element so that the filter element may assume intermediate positions.06-17-2010
20100179584METHODS OF DIVERTING EMBOLIC DEBRIS AWAY FROM THE CEREBRAL CIRCULATION - There is disclosed a porous emboli deflector for preventing cerebral emboli while maintaining cerebral blood flow during an endovascular or open surgical procedure. The device prevents the entrance of emboli of a size able to cause stroke (such as greater than 100 microns) from entering either the right or left common carotid arteries, and/or the right or left vertebral arteries by deflecting emboli downstream of these vessels. The device can be placed prior to any manipulation of the heart or aorta allowing maximal protection of the brain during the index procedure. The deflector has a low profile within the aorta which allows sheaths, catheters, or wires used in the index procedure to pass. Also disclosed are methods for insertion and removal of the deflector.07-15-2010
20100191273EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE WITH NO DELIVERY CATHETER OR RETRIEVAL CATHETER AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME - A device and method for filtering emboli from blood has been formed. The device includes an expandable filter capable of being delivered and retrieved from a treatment site in a low-profile, collapsed position without the use of a delivery catheter or a retrieval catheter.07-29-2010
20100185227VASCULAR FILTER - A vascular filter (07-22-2010
20100185230 VASCULAR FILTER DEVICE - A vascular filter device comprises a support; and a filter comprising one or more filter elements configured to capture thrombus passing through a blood vessel. A holder holds the filter in a closed filtering state and releases to convert the filter to an open state after a period of time. The filter is adapted to retain thrombus after said conversion. In one case the filter elements are arranged to remain in a closed state after release by the holder, because they are blocked by a retained clot from opening fully, and the filter elements are biased to the open state with a bias level which is counter balanced by force exerted by a retained clot under action of blood flow.07-22-2010
20100262179MODIFIED HEADPIECE FOR HYDRAULIC COIL DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM - A vascular occlusion device for use with a hydraulic deployment catheter is provided. The vascular occlusion device includes a headpiece that has a deformable interference element which changes from an initial configuration to a deformed configuration upon an increase of hydraulic pressure within the deployment catheter. When the interference element is in the initial configuration, the headpiece is secured to the deployment catheter, and when the interference element is in the deformed configuration, the headpiece can be removed from the deployment catheter for deployment of the occlusion device.10-14-2010
20100191275FILTER DEPLOYMENT DEVICE - The invention provides a filter device associated with a guide wire, a device for deploying the filter from a containment element associated with the filter, and a method of deploying the filter from the containment element.07-29-2010
20100185229VASCULAR FILTER DEVICE - A vascular filter device (07-22-2010
20100324591BLOOD CLOT REMOVAL DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD - A blood clot removal device for removing blood clots from the vascular system of a patient is implantable in the patient's body. The blood clot removal device comprises a blood flow passageway, a filter provided in the blood flow passageway for filtering blood clots, and a cleaning device for cleaning the filter. By means of such blood clot removal device and system, the risk of blood clots reaching sensitive areas of the patient's body, such as the brain, is reduced.12-23-2010
20100217305EMBOLIC PROTECTION FILTERING DEVICE THAT CAN BE ADAPTED TO BE ADVANCED OVER A GUIDEWIRE - An improved embolic protection filtering device. In at least some embodiments, an embolic protection filtering device includes a filter wire assembly. The filter wire assembly may include an elongate shaft, a tubular member, and an embolic protection filter.08-26-2010
20100217303EMBOLIC FILTER DEVICE INDEPENDENT OF TREATMENT DEVICE - A self-expanding filter for collecting emboli or thrombi in a vessel of a patient is disclosed. The filter has a tubular filter body that coils or spirals around an outer surface of an adjacently located, independent treatment device in a corkscrew fashion when deployed from a sheath delivery catheter. When fully deployed, an outer surface of the coiled tubular body conforms to the inner wall of the vessel and an inner surface of the coiled tubular body conforms to an outer surface of the treatment device. The treatment device is disposed within a longitudinal opening extending through the expanded, coiled tubular body of the filter during an interventional procedure.08-26-2010
20100228280METHODS AND DEVICES FOR TREATMENT OF LUMENAL SYSTEMS - The invention provides a variety of catheters and methods for using such catheters. An exemplary catheter includes an elongate body having a proximal end a distal end. The elongate body defines a longitudinal axis of the catheter. The exemplary catheter further includes at least one inflatable member disposed on the elongate body proximate the distal end of the elongate body. The interior of the inflatable member is in fluid communication with an inflation lumen in the elongate body. The exemplary catheter also includes a first filter adapted and configured to capture emboli in a patient's bloodstream as the bloodstream passes through the first filter along a first direction. The exemplary catheter further includes a second filter adapted and configured to capture emboli in a patient's bloodstream as the bloodstream passes through the second filter along a second direction, wherein the second direction is generally opposite to the first direction.09-09-2010
20100228281VASCULAR FILTER SYSTEM - A vascular filter system comprises a vascular filter (09-09-2010
20100241156METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES FOR DEPLOYING AN EMBOLIC PROTECTION FILTER - A filter device is adapted to function as a guidewire, an exchange guidewire, and provide embolic protection during a procedure. The filter device includes a filter assembly that is either integral with or coupled to a guide member. The filter assembly includes a plurality of struts that expand outwardly to deploy a filter that collects or captures material flowing along the blood vessel within which the filter device is deployed. The plurality of struts are constrained by a restraining member or mechanism that prevents the plurality of struts from expanding or extending outwardly to deploy the filter. Cooperating with the restraining member or mechanism is an actuating assembly that is adapted to release the restraining member or mechanism and enable the filter to be deployed from the guide member. A capture catheter is cooperates with the filter device and substantially surrounds the filter during removal of the filter device.09-23-2010
20090076540Intracorporeal Occlusive Device And Method - An intracorporeal space filling device and a delivery system and method for using the device is disclosed. The space filling device is preferably configured for percutaneous delivery from a peripheral conduit of a patient. The space filling device has an elongated tubular or interconnected bead structure which may have a transmutable material disposed within it. The transmutable material can be altered from a non-rigid state to a rigid state by the application of various types of energy or by other suitable means. The space filling device can be positioned by a delivery system and detached from the delivery system after desired positioning is achieved.03-19-2009
20090076538HELICAL EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - An embolic protection device for capturing emboli during treatment of a stenotic lesion in a body vessel is disclosed. The device comprises an elongated shaft having a proximal portion and a distal portion extending from the proximal portion. The device further comprises an expandable filter formed helically about the distal portion of the elongated shaft. The expandable filter is configured to helically close defining a collapsed state for delivery and retrievable of the device. The expandable filter is configured to helically open defining an expanded state for capturing emboli during treatment of the stenotic lesion in the body vessel. The expandable filter has at least one filter portion helically extending from the elongated shaft at a predetermined angle defining an opening when the filter is in the expanded state.03-19-2009
20100222805METHODS FOR EMBOLIC PROTECTION DURING TREATMENT OF A STENOTIC LESION IN A BODY VESSEL - A method for embolic protection during treatment of a stenotic lesion in a body vessel is provided. The method comprises disposing an embolic protection device in an undeployed state in the body vessel. The device comprises a basket with a set of struts extending from a distal end to a proximal end of the basket, the struts being arranged to define an opening at the distal end, the basket having an expanded state and a collapsed state. A core wire with a distal end and a proximal end is able to reciprocate through the opening at the distal end of the basket. A filter bag is attached only at the distal end of the core wire, the filter bag being located distally to the distal end of the basket when in the collapsed state. The method further comprises moving the core wire relative to the basket to expand the basket and the filter bag in a deployed state downstream from the stenotic lesion to capture emboli during treatment of the stenotic lesion.09-02-2010
20100152768TEMPORARY VASCULAR FILTER - The present invention provides a method of deploying a medical filter within a channel in a patient's body and filter systems which can be used in such a method. Such a filter may include a radially expandable body 06-17-2010
20100222806EMBOLUS EXTRACTOR - An embolus extractor including elongate shaft having a proximal end and a distal end. The embolus extractor may include primary struts coupled to the distal end of the shaft. The struts may define a proximally disposed mouth. Additional secondary struts may be coupled along the elongate shaft to enhance the thrombus containing ability of the embolus extractor.09-02-2010
20100211095Embolic Protection Device and Method of Use - There is disclosed a porous emboli deflector for preventing cerebral emboli while maintaining cerebral blood flow during an endovascular or open surgical procedure. The device prevents the entrance of emboli of a size able to cause stroke (greater than 100 microns in the preferred embodiment) from entering either the right or left carotid arteries by deflecting emboli downstream in the blood flow. The device can be placed prior to any manipulation of the heart or aorta allowing maximal protection of the brain during the index procedure. The device has a low profile within the aorta which allows sheaths, catheters, or wires used in the index procedure to pass. Also disclosed are methods for insertion and removal of the device.08-19-2010
20100211094UMBRELLA DISTAL EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - An embolic protection device for capturing emboli during treatment of a lesion in a blood vessel is presented. This embolic protection device generally comprises a core wire, a plurality of attachment cables and filter struts, and a filter member being configured to move between an expanded state for engagement with the blood vessel and a collapsed state for filter retrieval and delivery. The filter member is circumferentially attached to the attachment cables and filter struts and extends freely from its proximal end to a closed distal end. The core wire is rotated in a first direction to wrap the attachment cables, filter struts, and filter member around the core wire in the collapsed state and is rotated in a second or opposite direction to unwrap the attachment cables, filter struts, and filter member in the expanded state.08-19-2010
20130218192LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE OCCLUSION DEVICE - A medical device implant for the left atrial appendage of a patient's heart, to prevent strokes. The device includes a cap that overlies the opening of the LAA connected to a bulb in the LAA. Dis-continuous segmented sails attached to the cap promote tissue growth over the device.08-22-2013
20130218193REDEPLOYABLE LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE OCCLUSION DEVICE - A medical device implant for the left atrial appendage of a patient's heart to prevent strokes. The device includes a cap that overlies the opening of the LAA connected to a bulb in the LAA. Discontinuous segmented sails attached to the cap promote tissue growth over the device. The device maybe repositioned and redeployed during implantation.08-22-2013
20130218194Temporary Embolic Protection Device And Medical Procedure For Delivery Thereof - An embolic protection device and medical procedure for positioning the device in the aortic arch is disclosed. The device and method effectively prevent material from entering with blood flow into side branch vessels of the aortic arch. The device is a collapsible embolic protection device devised for temporary transvascular delivery to an aortic arch of a patient, wherein the device has a protection unit that comprises a selectively permeable unit adapted to prevent embolic material from passage with a blood flow into a plurality of aortic side branch vessels at the aortic arch. The protection unit is permanently attached to a transvascular delivery unit at a connection point provided at the selectively permeable unit, and a first support member for the protection unit that is at least partly arranged at a periphery of the selectively permeable unit. In an expanded state of the device, the connection point is enclosed by the first support member or arranged at said support member.08-22-2013
20100204724APPARATUS 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.08-12-2010
20100137899Mechanical Embolectomy Device and Method - An embolectomy device includes a proximal elongated shaft positionable and movable within a catheter, the proximal elongated shaft having a distal end. A distal elongated shaft positionable and movable with a catheter, the distal elongated shaft having a proximal end. An expander portion comprising a body having proximal and distal ends. The proximal end of the body extending from the distal end of the proximal elongated shaft and the proximal end of the distal elongated shaft extending from the distal end of the body of the expander portion. The body being biased to expand laterally outward from an axis of the embolectomy device. The body is shaped as an spheroid when expanded laterally outward.06-03-2010
20120143238INTRAVASCULAR FILTER WITH BIODEGRADABLE FORCE-REDUCING ELEMENT - An intravascular filter for a vessel includes a non-biodegradable apical hub and non-biodegradable struts extending generally distally from the hub. The struts extend radially outward from a longitudinal axis of the hub. The distal ends of the struts exert an expansile force against an interior of the vessel. One or more struts includes one or more time-degrading connectors along its length, which can be formed from a biodegradable element made from a fixation material. Prior to degradation, the fixation material rigidly connects a proximal section to a distal section of the respective strut. After degradation, the fixation material is dissolved or softened, and reveals a link that has a strong resistance to longitudinal movement of the distal section with respect to the proximal section and may have a weak resistance to rotational movement of the distal section with respect to the proximal section, such as a pair of interlocked loops.06-07-2012
20100198252Blood Clot Filter - A compact blood clot filter having an alignment section that overlaps with a filter section in an axial direction is provided. The filter section has filter struts that extend radially and longitudinally from a hub. The alignment section has alignment struts in which the downstream end of each alignment strut forms a downstream junction with the downstream end of an adjacent alignment strut while the upstream end of each alignment strut forms an upstream junction with the upstream end of an adjacent alignment strut.08-05-2010
20120245620VASCULAR FILTER - An inferior vena cava filter (09-27-2012
20120245619Retrievable Filter with Retractable Wire Barbs and Method of Use - The disclosure relates to retrievable filter devices implantable within a lumen. The retrievable filters include retractable anchoring barbs. Associated apparatus and methods for delivering, retrieving, and/or repositioning the filter are also disclosed herein.09-27-2012
20090024157EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE WITH OPEN CELL DESIGN - A cage and sleeve assembly for an embolic filtering device used to filter embolic particles from a body vessel has a strut assembly that is movable between an unexpanded position and an expanded position. The struts are configured to form a cage having an open cell design. The open cell design provides a filter cage with increased radial flexibility that also increases the contact with a vessel wall while reducing the landing zone length. Such an open cell design may have one or more rings that are not connected together at each vertex, and may be constructed from one ring. The sleeve assembly of the embolic filtering device may be joined to the filter cage at each vertex of the open cell or along the periphery of the open cell.01-22-2009
20090105747Vena Cava Filter with Stent - An implantable medical device is described, including a filtering element and radially expandable structure. In one variation, the filtering element may include a pluralit of filaments attached to the structure, the filaments being joined together at a proximal en thereof. The filtering element may include strut members and a hub attached to the proxima end of the filaments. The filaments may be made of suture material. In another variation, the filtering element may include a filter with a plurality of legs, the filter being attached to the support structure via a plurality of filaments.04-23-2009
20090105746GUIDEWIRE STOP - A user-actuatable guidewire stop is disclosed which can be used to stop and/or lock a medical device on a guidewire advanced through a body lumen. In one embodiment, the guidewire stop is configured as a coil spring having an inner lumen configured to slideably and rotationally receive the guidewire in an unlocked configuration, and to frictionally engage the guidewire in a locked configuration, wherein in the inside diameter of the coil spring in the locked configuration is smaller than the diameter in the unlocked configuration. A restraining member maintains the coil spring in the unlocked configuration during deployment and is removed at the interventional site causing the coil spring to collapse onto the guidewire. The guidewire stop can be employed with an embolic filter or another intravascular device.04-23-2009
20130131715STRETCH RESISTANT THERAPEUTIC DEVICE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature.05-23-2013
20130131716EMBOLIZATION DEVICE CONSTRUCTED FROM EXPANSILE POLYMER - 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
20120271341Method and Apparatus for Treating a Mitral Valve Prolapse and Providing Embolic Protection - A method and apparatus for treating a mitral valve prolapse and providing embolic protection in a patient is disclosed. An embolic protection filter is delivered to the left atrium and placed in the blood flow exiting the left atrium of the heart. The filter is secured in the heart of a patient. A shaping member is delivered to the mitral valve of the heart and secured in the heart.10-25-2012
20130138138Occlusion Device - An occlusion device (e.g., for treatment of the left atrial appendage) includes a framework and a biocompatible covering disposed over at least a part of the framework. The framework may include a proximal portion, a middle portion, and a distal portion, wherein: the proximal portion includes a first hub that has a fixed first diameter; the middle portion has a second diameter and includes a plurality of beams extending from the first hub to a distal portion, wherein each of the plurality of beams is connected to an adjacent beam by a first circumferentially extending column of strut pairs; and the distal portion has a third diameter. In one or more embodiments, the framework includes improved circumferential strength and minimizes foreshortening.05-30-2013
20130138140LOW PROFILE IVC FILTER - Intravascular filtering devices for placement within a blood vessel are disclosed. An intravascular filter in accordance with the present invention may include a plurality of elongated filter legs biased to radially expand from a collapsed position to a conical-shaped position when deployed in a blood vessel. Each of the filter legs may include a hook region configured to engage the vessel wall. The filter legs may vary in length and/or cross-sectional diameter. In certain embodiments, the dimensions and/or orientation of the hook regions can be configured to allow the filter device to be collapsed into a relatively small introducer catheter or sheath.05-30-2013
20130144326CLOT CAPTURE SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A clot capture system for disengaging a clot from a vessel wall and removing the clot from the vessel, comprises a clot capture device for placement on a distal side of a clot. The clot capture device has a retracted delivery configuration and an expanded deployed configuration. The clot removal device has a proximal support frame, and a distal fibre net. The support frame has a retracted delivery configuration and an expanded deployed configuration. The proximal support frame in the expanded configuration defines a proximal inlet mouth for engaging a clot and a net for confining the clot. An elongate member facilitates capture and/or withdrawal of a clot from a vessel.06-06-2013
20130144327METHODS OF MANUFACTURE AND USE OF ENDOLUMINAL DEVICES - A seamless, self-expanding implantable device having a low profile is disclosed along with methods of making and using the same. The implantable device includes a frame cut out of a single piece of material that is formed into a three-dimensional shape. The implantable device may comprise an embolic filter, stent, or other implantable structure. The present invention also allows complicated frame structures to be easily formed from planar sheets of starting material, such as through laser cutting, stamping, photo-etching, or other cutting techniques.06-06-2013
20130144328EXPANDING DISTAL SHEATH WITH COMBINED EMBOLIC PROTECTION - A medical device may include an elongate shaft having a distal end portion and a balloon disposed at least partially within the distal end portion. The distal end portion may be configured to selectively expand from a collapsed delivery configuration to a distally-opening expanded filtering configuration. A method of deploying a medical device may include obtaining an elongate shaft having a distal end portion and a balloon disposed at least partially within the distal end portion, advancing the elongate shaft through a vessel to a treatment site, disposing at least a portion of the balloon within the treatment site with the distal end of the elongate shaft positioned adjacent the treatment site, at least partially inflating the balloon, thereby expanding the distal end portion, and deflating the balloon and subsequently performing a procedure with the distal end of the elongate shaft positioned within the vessel adjacent to the treatment site.06-06-2013
20130144329EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE - A method of embolic protection during a medical procedure in a patient's body vessel includes inserting a medical device having an outer tubular member and an inner tubular member into the body vessel. A flexible filter portion has one end attached to the distal end of the inner tubular member and the other end attached to the distal end of the outer tubular member. The filter portion is deployed within the body vessel so that the filter portion extends distally from the outer tubular member and expands radially outward to engage the filter body with an enclosing body vessel wall. A medical instrument is inserted through the inner tubular member to perform the medical procedure. The filter portion allows the passage of blood cells to surrounding vessels and prevents emboli from entering surrounding vessels. After removing medical instrument, the medical device is also removed from the body vessel.06-06-2013
20100241157FILTER AND WIRE WITH DISTAL ISOLATION - A wire may be configured to provide distal isolation from proximal movement, and a filter may be deployed at or near a distal portion of the wire. A filter may be deployed on a spinner tube that is rotatably disposed about a distal portion of the wire. Axial movement of the filter wire may be at least partially absorbed by the spinner tube. A telescoping wire may include a solid proximal wire section, a solid distal wire section and a joining section that is disposed between the solid proximal wire section and the solid distal wire section. The joining section may translate rotational movement between the distal and proximal sections.09-23-2010
20110046655Method and apparatus for capturing objects beyond an operative site in medical procedures - A device for capturing and removing particles from a body canal or vessel includes a sack having a mouth and a closed bottom. A guide wire received through the sack mouth is connected to the closed sack bottom. A collapsible frame biases the sack mouth opened around guide wire. A containment collar slidably receives guide wire, collapsible frame, and at least part of sack therein. A pull wire is connected to the containment collar. In response to relative movement between guide wire and pull wire, collapsible frame moves from inside the containment collar where the sack mouth is closed and outside the containment collar where mouth of sack is biased open by collapsible flame.02-24-2011
