Patent Number: 6,168,620

Title: Reinforced vascular graft

Abstract: An instrument is provided for supporting a tubular vascular graft during endovascular implantation and methods for use thereof. In one embodiment, the instrument is formed from two flexible guidewires bent to each define a loop and two straight portions. In a second embodiment, the instrument is formed from two flexible guidewires bent to define outwardly-biased tines, wherein, threads are sewn to portions of the vascular graft and connected to the tines. The instrument is collapsible due to the flexibility of the guidewires used to form the instrument. In an uncollapsed state, with a length of graft material being mounted to the instrument, the loops or tines may bias the graft into a semi-expanded state with a passage being defined through the graft. An unexpanded stent is introduced into the passage of the semi-expanded graft to both further expand the graft and provide reinforcement. A distensible device is also used with the preferred method of using the invention to accomplish full circumferential expansion of the graft and stent assembly and to facilitate removal of the instrument. In a further embodiment of the invention, a bent guidewire is provided which is securely connected to the graft to act as a guide thereof. Also, a series of concentrically disposed stents can be utilized with the invention.

Inventors: Kerr; Andrew (New York, NY)

Assignee: Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center

International Classification: A61F 2/06 (20060101); A61F 002/06 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018