05873906 is referenced by 207 patents and cites 166 patents.

This invention is a method of using a medical device. The device is a foldable stent or stent-graft which may be percutaneously delivered with (or on) a catheter, typically an endovascular catheter, to a body cavity or lumen and then expanded. The expandable stent structure utilizes torsional members which distribute bending and folding loads in such a way that the stent is not plastically deformed. The stent's configuration allows it to be folded or otherwise compressed to a very small diameter prior to deployment without changing the length of the stent. The graft component cooperating with the stent is tubular and preferably is blood-compatible material which may, if desired, be reinforced with fibers. The stent is able to provide collapsible support for otherwise frangible graft material. When used with super-elastic alloys, the stent may be collapsed at a convenient temperature either above or, preferably, below the transition temperature of the alloy. The deployment procedures may involve the use of an outer sleeve to maintain the stent or stent-graft at a reduced diameter or may involve one or more external or internal "slip-lines" or "tether wires" to hold and then to release the device.

Title
Procedures for introducing stents and stent-grafts
Application Number
303060
Publication Number
5873906
Application Date
July 21, 1997
Publication Date
February 23, 1999
Inventor
Sharon Lam
San Jose
CA, US
William M Hartigan
Fremont
CA, US
Charles T Maroney
Portola Valley
CA, US
Lilip Lau
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Agent
Morgan & Finnegan
Assignee
Gore Enterprise Holdings
DE, US
IPC
A61F 2/02
A61F 2/06
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