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The present invention is a multi-cell stent having at least two different types of cells with each type of cell accomplishing a different purpose. For example, a first type of cell is intended to provide a maximum radial rigidity after stent deployment. A second type of cell is designed to provide increased longitudinal flexibility prior to stent deployment and after stent deployment into a main artery, the second type of cell can be readily balloon expanded at the ostium of a side branch artery to a comparatively large diameter without breaking any of the struts of the stent cell. By this technique, unobstructed blood flow into the side branch can be provided.

Title
Multi-cell stent with cells having differing characteristics
Application Number
8/661562
Publication Number
5697971
Application Date
June 11, 1996
Publication Date
December 16, 1997
Inventor
Tim A Fischell
1018 Chancery Dr., Nashville, 37215
TN, US
David R Fischell
71 Riverlawn Dr., Fair Haven, 07704
NJ, US
Robert E Fischell
14600 Viburnum Dr., Dayton, 21036
MD, US
IPC
A61F 2/06
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