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Apparatus and methods are provided for recanalizing stented regions within the vasculature which have become restenosed. A shearing body is displaced within the stented region in order to dislodge the stenotic material from an interface envelope defined by the inner surface of the stent. Usually, the shearing body will be compliant and sized slightly larger than the stent in order to remove stenotic material substantially uniformly around the entire interface envelope. The shearing body may be in the form of a brush, helical row, spaced-apart disks, solid compressible body, or a variety of other specific configurations.

Title
Apparatus and method for removing stenotic material from stents
Application Number
8/798722
Publication Number
5882329
Application Date
February 12, 1997
Publication Date
March 16, 1999
Inventor
James J Leary
Sunnyvale
CA, US
G Ronald Williams
Menlo Park
CA, US
Greg R Patterson
Pleasanton
CA, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Assignee
Prolifix Medical
CA, US
IPC
A61M 31/00
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