20110245863Multi-Layer Coaxial Vaso-Occlusive Device - A vaso-occlusive device includes inner, intermediate, and outer elements arranged coaxially. The inner element is a filamentous element, preferably a microcoil. The intermediate element is made of a non-metallic material, preferably an expansile polymer. The outer element is substantially non-expansile and defines at least one gap or opening through which the intermediate element is exposed. In a preferred embodiment, when the intermediate element is expanded, it protrudes through the at least one gap or opening in the outer element and assumes a configuration with an undulating, convexly-curved outer surface defining a chain of arcuate segments, each having a diameter significantly greater than the diameter of the outer element. The expanded configuration of the intermediate element minimizes friction when the device is deployed through a microcatheter, thereby reducing the likelihood of buckling while maintaining excellent flexibility. The result is a device with enhanced pushability and trackability when deployed through a microcatheter.10-06-2011
20090254118EMBOLIC PROTECTION GUIDE WIRE - A sheath attached to a guide wire, a tubular shaft member slidable on the guide wire and a filtering assembly constricted within the sheath are movable in a vessel to a position distal to a lesion in the direction of fluid flow. The filtering assembly may be formed from a plurality of angularly spaced splines and a mesh disposed on the splines having properties of passing fluid in the vessel while blocking the passage of emboli in the fluid. The splines may be provided with shape memory for expanding against the wall of the vessel when released from constriction by the sheath. The sheath may be moved relative to the filtering assembly and the support member to release the filter for expansion against the vessel wall. An interventional device can be used to treat the lesion. Any emboli released into the vessel as a result of the interventional treatment are blocked by the filter member while fluid is allowed to pass there through.10-08-2009
20110022076Dual Endovascular Filter and Methods of Use - Blood filter devices and methods of use.01-27-2011
20110130785SLIDEABLE VASCULAR FILTER - A collapsible medical device for use, e.g., as a vascular filter. The device includes a mandrel having a distal end and a stop spaced proximally of the distal end. A proximal length of the mandrel extends proximally of the stop and a distal length of the mandrel extends distally of the stop. A functional element (e.g., a vascular filter) has a radially expandable body and includes a proximal slider and a distal slider. The proximal and distal sliders are slidable along the mandrel independently of one another such that the distance between the proximal slider and distal slider can be varied to effect different configurations of the functional element. In one method of using such a device, the functional element is urged distally to a treatment site by urging the mandrel distally. This causes the stop to exert a distal biasing force on the distal slider, which acts against a restorative force of the functional element to axially elongate the functional element and reduce friction between the functional element and a wall of the vessel.06-02-2011
20110034951DEVICE FOR LOADING AN EMBOLIC PROTECTION FILTER INTO A CATHETER - A device for loading an embolic protection filter into a catheter including a loading member for collapsing an embolic protection filter, wherein an outlet of the loading member is configured to be aligned with an inlet of a catheter extending along at least part of an exterior surface of the catheter for loading of the collapsed embolic protection filter into the catheter. The loading member may have a passageway extending therethrough, through which an embolic protection filter may be passed to collapse the embolic protection filter. The outlet of the loading member may include an outlet of the passageway that is at least partially funnel-shaped. The loading member may include a tubular part extendable along part of an exterior surface of a catheter, the outlet of the loading member being provided at an end of the tubular part.02-10-2011
20110040321Retrieval Device and Method of Use - A medical device and method for facilitating safe and effective removal of filters and other related objects from a vascular structure. The device includes a body having a lattice retrieval assembly at a distal end thereof. The lattice retrieval assembly includes an arrangement of intersecting wire members designed to securely engage the hook of a filter or other similar medical device therein. Once the hook of the filter or other similar medical device is captured by the lattice retrieval net, the device is pulled through the sheath thereby causing the retrieval net to collapse upon and completely ensnare the hook of the filter or other medical device to ensure proper removal of the filter from the vascular structure.02-17-2011
20110245861VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICES - A vaso-occlusive device includes a coil having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the coil comprises a helically wounded elongated member having a core and an outer layer, the outer layer being made from a metal or alloy, and has a stiffness that is different from a stiffness of the core. A vaso-occlusive device includes a first coil and a second coil, wherein the first and the second coils are coupled to each other such that at least one loop from the first coil is between two adjacent loops from the second coil, and wherein the first coil is made from a first material, and the second coil is made from a second material that is stiffer than the first material. A vaso-occlusive device includes an outer coil having a plurality of loops that define a lumen therethrough, and an inner coil located within the lumen of the outer coil, wherein the outer and inner coils are each made from a metal or an alloy, such as platinum or a platinum-tungsten alloy.10-06-2011
20100152767Mechanical Tissue Device and Method - The present invention relates generally to a device and method for preventing the undesired passage of emboli from a venous blood pool to an arterial blood pool. The invention relates especially to a device and method for treating certain cardiac defects, especially patent foramen ovales and other septal defects, through the use of an embolic filtering device capable of instantaneously deterring the passage of emboli from the moment of implantation. The device consists of a frame, and a braided mesh of sufficient dimensions to prevent passage of emboli through the mesh. The device is preferably composed of shape memory alloy, such as Nitinol, which conforms to the shape and dimension of the defect to be treated.06-17-2010
20090062841DEVICE FOR OCCLUDING VASCULAR DEFECTS - A multi-layer occluder for treating a target site within the body is provided. The occluder may include first and second layers. For example, the first layer may include braided strands of metallic material, and the second layer may include braided strands of polymeric material. At least one of the first or second layers may be configured to facilitate thrombosis.03-05-2009
20090062840MULTI-LUMEN CENTRAL ACCESS VENA CAVA FILTER APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A combined multi-lumen central access catheter and an embolic filter including ports proximal and distal the filter for fluid infusion and/or pressure sensing and infusion ports in the catheter to permit infusion of bioactive agents, flushing agents and/or contrast agents. The embolic filter may be removably coupled to the multi-lumen catheter for temporary placement and retrieval under recommended indications.03-05-2009
20110245862ISOLATION DEVICES FOR THE TREATMENT OF ANEURYSMS - Device, systems and methods are provided to isolate aneurysms, particularly at bifurcations, while maintaining adequate blood flow through nearby vessels. These devices are deliverable to a desired target area and maintain position in a desired orientation so as to occlude flow in some aspect while allowing flow in others. In addition, devices, systems and methods are provided to occlude blood vessels, such as endoleaks, to improve the isolation of aneurysms.10-06-2011
20090069839Vascular filter with sleeve - A covered vascular filter can be placed in a blood vessel, for the purpose of intercepting thrombus. The filter may be introduced to a desired site for medical treatment through a catheter which defines a lumen or passage and a distal port or opening. The filter tends to resiliently expand from a compressed shape when it is inside the catheter lumen, to an expanded shape when the filter is pushed from the catheter lumen. A cover or sleeve over those portions of the filter that would otherwise contact the vessel wall tends to reduce pressure on the vessel wall. The sleeve also tends to resist growth of the vessel wall among the elements of the filter, called endothelialization. In other words, the sleeve resists incorporation of the filter elements into the vessel wall, enabling the filter to be retrievable for a longer time. The various features of the present invention may be used singly or in any combination, as desired in a particular vascular filter.03-12-2009
20110082493MEDICAL CLOT TREATMENT DEVICE WITH DISTAL FILTER - This is a surgical device usually delivered through an intravascular catheter. It may be used in several ways. It may, for instance, be used to open a clear passageway adjacent thrombus to allow both blood and medication to bypass the clot. It may be used to pierce and to remove thrombus. These thrombus are often found in tortuous vasculature. The device includes several sections. The device has a core element, typically a core wire. Placed around the distal end of the core element is a collapsible but preferably self expanding proximal cage assembly and a distal filter, preferably a self-expanding cage assembly or other filter component. The various portions of those components are preferably radio-opaque. The proximal end of the proximal cage is typically is affixed to an actuator in such a way as to allow expansion of the cage after deployment. The proximal cage assembly may be used for collecting emboli or for displacing them to allow blood flow to resume, either with or without concurrent clot-dissolving drug treatment. The distal sector, whether a self-expanding cage or fan, is placed distally of the thrombus to collect portions of the thrombus which may loosen during the treatment or removal procedure.04-07-2011
20120035650METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES FOR DEPLOYING A FILTER FROM A FILTER DEVICE - A filter device is adapted to function as a guidewire, an exchange guidewire, and provide embolic protection during a procedure. The filter device includes a filter assembly that is either integral with or coupled to a guide member. The filter assembly includes a plurality of struts that expand outwardly to deploy a filter that collects or captures material flowing along the blood vessel within which the filter device is deployed. The plurality of struts are constrained by a restraining member or mechanism that prevents the plurality of struts from expanding or extending outwardly to deploy the filter. Cooperating with the restraining member or mechanism is an actuating assembly that is adapted to release the restraining member or mechanism and enable the filter to be deployed from the guide member. A capture catheter that cooperates with the filter device and substantially surrounds the filter during removal of the filter device.02-09-2012
20110106138EXPANDABLE EMBOLI FILTER AND THROMBECTOMY DEVICE - Expandable emboli filter and thrombectomy devices adapted for use with microcatheters to remove debris from blood vessels. The devices embody expanded profiles that span the entirety of various sized target vessels and thus are particularly effective in the engagement of debris found in vessels.05-05-2011
20110106136IVC Filter With Drug Delivery - Retrievable inferior vena cava filters are disclosed. Such filters provide for easy removal of the filter and provide drug delivery for dissolution of captured emboli. Methods of using such systems for the prevention, capture, dissolution and removal of emboli are described.05-05-2011
20120245621System And Method Of Detecting Implant Detachment - A system and method of detecting implant detachment within the body of a patient. The activation of the heater coil causes the degradation, melting or reduction of a component that brings the heater coil into or out of electrical contact with another component, or causes the individual loops of the coil to contact each other, thereby resulting in a notable change in resistance in the circuit supplying the heater coil with electricity.09-27-2012
20120245618INTRAVASCULAR FILTER WITH DEBRIS ENTRAPMENT MECHANISM - Apparatus for filtering and entrapping debris in the vascular system of a patient, the apparatus including a filter to allow blood to flow therethrough and to restrict passage of debris, wherein the filter captures debris carried in a first direction of blood flow. The apparatus further includes an entrapment mechanism which allows passage of debris and blood therethrough, in the first direction of blood flow and prevents debris passage in a second direction. The entrapment mechanism and filter allow blood and debris therethrough in the first direction of blood flow. The entrapment mechanism prevents debris flow in the second direction of blood flow. A method for filtering and entrapping debris in the vascular system includes inserting the apparatus into the vascular system, allowing blood and debris carried therein to flow through the entrapment mechanism, and removing the apparatus and accumulated debris from the vascular system.09-27-2012
20090248060Electrostatic vascular filters - An intravascular filter is constructed to electrostatically capture and retain particles of a targeted type (for example fat or methacrylate emboli), even if those particles are physically small enough to slip through the filter in the absence of electrostatic attraction. Specific types of targeted particles are thereby captured and retained with improved efficiency, while permitting free flow of non-targeted particles. This improvement permits intravascular filters to be constructed with low-resistance, widely spaced filter elements. Accordingly, more targeted particles are captured, less thrombosis occurs, less pressure drop occurs across the filter, and perfusion or blood collection in downstream areas is maintained.10-01-2009
20100063537EMBOLIC PROTECTION SYSTEMS - An embolic protection device comprising an expandable structure and a catheter. The catheter has a distal region and a working channel dimensioned to slideably receive an interventional device. The expandable structure is attached to the distal region of the catheter. The expandable structure has an expandable working channel extension and a working channel opening, the expandable working channel extension has a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the working channel extension is attached to a distal end of the working channel, and the distal end of the working channel extension forms the working channel opening. The working channel opening is disposed proximate an exterior surface of the expandable structure when the expandable structure is expanded. The working channel, working channel extension, and the working channel opening form a continuous lumen.03-11-2010
20100063536DOUBLE ENDED INTRAVASCULAR MEDICAL DEVICE - An intravascular medical device including an elongated member configured to be advanced along a vascular path of a patient, the elongated member having opposite first and second ends, the first end and second ends both being adapted for intravascular insertion, and the first end having a different structure than the second end. The elongated member has sufficient flexibility to be advanced through a human vasculature. Preferably, the first and second ends are adapted to have different operating characteristics. Depending on the operating characteristics needed for a particular procedure, a physician can insert either the first end portion or the second end portion of the elongated member into the patient's vasculature.03-11-2010
20100063533EMBOLUS BLOOD CLOT FILTER WITH FLOATING FILTER BASKET - A blood filter device for placement in a blood vessel including a plurality of anchor members disposed radially and extending angularly about a first hub. A filter basket is preferably positioned upstream from the anchor members. The anchor members each include a hook configured to penetrate the vessel wall to prevent longitudinal movement due to blood flow. The filter basket is made up of a number of filter members configured to retain blood clots within the basket without completely blocking blood flow or applying additional force to vessel walls. Portions of the filter members may project radially outward to position the basket near the vessel centerline, but the filter basket preferably does not include hooks or anchors for anchoring the filter basket to the blood vessel.03-11-2010
20100131004METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR EMBOLI REMOVAL - Improved methods and apparatus for capturing emboli and subsequently removing or immobilizing the captured emboli are described. Emboli can be captured within a blood vessel and can be withdrawn to a position exterior to the blood vessel. Some filters can remain within a blood vessel yet direct emboli to a position exterior to the blood vessel.05-27-2010
20100131003Stretch Resistant Design For Embolic Coils With Stabilization Bead - A vasoocclusive embolic delivery system for use in placement of an embolic coil at a treatment site within a vessel. The embolic coil includes an elongated stretch resistant fiber having its distal end bonded to the distal end of the embolic coil. The stretch resistant fiber extends through a central lumen of the coil and extends beyond the proximal end of the coil. Also included is a generally cylindrical stabilization bead, having a diameter slightly smaller than the diameter of the central lumen of the coil, mounted on the stretch resistant fiber within the lumen of the embolic coil. The stabilization bead serves to keep the stretch resistant fiber centered within the lumen of the embolic coil. Additionally, a headpiece is mounted on the proximal end of the stretch resistant fiber and serves to couple the embolic coil to the delivery system.05-27-2010
20100131002Stent with a net layer to embolize and aneurysm - This invention is a stent that is inserted into the parent vessel of an aneurysm in order to reduce blood flow to the aneurysm and promote embolization of the aneurysm. The stent wall includes an inner structure that can be expanded from a compressed state to a resilient expanded state and an outer flexible layer that covers all or part of the inner structure. Embolic members are placed and retained in the gap between the inner structure and the outer layer in the area of the aneurysm neck in order to reduce blood flow to the aneurysm.05-27-2010
20100131001Targeted Drug Delivery for Aneurysm Treatment - Disclosed herein are systems and methods related to aneurysm treatment. More specifically, the systems and methods disclosed herein relate to localized treatment of aneurysms utilizing polymeric micelles that release therapeutic agent(s) when exposed to energy.05-27-2010
20090216263OCCLUSION DEVICE - An occlusion device for occluding a body vessel is provided. The occlusion device has a tubular expandable body having an interior side and an exterior side. A restricting ring is located around the exterior side of the tubular expandable body and collapses a portion of the tubular expandable body. The occlusion device is configured to move between an expanded state for occlusion within a body vessel and a collapsed state for delivery or retrieval of the device, and the device is configured to open radially to define the expanded state and to collapse along the longitudinal axis to define the collapsed state. A delivery assembly for an occlusion device and a method of constructing an occlusion device are also disclosed.08-27-2009
20110098740METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING OBJECTS BEYOND AN OPERATIVE SITE IN MEDICAL PROCEDURES04-28-2011
20110098739INTERVENTIONAL CATHETER FOR RETROGRADE USE HAVING EMBOLIC PROTECTION CAPABILITY AND METHODS OF USE - Interventional catheters are disclosed for use in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in vessels that are accessed retrograde to blood flow. The catheters include an elongated shaft slidably disposed within a sheath, a distal region having an end effector and a filter disposed proximal to the end effector to capture emboli liberated during the diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. The filter includes a plurality of struts that cooperate with an exterior surface of the catheter to define a reservoir to retain captured emboli, the reservoir configured so that advancement of the sheath contracts the filter without squeezing or dislodging captured emboli beyond a distal end of the filter.04-28-2011
20100069951SLIDEABLE VASCULAR FILTER - A collapsible medical device for use, e.g., as a vascular filter. The device includes a mandrel having a distal end and a stop spaced proximally of the distal end. A proximal length of the mandrel extends proximally of the stop and a distal length of the mandrel extends distally of the stop. A functional element (e.g., a vascular filter) has a radially expandable body and includes a proximal slider and a distal slider. The proximal and distal sliders are slidable along the mandrel independently of one another such that the distance between the proximal slider and distal slider can be varied to effect different configurations of the functional element. In one method of using such a device, the functional element is urged distally to a treatment site by urging the mandrel distally. This causes the stop to exert a distal biasing force on the distal slider, which acts against a restorative force of the functional element to axially elongate the functional element and reduce friction between the functional element and a wall of the vessel.03-18-2010
20110152916INTRAVASCULAR FILTER RESTRAINING DEVICE - A filtering device includes a filter that captures embolic material, a plurality of biased support struts that expand outwardly to deploy the filter, and a restraining mechanism. The restraining mechanism applies a restraining force that prevents the plurality of biased support struts from expanding outwardly to deploy the filter. An actuating member cooperates with a portion of the restraining mechanism to release the restraining force and allow the filter to deploy.06-23-2011
20130158591VENA CAVA FILTER WITH BIDIRECTIONAL RETRIEVAL - An intravascular filter configured for bidirectional retrieval and a method for retrieving the filter from a patient's vena cava through the patient's femoral vein.06-20-2013
20110098738Emboli capturing device having a coil and method for capturing emboli - An embolic capturing device for capturing emboli within a body lumen is disclosed. The embolic capturing device (04-28-2011
20110106134Indwelling Temporary IVC Filter System with Aspiration - Indwelling temporary inferior vena cava filter systems are disclosed. Such filter systems provide for easy removal of the filter without the need for additional invasive procedures and provide for aspiration of captured emboli. Methods of using such systems for the capture and removal of emboli are described.05-05-2011
20110077681INSERTION DEVICE AND INSERTION METHOD OF COIL - An insertion device of a coil includes a delivery wire driving unit, a secondary catheter driving unit, and a control circuit. A platinum coil for coil embolization is attached to the tip of a delivery wire. The delivery wire driving unit is provided in the proximity of the entrance of a Y connector such that the delivery wire is advanced and moved back. The secondary catheter driving unit is provided in the proximity of the entrance of a Y connector such that the secondary catheter is advanced and moved back. The control circuit controls the delivery wire driving unit so as to insert the delivery wire by a predetermined insertion force. If the delivery wire cannot be inserted, the control circuit controls the secondary catheter driving unit such that the secondary catheter is advanced after being moved back, and then controls the delivery wire driving unit so as to insert the delivery wire.03-31-2011
20120035651VASCULAR FILTER HAVING ARTICULATION REGION AND METHODS OF USE IN THE ASCENDING AORTA - Apparatus and methods are provided for use in filtering emboli from a vessel such as the ascending aorta, wherein a vascular device comprises a support hoop having an articulation region connected near a distal end of an elongated member, a blood permeable sac affixed to the support hoop so that the support hoop forms a mouth of the blood permeable sac, a guide wire, and a delivery sheath. The articulation region comprises a reduced thickness region of the support hoop that prevents kinks from forming in the support hoop when the apparatus is contracted to its delivery state, and curved regions that close the mouth of the sac to prevent material escaping from the sac when the apparatus is collapsed for removal.02-09-2012
20110060359DEVICE FOR THE REMOVAL OF THROMBI FROM BLOOD VESSELS - The invention relates to a device for the removal of foreign objects and thrombi from body cavities and blood vessels (03-10-2011
