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A delivery catheter for a radially compressible tubular prosthesis comprises an elongate shaft slidably received within a tubular cover. The prosthesis is carried within a plurality of elongate, relatively hard runners, and is restrained in a radially compressed configuration by the cover. After introducing the catheter to a desired target location within a body lumen, the prosthesis may be released by proximally retracting the cover. The runners may optionally remain disposed about the prosthesis to be retracted separately, or, alternatively, the runners retract proximally with the cover as the prosthesis slides over the hard runner surfaces.

Title
Apparatus and methods for deployment release of intraluminal prostheses
Application Number
255681
Publication Number
5683451
Application Date
June 7, 1995
Publication Date
November 4, 1997
Inventor
Gwendolyn A Watanabe
Mountain View
CA, US
Brian Glynn
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Steven W Kim
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Michael A Evans
Palo Alto
CA, US
Jay A Lenker
Los Altos Hills
CA, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Assignee
Cardiovascular Concepts
CA, US
IPC
A61F 2/06
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