Patent Number: 6,569,182

Title: Introducer/dilator with balloon protection and methods of use

Abstract: An introducer system having an elongate shaft with proximal and distal ends. A flexible sleeve is mounted on the distal end of the shaft and is adapted to circumferentially cover the outer surface of a distal end of a cannula when the shaft is positioned within a lumen of the cannula. The introducer system has dilation capabilities which facilitates insertion of a medical device into a vessel or organ. Methods of using the devices herein are also disclosed.

Inventors: Balceta; Jobert (San Jose, CA), Mangosong; Lorraine (Palo Alto, CA)

Assignee: Embol-X, Inc.

International Classification: A61M 29/00 (20060101); A61M 029/00 ()

Expiration Date: 05/27/2020