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Apparatus and methods are provided for use in sealing a vascular puncture site. The invention comprises an introducer sheath with an integrated closure component. The closure component includes an advanceable resilient spring clip with an expanded delivery configuration in which opposing sides do not contact one another, and an unstressed deployed configuration, in which opposing sides close towards one another. The clip is advanced along the sheath until it pierces opposing sides of a vessel wall at a puncture site. The sheath then is withdrawn, thereby causing the clip to resiliently return to its unstressed deployed configuration and draw opposing sides of the puncture together to seal the wound.

Title
Vascular sheath with puncture site closure apparatus and methods of use
Application Number
9/478179
Publication Number
6197042 (B1)
Application Date
January 5, 2000
Publication Date
March 6, 2001
Inventor
William N Aldrich
Los Altos Hills
CA, US
Richard S Ginn
San Jose
CA, US
Agent
Lyon & Lyon
US
Assignee
Medical Technology Group
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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