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An improved device for use in a conduit, such as a blood vessel, is provided. The device uniquely combines desirable properties from two distinct previous devices. The device of the present invention assumes and is constrained to a first diametrical dimension for insertion into the conduit. Once inserted and properly positioned in the conduit the device expands to a second diametrical dimension within the conduit when the constraint is removed. The device can then be dilated to one or more enlarged third diametrical dimensions by using a balloon catheter or similar device. The result is a device that provides desirable properties of both self-expanding stents and balloon-expandable endoprostheses. The device can be employed in a variety of applications.

Title
Multi-stage expandable stent-graft
Application Number
9/207944
Publication Number
6336937 (B1)
Application Date
December 9, 1998
Publication Date
January 8, 2002
Inventor
Dennis L Salzmann
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Steven R Bruun
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Gerald R Martin
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Edward H Cully
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Michael J Vonesh
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Agent
David J Johns
US
Assignee
Gore Enterprise Holdings
DE, US
IPC
A61F 2/06
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