20110034952FILTER DELIVERY SYSTEM - A filter delivery device for implanting a vessel filter within a blood vessel of a patient's body. The filter delivery device includes a mechanism for preventing hooks and/or legs on a vessel filter from entangling with each other while the vessel filter is loaded within the delivery device. In one variation, the filter delivery device includes a delivery catheter with grooves at the distal end lumen opening. When a vessel filter with radially expanding legs is compressed and inserted into the distal end of the delivery catheter, the hooks on the distal end of the legs are received and separated by the corresponding grooves on the delivery catheter. In another variation, a pusher rod, with a receptacle for receiving the hooks, is positioned within a delivery catheter to prevent the entanglement of the hooks and/or legs of a filter loaded within the delivery catheter.02-10-2011
20110257677REMOVABLE EMBOLUS BLOOD CLOT FILTER - A removable blood clot filter includes a number of locator members and anchor members disposed radially and extending angularly downward from a hub. The locator members include a number of linear portions having distinct axes configured to place a tip portion approximately parallel to the walls of a blood vessel when implanted and to apply sufficient force to the vessel walls to position the filter near the vessel centerline. The anchor members each include a hook configured to penetrate the vessel wall to prevent longitudinal movement due to blood flow. The hooks may have a cross section sized to allow for a larger radius of curvature under strain so that the filter can be removed without damaging the vessel wall.10-20-2011
20120277788MEDICAL DEVICE FOR INSERTION INTO A HOLLOW ORGAN AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUCH A DEVICE - A medical device for insertion into a hollow organ, the device having a hollow body that has a braid of wire elements having a series of terminal meshes which delimit an axial braid end, wherein the terminal meshes have outer wire elements forming a terminating edge of the braid and transition into inner wire elements arranged within the braid. The device is characterised in that a first section of the terminating edge and a second section of the terminating edge each have several outer wire elements which form together a peripheral edge of the terminating edge, which is adjusted such that the axial braid end of the hollow body can be refracted into a supply system. A method for producing such a device is also disclosed.11-01-2012
20120203265EMBOLISM PROTECTION DEVICE - Disclosed herein are systems and methods for protecting a subject from embolisms during TAVI and other percutaneous valve procedures. Some embodiments include two flexible catheters designed to pass over a guidewire into two separate arteries, such as carotid or innominate arteries, each flexible catheter including a vessel blocking mechanism and a bypass feature that prevents ischemia while the vessel blocking mechanism is in use. Other embodiments include a single, bifurcated flexible catheter having two arms, each of which is configured to protect a different artery. In some embodiments, each arm includes a vessel blocking mechanism and a bypass feature that prevents ischemia while the vessel blocking mechanism is in use. In some embodiments, the systems also may include one or more concentric guidewires.08-09-2012
20100004673EMBOLIC FILTERING DEVICES FOR BIFURCATED VESSELS - An embolic filtering device for use in a bifurcated vessel includes delivery device having a first guide wire and a second guide wire. The second guide wire diverges from the distal-end region of the first guide wire. The filter device also includes a filter support having a first deployment member and a second deployment member. These deployment members can be formed as a first loop and a second loop. A bifurcated filter element is coupled to the filter support. The distal-end region of the first guide wire extends through a first leg of the filter element and the second guide wire extends through a second leg of the filter element. During use, the first leg of the filter element is deployed within a first branch of the bifurcated vessel and the second leg of the filter element is deployed within a second branch of the bifurcated vessel.01-07-2010
20100004672OCCLUDING DEVICE FOR OCCLUSION OF A BODY VESSEL AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME - In at least one embodiment of the present invention, a method for making an occluding device for occlusion of fluid flow through a lumen of a body vessel is provided. The method comprises attaching a coating to an embolization coil that is substantially straight. The coating is nominally strained on the substantially straight embolization coil. The embolization coil has a pre-curled tension to facilitate the embolization coil being curled within the lumen of the body vessel when deployed. The embolization coil is restrained from curling until deploying to reduce pre-deployment straining of the coating.01-07-2010
20120123466AXIALLY VARIABLE RADIAL PRESSURE CAGES FOR CLOT CAPTURE - A device for removing a blood clot from a lumen of a vessel, the device comprising a pusher and an expandable tubular cage fixedly engaged to the pusher. The tubular cage has a proximal end, a distal end, and a wall extending therebetween. The wall comprises a plurality of bands of cells axially arranged along the tubular cage, wherein one band of cells comprises at least one skiving cell having a cell wall with a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a central portion between the proximal portion and the distal portion. The central portion deforms radially inward in response to a radially applied force to a greater extent than the distal portion.05-17-2012
20110152919Reversible Vascular Filter Devices and Methods for Using Same - The present invention provides, in one embodiment, a vascular filter device for capturing dislodged blood clots within a vessel. The vascular filter device includes an expandable framework for securing the device within a vessel. The device also includes a pathway extending through the framework. The device further includes at least one filter in alignment with the pathway for capturing dislodged clots or emboli. In an embodiment, the filter can be given form by a material that can be easily eliminated in situ to permit reestablishment of the pathway.06-23-2011
20120203266INTERACTIVE DETERMINATION OF COILING PARAMETERS - The invention relates to a coiling parameterisation tool that allows a user to interactively evaluate coiling parameters for filling a lumen in relation to a desired packing and the automatically determined or manually indicated volume of the lumen.08-09-2012
20110152917INTRAVASCULAR FILTER RESTRAINING DEVICE - A filtering device includes a filter that captures embolic material, a plurality of biased support struts that expand outwardly to deploy the filter, and a restraining mechanism. The restraining mechanism applies a restraining force that prevents the plurality of biased support struts from expanding outwardly to deploy the filter and includes a sleeve with one or more sleeve support bands biased to expand from a first position to a second position. An actuating member cooperates with a portion of the restraining mechanism to allow the sleeve support band to expand and release the restraining force.06-23-2011
20110160763BLOOD FLOW RESTORATION AND THROMBUS MANAGEMENT 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.06-30-2011
20110257676EMBOLIC FILTERS WITH CONTROLLED PORE SIZE - A device for filtering emboli from blood flowing through a lumen defined by the walls of a vessel in a patient's body. The device has a filter element being expandable from a collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration. The filter element includes a material having pores, and the material having pores includes cylindrical wires having at least three different diameters arranged in a pattern of graduated diameters.10-20-2011
20110257678VASCULAR EMBOLIC FILTER EXCHANGE DEVICES AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF - Vascular embolic filtering systems, as well as methods for using the same, are provided. In general, the subject invention includes a system comprised of a delivery and retrieval sheath adapted for delivering and retrieving multiple embolic filters, wherein the embolic filters are each operatively coupled to a distal region of a filter wire segment and are deployable within a target vessel.10-20-2011
20110257675VENA CAVA FLITER HAVING HOURGLASS SHAPE - The present invention is a luminal filter including: a plurality of filter elements interconnected so as to form a filter body shaped in a free recovery form and having a plurality of apertures disposed between and defined by the interconnected filter elements. The apertures are dimensioned so as to inhibit a thrombus of a selected size from passing through the apertures and being dimensioned so as to allow blood components smaller than the selected size to pass through the apertures. The filter body includes a first funnel and second funnel coupled at least indirectly coupled together at their small ends.10-20-2011
20100318117BLOOD CLOT REMOVAL DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD - A blood clot removal device for removing blood clots from the vascular system of a patient is implantable in the patient's body. The blood clot removal device comprises a blood flow passageway to be connected to the patient's vascular system to allow circulation of the patient's blood through the blood flow passageway, a filter provided in the blood flow passageway for collecting blood clots occurring in the blood flowing through the blood flow passageway, and a cleaning device for moving blood clots collected by the filter out of the blood flow passageway. By means of such blood clot removal device, the risk of blood clots reaching sensitive areas of the patient's body, such as the brain, is reduced.12-16-2010
20080215084DELIVERY SYSTEMS FOR EMBOLIC FILTER DEVICES - A delivery system for an expandable filter device includes a dual lumen delivery sheath which has a lumen for receiving the expandable filter device and a lumen for receiving a primary guide wire. The primary guide wire is utilized to place the delivery sheath and expandable filter into the desired region of the patient's vasculature via an over-the-wire or rapid-exchange arrangement. The delivery sheath can be protracted over the expandable filter device to allow the filter to be deployed within the patient's vasculature at the desired location. The delivery system can be embodied in an alternative design in which the primary guide wire extends through a guide wire lumen located in an obturator which forms part of the expandable filter device. Again, the primary guide wire is utilized to maneuver the filter device into the desired area via an over-the-wire arrangement. A slit extending longitudinally along the length of the sheath facilitates the removal of the guide wire and delivery sheath from the patient's vasculature.09-04-2008
20080208245EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE INCLUDING A Z-STENT WAIST BAND - An embolic protection device for capturing emboli in a body vessel having a frame and a z-stent waist band. The frame includes a plurality of struts configured to open radially to define an expanded state of the device for capturing emboli and to fold along the longitudinal axis to define a collapsed state of the device for deployment and retrieval. The waist band has an open and a closed state and is attached to within the frame between a proximal and distal end. The waist band is formed of a plurality of members attached at a joint to an adjacent member such that the members lie substantially parallel in the closed state and form a “Z” pattern in the open state. A filter portion is attached to the waist band and configured to capture emboli in the expanded state.08-28-2008
20080255604EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE WITH LOCKING DEVICE - A device and method for locking onto a guidewire. The device includes an element transversely movable along the guidewire. The element may have a plurality of portions and a biasing member connecting first and second portions of the transversely moveable element such that the first portion and another of the portions are movable from a first position, where the first portion and the other portion are aligned with respect to one another, to a second position, where the first portion is no longer aligned with respect to the other portion, the device being locked to the guidewire in the second position. The device can be used for locking an embolic protection device including a filter to a guidewire that is adapted to be introduced into a vascular system of a patient.10-16-2008
20080255606FILTERING DEVICE FOR USE WITHIN A BODY LUMEN - A filtering apparatus for collecting emboli or thromboli in a body lumen. The apparatus may be a temporary filtering device mounted on a core wire for use during interventional procedures or a semi-permanent filtering device that is left within a body lumen for a therapeutically appropriate length of time. The filtering device includes a tubular member having an outer surface for apposition with the body lumen and a filter member positioned within an interior of the tubular member. The fitter member includes an apex at a proximal end that is positioned along a longitudinal axis of the filtering device, a distal end attached to the tubular member, and an outer surface facing an inner surface of the tubular member.10-16-2008
20080255603Implant Device Particularly Useful For Implantation In the Intravascular System For Diverting Emboli - A device for implantation in the body of a subject to divert solid particles from entering branch passageways, particularly useful for diverting emboli from branch blood vessels. The implant device includes an anchoring section for firmly anchoring in the branch blood vessel, and a diverter section projecting into the main blood vessel at the upstream side of the branch blood vessel. The diverter section is constructed to permit blood flow through the main blood vessel but includes an outer surface facing the upstream side of the main blood vessel effective to divert emboli in the blood from entering the branch blood vessel.10-16-2008
20110054515Device and method for occluding the left atrial appendage - An implantable medical device for insertion in the left atrial appendage includes a cap coupled to a frame. The cap constrains movement of the legs of the frame during collapse and expansion of the device, such that the device can be deployed, recalled and redeployed without the device being damaged or the legs of the frame getting tangled.03-03-2011
20110054514EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICES WITH AN IMPROVED FILTER MEMBRANE - Embolic protection filtering devices and methods for making and using the same. An example embolic protection filter device may include an elongate shaft. A filter may be coupled to the shaft. The filter may include a filter frame and a filter membrane having a plurality of apertures formed therein attached to the filter frame. The filter may be configured to shift between a first collapsed configuration and a second expanded configuration. The apertures may have a first shape when the filter is in the first configuration and a second shape when the filter is in the second configuration.03-03-2011
20110022074PERMANENT ARTERIAL EMBOLI DISSOLUTION FILTER TO PREVENT EMBOLIC OCCLUSION OF A BLOOD VESSEL - An arterial emboli dissolution filter apparatus is a permanently implanted for the prevention of embolic occlusion of a blood vessel. The dissolution filter comprises an anchor section, wherein the anchor section is similar to a stent. The dissolution filter is attached to the anchor section. The device is designed so that normal blood can flow freely though the filter element while any potential embolism will be retained by the filtering element. The passing blood flow is used to dissolve and dissolve any retained emboli. The dissolution filter is fabricated of any reasonably arranged lattice elements forming a series of mesh pores. The filter material and design directs the emboli and blood flow towards a central location, thus increasing the efficiency in dissolving the emboli.01-27-2011
20110082492EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - The invention provides an embolic filter, a support structure therefor, and methods for preparing said filter for deployment and retrieval.04-07-2011
20110125181CLOT CAPTURE SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A clot capture system for disengaging a clot 05-26-2011
20100305606APPARATUS FOR DEPLOYMENT OF MICRO-COIL USING A CATHETER - The apparatus for deployment of a therapeutic device such as a micro-coil detachably mounts the therapeutic device to a distal portion of a pusher member. In one embodiment, the therapeutic device is detachably mounted to the distal portion of the pusher member by a tubular collar that can be heated by a heater such as an electrical resistance coil to expand the collar and release and deploy the therapeutic device. The apparatus for deployment of a therapeutic device such as a micro-coil may also provide for a pusher member and a connector fiber for securing the therapeutic device to the pusher member. The connector fiber passes through a heater within the distal portion of the pusher member, for heating and breaking the connector fiber to release the therapeutic device when a desired placement of the therapeutic device within the vasculature is achieved.12-02-2010
20100324589EMBOLIC DEFLECTION DEVICE - There is disclosed a porous emboli deflector for preventing cerebral emboli while maintaining cerebral blood flow during an endovascular or open surgical procedure. The device prevents the entrance of emboli of a size able to cause stroke (such as greater than 100 microns) from entering either the right or left common carotid arteries, and/or the right or left vertebral arteries by deflecting emboli downstream of these vessels. The device can be placed prior to any manipulation of the heart or aorta allowing maximal protection of the brain during the index procedure. The deflector has a low profile within the aorta which allows sheaths, catheters, or wires used in the index procedure to pass. The deflector shaft could have a first portion and a second portion, the second portion being more flexible than the first portion. The deflector frame can include one, two, or more movable structures, such as hinges. Also disclosed are methods for insertion and removal of the deflector.12-23-2010
20100324590METHODS FOR MAINTAINING A FILTERING DEVICE WITHIN A LUMEN - In one embodiment of the present invention there is provided a method of filtering blood flow in a lumen by positioning an open loop filter support structure within a lumen; maintaining a position of the open loop filter support structure within the lumen using radial force generated by the open loop filter support structure; and filtering blood flow in the lumen using a filter supported by the open loop filter support structure. In one aspect, there is also applying radial force generated by the open loop filter support structure along the axial dimension of the lumen. In another embodiment of the present invention there is provided a method of providing a filter across a lumen flow path by providing a filter support structure having a first end, a crossover section, and a second end; and fixing the position of the filter support structure within the lumen by positioning the first end against a first portion of the lumen and positioning the second end against a second portion of the lumen; and using the filter support structure to provide a filter across the lumen flow path. In one aspect, the ends do not pierce the lumen surface.12-23-2010
20100185228VARIABLE STIFFNESS OCCLUDING DEVICE - An occluding device designed for occlusion of fluid flow through a body cavity. The device comprises a coil and fibers attached to the coil. The coil has a proximal and distal portion, with variable rigidity along the length of the coil. The distal portion has greater rigidity than the proximal portion. The fibers extend from the coil at a length.07-22-2010
20100185231Intravascular Blood Filter - Disclosed is a novel filter and delivery means. The device described within will not interfere with standard practice and tools used during standard surgical procedures and tools such as cannulas, clamps or dissection instruments including valve replacement sizing gages or other surgical procedures where the patient must be put on a heart-lung machine cross-clamping the aorta.07-22-2010
20110004239ROLLED TIP RECOVERY CATHETER - A distal tip for use with a medical catheter. The tip includes a member having a wall which defines a lumen therewithin. The wall has a portion at a distal end thereof, the portion curving inwardly toward an axis of the lumen. The lumen is provided with a diameter adaptable to accommodate a device to be recovered therewithin.01-06-2011
20110137335Percutaneous Retrievable Vascular Filter - Retrievable vena cava filters for the temporary or permanent prevention of Pulmonary embolism (PE) are disclosed. A filter in accordance with the present invention has a tube-within-tube structure with overlapping semi-spheres. The semi-spheres comprise a plurality of expandable legs. The first tube may have a plurality of slots allowing for deployment of a first or second sets of expandable legs on the second tube. The free end of each leg in the first set of expandable legs may be oriented in a direction the same as or opposite to the free end of each leg in the second set. The filter may also be formed from a single tube. In certain embodiments, the filter of the present invention can be retrieved from either end.06-09-2011
20110137334Electroactively Deployed Filter Device - A medical device for capturing emboli from a blood vessel. An example medical device may include an elongated guide member. The elongated guide member may include a proximal end, a distal end, a first conductive lead, and a second conductive lead. The medical device may also include a power source connected to the first conductive lead and the second conductive lead. The medical device may also have a filter having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is coupled to the first and second conductive leads. The activation of the power source may transition the filter from a first compressed shape to a second expanded shape.06-09-2011
20110137333EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - The disclosure describes an embolic filter and a support structure therefor.06-09-2011
20090088790RETRIEVAL CATHETER - A retrieval catheter operable by a single clinician that will neither displace a deployed stent nor cause undue trauma to the vascular lumen or lesion. The retrieval catheter may be sized to accommodate both a guidewire and a balloon wire. The retrieval catheter is easy to navigate through tortuous passageways and will cross a previously deployed stent or stent-graft easily with minimal risk of snagging on the deployed stent or stent graft. The sheath and dilator are adapted to allow a guidewire or balloon wire to pass through the walls of both and to allow the sheath and dilator to move axially with respect to each other.04-02-2009
20080269798EMBOLECTOMY DEVICE - An embodiment is a catheter comprising a first elongate shaft having a proximal end, a distal end and a first lumen therethrough, a wire having a proximal end and a distal end at least partially disposed in the first elongate shaft, the distal end extending distally from the first elongate shaft, and a motion control apparatus connected to the proximal end of the wire, further comprising a device attached to the distal end of the wire for changing the shape of an embolus, wherein the device is configured to change the shape of the embolus to unclog a distal catheter lumen.10-30-2008
20100152769LOCKING COMPONENT FOR AN EMBOLIC FILTER ASSEMBLY - A locking component for locking a medical device onto a guide wire. Such medical devices include, for example, an embolic filter assembly used to capture embolic material that may be created and released into a patient's vasculature during a stenting or angioplasty procedure. The embolic filter assembly tracks along the guide wire, and is delivered to a treatment site where it is locked in place and deployed. The locking component enables the filter assembly to lock onto any standard guide wire, and does not require a modified guide wire that has a specially-designed fitting or stop to accomplish the locking function.06-17-2010
20110184455Embolization Device Constructed From Expansile Polymer - 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.07-28-2011
20100082059RADIAL COIL EXPANDABLE MEDICAL WIRE - An expandable medical wire can be used to entrain biological or foreign material during a medical procedure, such as lithotripsy. The wire also can be used to remove the material safely from the body. Generally, the wire includes a sleeve and a core, where the sleeve, the core, or both include a portion or portions that can be deployed to form an expanded coiled configuration. The expanded coiled configuration can be collapsed to facilitate positioning the wire within an anatomical lumen. In addition, the wire can be used as a conventional guide wire or as a self-anchoring guide wire.04-01-2010
20120209311VASCULAR 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.08-16-2012
20100191274FILTER DEPLOYMENT DEVICE - This invention provides a filter device attached to a guidewire, tube, or catheter and a device for deploying the filter. The deployment device employs heating to activate a shape memory material moving a free end of a latch with respect to the guide wire, tube, or catheter thereby releasing the filter from a containment element. The actuation mechanism of the deployment device is well suited to the deployment of certain filter elements as well as other medical devices.07-29-2010
20100191276Illuminated Intravascular Blood Filter - Disclosed is a novel filter and delivery means. The device described within will not interfere with standard practice and tools used during standard surgical procedures and tools such as cannulas, clamps or dissection instruments including valve replacement sizing gauges or other surgical procedures where the patient must be put on a heart-lung machine cross-clamping the aorta.07-29-2010
