Patent number 8721705 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to intraluminal prostheses for implantation into a mammalian vessel, and in particular, to intraluminal stents that do not experience foreshortening in the longitudinal direction when the stent is deployed to an expanded state.
"Intraluminal prosthesis, such as stents, are commonly used in the repair of aneurysms, as liners for vessels, or to provide mechanical support to prevent the collapse of stenosed or occluded vessels. These stents are typically delivered in a compressed state to a specific location inside the lumen of a vessel or other tubular structures, and then deployed at that location of the lumen to an expanded state. These stents have a diameter in their expanded state which is several times larger than the diameter of the stents in the compressed state. These stents are also frequently deployed in the treatment of atherosclerotic stenosis in blood vessels, especially after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) procedures, to improve the results of the procedure and to reduce the likelihood of restenosis.
"U.S. Pat. No. 5,733,303 (
"Unfortunately, there are certain drawbacks associated with providing flexible connecting members that have areas of inflection. First, to accommodate the areas of inflection, these connecting members often create segments within the stent where the aperture or opening defined by these connecting members have a large size. Such increased aperture size may allow increased ingrowth of tissue (also known as 'in-stent restenosis'). Second, curved areas of inflection on these connecting members may cause distortion of the lumen of the stent when the stent is twisted or experiences angulation in the longitudinal direction. Third, the connecting members form an area of weakness in the stent structure which may encourage kink of the stent at the site with flexion or angulation, or which in extreme circumstances may lead to stent breakage after experiencing repetitive stress. In other words, the provision of the connecting members decreases the amount of support that the stent can enjoy.
"Thus, there still remains a need for an intraluminal prosthesis that maintains a consistent length in both its fully compressed and fully expanded states, while avoiding the disadvantages set forth above. There also remains a need for a stent which can accommodate body vessels having varying lumen diameters, different anatomies, and different disease states."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, NewsRx journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "It is an object of the present invention to provide an intraluminal prosthesis that maintains a consistent length in both its fully compressed and fully expanded states.
"It is another object of the present invention to provide an intraluminal prosthesis that provides increased support throughout the prosthesis while minimizing the potential for stent kink or breakage at certain regions along the stent.
"It is yet another object of the present invention to provide an intraluminal prosthesis that minimizes the potential for in-stent restenosis.
"In order to accomplish the objects of the present invention, there is provided a stent having a plurality of cells disposed about the circumference of the stent, with at least one cell having a plurality of struts that are connected together to form the cell. At least one strut has a portion that compensates for foreshortening of the struts during expansion of the stent.
"In another embodiment, the present invention provides a stent having a plurality of cells disposed about the circumference of the stent, with at least one cell having a plurality of double-struts that are connected together to form the cell.
"Thus, the stent according to the present invention maintains a consistent length in both its fully compressed and fully expanded states, and in all states between its fully compressed and fully expanded states. As a result, the stent according to the present invention facilitates accurate sizing and deployment, thereby simplifying, and possibly reducing the time needed for, the medical procedure."
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Keywords for this news article include: Surgery, Cardiology, Restenosis, Prosthetics, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular,
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