Patent Number: 6,251,064

Title: Method for creating valve-like mechanism in natural body passageway

Abstract: A method for forming a valve-like mechanism in a body of a mammal having an esophagus extending through a lower esophageal sphincter to a stomach and formed by a wall having a muscle layer and a mucosal layer. The method comprises the step of forming at least one implant in the muscle layer of the wall in the vicinity of the lower esophageal sphincter. The at least one implant inhibits opening of esophagus at the lower esophageal sphincter and causes the mucosal layer to appose in the vicinity of the implants.

Inventors: Silverman; David E. (Palo Alto, CA), Stein; Alan (Moss Beach, CA)

Assignee: Enteric Medical Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 17/12 (20060101); A61F 2/00 (20060101); A61B 17/34 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61M 5/315 (20060101); A61F 002/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018