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A bioabsorbable stent for placement at the locus of a stenotic portion of a body passage, such as a blood vessel, which is flexible and compliant for safe and effective delivery to the site of the stenotic portion of, for example, a blood vessel, and so as to avoid the disadvantages of chronic implantation, such as arterial rupture or aneurism formation while exposed to the continuous stresses of a beating heart. The stent is formed from a bioabsorbable material and is porous or has apertures defined there through to facilitate tissue ingrowth and encapsulation of the stent. The stent is encapsulated and biodegrades or bioabsorbs within a period of days, weeks or months as desired following encapsulation to thereby minimize the likelihood of embolization or other risks of the dissolved material and to avoid the disadvantages of chronic implantation.

Title
Bioabsorbable stent and method of making the same
Application Number
66345
Publication Number
5527337
Application Date
February 22, 1994
Publication Date
June 18, 1996
Inventor
James H McElhaney
Durham
NC, US
William F Walker
Holcomb
NY, US
Howard G Clark
Durham
NC, US
Richard S Stack
Chapel Hill
NC, US
Agent
Cushman Darby & Cushman
Assignee
Duke University
NC, US
IPC
A61M 29/00
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