20110190806THROMBECTOMY CATHETER AND A DEVICE COMPRISING THE SAME - The invention relates to a thrombectomy catheter (08-04-2011
20110152920EMBOLECTOMY DEVICE - It is one object of the present invention to provide a device for extracting a clot from a blood vessel in a non fragmented manner, comprising: 1. an endless wire coupled to a spring-like helical member having a plurality of loops; said loops are positioned at an angle A relatively to the main longitudinal axis of said blood vessel; and, are adapted to radially encircle at least a portion of the outer circumference of said clot; and, 2. a tubular mesh-like net for both enveloping said helical member and enclosing said clot therein; wherein at least a portion of said clot is contemporaneously confined within said loops and said mesh-like net, such that radial compression forces and longitudinal shearing forces are exerted on said clot and the tendency of said clot to fragment is mitigated.06-23-2011
20110152918Reversible Vascular Filter Devices and Methods for Using Same - The present invention provides, in one embodiment, a vascular filter device for capturing dislodged blood clots within a vessel. The vascular filter device includes an expandable framework for securing the device within a vessel. The device also a pathway extending through the framework. The device further includes at least one filter in alignment with the pathway for capturing dislodged clots or emboli. In an embodiment, the filter can be given form by a material that can be easily eliminated in situ to permit reestablishment of the pathway.06-23-2011
20110202087CATHETER - A delivery catheter 08-18-2011
20110202085Braid Ball Embolic Device Features - Embolic implants and methods of manufacture are disclosed. The implants may be used for occluding blood flow at endovascular sites. One use is in intracranial aneurysm emolization/occlusion and another in parent vessel occlusion (PVO) or sacrifice. Various features provide for improved use (e.g., regarding delivery, recapture, visualization and/or occlusion) and manufacturability.08-18-2011
20100030257JUGULAR FEMORAL VENA CAVA FILTER SYSTEM - An embolus filter introducer system has a symmetric introducer sheath with a filter inside. The introducer sheath can be attached at either end to a deployment actuator. The deployment actuator can thereby be used to push the filter out of the introducer sheath. Since the sheath can be oriented in a selectable direction, so can the filter, allowing the sheath to be introduced via a jugular or femoral approach to the vena cava.02-04-2010
20100030253VENA CAVA FILTER WITH FILAMENT - A vena cava filter is described, having one or more frame members or an elongated member arranged in helical fashion. A plurality of filaments connect frame members or portions of the elongated member. The filaments may be made of suture material. Hooks may be placed on a free end of the filaments, along the length thereof, or on one or more frame members to engage the blood vessel wall and anchor the filter. A retrieval member may be positioned on the filter to facilitate withdrawal of the filter from the blood vessel.02-04-2010
20100030256Medical Devices and Methods - Medical devices include a catheter, a catheter/dilator assembly, an occluder, a rapid exchange dilator assembly, a funnel catheter, an anastomotic medical device, and associated methods.02-04-2010
20100023048MULTI-LAYERED MEDICAL DEVICE FOR TREATING A TARGET SITE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - Embodiments of the present invention provide medical devices and methods for treating a target site within the body, such as for treating vascular abnormalities. For example, one embodiment provides an occlusion device including an occlusive material having proximal and distal ends and a central axis extending therebetween. The occlusive material has a preset, overlapping configuration including at least three inverted overlapping layers folded over one another, wherein the at least three inverted overlapping layers are aligned with the central axis within about 45 degrees or less and are configured to be separated and disposed within a catheter in a non-overlapping configuration and return to the preset, overlapping configuration when deployed from the catheter.01-28-2010
20110218566METHOD FOR LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE OCCLUSION - Disclosed is an occlusion device for use in a body lumen such as the left atrial appendage. The occlusion device includes an occlusion member and may also include a stabilizing member. The stabilizing member inhibits compression of the left atrial appendage, facilitating tissue in-growth onto the occlusion member. Methods are also disclosed.09-08-2011
20090088791Carotid System Simplification - A method and apparatus for simplifying carotid artery stenting and/or angioplasty provides for the use of a filter wire system, which employs a sliding sheath. The sheath has an undeployed state and a deployed state, wherein in the undeployed state a distal region of the sheath is disposed about an embolic protection filter and a proximal region extends proximal from the distal region. At least a portion of the proximal region has a first end region, a second end region and a length there between. The first end region is proximal of the second end region. The at least a portion of the proximal region has a graduated stiffness along the length, wherein the stiffness is greatest at the first end region and is least at the second end region.04-02-2009
20110118777METALLIC COILS ENLACED WITH FIBERS FOR EMBOLIZATION OF A BODY CAVITY - The invention provides for vaso-occlusive coils comprising fibers.05-19-2011
20110118776DELIVERY WIRE ASSEMBLY FOR OCCLUSIVE DEVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM - A delivery wire assembly for delivery of an occlusive device to a location in a patient's vasculature, the assembly having a distal end portion comprising a proximal rigid segment, a distal rigid segment, and a flexible segment disposed between the proximal and distal rigid segments. The assembly also has a delivery wire conduit having a proximal tubular portion coupled to a distal coil portion, the respective tubular and coil portions defining a conduit lumen. A plug is seated in the conduit lumen and secured to an interior surface of the delivery wire conduit. A core wire is disposed in the conduit lumen and having a distal end extending through the plug, so that the plug secures the core wire to the delivery wire conduit. The plug may form a substantially fluid tight seal of the conduit lumen.05-19-2011
20090099594FILTER ELEMENT WITH RETRACTABLE GUIDEWIRE TIP - A medical guidewire assembly comprises a guidewire having a flexible tip. A medical device such as a collaptible filter for use as an embolic protection device is mounted on the guidewire. The filter is advanced through a body lumen with the guidewire tip extending distally. At a first location the filter is advanced relative to the tip to a location which is distally advanced from the first location. Placement of the filter in an optimal distal location is thereby achieved.04-16-2009
20110066177GUIDED FILTER WITH SUPPORT WIRE AND METHODS OF USE - A guided filter system for temporary placement of a filter in an artery or vein is disclosed. The system includes a guidewire slideable through a wire guide included in a distal region of a support wire. The support wire has an expandable filter, which is operable between a collapsed or enlarged condition. A variety of endovascular devices, including angioplasty, atherectomy, and stent-deployment catheters, are insertable over the guidewire and/or the support wire. Methods of using the guided filter system to direct and exchange endovascular devices to a region of interest, and to entrap and remove embolic material from the vessel are also disclosed.03-17-2011
20100268263EMBOLIC PROTECTION FILTERS, FILTER MEMBRANES, AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING THE SAME - Embolic protection filters, filter membranes, and methods for making and using the same. An example embolic protection filter may include an elongate shaft having a proximal region and a distal region. A filter frame may be to the distal region. A filter membrane may be attached to the filter frame. The filter membrane may have a plurality of apertures formed therein. The filter membrane may include a polymer having a bulk portion and a surface portion. The surface portion may include a surface modification.10-21-2010
20100179583METHODS OF DEPLOYING AND RETRIEVING AN EMBOLIC DIVERSION DEVICE - There is disclosed a porous emboli deflector for preventing cerebral emboli while maintaining cerebral blood flow during an endovascular or open surgical procedure. The device prevents the entrance of emboli of a size able to cause stroke (such as greater than 100 microns) from entering either the right or left common carotid arteries, and/or the right or left vertebral arteries by deflecting emboli downstream of these vessels. The device can be placed prior to any manipulation of the heart or aorta allowing maximal protection of the brain during the index procedure. The deflector has a low profile within the aorta which allows sheaths, catheters, or wires used in the index procedure to pass. Also disclosed are methods for insertion and removal of the deflector.07-15-2010
20110307003SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING FORMATION OF BLOOD CLOTS IN THE LEFT ATRIUM - An implantable liner device for preventing formation of blood clots in a left atrium of a patient's heart. The liner device includes a liner body configured, in some embodiments, to cover a portion of an interior surface of the left atrium, the liner body forming a first opening sized for placement about pulmonary vein ostiums of the left atrium and a second opening for fluid alignment with a mitral valve of the left atrium. The liner body can self-expandable from a collapsed state appropriate for percutaneous delivery to the atrium to an expanded state, with the expanded state having a shape appropriate for covering the portion of the interior surface of the left atrium. The liner body can have a cap-like shape, and can be formed of mesh, fabric, braided material, and biological material such as tissue.12-15-2011
20110307002EMBOLIC PROTECTION SYSTEM - An embolic protection system having a guidewire for advancing through a vasculature; an embolic protection filter having a filter body with a distal end and a proximal end, the filter body providing for a collapsed configuration and an expanded deployed configuration. The embolic protection filter body has a guidewire path for slidably receiving the guidewire to permit movement of the filter relative to the guidewire when the filter 12-15-2011
20120041474DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CLOT ENGAGEMENT - A clot removal device may include a tubular clot capture element having a first internal diameter and a clot engaging element having a second external diameter. The first diameter and the second diameter may be selected to permit the clot engaging element to be rotated within the tubular clot capture element. A method of removing a clot from a blood vessel may including delivering the tubular clot capture element and clot engaging element to a clot site such that the clot engaging element may rotate within the tubular clot engaging element.02-16-2012
20090125053ANEURYSM NECK BRIDGING PROCESSES WITH REVASCULARIZATION SYSTEMS METHODS AND PRODUCTS THEREBY - Devices, methods and systems facilitate and enable vessel wall treatment, particularly at the neck of an aneurysm. A tethered cage-like structure functions in conjunction with supplemental therapies such as a vaso-occlusive coil delivering microcatheter system and/or pharmaceutical delivery, among other things, by stabilizing vessel walls and providing tethered cage-like therapeutic support for treating aneurysms, temporarily or on an implantable basis.05-14-2009
20110077680LARGE MOUTH SNARE DEVICE - An apparatus and method for removing an object from a vessel are disclosed. The apparatus includes an expandable catheter, an expandable funnel, and a snare device configured to snare an object within the vessel. A distal end of the expandable catheter may be manipulable such that retraction of the expandable catheter allows the expandable funnel device to expand. Once the snare device has been manipulated to capture the object, the snare device and object may then be retracted into the funnel device, which may then protect the surrounding structures from being damaged by the object. In some embodiments, the expended funnel device, snare device, and object may be retracted into the expandable catheter in order to further protect the surrounding structures from damage.03-31-2011
20120041473EXTRACTION KIT FOR A FILTER FOR THE VENA CAVA - The invention relates to a withdrawal member for a filter for the vena cava, essentially consisting of a head and shape memory or wrought strands forming a tail, said strands being attached to the head and being located on the same side of the head, said withdrawal member including a rod (02-16-2012
20120041471DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR THE PREVENTION OF STROKE - The disclosure of the present application provides devices, systems, and methods for the prevention of stroke. In at least one embodiment of a device of the present application, the device comprises an extension portion sized and shaped to fit within an artery extending from an aortic arch, and a flange portion sized and shaped to prevent the device from advancing into the artery extending from the aortic arch in which the device may be positioned. In at least one embodiment of a system for preventing stroke of the present application, the system comprises a hypotube, a folder coupled to a distal end of the hypotube, a sleeve positioned circumferentially around the hypotube proximal to the folder, and a stent, wherein a first part of the stent may be positioned within the folder, and wherein a second part of the stent may be positioned within the sleeve.02-16-2012
20120041469REVASCULARIZATION DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED DISTAL EMBOLI PROTECTION - A percutaneous system to open a stenosed vessel has a catheter for insertion into a vessel. An expandable filter mechanism is within a deployable sheath for expansion against a vessel wall when the sheath is displaced by a first displacement distance. A stenosis opening mechanism is within the deployable sheath and is radially expandable near the expandable filter mechanism with the stenosis opening mechanism being expandable against the stenosis when the stenosis opening mechanism is located within the vessel in longitudinal alignment with the stenosis following displacement of the sheath by a second displacement distance. Radiopaque markers align the stenosis opening mechanism with the stenosis.02-16-2012
20120041475THROMBUS MANAGEMENT DEVICE - 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 include 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, maceration, and/or removal.02-16-2012
20120041470SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MECHANICALLY POSITIONING INTRAVASCULAR IMPLANTS - Intravascular implant delivery systems and methods are described. One such system carries an implant by retaining an engagement member engaging the implant in a position proximal of an aperture at a distal end of the delivery system. The engagement member is retained proximal to the aperture by a cord that obstructs the movement of the engagement member through the aperture. The engagement member is free to rotate and move within an area defined by the delivery system, allowing the implant to react to forces imparted to the implant by the movement of the delivery system and implant through a delivery catheter. Once the implant is in a desired implant position, the cord is moved away from an aperture and the engagement member is allowed to move away from the delivery system.02-16-2012
20090082800Distal Embolic Protection Devices With A Variable Thickness Microguidewire And Methods For Their Use - A distal embolic protection device for dedicated use in cerebral arterial blood vessels is described. The distal embolic protection device comprises a variable-thickness micro-guidewire and a collapsible filtering device mounted on the microguidewire over two mobile attachment points so that in its collapsed configuration, the thickness of the microguidewire and the filtering device at this region is less than or equal to 0.017 inch (0.432 mm) in thickness to be able to pass through existing conventional microcatheters. The mobile attachment points allow for rotatory and longitudinal mobility of the microguidewire while the filtering device is stable thereby decreasing the risk of trauma to the fragile cerebral arterial blood vessels. Preferably, the filtering device comprises an expansion assembly, e.g., a plurality of struts attached to a filter membrane that are in a folded position which self expand to the desired dimensions within the cerebral blood vessels. Also described are methods of using the distal embolic protection devices of this invention.03-26-2009
20090248059Embolectomy Catheter - The device subject of this disclosure is a catheter conveying inflatable components that control the opening and closing of a net component. The catheter is maneuvered through the tortuous and stenotic cerebral circulatory system to an embolism. The positioning of the catheter may be guided by radio opaque markers. The inflatable component carrying the net is placed into the embolism. The balloons are inflated thereby expanding the net into the embolism. The limit of expansion is controlled by the dimensions of the net. As the net expands, fenestrations or the spacing of a wire mesh comprising the net enlarge, thereby allowing the embolism to become entrapped within the net. The balloons are deflated thereby enclosing the embolism within the net. The device can be retract into a guide catheter and withdrawn from the circulatory system.10-01-2009
20090318951EMBOLUS BLOOD CLOT FILTER DELIVERY SYSTEM - A blood filter delivery system for delivering a blood filter into a vein includes a push rod for pushing the blood filter through and out of a catheter, the push rod having a filter positioning assembly on one end. The filter positioning assembly includes positioner members, which retain anchor members of the filter. The filter positioning assembly can position the end of the delivery catheter near the blood vessel centerline before releasing the filter's anchor members, thereby helping to align the blood filter along the centerline of the blood vessel.12-24-2009
20120046687Vascular Occlusion Devices - Shape memory materials (SMM) are formed as coil-shaped vascular occlusion devices upon deployment. Shape memory polymer (SMP) materials are tailored through formulation for specific mechanical behavior of the coils. Concurrent coil diameter changes enhance the relative change in stiffness along the length of the coil. Interconnecting structures (02-23-2012
20120046686STRETCH RESISTANT THERAPEUTIC DEVICE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature.02-23-2012
20120046685IMPLANT DEVICE PARTICULARLY USEFUL FOR IMPLANTATION IN THE INTRAVASCULAR SYSTEM FOR DIVERTING EMBOLI - A device for implantation in the body of a subject to divert solid particles from entering branch passageways, particularly useful for diverting emboli from branch blood vessels. The implant device includes an anchoring section for firmly anchoring in the branch blood vessel, and a diverter section projecting into the main blood vessel at the upstream side of the branch blood vessel. The diverter section is constructed to permit blood flow through the main blood vessel but includes an outer surface facing the upstream side of the main blood vessel effective to divert emboli in the blood from entering the branch blood vessel.02-23-2012
20080300621VASCULARA DEVICE FOR EMBOLI, THROMBUS AND FOREIGN BODY REMOVAL AND METHODS OF USE - Apparatus and methods are provided for use in filtering emboli from a vessel and/or performing thrombectomy and embolectomy, wherein a vascular device comprises one or more support hoops connected near a distal end of a guide wire, each support hoop having an articulation region, and a blood permeable sac affixed to the support hoop or hoops to form a mouth of the blood permeable sac. The mouth of the sac closes when the apparatus is collapsed for removal to prevent material from escaping from the sac.12-04-2008
20110054516EMBOLIC PROTECTION METHOD - An embolic protection filter for deployment in a vasculature, the filter having an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end having one or more inlet openings sized to allow blood and embolic material enter the filter, and the outlet end of the filter having a plurality of outlet openings sized to allow through passage of blood but to retain undesired embolic material within the filter. The filter is movable between a collapsed configuration for movement through a vasculature, and an outwardly extended configuration for deployment in a vasculature. The filter at least in the collapsed configuration was a guidewire lumen defined at least partially therethrough for passing the filter over a guidewire. The guidewire lumen is defined by a lumen-defining member which is spaced proximally of the distal end of the filter.03-03-2011
20120010650Universal Capture Assembly - The present invention relates to a universal capture assembly for use with an implantable device such as a filter and method of use. The universal capture assembly includes a body with a neck having a reduced cross-sectional diameter with respect to the body and a larger diameter neck extending therefrom. The reduced diameter neck and larger diameter neck are separated by a disk shaped collar positioned there between. The body further includes a plurality of grooves formed in an outer surface (longitudinal relative to the longitudinal axis of filter) thereof wherein the plurality of grooves form a plurality of projections that engage and retain the loop of a snare, or other similar retrieval device, with ease and accuracy. The body is designed to include at least two or more, longitudinal grooves and projections. The universal capture is attached to the implantable device by the larger diameter neck portion. The universal capture assembly can include a dual capture assembly wherein the assembly is positioned at opposing ends of the implanted device such that access can be obtained either by femoral, jugular, venous, arterial or other routes.01-12-2012
20120010648DEVICE FOR THE IMPLANTATION OF OCCLUSION SPIRALS - A device for the implantation of electrolytically severable occluding spirals in body cavities or blood vessels comprising a source of electrical power, a cathode, a catheter and an occluding spiral adapted to serve as an anode and able to slide in the catheter in the longitudinal direction, wherein the occluding spiral (01-12-2012
20110166592FLEXIBLE VASCULAR OCCLUDING DEVICE - A vascular occluding device for modifying blood flow in a vessel, while maintaining blood flow to the surrounding tissue. The occluding device includes a flexible, easily compressible and bendable occluding device that is particularly suited for treating aneurysms in the brain. The neurovascular occluding device can be deployed using a micro-catheter. The occluding device can be formed by braiding wires in a helical fashion and can have varying lattice densities along the length of the occluding device. The occluding device could also have different lattice densities for surfaces on the same radial plane.07-07-2011
20110166593OCCLUDING DEVICE - An occluding device is provided for occluding fluid flow through a lumen of a body vessel. The occluding device includes an expandable tubular body having a tubular wall defining a lumen formed therethrough. The tubular wall has a proximal end extending to a distal end along a longitudinal axis of the tubular body. A plurality of longitudinal slits is formed through the tubular wall to define a plurality of flexible strips bound by a proximal non-slit portion and a distal non-slit portion. A plurality of barbs is disposed on the flexible strips. The tubular body is configured to open radially to engage the barbs with the vessel wall defining an expanded state and to collapse along the longitudinal axis to draw the vessel wall radially inward defining a collapsed state. Occluding material is housed within the lumen of the tubular body and the occluding material is configured to move between a collapsed state and an expanded state with the tubular body.07-07-2011
20120065661ENDOVASCULAR ANEURYSM REPAIR SYSTEM - Method and apparatus for implanting radially expandable prostheses in the body lumens rely on tacking or anchoring of the prostheses with separately introduced fasteners. The prostheses may be self-expanding or balloon expandable. After initial placement, a fastener applier system is introduced within the expanded prostheses to deploy a plurality of fasteners at least one prosthesis end, usually as each end of the prosthesis. The fasteners are usually helical fasteners which are delivered from a helical track in the fastener applier by rotation with a rotator wire. The fasteners will be applied singly, typically in circumferentially spaced-apart patterns about the interior of each end of the prosthesis.03-15-2012
20120016407INTRAVASCULAR THROMBUS CAPTURING INSTRUMENT - An intravascular thrombus capturing instrument is disclosed comprising a wire body inserted into a catheter and retractable from the tip of the catheter, and a thrombus capturing part fitted at the tip of the wire body. The thrombus capturing part includes a fixed section fitted at the tip of the wire body, a stopper secured to the wire body at prescribed intervals from the fixed section, a slidable section slidably provided around the wire body posterior to the stopper, and an elastic coil bridging between the fixed section and the slidable section. This securely captures and removes embolus such as thrombus clung to a vascular wall.01-19-2012
