Abstract: A device for expansion within a blood vessel having a wall defining a lumen in the body. The device comprises a first elongate tubular member having proximal and distal extremities and having a longitudinal axis. An expansile member is carried by the distal extremity of the first elongate tubular member and is movable between contracted and expanded positions. The expansile member has a predetermined configuration in the expanded position. A deformable membrane covers the expansile member and is sized so as to be capable of overlying and underlying the expansile member in the expanded position. Deployment means are carried by the proximal extremity of the first elongate tubular member and are adapted to be operated by the human hand for controlling movement of the expansile member between the contracted and expanded positions.
November 18, 1997
Date of Patent:
July 13, 1999
Gordon H. Epstein, Todd E. Lempert, Brian B. Martin