Patent Number: 6,251,132

Title: Prosthesis delivery

Abstract: This invention provides smooth delivery and accurate positioning of prostheses in the body. In embodiments, systems are provided that include elongate members extending generally along the axis of a supporting catheter to a free ends. The elongate members extend through openings in the prosthesis to maintain the position of the prosthesis on the catheter. The prosthesis can be released from the catheter by relative axial motion of the catheter and the elongate members such that the free ends are removed from the openings in the prosthesis. In embodiments, the elongate members hold the distal end of a self-expanding stent at a desired axial location and in radial compaction as a restraining sheath is withdrawn. The friction between the sheath and stent puts the stent under tension, which reduces the radial force on the sheath wall, allowing smoother retraction. Proximal portions of the stent radially expand and axially shorten. The distal end, however, is maintained at the desired axial location and released from the catheter to contact the body lumen wall without substantial axial shortening.

Inventors: Ravenscroft; Adrian C. (Boston, MA), Roberts; George T. (Weston, MA)

Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation

International Classification: A61F 2/06 (20060101); A61F 2/00 (20060101); A61F 002/02 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018