20120016408CANNULA WITH ASSOCIATED FILTER AND METHODS OF USE DURING CARDIAC SURGERY - Devices and methods for filtering blood. The devices generally comprise a mesh for filtering blood flowing within a blood vessel, particularly within an artery such as the aorta, a structure adapted to open and close the mesh within the blood vessel, and a means to actuate the structure. The methods generally include the steps of introducing a mesh into a blood vessel to entrap embolic material, and removing the mesh and the entrapped foreign matter from the blood vessel.01-19-2012
20090105748EMBOLIZATION DEVICE AND A METHOD OF USING THE SAME - Non-expandable space-occupying devices for treating voids within the body are disclosed. The devices can have multiple non-expandable space-occupying elements connected to a flexible leader. Methods of making and using the devices are also disclosed.04-23-2009
20090118761ANEURYSM OCCLUSION DEVICE CONTAINING BIOACTIVE AND BIOCOMPATIBLE COPOLYMER SHELL AND A LIQUID EMBOLIC AGENT - An endovascular device for occluding a vascular aneurysm is disclosed. The device includes a polymeric shell member that, in one embodiment, may be constructed from a bioactive and biocompatible polyurethane-diol-glycosaminoglycan copolymer, and a liquid embolic agent. The copolymer is sufficiently flexible and strong for endovascular delivery into a vascular aneurysm and for use as a polymeric shell for receiving the liquid embolic agent. Upon activation inside of the polymeric shell within the aneurysm, the liquid embolic agent solidifies enabling biological isolation of the aneurysm and improved patient outcomes.05-07-2009
20120022581STRETCH RESISTANT THERAPEUTIC DEVICE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature.01-26-2012
20120022579DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TREATING VENOUS DISEASES - The present invention relates generally to a medical device and method of use, and more specifically to a method and apparatus with coaxial components used to treat venous diseases. The apparatus according to various embodiments operates as an inferior vena cava filter, a clot puller, a clot shredder, and as a prosthetic venous valve.01-26-2012
20120158038IMPLANTABLE APPARATUS FOR FACILITATING IMAGING-BASED DIAGNOSES - Implantable apparatuses or biosensors for facilitating imaging-based diagnoses and methods thereof are disclosed. An implantable apparatus is configured to exhibit a form when subjected to a first physical parameter indicative of a first physiological state, and a second form when subjected to a second physical parameter indicative of a second physiological state.06-21-2012
20100030254Embolus Blood Clot Filter Utilizable With A Single Delivery System Or A Single Retrieval System In One of A Femoral or Jugular Access - A blood filter delivery system for delivering a filter into a vein from either a femoral or jugular access. The preferred system includes an introducer and a push-rod with a spline member disposed along the push-rod and a pusher member disposed on a distal end. The spline member has a main body, first and second boss portions spaced apart along the longitudinal axis to provide a gap for retaining anchor members of the filter during delivery via the introducer. In an alternative embodiment, a preferred filter includes first and second filter structures diverging in opposite directions. A link is connected to portions of each of the first and second filter structures so that each filter structure can be independently collapsed into a generally cylindrical shape.02-04-2010
20120065663EMBOLUS BLOOD CLOT FILTER AND DELIVERY SYSTEM - A blood filter delivery system for delivering a filter into a vein includes an introducer and a push rod with a spline member disposed along the push rod. The spline member has a main body, and first and second boss portions spaced apart along the longitudinal axis to provide a gap for retaining anchor member of the filter during delivery via the introducer.03-15-2012
20120065662METHOD AND DEVICE FOR LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE OCCLUSION - A device and method for obliterating or occluding a body cavity or passageway, in particular, the left atrial appendage of a patient's heart. The procedure can be carried out intraoperatively, but is preferably carried out percutaneously by use of a delivery catheter to position an occluding device adjacent a patient's left atrial appendage. The occluding device may prevent the passage of embolic or other material to or from the left atrial appendage by volumetrically filling the appendage, closing the opening of the appendage with an occluding member, or pulling the tissue around the opening of the appendage together and fixing it in a closed state.03-15-2012
20120209312OBSTRUCTION CAPTURE AND REMOVAL DEVICE - A thrombus retrieval device (08-16-2012
20090076539HELICAL THROMBUS REMOVAL DEVICE - A device for removing thrombus from a body cavity is disclosed. The device comprises a flexible wire having a proximal end and a distal end. The device further comprises an elongated shaft having a proximal portion and a distal portion. The proximal portion attached to the distal end of the flexible wire and distally extends therefrom to the distal portion. The device further comprises an expandable member formed helically about the elongated shaft. The expandable member is configured to helically close, defining a collapsed state for delivery and retrieval of the device. The expandable member is configured to helically open, defining an expanded state for removing thrombus from the body cavity. The expandable member has at least one member portion helically extending from the elongated shaft at a predetermined angle, defining a proximally faced opening when the member is in the expanded state.03-19-2009
20090143813Method of inserting a vein filter - A method of implanting a vessel filter by a femoral approach comprising the steps of providing a delivery sheath with a substantially straight distal tip and inserting a curved device into the sheath to move the sheath to a second configuration. In the second position, the distal tip of the sheath is curved at an angle to a longitudinal axis of the sheath. The method further comprises the step of rotating the sheath and pusher so a distal opening of the sheath has a more centered position within the vessel.06-04-2009
20120071915VEIN FILTER - A vessel filter comprising a first region and a second region wherein the filter is movable between a collapsed position for delivery to the vessel and an expanded position for placement within the vessel. A first region has a filter portion having a converging region to direct particles toward the center of the filter and the second region is flared in the expanded position to have a transverse dimension increasing toward a second end portion opposite the first end portion. The second region includes a vessel engaging portion at the second end portion. The first region includes a plurality of spaced apart elongated struts with adjacent struts being joined and a spacer extending radially with respect to a longitudinal axis of the filter.03-22-2012
20120071916DISTAL PROTECTION DEVICES HAVING CONTROLLABLE WIRE MOTION - A distal protection device for use in a body lumen. The device includes a functional element which may be a filter or an occlusive element. The device includes means for controlling the movement and placement of the functional element along a guidewire. Motion of the guidewire can be independent of the motion of the functional element.03-22-2012
20120071914IMPLANTABLE LUMEN FILTER WITH ENHANCED DURABILITY - An implantable lumen filter (03-22-2012
20120158039CONFIGURATION AND METHOD FOR FIXATION OF A FILTER TO A CATHETER - An attachment configuration for a vascular filter assembly including a self-expanding filter member attached to a catheter body and constrained from expansion in a first configuration by a constraining sheath is presented. The attachment configuration includes an outer tube of material that is overlaid over an end of the filter member and bonded to the catheter body through cutouts disposed through the end of the filter member.06-21-2012
20120158037VASCULAR FILTER ASSEMBLY HAVING LOW PROFILE SHEATH - A vascular filter assembly includes a catheter body having a self-expanding filter member coupled thereto. A sheath is disposed directly over the self-expanding filter member such that the self-expanding filter member is at least partially constrained from expansion in a first configuration within an interior space defined between the sheath and the catheter body. The sheath includes at least one aperture disposed through a wall thereof.06-21-2012
20120078287DEVICES 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 are disclosed. An interventional catheter can also be advanced into a right cerebral artery and a procedure performed on a lesion in the right cerebral artery.03-29-2012
20090043332ASYMMETRICAL MEDICAL FILTER - A medical filter has a double-basket design, in which the two filter baskets have balanced filtering efficiencies, so that both filter baskets tend to collect or capture amounts of material that are approximately equivalent. In other words, a second or “downstream” filter basket may be designed to have a filter efficiency greater than that of a first or “upstream” filter basket. There are a variety of ways in which this tailored filter basket performance can be achieved. Some examples include increasing the number of struts or decreasing the size of the filter cells or other filter elements of the second or “downstream” filter basket. Likewise, a similar result may be reached by decreasing the number of struts or increasing the size of the filter cells or other filter elements of the first or “upstream” filter basket. In some cases, such a filter may be used in a blood vessel, for the purpose of intercepting thrombus. Where the filter is implanted in a blood vessel, it may be retrievable for a longer period of time.02-12-2009
20090187211VENA CAVA FILTER HAVING HOURGLASS SHAPE - The present invention is a luminal filter including: a plurality of filter elements interconnected so as to form a filter body shaped in a free recovery form and having a plurality of apertures disposed between and defined by the interconnected filter elements. The apertures are dimensioned so as to inhibit a thrombus of a selected size from passing through the apertures and being dimensioned so as to allow blood components smaller than the selected size to pass through the apertures. The filter body includes a first funnel and second funnel coupled at least indirectly coupled together at their small ends.07-23-2009
20110106139DEPLOYABLE RECOVERABLE VASCULAR FILTER AND METHODS OF USE - A vascular filter is provided that includes a tubular member having proximal and distal ends, and a guidewire lumen. An expandable frame is attached to the tubular member capable of assuming collapsed and enlarged conditions, and filter material is attached to the frame, the filter material having an open proximal end when the frame assumes its enlarged condition. An apparatus for recovering a vascular filter from a blood vessel is also provided that includes a sheath and a retrieval member deployable from the sheath. The retrieval member includes a connector on its distal end for securing the tubular member, such as an expandable member within a recess for receiving the tubular member. The vascular filter may be constrained in its collapsed condition in a sheath, and the tubular member advanced over a guidewire to a location downstream of a treatment site. The vascular filter is deployed and expanded to its enlarged condition across the blood vessel, the guidewire remaining in place. A procedure is performed at the treatment site, the vascular filter capturing released emboli. The retrieval device is advanced over the guidewire, the vascular filter is secured to the retrieval member, and the vascular filter and retrieval device are withdrawn from the blood vessel.05-05-2011
20110106137ENDOVASCULAR DEVICE FOR ENTRAPMENT OF PARTICIPATE MATTER AND METHOD FOR USE - A method for filtering particulate matter from a blood vessel in a patient, including inserting a device into the blood vessel, the device including at least an outer structure capable of insertion into the blood vessel; and an inner filter anchored to the outer structure, the inner filter having a one-way valve though which a medical instrument may be passed.05-05-2011
20110106135Indwelling Temporary IVC Filter System With Drug Delivery and Aspiration - Indwelling temporary inferior vena cava filter systems are disclosed. Such filter systems provide for easy removal of the filter without the need for additional invasive procedures and provide for dissolution and aspiration of captured emboli. Methods of using such systems for the dissolution, capture and removal of emboli are described.05-05-2011
20110106133REMOVEABLE FILTER HEAD05-05-2011
20100094331CATHETER - Disclosed is a catheter for penetrating a stenotic lesion occurred in a lumen in a human body, including: 04-15-2010
20090131972Absorbable implantable vaso-occlusive member - Compositions comprising absorbable implantable vaso-occlusive members are described. Also described are methods of making and using these absorbable vaso-occlusive compositions.05-21-2009
20090131970EMBOLUS BLOOD CLOT FILTER AND DELIVERY SYSTEM - A blood filter delivery system for delivering a filter into a vein includes an introducer (05-21-2009
20110125180EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - The disclosure relates to an embolic filter, a support structure therefor, and methods for maintaining said filter in a compact state prior to deploying the filter.05-26-2011
20120130418MAGNETICALLY RETRIEVABLE VENA CAVA FILTER AND RETRIEVAL DEVICE THEREFOR - The disclosure pertains to magnetically retrievable vena cava filters having a low torque associated therewith when subjected to a strong external magnetic field and retrieval devices therefor. The vena cava filter may include a magnetically permeable sphere or a spherical dipole magnet located within the spherical cavity of the apical hub wherein the spherical dipole magnet is free to rotate about any of three mutually orthogonal axes. The retrieval device is capable of substantially containing the vena cava filter in a collapsed state and includes a magnetically active member capable of interacting with the vena cava filter. The retrieval device may optionally include a supplemental mechanical latch.05-24-2012
20120165859DEVICE AND METHOD INVOLVING STABILIZATION DURING CLOT REMOVAL - A clot removal device and method may employ a shaft and a clot engagement element on an end of the shaft. The clot engagement element and the shaft may be configured for deployment in a blood vessel. The clot removal device may also include a stabilizer configured to at least partially surround the shaft and to maintain a portion of the shaft in a non-contacting relationship with the blood vessel wall.06-28-2012
20100204725GUIDEWIRE STOP - A user-actuatable guidewire stop is disclosed which can be used to stop and/or lock a medical device on a guidewire advanced through a body lumen. The guidewire stop is configured as a coil spring having an inner lumen configured to slideably and rotationally receive the guidewire in an unlocked configuration, and to frictionally engage the guidewire in a locked configuration. The coil spring is composed of turns having at least one protrusion disposed on a turn of the coil spring and adapted for engagement with a corresponding recess disposed on an adjacent turn of the coil spring, wherein the at least one protrusion interlocks with the corresponding recess to maintain the coil spring in the unlocked configuration. The coil spring transitions into the unlocked configuration by disengaging the at least one protrusion from the corresponding recess.08-12-2010
20120083824EVERTED FILTER DEVICE - Everting filter devices and methods for using the devices, including using the devices as intra-vascular filters to filter thrombus, emboli, and plaque fragments from blood vessels. The filter devices include a filter body nominally tubular in shape and having a large proximal opening. The filter body can extend from a proximal first end region distally over the non-everted exterior surface of the filter, further extending distally to a distal-most region, then converging inwardly and extending proximally toward the filter second end region, forming a distal everted cavity. The degree of eversion of the filter can be controlled by varying the distance between the filter first end region near the proximal opening and the closed second end region. Bringing the filter first and second end regions closer together can bring filter material previously on the non-everted filter exterior to occupy the distal-most region.04-05-2012
20120083823APPARATUS FOR FILTERING A BODY LUMEN - An implantable lumen filter (04-05-2012
20120083822METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FILTERING A BODY LUMEN - An implantable lumen filter is described. The filter may include a body formed from an elongate member. The body may include loops encircling an axis extending along the length of the body. The body may be sized to be implanted into a body lumen. The body may be capable of transitioning from a collapsed state to a deployed state. The filter may include a first group of a plurality of members positioned around at least one loop of said body. At least a portion of the plurality of members may be oriented towards the axis. The plurality of members may be arranged to capture and/or lyse particulates of a selected size and/or to inhibit the particulates from passing through the body. Methods of making, deploying, and retrieving the same are described.04-05-2012
20110184456VASCULAR AND BODILY DUCT TREATMENT DEVICES AND METHODS - Devices including 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.07-28-2011
20100174310NON-ENTANGLING VENA CAVA FILTER - An implantable vessel filter including an elongated body coupled proximally to a hub, and including a grooved distal section. A first set of legs coupled proximally to the hub have a first length, each of the first set of legs translating from a collapsed state in a filter compressed configuration to an extended state in a filter expanded configuration. A second set of legs coupled proximally to the hub have a second length longer than the first length, each of the second set of legs including a hook positioned at a distal end thereof, each of the second set of legs translating from a collapsed state in the filter compressed configuration to an extended state in the filter expanded configuration, each hook received in the grooved distal section in the filter compressed configuration and penetrating a wall of a vessel in the filter expanded configuration.07-08-2010
20120172921EMBOLIZATION COIL - An embolic coil configured in such a manner that the risk that a stretch preventing wire breaks is very small even if the embolic coil is wound to a diameter smaller than the diameter of a secondary shape of the coil imparted thereto and also in such a manner that the embolic coil has excellent deliverability. An embolic coil is configured in such a manner that a stretch preventing wire and a coil, a part or the whole of said coil being coarsely wound, are affixed to each other at at least two different points. The portion of the stretch preventing wire which is located between the two different portions is provided with a portion to which a stretchable shape has been imparted.07-05-2012
20120172919Aortic Embolic Protection Device - Single filter and multi-filter endolumenal methods and systems for filtering fluids within the body. In some embodiments a blood filtering system captures and removes particulates dislodged or generated during a surgical procedure and circulating in a patient's vasculature. In some embodiments a filter system protects the cerebral vasculature during a cardiac valve repair or replacement procedure.07-05-2012
20120172914OCCLUSION DEVICE - A vascular occlusion device for occluding a body cavity includes an elongate member for injecting embolization material into the body cavity and a deflecting device. The deflecting device is disposed around a distal end of the elongate member and is expandable to contact an interior wall of the body cavity in the expanded state. The deflecting device is configured to be deflected by the embolization material to change a shape of the deflecting device in the expanded state. The deflecting device provides a visual and tactile indication of completion of embolization based on the shape of the deflecting device in the expanded state.07-05-2012
20120172920Deflectable Intravascular Filter - Single filter and multi-filter endolumenal methods and systems for filtering fluids within the body. In some embodiments a blood filtering system captures and removes particulates dislodged or generated during a surgical procedure and circulating in a patient's vasculature. In some embodiments a filter system protects the cerebral vasculature during a cardiac valve repair or replacement procedure.07-05-2012
20120172918Method of Accessing the Left Common Carotid Artery - Single filter and multi-filter endolumenal methods and systems for filtering fluids within the body. In some embodiments a blood filtering system captures and removes particulates dislodged or generated during a surgical procedure and circulating in a patient's vasculature. In some embodiments a filter system protects the cerebral vasculature during a cardiac valve repair or replacement procedure.07-05-2012
20120172917Steerable Dual Filter Cerebral Protection System - Single filter and multi-filter endolumenal methods and systems for filtering fluids within the body. In some embodiments a blood filtering system captures and removes particulates dislodged or generated during a surgical procedure and circulating in a patient's vasculature. In some embodiments a filter system protects the cerebral vasculature during a cardiac valve repair or replacement procedure.07-05-2012
20120172916Method of Isolating the Cerebral Circulation During a Cardiac Procedure - Single filter and multi-filter endolumenal methods and systems for filtering fluids within the body. In some embodiments a blood filtering system captures and removes particulates dislodged or generated during a surgical procedure and circulating in a patient's vasculature. In some embodiments a filter system protects the cerebral vasculature during a cardiac valve repair or replacement procedure.07-05-2012
20120172915EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE FOR PROTECTING THE CEREBRAL VASCULATURE - Single filter and multi-filter endolumenal methods and systems for filtering fluids within the body. In some embodiments a blood filtering system captures and removes particulates dislodged or generated during a surgical procedure and circulating in a patient's vasculature. In some embodiments a filter system protects the cerebral vasculature during a cardiac valve repair or replacement procedure.07-05-2012
20100179585EMBOLIC DEFLECTION DEVICE - There is disclosed a porous emboli deflector for preventing cerebral emboli while maintaining cerebral blood flow during an endovascular or open surgical procedure. The device prevents the entrance of emboli of a size able to cause stroke (such as greater than 100 microns) from entering either the right or left common carotid arteries, and/or the right or left vertebral arteries by deflecting emboli downstream of these vessels. The device can be placed prior to any manipulation of the heart or aorta allowing maximal protection of the brain during the index procedure. The deflector has a low profile within the aorta which allows sheaths, catheters, or wires used in the index procedure to pass. Also disclosed are methods for insertion and removal of the deflector.07-15-2010
20100049239Vein Filter - A vessel filter comprising a first distal region terminating at a first end and a second proximal region terminating at a second end of the filter and movable between a collapsed position for delivery to the vessel and an expanded position for placement within the vessel. The first region has a filter portion having a converging region to direct particles toward the center of the filter. The second region is flared in the expanded position to have a transverse dimension increasing toward a second end portion opposite the filter portion and includes a vessel engaging portion at the second end portion. The first region has a retrieval hook and a spacer forming a looped region extending radially from the first region.02-25-2010
20100049238INFERIOR VENA CAVA FILTER WITH STABILITY FEATURES - A filter having a first set of members and a second set of members defining a trap sized to fit into a blood vessel. Each of the first and second members are configured to resiliently extend from the trap. At least one of the first set of members includes a first surface for engaging the vessel wall such that the at least one of the first set of members resists downstream movement within the vessel. At least one of the second set of members includes a second surface for engaging the vessel wall such that the at least one second member resists upstream movement within the vessel.02-25-2010
20100049240CAGE AND SLEEVE ASSEMBLY FOR A FILTERING DEVICE - A cage and sleeve assembly for an embolic filtering device used to filter embolic particles from a body vessel has a strut assembly that is movable between an unexpanded position and an expanded position. Struts having strut ends at the respective ends form a cage. The strut ends are initially made from linear elastic nitinol, and a series of spot or laser or other types of welds then secure the strut ends in the sleeve assembly. In one approach, the ends of the strut ends are welded to form a tube. In another approach, the strut ends are welded onto a sleeve. The strut ends may optionally have ends that are partial cylinders, and the partial cylinders are welded onto a cylindrical sleeve. Effects from the welding, such as changing linear elastic nitinol to superelastic nitinol, are contained within a heat-effected zone, and do not extend into areas of the structure that typically bend during use.02-25-2010
