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A fully flexible annuloplasty ring is temporarily stiffened during implantation by inserting a withdrawable stiffening wire into a lumen of the ring. The annuloplasty ring has a lumen which is able to hold the stiffener prior to and during insertion. The stiffener includes a portion extending out of the lumen which can be pulled to withdraw the stiffener once the implant has been implanted.

Title
Annuloplasty device with removable stiffening element
Application Number
8/761688
Publication Number
5716397
Application Date
December 6, 1996
Publication Date
February 10, 1998
Inventor
David J Myers
Garden Grove
CA, US
Agent
Harry G Weissenberger
Assignee
Medtronic
MN, US
IPC
A61F 2/24
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