06350278 is referenced by 354 patents and cites 23 patents.

A delivery catheter for a radially compressible tubular prosthesis comprises an elongate shaft slidably received within an elongate sheath. The prosthesis is carried over the distal end of the shaft where it is contained in a radially compressed configuration by the sheath. After introducing the catheter to a desired target location within a body lumen, the prosthesis may be released by proximally retracting the sheath. The prosthesis will remain anchored to the shaft during at least part of the release procedure, permitting the user to recapture the prosthesis by distally advancing the sheath.

Title
Apparatus and methods for placement and repositioning of intraluminal prostheses
Application Number
9/420618
Publication Number
6350278 (B1)
Application Date
October 18, 1999
Publication Date
February 26, 2002
Inventor
Richard O Murphy
Mountain View
CA, US
Christopher K Zarins
Portola Valley
CA, US
Timothy J Ryan
Los Gatos
CA, US
Gwendolyn A Watanabe
Mountain View
CA, US
Michael A Evans
Palo Alto
CA, US
Kirsten Freislinger
Menlo Park
CA, US
Jay A Lenker
Los Altos
CA, US
Agent
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox P L L C
US
Assignee
Medtronic AVE
CA, US
IPC
A61F 2/00
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