20120179196DISTAL PROTECTION DEVICES AND METHODS OF PROVIDING DISTAL PROTECTION - A filter and methods of use to provide distal protection during a vascular procedure is provided. The filter includes a first spiral shaped support member joined to a second spiral support member to form a crossover and to form a first generally planar support frame and a second generally planar support frame. A tether is on one of the first end or the second end and a capture structure is attached to the first support frame or the second support frame. The capture structure extends in a non-planar fashion relative to the generally planar first or second support frame to which the capture structure is attached. After use to capture debris, the filter is recovered in a manner to close while maintaining captured debris within the filter.07-12-2012
20100010535EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - The disclosure relates to an embolic filter deployment system and a method for deploying an embolic filter from the deployment system wherein the filter element and a containment element for the filter element are formed from a single piece of material.01-14-2010
20100010534EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - The invention provides an embolic filter, a support structure therefor, and methods for preparing said filter for retrieval.01-14-2010
20100010533VARIABLE STRENGTH EMBOLIZATION COIL - An occluding device having variable stiffness for occluding fluid flow through a lumen of a body vessel. The device comprises a wire having a first end and a second end. The wire is formed with a tapered diameter defined by a continuously decreasing diameter from the first end to the second end. The tapered wire is wound into a primary coil having a primary shape. The primary coil may then be wound into a secondary shape or received within a secondary coil which conforms to the primary shape of the primary coil. The tapered diameter provides the device with a continuously decreasing stiffness from a first end to a second end.01-14-2010
20120253382EMBOLI PROTECTION DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS OF USE - An embolic protection system and method of treating occluded vessels which reduces the risk of distal embolization during vascular interventions is provided. The embolic protection system includes a guide catheter, a multi-lumen tube having a sealing surface on the distal end and an interventional device. A method of treating a blood vessel includes providing a guide catheter and a multi-lumen elongate member having proximal and distal ends, evacuation and inflation lumens extending therebetween and a sealing surface on the distal end. The elongate member is advanced through the guide catheter into a blood vessel that supplies blood to the heart proximal a lesion. The sealing surface is expanded to engage the endoluminal surface of the blood vessel and stop antegrade flow. An interventional device is advanced through the evacuation lumen to treat the lesion.10-04-2012
20120316600THROMBUS MANAGEMENT WITHIN NEUROVASCULATURE - 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.12-13-2012
20120316599THROMBUS REMOVAL SYSTEMS AND DEVICES AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME - Thrombus removal systems and devices and methods of using the same. In an exemplary embodiment of a thrombus removal system of the present disclosure, the thrombus removal system comprises an umbrella catheter comprising an umbrella catheter tube and an umbrella positioned at least partially within the umbrella catheter tube when in a compressed configuration and positioned external to the umbrella catheter tube when in a deployed configuration, and a balloon catheter configured to fit around at least part of the umbrella catheter, the balloon catheter comprising a balloon catheter tube and a balloon coupled thereto, the balloon capable of inflation within a lumen of a mammalian vessel to substantially or completely occlude the lumen of the mammalian vessel, wherein the thrombus removal system is configured to disrupt and/or dissolve and remove at least a portion of a thrombus positioned within the lumen of the mammalian vessel.12-13-2012
20120316598Multiple Layer Filamentary Devices for Treatment of Vascular Defects - Braid-balls suitable for aneurysm occlusion and/or parent vessel occlusion/sacrifice (e.g., in treating neurovascular defects) are disclosed. Especially for aneurysm treatment, but also for either one of the aforementioned treatments, the form of the ball is very important. In particular, the density of the device is paramount in applications where braid itself is intended to moderate or stop blood flow—allowing thrombosis within a volume formed by the ball.12-13-2012
20120221040Absorbable Vascular Filter - An absorbable vascular filter is disclosed for deployment within a vessel for temporary filtering of body fluids. A preferred embodiment is the placement of such absorbable vascular filter within the inferior vena cava (IVC) to filter emboli for the prevention of pulmonary embolism for a limited duration in time. Once protection from PE is complete, the filter is sequentially biodegraded according to a planned schedule determined by the absorption properties of the filter components. Hence the temporary absorbable vascular filter obviates the long term complications of permanent IVC filters such as increased deep vein thrombosis, while also circumventing the removal requirement of metal retrievable IVC filters.08-30-2012
20090143814EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - An embolic protection device has a collapsible filter element (06-04-2009
20080312681Catheter for removal of an organized embolic thrombus - The general purpose of the present invention is to provide a catheter for removal of an organized embolic thrombus, preferably in conjunction with a distal occlusion balloon guidewire. The present invention consists of three main components including a capture/delivery sheath, a capture sleeve of mesh attached to a tube and a grasping mechanism attached to another tube which is central to the other components. Operative structures in the form of manifolds are connected to such components in order to manipulate and control the relative positions of the capture/delivery sheath, the capture sleeve and the grasping mechanism. An embolic thrombus is engaged by the deployable automatically expanding serrated fingers of a grasping mechanism in combination with a deployable automatically expanding mesh capture sleeve. The capture/delivery sheath is maneuvered to cause compression of the serrated fingers and of the mesh capture sleeve for subsequent removal of the embolic thrombus.12-18-2008
20080300620EMBOLIC FILTER MADE FROM A COMPOSITE MATERIAL - An embolic filter is disclosed and includes a hub and at least one elongated member extending from the hub. The at least one elongated member includes a core and a jacket circumscribing the core. A ratio of a core diameter to a jacket diameter is at least 0.60.12-04-2008
20110004238INTRAVASCULAR DEVICE AND SYSTEM - A device for use in capturing or collecting debris found in blood vessels or other body lumens. The devices can be fabricated from a tube and include longitudinally and circumferentially extending members. The device can further embody structure that provides enhanced radial opening and angular resistance to collapse and structure for absorbing or modifying forces applied thereto by an operator.01-06-2011
20120239077METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DELIVERING AN IMPLANT WITHOUT BIAS TO A LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE - An implant delivery system, comprising: an implantable device comprising a plurality of supports extending between a proximal end and a distal end, the supports being moveable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, a proximal guide tube at the proximal end of the supports extending toward the distal end, and a distal guide tube at the distal end of the supports extending toward the proximal end, wherein the proximal and distal guide tubes are telescoping and become further engaged as the supports move from the collapsed to the expanded configuration.09-20-2012
20110130784CATHETER WITH OCCLUDING CUFF - A device, method, and system of deploying an embolic protection device at a location distal to a treatment site in a vessel of a patient. A delivery catheter is encircled by a sealing member which is expandable from a delivery configuration to a deployed configuration. The device creates a seal to prevent the flow of blood during the treatment of vascular disease. A distal protection element is delivered by the delivery catheter and deployed to filter or remove embolic debris.06-02-2011
20120265237DETACHABLE EMBOLIZATION COIL SLEEVE - The present invention provides a delivery system for deploying an embolization coil. The delivery system comprises a delivery tube, a flexible sleeve extending distally from the delivery tube, and a mandril slidably disposed in the lumens of the delivery tube and the flexible sleeve. The present invention also provides an embolization coil delivery assembly comprising the delivery system of the present invention and an embolization coil. A proximal portion of the embolization coil is frictionally engaged by the flexible sleeve of the delivery system. The present invention also provides a method for positioning and deploying an embolization coil at a deployment site in a patient's vasculature using the delivery assembly of the present invention.10-18-2012
20120265239RETRIEVABLE BLOOD CLOT FILTER WITH RETRACTABLE ANCHORING MEMBERS - Retrievable blood clot filter devices implantable within a blood vessel, including methods and apparatuses for retrieving such devices, are disclosed. The retrievable blood clot filter device can include an apical head, and a plurality of elongated filter legs configured to expand between a collapsed position and an expanded position within the blood vessel. A bendable anchoring member disposed on one or more filter support members can be used to secure the blood clot filter device along the inner wall of the blood vessel. The anchoring members can be configured to bend and retract into a number of filter tubes slidably disposed along the support members, allowing the blood clot filter device to be removed with a retrieval apparatus.10-18-2012
20120330347Multiple Layer Filamentary Devices for Treatment of Vascular Defects - Embolic implants, delivery systems and methods of manufacture and delivery are disclosed. The devices can be used for aneurysm treatment and/or parent vessel occlusion. Implant designs offer low profile compressibility for delivery to neurovasculature, while maintaining other necessary features such as density for occlusion purposes and desirable radial strength characteristics.12-27-2012
20120330349IMPLANT DELIVERY AND ACTIVE RELEASE SYSTEM - A medical implant deployment system for placing an implant at a preselected site within a vessel, duct or body lumen of a mammal. The deployment system includes a heating element at the distal end of a positioning member and a thermal responsive coupling including a thermal responsive element connected to the implant by a frangible member. After positioning the implant, the heating element is activated which causes the thermal responsive element to apply mechanical force sufficient to break the frangible member using traction, thereby releasing the implant at a desired position within the body.12-27-2012
20120330348Embolic Implant and Method of Use - A parent artery occlusion (PAO) device which provides for immediate occlusion of a cerebral artery to isolate a defect. The PAO device includes a self-expanding wire-frame prolate structure which is partially covered with an ePTFE membrane.12-27-2012
20110046658ANEURYSM OCCLUSION DEVICE - A device to treat an aneurysm can include a plurality of soft and compressible fill members. A flow conduit can carry the fill members in a liquid flow. A flexible, expandable, and liquid-permeable net or mesh enclosure can be inserted into and to fit within the aneurysm. The net or mesh enclosure can receive and retain the plurality of fill members while openings in the net or mesh enclosure allow enough liquid flow through the net or mesh enclosure to transport the fill members into the net or mesh enclosure. A resulting accumulation of the plurality of fill members within the net or mesh enclosure causes the net or mesh enclosure to expand and to come into contact with and generally conform with an interior wall of the aneurysm. This can substantially occlude the aneurysm and retain the net or mesh enclosure within the aneurysm.02-24-2011
20110046657Embolic Coil Introducer Catheter Locking Mechanisms - An embolic coil introducer system that may include a catheter having a proximal end, a distal end, a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends and a longitudinal axis, an embolic coil at least partially disposed in the lumen of the catheter, and a wire for moving the embolic coil at least partially disposed in the lumen of the catheter, the wire having a first diameter along a proximal region of the wire, wherein the catheter includes a locking mechanism that provides a friction fit between the catheter and the wire to hold the wire secure relative to the catheter in a first position when no force is applied to the wire and wherein the friction fit may be overcome by the application of a force to the wire to allow the wire to move relative to the catheter.02-24-2011
20110046656APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING OBJECTS BEYOND AN OPERATIVE SITE UTILIZING A CAPTURE DEVICE DELIVERED ON A MEDICAL GUIDE WIRE - An apparatus for removing a solid object from a body canal or vessel includes a coil of wire configured to slidably receive a guide wire and a sack having a mouth and a closed bottom opposite the sack. A resilient frame is connected between the coil of wire and the sack for biasing the mouth of the sack open around the coil of wire. The resilient frame is positionable between a collapsed state where the mouth of the sack is closed against the bias of the resilient frame and a deployed state where the mouth of the sack is biased open by the resilient frame.02-24-2011
20120271342SLIDEABLE VASCULAR FILTER - A collapsible medical device that includes a mandrel having a distal end and a stop spaced proximally of the distal end. A proximal length of the mandrel extends proximally of the stop and a distal length of the mandrel extends distally of the stop. A functional element has a radially expandable body and includes proximal and distal sliders. The proximal and distal sliders are slidable along the mandrel independently of one another such that the distance between the proximal slider and distal slider can be varied to effect different configurations of the functional element. In one method of using such a device, urging the mandrel distally causes the stop to exert a distal biasing force on the distal slider, which acts against a restorative force of the functional element to axially elongate the functional element and reduce friction between the functional element and a wall of the vessel.10-25-2012
20120330350METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING THROMBECTOMY PROCEDURES - The present invention relates to methods and systems for performing intralumenal procedures including revascularization and removal of foreign objects from a body lumen. More particularly the present invention relates to systems utilizing thrombectomy devices and methods of performing medical procedures to remove thrombus, emboli, foreign objects and or re-establish the intravascular flow of blood.12-27-2012
20120271344MEDICAL IMPLANT DETACHMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS - An implant assembly comprises an elongated pusher member, and an implantable device (e.g., a vaso-occlusive device) mounted to the distal end of the pusher member. The implant assembly further comprises an electrolytically severable joint disposed on the pusher member, wherein the implantable device detaches from the pusher member when the severable joint is severed, and a return electrode carried by the distal end of the pusher member (e.g., a coil disposed about the pusher member) in proximity to, but electrically isolated from, the severable joint. The implant assembly further comprises a terminal carried by the proximal end of the pusher member in electrical communication with the severable joint.10-25-2012
20120271343EXPANDABLE IMPLANT DEVICES FOR FILTERING BLOOD FLOW FROM ATRIAL APPENDAGES - Implant devices for filtering blood flowing through the ostium of an atrial appendage have component structures one or more of which are expandable. Devices with component structures in their unexpanded state have a compact size suitable for intra-cutaneous delivery to an atrial appendage situs. The expandable component structures are expanded in situ to deploy the devices. A device may have sufficiently short axial length so that most or almost all of the device length may fit within the ostium region.10-25-2012
20110060360Embolic Device Delivery System With Retractable Partially Coiled-Fiber Release - A medical device for placing an embolic device, such as an embolic coil, at a predetermined site within a vessel of the body including a delivery catheter and a flexible pusher member slidably disposed within the lumen of the catheter. An embolic device having a headpiece coupled to the proximal end is releasably disposed within the distal end of the pusher member and retained in place by a retractable fiber, having a coiled distal portion. When the embolic device is advanced to the predetermined site within the vessel, the detachment fiber is retracted from around the headpiece of the embolic device to thereby release the embolic device.03-10-2011
20110213407Embolectomy Cathether - The device subject of this disclosure is a catheter conveying inflatable components that control the opening and closing of a net component. The catheter is maneuvered through the tortuous and stenotic cerebral circulatory system to an embolism. The positioning of the catheter may be guided by radio opaque markers. The inflatable component carrying the net is placed into the embolism. The balloons are inflated thereby expanding the net into the embolism. The limit of expansion is controlled by the dimensions of the net. As the net expands, fenestrations or the spacing of a wire mesh comprising the net enlarge, thereby allowing the embolism to become entrapped within the net. The balloons are deflated thereby enclosing the embolism within the net. The device can be retract into a guide catheter and withdrawn from the circulatory system.09-01-2011
20110213406ANCHOR ASSEMBLIES IN STRETCH-RESISTANT VASO-OCCLUSIVE COILS - Vaso-occlusive devices are provided for occluding an aneurysm within the human vasculature. The vaso-occlusive device also includes a stretch-resisting member that extends through at least a portion of a lumen of the primary coil and is directly or indirectly attached to the primary coil at two locations axially separated from each other to prevent or minimize axial stretching of the primary coil. At one location, the stretch-resisting member is coupled to the primary coil via a flexible anchor assembly disposed within the lumen. In one embodiment, the anchor assembly may comprise an anchor coil and a link directly or indirectly coupled between the anchor coil and the stretch-resisting member. Alternatively, the anchor assembly may comprise a chain of twisted links.09-01-2011
20110213405VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICES WITH ATTACHED POLYMER STRUCTURES - Disclosed herein are vaso-occlusive devices for forming occluding the vasculature of a patient. More particularly, disclosed herein are vaso-occlusive devices comprising at least one polymer structure and methods of making and using these devices.09-01-2011
20110213404BLOOD FILTER - A filter unit (09-01-2011
20110238106BLOOD FLOW RESTORATION AND THROMBUS MANAGEMENT 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.09-29-2011
20120277787Vascular Filter Stent - A vascular filter stent is disclosed for deployment within a vessel for filtering of body fluids. A preferred embodiment is the placement of such vascular filter stent within the inferior vena cava (IVC) to filter emboli for the prevention of pulmonary embolism. By incorporating a stent into the filter design, vessel patency and filter positioning is maintained, while minimizing endothelialization thereby obviating the long term complications of conventional metal VC filters such as filter migration and increased deep vein thrombosis.11-01-2012
20120089174VASO-OCCLUSIVE DEVICE - A vaso-occlusive device includes an inner coil made from inner coil wire having a first diameter and formed from a first material, and an outer coil disposed at least partially around the inner coil and made from outer coil wire having a second diameter and formed from a second material. The inner coil has a first pitch and the outer coil has a second pitch. The first diameter, material, and pitch are different from the second diameter, material, and pitch, respectively. The outer coil defines a lumen and the inner coil is disposed at least partially in the lumen. The vaso-occlusive device also includes an intermediate layer disposed between the inner coil and the outer coil, where the intermediate layer includes a biocompatible metal or a biocompatible, swellable polymer.04-12-2012
20120089173FILTER WITH MAGNETIC TIP FOR CLOT FRAGMENTATION - A magnetically polarizable, filtering device system and a method of using such a system for capturing embolic material contained within fluid flowing through a body vessel of a patient is provided. The filtering device system generally comprises a source adapted to generate a magnetic field and a filter device adapted to capture embolic material and to unclog itself when necessary or desirable.04-12-2012
20120095501Coil Anchor Systems and Methods of Use - Vessel occlusion method including the steps of positioning a coil anchor in a large diameter blood vessel, wherein the coil anchor includes a radially expandable sidewall, a proximal opening dimensioned to receive an embolic coil, a distal opening, and the coil anchor further comprising at least one coil retaining element configured to retain an embolic coil within the blood vessel. The vessel occlusion method further including the steps of expanding the coil anchor within the blood vessel; and delivering at least one embolic coil into the blood vessel, wherein the retaining element prevents the at least one embolic coil from migrating downstream of the coil anchor.04-19-2012
20120095500CONCENTRIC WIRE EMBOLISM PROTECTION DEVICE - An embolism protection system is disclosed that provides a first wire having a proximal end, a distal end, and an outer diameter; a second wire having a proximal end, a distal end, an inner lumen, and an outer diameter, the inner lumen sized to accommodate the outer diameter of the first wire; a third having a proximal end, a distal end, and an inner lumen, the inner lumen sized to accommodate the outer diameter of the second wire; and a substantially conical filter device formed substantially from porous metal mesh and having a central apex, a collapsed state, and an expanded state, wherein the substantially conical filter device is adapted to couple to the second wire at or near the distal end of the second wire, the second wire passing through the central apex, and wherein the substantially conical filter device is adapted to assume the expanded state when the third wire is retracted from the distal end of the second wire, and is adapted to assume the collapsed state when the third wire is advanced over the substantially conical filter device and towards the distal end of the second wire.04-19-2012
20120330346INTEGRATED DISTAL EMBOLIZATION PROTECTION APPARATUS FOR ENDO-LUMINAL DEVICES SUCH AS BALLOON, STENT OR TAVI APPARATUS - An endoluminal catheterization device for providing protection against distal embolization of atherosclerotic debris and thrombi emboli resulting from an endoluminal catheterization procedure. The device is adapted to the new TAVI/PAVI methods to prevent the severe risk of brain embolization and stroke. The embolization protection device may also be an integral part of any other intra-luminal treatment or diagnostic device that may induce embolization, such as a balloon, stent, TAVI or atherectomy.12-27-2012
20100174309RECANALIZATION/REVASCULARIZATION AND EMBOLUS ADDRESSING SYSTEMS INCLUDING EXPANDABLE TIP NEURO-MICROCATHETER - An acute stroke recanalization systems and processes include catheter-based improved reconstrainable or tethered neurological devices which are deliverable through highly constricted and tortuous vessels, crossing the zone associated with subject thrombi/emboli, where deployment impacts, addresses or bridges the embolus, compacting the same into lumenal walls which enables perfusion and lysis of the embolus, while the improved neurological medical device itself remains contiguous with the delivery system acting as a filter, basket or stand alone alternate medical device, depending on the status of the embolus and other therapeutic aspects of the treatment being offered for consideration.07-08-2010
20110319928Sacrificial Anode Stent System - A sacrificial anode stent system comprises a stent having at least one sacrificial anode portion and a vaso-occlusive device. The vaso-occlusive device has at least one portion with a potential different from that of the sacrificial anode portion of the stent.12-29-2011
20110319926Braid Ball Embolic Device Features - Embolic implants and methods of manufacture are disclosed. The implants may be used for occluding blood flow at endovascular sites. One use is in intracranial aneurysm emolization/occlusion and another in parent vessel occlusion (PVO) or sacrifice. Various features provide for improved use (e.g., regarding delivery, recapture, visualization and/or occlusion) and manufacturability.12-29-2011
