06132458 is referenced by 122 patents and cites 9 patents.

A device and method for loading a self expanding stent into a deployment tool is disclosed. The device includes an outer tube and a constricting sheath having a stent delivery end and a stent receiving opening opposite thereto. The stent receiving opening is shaped and sized to receive a self expanding stent aligned along the axis and in its expanded state. A funnel, positioned within the constricting sheath, is shaped for collapsing the self expanding stent before loading the stent into the space of the outer tube. An inserter is used to engage and urge the expanded stent into the constricting sheath as the inserter moves towards and into the funnel of the constricting sheath.

Title
Method and device for loading a stent
Application Number
9/79842
Publication Number
6132458
Application Date
May 15, 1998
Publication Date
October 17, 2000
Inventor
John H Burton
Minnetonka
MN, US
Anthony J Ferrazzo
New Prague
MN, US
Bradford G Staehle
Minnetonka
MN, US
Agent
Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly
Assignee
American Medical Systems
MN, US
IPC
A61F 2/06
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