20120289995EMBOLIC DEVICES - Described herein are apparatus, compositions, systems and associated methods to occlude structures and malformations of the vasculature with radiopaque hydrogel filaments with delayed controlled rates of expansion. Further described is a device for implantation in an animal comprising a difunctional, low molecular weight ethylenically unsaturated shapeable macromer; an ethylenically unsaturated monomer; and a radiopaque element, wherein said device contains no support members. Methods of forming such devices are also disclosed.11-15-2012
20120289998FILTER RETRIEVAL CATHETER SYSTEM, AND METHODS - A filter retrieval system for retrieving a previously implanted medical filter, and methods of using the retrieval system, are disclosed. The filter retrieval system has a flexible shaft, a retrieval element, and a handle with an actuator. The flexible shaft may be catheter-based, and has a proximal and a distal end, and has an opening near its distal end. The handle is affixed to the shaft near the proximal end of the shaft, and the actuator is adapted to manipulate the retrieval element to grasp or hook or otherwise engage a portion of the filter, and then pull the filter in through the opening into a passage or lumen of the catheter shaft. The retrieval system is capable of retrieving a filter in into a proximal and distal space defined by the flexible shaft, though only one space at a time.11-15-2012
20120289997Embolic Filter Frame Having Looped Support Strut Elements - An embolic frame having looped support struts. The frame configuration provides enhanced longitudinal compliance, improved sealing against a vessel wall, low profile delivery, and a short deployed length. The looped support struts have a high degree of “radial” stiffness with a low degree of “longitudinal” stiffness. In the deployed state, the frame exerts a relatively high stress onto a vessel wall to maintain an effective seal, yet remains compliant in the longitudinal direction. The looped support struts elongate when tensioned and assume a compressed and essentially linear form. While constrained in this linear state by a delivery catheter, the support struts exert minimal stress onto the delivery system. The overall delivery profile and stiffness are therefore reduced. When the delivery catheter constraint is removed during deployment, the struts “snap open” and assume a looped configuration which exert a high degree of force onto the vessel wall.11-15-2012
20120289996INTRAVASCULAR BLOOD FILTERS AND METHODS OF USE - Multi-filter endolumenal methods and systems for filtering fluids within the body. In some embodiments a multi-filter blood filtering system captures and removes particulates dislodge or generated during a surgical procedure and circulating in a patient's vasculature. In some embodiments a dual filter system protects the cerebral vasculature during a cardiac valve repair or replacement procedure.11-15-2012
20100168786SUPPORT FRAME FOR AN EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE - An embolic filtering device includes a filter support frame which provides a freely articulating structure for deploying and maintaining a filter body in a deployed configuration. A filter body having an inlet end and an outlet end is coupled to the filter support frame. The filter support frame includes a plurality of arms, each arm having a first end and a second end. The first ends of the arms are generally coupled together, with each of the second ends of the arms having a support element coupled thereto. Each arm can articulate independently from another. Each support element can freely articulate on each arm. The free ends of each support element can be biased to an outwardly extending position so that a suitable force will be created to maintain the filter body firmly pressed against a vessel wall when deployed.07-01-2010
20100168785EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE - A medical device for embolic protection within a patient's body vessel is provided. The device comprises inner and outer tubular members each having proximal and distal ends and a lumen formed through the proximal and distal ends. A flexible everting filter portion includes a body having a first end attached to the distal end of the inner tubular member and a second end attached to the distal end of the outer tubular member. The inner and outer tubular members are movable relative to one another to position the filter portion within the body vessel. The filter portion is movable from a collapsed, everted delivery and removal configuration to an expanded, generally non-everted deployed configuration. The filter portion expands radially outward to engage the filter body with an enclosing vessel wall. The filter portion allows the passage of blood cells and prevents the passage of emboli or thrombi through the body vessel.07-01-2010
20130012981ENDOLUMINAL FILTER WITH FIXATION - An endoluminal filter including a first support member and a second support member attached to the first support member to form a crossover. A material capture structure extends between the first and second support members, the crossover and the first end or the second end of the first support member. The filter includes at least one tissue anchor on the first support member and the second support member. There is a method of positioning a filter within a lumen including advancing a sheath containing a filter through the lumen. Next, deploying a retrieval feature against the lumen wall while maintaining substantially all of a material capture structure of the filter within the sheath. Next, deploying the material capture structure of the filter from the sheath to a position across the lumen along with engaging the lumen wall with fixation elements positioned along the filter.01-10-2013
20130012982IMPLANT RETRIEVAL SYSTEM - 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.01-10-2013
20120150212EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICES HAVING SHORT LANDING ZONES - The invention provides an embolic protection device for removing emboli from a blood vessel in a patient's body. The device comprises an elongate host element, an embolic protection element having a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, and a flexible tether connected to a distal end of the host element and to a proximal portion of the embolic protection element. The tether allows the host element to move axially and laterally relative to the embolic protection element over a limited range of motion when the embolic protection element is in an expanded configuration. The embolic protection device has a landing zone of 4 cm or less.06-14-2012
20120150211EMBOLIC PROTECTION DURING PERCUTANEOUS HEART VALVE REPLACEMENT AND SIMILAR PROCEDURES - Various devices are described to provide filtering of flow from the aorta to the left carotid artery and the right carotid artery. The filters can be brought into a desired position through one or more peripheral arteries. A single filter device can provide the desired filtering or a plurality of devices can be used. In particular a single filter device can span between the brachiocephalic artery and the left carotid artery. These filter devices can be used effectively to capture emboli generated during procedures on the heart so that emboli do not travel to the patient's brain where the emboli can cause a stroke or other adverse event. In particular, these filters can be used during percutaneous procedures on the heart, such as endovascular heart valve replacement.06-14-2012
20130018409Packing Coil - An occlusion device formed of a microcoil having a three-dimensional relaxed state employing open looped portions interposed between closed loop portions. Planes defined by sequentially formed open looped and closed loop portions are neither coincident nor parallel to one another.01-17-2013
20130018410THROMBUS REMOVAL DEVICE - A thrombus removal device includes a shaft with a distal end and a proximal end, a sheath with a distal end and a proximal end, and a helical coil attached at a proximal end to the distal end of the shaft and is disposed within the lumen of the sheath in a closed configuration. The helical coil includes a plurality of body portions with turns spaced apart longitudinally and laterally to facilitate screwing the helical coil into a thrombus and also providing an open area into which the thrombus can be captured. A distal tip of the helical coil is provided with a loop, an angle of which is about the same as the angle of at least one body portion. The helical coil assumes an open configuration when the sheath is retracted proximally from the distal tip.01-17-2013
20110160764Vein Filter - A vessel filter having a first region having a first set of struts forming a mounting portion and a filter portion having a converging region at a first portion to direct particles toward the center of the filter. The mounting portion is flared in the expanded position to have a transverse dimension increasing toward a second portion opposite the first portion. A second set of struts forms a second mounting portion flared in the expanded position. A plurality of spaced apart struts extend between the first and second regions.06-30-2011
20130023922APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DEPLOYMENT OF A THERAPEUTIC DEVICE USING A CATHETER - The apparatus for deployment of an intravascular therapeutic device, includes an elongated, flexible pusher member and a therapeutic device connected to a severable portion of a first connector member mounted to the flexible pusher member with an elongated second connector member connected to the therapeutic device. The first connector member or second connector member may be capable of being broken by heat, and a heat source is provided for heating and breaking the first connector member or the second connector member to release the therapeutic device.01-24-2013
20130023921THROMBUS FILTER WITH BREAK-AWAY ANCHOR MEMBERS - A thrombus filter which can be securely fixed at a selected location in the vascular system of a patient and removed when no longer required. The thrombus filter includes a body portion and a plurality of struts, each strut having a joined end and a free end. The joined end of each strut is fixably attached to the body portion. The struts radiate outwardly from the body member such that the thrombus filter is generally conical in shape. The free end of each strut includes an anchor member. A weakened portion is disposed proximate the free end of each strut. When removal of the thrombus filter is desired, forces are applied to the thrombus filter causing the struts to break at the weakened portions proximate the free ends.01-24-2013
20080255605MIGRATION RESISTANT EMBOLIC FILTER - An embolic filter is disclosed and can include a head. A plurality of bent legs can extend from the head. Each bent leg can be configured to engage an inner wall of a vein and prevent the embolic filter from migrating in a cranial direction. A plurality of straight legs can also extend from the head. Each straight leg can be configured to prevent the embolic filter from migrating in a caudal direction.10-16-2008
20080243171EMBOLI PROTECTION DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS OF USE - An embolic protection system for treating a lesion in a blood vessel is provided. The embolic protection system includes a guide catheter, an evacuation sheath, a guidewire, and an infusion catheter. The guide catheter has a guidewire lumen. The evacuation sheath has an evacuation lumen and a sealing surface and is configured to move within the lumen of the guide catheter. The guidewire is configured to move within the lumen of the guide catheter and the evacuation lumen. The infusion catheter has an infusion lumen, at least one infusion port, and a guidewire lumen configured to accept the guidewire, the infusion catheter guidewire lumen being shorter than the guide catheter guidewire lumen. Furthermore, the infusion catheter is configured to move within the lumen of the guide catheter and the evacuation lumen over the guidewire. The system may further comprise a dilation catheter having a dilation balloon and a guidewire lumen.10-02-2008
20080234723MICROCATHETER INTRODUCER SHEATH - The present invention includes an introducer sheath. The sheath may comprise a first proximal elongated section having a first outer diameter and a first inner diameter, and a main body elongated section having a second inner diameter and a second outer diameter, wherein the second outer diameter is larger than the first outer diameter. The sheath may further include a distal section having an outer wall that tapers from the second outer diameter of the main body elongated section to a smaller distal outer diameter.09-25-2008
20080234721Venous Filters - Venous filters having at least two struts (110) each having a connected end and a non-connected end, wherein each of the struts includes a strut portion and an anchor portion (09-25-2008
20130184744SPIRAL SHAPED FILTER - In one embodiment, a filter includes a first spiral support member having a first end and a second end; a second spiral support member positioned adjacent the first spiral support member to form a loop between the first end and the second end; a material covering a portion of the first and the second spiral support members; and a structure attached to the loop.07-18-2013
20130184739CLOT ENGAGEMENT AND REMOVAL SYSTEMS - A device for the removal of clot obstructing the flow of blood through an arterial vessel comprises an elongate member, a clot engaging element and a capture basket. The elongate member extends in use from a point adjacent a target treatment site interior of the patient to a point exterior of the patient. The capture basket comprises a frame and a net, and has an expanded and a collapsed configuration. The clot engaging element comprises a plurality of struts having an expanded and a collapsed configuration. The plurality of struts form a first section and a second section, the first section tapering outward and distally from the elongate member and connected to the second section. The second section comprises a plurality of cells defined by a plurality of struts and arranged around at least a portion of the circumference of an axis substantially parallel to that of the elongate member. The clot engaging element and the capture basket are restrained in the collapsed configuration for delivery to the target site. The clot engaging element is located adjacent the distal end of the elongate member and proximal of the capture basket.07-18-2013
20080221611EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE HAVING EXPANDABLE TRAP - An embolic protection device for use in medical, veterinary, non-medical or industrial applications where removal of an obstruction from a small diameter vessel or vessel-like structure could produce particles, which, if allowed to remain in the vessel, could cause undesirable complications and results. One embodiment comprises a catheter for insertion into a vessel and a trap operably connected to the catheter and to a rotatable member. Rotating the rotatable member relative to the catheter actuates the trap. One embodiment comprises a rotatable member that actuates a flexible strut between an arcuately expanded position and a helically twisted position, and a membrane operably connected to the flexible strut.09-11-2008
20080221610Small diameter deployment system with improved headpiece - A medical apparatus for placing an embolic coil at a preselected position within a vessel comprising a coil assembly having an embolic coil attached to a cylindrical headpiece having at least one bending point formed by a circumferential groove and a deployment catheter having a distal section for retaining the coil assembly such that, when the deployment catheter is pressurized with a fluid the distal section of the catheter expands radially to release the coil assembly at the preselected position.09-11-2008
20130178891INTEGRATED EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICES - Embolic protection elements are integrated with a catheter or access sheath for any catheter. A catheter with an integrated embolic protection element comprises a catheter shaft, an embolic filter slidably mounted on a distal portion of the shaft, a proximal stop for limiting the proximal movement of the embolic filter, and a distal stop for limiting the distal movement of the embolic filter. The filter comprises a porous mesh material defining a collection chamber for captured emboli and has a collapsed and a deployed configuration. The filter may be collapsed by an access sheath used with the catheter. An access sheath may comprise a tubular main body and an embolic filter mounted on the distal portion of the tubular main body. The embolic filter may evert into the central lumen of the sheath or may be constrained on the exterior of the sheath with a larger diameter outer tube.07-11-2013
20120253381OCCLUSIVE DEVICE WITH POROUS STRUCTURE AND STRETCH RESISTANT MEMBER - A stretch-resistant occlusive device having an elongated, substantially cylindrical porous elastomeric structure and at least one of an elongated stretch-resistant tube and at least one stretch-resistant filament. The porous structure lies within an elongated outer embolic structure such as a helically wound embolic coil.10-04-2012
20110270298METHODS FOR DELIVERING A PROSTHESIS TO A SITE IN A BODY - An endoprosthesis cover may be attached to the distal end of a delivery device. The cover may be generally cylindrical in shape and may have a lumen through it. An endoprosthesis may then be covered as it is delivered to a treatment site.11-03-2011
20130138141STRETCH RESISTANT THERAPEUTIC DEVICE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature.05-30-2013
20130138139HEMODIALYSIS GRAFT - A graft is used to interconnect two vessels, such as an artery and a vein for hemodialysis. The graft includes a body having first and second ends, and a wall to define a passageway formed in the body. The wall includes a plurality of tubular layers, such as a first layer and one or more second layers disposed radially inward relative to the first layer. Each second layer has first and second ends that can be enclosable. The second layer is removable from the graft body from within the passageway of the graft body after clot formation. A grasper can be used to attach with at least one of the ends of the second layer. In response to withdrawal of the grasper, the corresponding end of the second layer gathers radially inward away from a layer adjacent to the second layer.05-30-2013
20130138142STRETCH RESISTANT THERAPEUTIC DEVICE - A vasoocclusive coil is reinforced with a stretch resistant member to improve safety during retraction of the coil. The stretch resistant member is fixedly attached at one end to the vasoocclusive coil, and the other end of the stretch resistant member is detachably mounted to an elongated pusher member to allow for placement and release of the vasoocclusive coil within the patient's vasculature.05-30-2013
20130090682DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENCLOSING AN ANATOMICAL OPENING - The present technology is directed generally to devices, systems, and methods for enclosing anatomical openings. In several embodiments, an aneurysm device is endovascularly deliverable to a site proximate to an arterial aneurysm. The aneurysm device comprises a closure structure having a distal-facing aspect configured to at least partially occlude the aneurysm and a proximal-facing aspect configured to arch over lumina of an artery. The device further includes a supplemental stabilizer connected to the closure structure and configured to reside in the artery and press outward against a luminal wall thereof. In some embodiments, the device can also include a barrier spanning at least a portion of the distal-facing aspect of the closure structure and configured to further occlude a neck of the aneurysm. In further embodiments, the closure structure can be configured to restrict and/or divert flow to or from the aneurysm.04-11-2013
20130178887Retrieval Catheters and Methods of Retrieving Deployed Medical Devices - A retrieval catheter for retrieving deployed medical devices includes a first guidewire lumen and a second guidewire lumen spaced radially from the first guidewire lumen. The first guidewire lumen has a distal end portion configured to recapture a medical device, such as a collapsed embolic protection device, deployed in a body lumen and secured to a guidewire extending through the first guidewire lumen. The second guidewire lumen receives a second guidewire which may be advanced past a first interventional site to perform a second procedure. The retrieval catheter may be provided with a soft tip to reduce trauma to the body tissue.07-11-2013
20130178888ENDOLUMINAL DEVICE RETRIEVAL DEVICES AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Retrieval devices and related systems and methods are provided. A retrieval device comprises an elongate element having a collapsible retriever at its distal end, wherein the collapsible retriever can be axially delivered over or through an introducer to the site of an object to be retrieved, e.g., a failed endoluminal device. When the retrieval device reaches the failed endoluminal device, the endoluminal device and the retrieval device are withdrawn together through the introducer. The introducer is configured to force the retrieval device down over the endoluminal device reducing the french size of the spent endoluminal device upon extraction. The collapsible retriever can be configured to side-mount a delivery element, or it can be integrated into a delivery system.07-11-2013
20130178892STATIN-LOADED COILS FOR ACCELERATION OF ORGANIZATION AFTER ENDOVASCULAR COILING OF ANEURYSMS - The present invention provides a vascular treatment material which has high safety, and also can exert high organization acceleration effect. The present invention also provides a commercially available vascular treatment material, which is easy to produce and can be easily sterilized, and also can be stored for a long period. Disclosed is a vascular treatment material including a coil on which statin is loaded. It is preferred that a wire forming the coil is made of at least one kind of metal selected from platinum, tungsten, gold, cobalt, chromium, titanium, niobium, aluminum, tantalum, iron, nickel and the like. The vascular treatment material of the present invention is particularly useful, which is placed in a blood vessel for embolization treatment, or which accelerates organization for prevention of recanalization of aneurysm or for prevention of rupture of aneurysm.07-11-2013
20130096607Embolus Blood Clot Filter and Delivery System - A blood filter delivery system for delivering a filter into a vein includes an introducer and a push rod with a spline member disposed along the push rod. The spline member has a main body, and first and second boss portions spaced apart along the longitudinal axis to provide a gap for retaining anchor member of the filter during delivery via the introducer.04-18-2013
20130096606EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICES AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS - According to one aspect of the disclosure, an embolic protection device is provided comprising an elongate element having a deflector at its distal end. The embolic protection device is generally configured to redirect and/or funnel embolic debris and permit at least a portion of the blood, no longer containing the redirected and/or funneled embolic debris, to perfuse the surrounding vasculature and/or tissue.04-18-2013
20130103073FEMORAL REMOVAL VENA CAVA FILTER - An intravascular filter configured for retrieval through a patient's femoral vein and a method for retrieving the filter through the patient's femoral vein. The filter includes a plurality of struts having connected ends attached together along a longitudinal axis, a shaft disposed along the longitudinal axis and having a first end disposed with the connected ends of the struts, a first cuff slidably disposed on the shaft, and a second cuff disposed over the struts and connected to the first cuff.04-25-2013
20130103074METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RESTRICTING FLOW THROUGH AN OPENING IN THE SIDE WALL OF A BODY LUMEN, AND/OR FOR REINFORCING A WEAKNESS IN THE SIDE WALL OF A BODY LUMEN, WHILE STILL MAINTAINING SUBSTANTIALLY NORMAL FLOW THROUGH THE BODY LUMEN - A device comprising a single closed loop of elastic filament configurable between (i) a first configuration for movement along a blood vessel; and (ii) a second configuration for lodging within a blood vessel, the second configuration providing a single flow-restricting face sized and configured to cover the mouth of the aneurysm and obstruct blood flow to the aneurysm while permitting substantially normal blood flow through the blood vessel, with the degree of obstruction at the mouth of the aneurysm being such that the aneurysm thromboses when the face is positioned over the aneurysm, the flow-restricting face comprising a plurality of lengths of the closed loop of filament disposed in close proximity to one another in a switchback configuration, and at least one leg for holding the flow-restricting face adjacent the mouth of the aneurysm, the leg configured so as to maintain substantially normal blood flow through the blood vessel.04-25-2013
20130103075EMBOLIC DEBRIS DEFLECTOR - The disclosure pertains to debris diverters for use within the aorta and methods of diverting or redirecting emboli and other debris away from the carotid arteries to prevent cerebral embolization. The disclosure includes aortic diverters positionable in the ascending aorta in order to divert embolic material of all sizes away from the carotid arteries, thereby washing emboli downstream into the thoracic and peripheral vasculature. The debris diverters of the disclosure are adapted to be placed in the ascending and transverse aorta via the left subclavian artery in order to divert embolic material away from the carotid arteries and methods of use therefor.04-25-2013
20130131714EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME - An embolic protection device, the device expandable from a first low profile configuration to a second expanded configuration, the device adapted for implantation body lumen, the device comprising an expandable support structure comprising radially expandable tubular first and second end portions and a laterally expandable central portion extending between the first and second end portions.05-23-2013
20110313447SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MECHANICALLY POSITIONING INTRAVASCULAR IMPLANTS - An intravascular implant delivery system carries an implant by retaining an engagement member engaging the implant in a position proximal of an aperture at a distal end of the delivery system. The engagement member is retained proximal to the aperture by a cord that obstructs the movement of the engagement member through the aperture. The engagement member is free to rotate and move within an area defined by the delivery system, allowing the implant to react to forces imparted to the implant by the movement of the delivery system and implant through a delivery catheter. Once the implant is in a desired implant position, the cord is moved away from an aperture and the engagement member is allowed to move away from the delivery system.12-22-2011
20110313446Cardiac Valve Procedure Methods and Devices - A method of performing an endovascular procedure within a patient can include inserting a filter into the patient's vascular system to restrict the passage of emboli through the filter while allowing blood to flow through the filter. The method can also include inserting a prosthetic valve into the patient's vascular system in a compressed state, and advancing the prosthetic valve to a site of implantation upstream of the filter. Additionally, the method includes implanting the prosthetic valve at the site of implantation by expanding at least a portion of the prosthetic valve, and removing the filter from the patient's vascular system.12-22-2011
20110313445EMBOLIC PROTECTION DURING PERCUTANEOUS HEART VALVE REPLACEMENT AND SIMILAR PROCEDURES - Various devices are described to provide filtering of flow from the aorta to the left carotid artery and the right carotid artery. The filters can be brought into a desired position through one or more peripheral arteries. A single filter device can provide the desired filtering or a plurality of devices can be used. In particular a single filter device can span between the brachiocephalic artery and the left carotid artery. These filter devices can be used effectively to capture emboli generated during procedures on the heart so that emboli do not travel to the patient's brain where the emboli can cause a stroke or other adverse event. In particular, these filters can be used during percutaneous procedures on the heart, such as endovascular heart valve replacement.12-22-2011
20130178890VEIN FILTER - A vessel filter comprising a first region and a second region wherein the filter is movable between a collapsed position for delivery to the vessel and an expanded position for placement within the vessel. A first region has a filter portion having a converging region to direct particles toward the center of the filter and the second region is flared in the expanded position to have a transverse dimension increasing toward a second end portion opposite the first end portion. The second region includes a vessel engaging portion at the second end portion. The first region includes a plurality of spaced apart elongated struts with adjacent struts being joined.07-11-2013
20130178889MEDICAL DEVICE FOR MODIFICATION OF LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Devices, methods and systems are provided for occluding an opening within the tissue of a body, such as a left atrial appendage. In one embodiment, a medical device includes an occluder portion and an anchor portion, the anchor portion hingably coupled to the occluder portion. With this arrangement, the anchor portion actuates and pivots relative to the occluder portion between an anchor deployed position and an anchor non-deployed position while the occluder portion is in an occluder deployed position.07-11-2013
20130158592EMBOLECTOMY CAGE - An embolectomy cage having an elongate axis and a circumference comprises a plurality of paired, closely spaced, substantially parallel, elongate members collectively defining a plurality of open cells, wherein individual elongate members of the pairs are connected at nodes located between respective pairs of axially adjacent cells and circumferentially adjacent cells, and wherein at least one elongate member spans each node without forming a connection to another elongate member.06-20-2013
20080200947DISTAL PROTECTION DEVICES HAVING CONTROLLABLE WIRE MOTION - A distal protection device for use in a body lumen. The device includes a functional element which may be a filter or an occlusive element. The device includes means for controlling the movement and placement of the functional element along a guidewire. Motion of the guidewire can be independent of the motion of the functional element.08-21-2008
20100286723CHEMICALLY 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.11-11-2010
20100286722TEMPORARY VENOUS FILTER SYSTEM - A temporary vascular filter system comprising a catheter and an elongate filter slideably carried near the distal end of said catheter. The vascular filter system can be inserted into a vessel percutaneously with the filter in a narrow-diameter “closed position” and expanded into a large diameter “open position” at the desired intravascular site. After deployment, the proximal portion of the catheter can be secured to the patient at the insertion site. While deployed, the filter component is capable of sliding along a portion of the catheter throughout a range of motion. The filter may have two filter meshes, which may have different degrees of porosity. The temporary vascular filter system can be left in the patient for hours or days and then collapsed into a withdrawal tube for removal from the patient.11-11-2010
20130150882APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DIVERTING EMBOLIC MATERIAL - An embolic deflection device includes an anchor engageable with a lumen of a branch vessel extending from an aortic arch and a deflection device, the deflection device having a first end coupled to the anchor and an elongate member extending from the deflection device. A method of deflecting embolic material away from a branch vessel extending from an aortic arch includes providing a deflection device comprising a anchor and an elongate member extending from the anchor. The anchor is engaged with a lumen of the branch vessel and positioned such that the elongate member extends within the aortic arch in proximity to ostia of at least two branch vessels. Embolic material flowing from the ascending aorta to the aortic arch is diverted by the elongate member away from the branch vessels and into the descending aorta.06-13-2013
20130138136POSITIONING AND DETACHING IMPLANTS - Intravascular implant systems and methods of positioning and detaching implants are described. One such system carries an implant by retaining an engagement member in a position proximal to an aperture at a distal end of the delivery system. The engagement member is retained proximal to the aperture by an elongate member that is coupled to the implant. Once the implant is in a desired implant position, the elongate member is released from the engagement member, and the implant is allowed to move away from the delivery system.05-30-2013
20100292726THROMBUS RETRIEVAL DEVICE - A thrombus retrieval device has one or more thrombus engaging elements that are movable between a retracted configuration in which they are stowed within the device and a deployed configuration in which they project from the device to snare an adjacent thrombus for removal from a blood vessel.11-18-2010
20100305604Device for Filtering Blood - The device for the filtering of blood comprises a filter catheter with a filter at its distal end for filtering the blood branching downstream behind the heart valve into the arteries to supply the brain and the arms, wherein the filter may be pushed out of a catheter tube in the distal direction. The filter is tubular or designed to taper from the distal to the proximal end. The filter is designed to fit tightly, at least at its distal end section, against the ascending aorta in the area upstream of the arteries which supply the brain and the arms.12-02-2010
20100318116 DRAINAGE DEVICE COMPRISING A FILTER CLEANING DEVICE - An implantable drainage device is provided. The device is adapted to move body fluid from one part of the body of a patient to another part of the body. The invention also extends to a filter adapted to filter particles from a drained fluid.12-16-2010
20100318115TUBULAR FILTER - A filter to be placed in a flow of blood through a vessel. The filter includes a hub disposed along a longitudinal axis and a plurality of anchor members extending from the hub. Each anchor member includes either a cranial extension or a caudal extension at a distal end thereof. At least one anchor member distal end is spaced from the hub at each of a first, second, and third distance along the longitudinal axis. The filter also includes a plurality of locator members extending from the hub, the locator members alternatingly interposed between the anchor members.12-16-2010
20130184738RETRIEVAL SNARE DEVICE AND METHOD - The present invention relates generally to devices and methods for retrieving or manipulating objects within a lumen. More specifically, embodiments of the invention relate to devices and methods for retrieving or manipulating medical devices from a body lumen. One embodiment of the present invention provides a novel and improved retrieval snare and method of fabricating and using the same. The snare includes a snare wire, having a distal end and a proximal end, for use in the human anatomy, such as but not limited to blood vessels, pulmonary airways, reproductive anatomy, gastrointestinal anatomy, and organs such as the kidneys or lungs. The device enables a user to capture a foreign object located within the human anatomy, grasp said object in a controlled manner, and retrieve and remove said object from the human anatomy.07-18-2013
20130184740LONG-TERM RETRIEVABLE MEDICAL FILTER - A medical filter has more than one pair of struts extending along an undulating path between a first and second end, which cooperate to define a first and second filter element having a plurality of cells, connected by a central portion with longitudinal strut sections. The struts extend between the first and second ends, and the struts tend to resiliently expand in radially outward directions from a compressed initial shape to an expanded deployed shape. In the expanded shape, the undulating path is defined by (i) a first portion of each pair of ribs extends substantially adjacent to each other for a distance from the first end, (ii) a second portion of each pair of ribs extends substantially adjacent to each other for a distance from the second end; and (iii) an intermediate portion of each one of a pair of ribs extends to curve away from each other.07-18-2013
20130184741RETRIEVAL SNARE DEVICE AND METHOD - The present invention relates generally to devices and methods for retrieving or manipulating objects within a lumen. More specifically, embodiments of the invention relate to devices and methods for retrieving or manipulating medical devices from a body lumen. One embodiment of the present invention provides a novel and improved retrieval snare and method of fabricating and using the same. The snare includes a snare wire, having a distal end and a proximal end, for use in the human anatomy, such as but not limited to blood vessels, pulmonary airways, reproductive anatomy, gastrointestinal anatomy, and organs such as the kidneys or lungs. The device enables a user to capture a foreign object located within the human anatomy, grasp said object in a controlled manner, and retrieve and remove said object from the human anatomy.07-18-2013
20130184742AORTIC ARCH FILTRATION SYSTEM FOR CAROTID ARTERY PROTECTION - Filtration systems with integrated filter element(s) forming portions of the wall of the filtration catheter are disclosed. The filtration catheters disclosed herein are designed to be used alone or in conjunction with another filter device to provide embolic protection of both carotid arteries. Occlusive element such as balloon is placed on the exterior of the filtration catheter to redirect blood flow in the vessels during the filtration process as well as to help anchor the filtration catheter inside the vessel. The integrated filter element(s) does not require collapsing thus significantly reduces the complexity of the filtration system retrieval process and the chances of releasing emboli back into the blood stream. The compact design of the filtration systems makes them particularly suitable for embolic protection during endovascular procedures on or close to the heart.07-18-2013
20130184743ELECTRICAL CONTACT FOR OCCLUSIVE DEVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM - A delivery wire assembly for delivery of an occlusive device to a location in a patient's vasculature includes a delivery wire conduit having a proximal tubular portion coupled to a distal coil portion, the respective tubular and coil portions defining a conduit lumen. A core wire is disposed in the conduit lumen and having a distal end coupled to an occlusive device, wherein an elongate electrical contact body at least partially seated in the conduit lumen and coupled to a proximal end of the core wire, the electrical contact body and the proximal tubular portion forming a junction. A coil collar is disposed around the electrical contact body near the junction07-18-2013
20130123835EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICE AND METHOD - An embolic protection device adapted for placement in a left subclavian artery, a right subclavian artery and to cover a left and a right carotid artery, the device having a reduced state and an expanded state, the device comprising an expandable support structure, the expandable support structure comprising a frame, the frame further comprising a porous material, the frame defining the circumference of the porous material in the expanded state.05-16-2013
20110301633CONTROLLED RELEASE MECHANISM FOR BLOOD VESSEL FILTRATION DEVICE - A filtration device is disclosed having a body configured for placement within a portion of the vasculature of a patient, where the body includes a plurality of threads, each thread having a proximal end and a distal end. The filtration device further includes an cap forming an apex, wherein at least one of the cap and the body include a selectively transformative material. The filtration device has a first configuration, where the cap substantially retains the distal end for each of the plurality of threads at the apex such that the filter device is substantially operable and a second configuration, where the filtration device is substantially inoperable as a result of at least one of the body and the cap being selectively transformed by electromagnetic induction. Systems and methods involving such filtration devices are also disclosed herein.12-08-2011
20110313444Method Of Removing A Vein Filter - A method of removing an implanted vessel filter by a femoral approach comprising the steps of providing a catheter, inserting a curved device into the catheter to a position proximal of the tip, advancing the catheter tip through the femoral vein and past a cranial end of the filter, inserting the curved device into the catheter tip to move the catheter tip to a more curved position, and inserting a filter grasping device though the curved device and catheter tip to exit a distal portion to grasp the filter.12-22-2011
20110313443OCCLUSIVE DEVICE WITH STRETCH RESISTANT MEMBER AND ANCHOR FILAMENT - A stretch-resistant occlusive device, and method of manufacturing such a device, having a helically wound coil defining a coil lumen extending along the entire axial length of the coil from a proximal end portion to a distal end portion. The device further includes a headpiece having a proximal end, a distal end attached to the proximal end portion of the coil, and a headpiece lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends of the headpiece. An anchor filament extends through the headpiece lumen, has at least one proximal end secured to the proximal end of the headpiece, and has a distal portion defining an eye positioned distal to the distal end of the headpiece. A stretch resistant member is positioned within the coil lumen, has a proximal portion extending through the eye, and has at least one distal end secured to the distal end of the coil.12-22-2011
20130190802RECHARGEABLE AND RESTERILIZABLE MIXING DEVICE WITH PHYSIOLOGICAL GAS AND SOLUTION TO CREATE FOAM WITH MICROBUBBLES, USED IN ENDOVASCULAR TREATMENTS - A mixer to create foam with microbubbles using physiological gases currently used in sclerotherapeutic treatments of varicose veins has anatomical and compact dimensions and is built with material resistant to sterilization and pressure. The device is mounted on the body around an essentially cylindrical axle comprised of a central valve support, while the top conical body portion is crossed in its center by a flow orienting duct. This axle is coupled at the center of a spinning circular reservoir constituted by the body, containing several housings for the application of solutions with different concentration levels. These parts are locked by a connector at the bottom to the gas duct with a spray nozzle. Each housing has a channel that can be aligned to communicate with the inside of the flow orienting duct of the central axle, responsible for orienting the produced mixture to a top reservoir with a foam-making nozzle.07-25-2013
20130190801ANEURYSM TREATMENT COILS - Systems and devices for endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms are described. Various configurations of coiled implants may be used as stenting devices or aneurysm coils. The implants include one or more filaments wound about a longitudinal axis to form a generally tubular shape. Lateral flexibility of the implants may be manipulated by, for example, adjusting a pitch between adjacent filaments, using different materials for the filaments, employing different filament cross-sectional shapes, grouping filaments into pluralities of varying flexibilities, and nesting inner coils within outer coils.07-25-2013
20130190804METHODS FOR PROVIDING PROTECTION DURING PROCEDURES IN THE VASCULATURE - In one embodiment of the present invention there is provided a method of providing protection during a procedure performed in the vasculature using an open loop filter device comprising two elongate support members positioned to form at least one crossover location between adjacent open loops of the device. The method may also include placing the open loop device down stream of a location in the vasculature performing a procedure to treat the vasculature in proximity to the location; and capturing debris released during the procedure in a material capture structure suspended between the elongate support members and across the vessel. Additionally, there can be a step of maintaining the open loop filter device downstream of the location along the wall of the vasculature while permitting movement along the wall of the vasculature of the two elongate support members adjacent the material capture structure.07-25-2013
20130190803IVC FILTER CATHETER WITH IMAGING MODALITY - A combined multi-lumen central access catheter and an embolic filter, further comprising an imaging modality to facilitate intravascular imaging of the filter.07-25-2013
20110319927Methods and apparatus for removing blood clots from intracranial aneurysms - Methods and apparatus for removing blood clots from an aneurysm in the intracranial space of the patient's head using ultrasound energy are provided. Pharmacologic agents or microbubbles may be delivered to the treatment area to further facilitate the dissolving and removal of blood clots.12-29-2011
20120010649IN VIVO FILTER ASSEMBLY - Disclosed is an assembly for filtering debris flowing in an in vivo fluid stream, the assembly comprising at least one balloon configured to volumetrically expand and, during at least a portion of the expansion, operatively connect with a filter, and to contract following the expansion. The assembly further comprising a filter configured to operatively connect with the at least one balloon during at least a portion of the volumetric expansion of the at least one balloon, such that the filter expands during the operative connection in order to filter debris from a fluid flowing in a fluid stream within which the expanded filter is disposed.01-12-2012
20120029553METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECAPTURING AN IMPLANT FROM THE LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE - A system and method for retrieving an implantable device includes a delivery catheter, a recapture section, and a sheath. The delivery catheter has a proximal end and a distal end. The recapture section is axially extendable from the distal end of the delivery catheter. The sheath has a proximal end and a distal end and a lumen sized to receive the delivery catheter. A portion of the lumen of the sheath is actuatable from an enlarged inside diameter to a reduced inside diameter to apply an inwardly directed force to the recapture section. The delivery catheter can be actuated with respect to the sheath to extend or retract the recapture section with respect to the delivery catheter.02-02-2012
20120029552VASCULAR FILTER - A vascular filter (02-02-2012
20130197564LONG NOSE MANIPULATABLE CATHETER - A long nose manipulatable catheter is described herein. The catheter generally comprises a flexible joint region defining a main lumen and an adjacent wire lumen. The wire lumen has an opening near or at a distal end of the flexible joint region and a push/pull wire can be pushed or pulled through the wire lumen. The catheter assembly may also comprise at least one radio-opaque marker band for securing the push/pull wire. The joint region has a predetermined length sized to affect a flexure of the joint and is generally located at the distal end of the catheter. The joint region itself may be varied to extend distally from where the braid terminates, or it may extend to encompass a portion of the braid. By varying a length of the joint region, the amount of curvature and flexure of the joint region can be controlled.08-01-2013
20130197565MULTI-LUMEN CENTRAL ACCESS VENA CAVA FILTER APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A combined multi-lumen central access catheter and an embolic filter including ports proximal and distal the filter for fluid infusion and/or pressure sensing and infusion ports in the catheter to permit infusion of bioactive agents, flushing agents and/or contrast agents. The embolic filter may be removably coupled to the multi-lumen catheter for temporary placement and retrieval under recommended indications.08-01-2013
20130197566EMBOLIC FILTER FRAME HAVING LOOPED SUPPORT STRUT ELEMENTS - An improved embolic filter frame is provided. The filter frame provides enhanced longitudinal compliance, improved sealing, low profile delivery, and short deployed length. The looped support struts have high “radial” stiffness with low “longitudinal” stiffness. When deployed, the frame exerts a relatively high stress onto a vessel wall to maintain an effective seal, yet remains longitudinally compliant. Minor displacements of the support wire or catheter are therefore not translated to the filter. The looped support struts elongate when tensioned and assume a compressed and essentially linear form. When the delivery catheter constraint is removed, the struts “snap open” and assume a looped configuration, exerting a high degree of force onto the vessel wall, creating an enhanced filter to vessel wall seal.08-01-2013
20130197567CLOT ENGAGEMENT AND REMOVAL SYSTEM - A clot retrieval apparatus 08-01-2013
20130197568INFLATABLE INTRAVASCULAR FILTER - Inflatable intravascular filters for filtering blood clots contained within a blood vessel are disclosed. An inflatable intravascular filter in accordance with an illustrative embodiment of the present invention can include an apical head and one or more inflatable filter legs operatively coupled to the apical head. Each of the inflatable filter legs can include a first end section, a second end section, and an interior cavity adapted to receive an inflation medium for inflating and/or deflating the intravascular filter.08-01-2013
20120041472DELIVERY ASSEMBLY FOR OCCLUSION DEVICE USING MECHANICAL INTERLOCKING COUPLING MECHANISM - A pusher-occlusive coil delivery assembly 02-16-2012
20130211442METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CUTTING EMBOLIC COILS - The invention relates to a hand held microsurgical apparatus for cutting metallic embolic coils and the methods pertaining thereto.08-15-2013
20130211443DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INJECTION OF LIQUID EMBOLIC COMPOSITION - A liquid embolic delivery system is provided for trapping an injected liquid embolic composition to prevent the liquid embolic from solidifying or otherwise passing outside of an embolization area. The delivery system includes a catheter for delivery of a liquid embolic composition and a containment member positioned at a distal end of the catheter which is shaped to trap the liquid embolic composition delivered through the lumen of the catheter. The containment member is formed as a brush, nest, sponge, swab, flexible sack, or other shape into and around which the liquid embolic composition is injected. The liquid embolic composition is trapped or meshes with the containment member during solidification containing the liquid embolic and preventing the embolic composition from passing into the blood stream.08-15-2013

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