06960233 is referenced by 204 patents and cites 40 patents.

Several methods and apparatus are available for treating patients that suffer from both gastro-esophageal reflux disorder and hiatal hernias. In order to treat these patients, an endoscopic probe may be used to push the herniated stomach below the diaphragm. In some embodiments, a two-part stent comprising a funnel stent and a reverse stent may be deployed to prevent a future re-herniation of the stomach and to reduce the annulus of the lower esophageal sphincter. In some embodiments, a reverse stent with perforating barbs may be deployed, in which the barbs penetrate the esophageal wall and attach to the diaphragm. In some embodiments, the crus muscles may be sutured together to reduce the hiatus size and a reverse stent may be deployed to reduce the annulus of the lower esophageal sphincter.

Title
Methods and apparatus for improving the function of biological passages
Application Number
10/732696
Publication Number
6960233 (B1)
Application Date
December 9, 2003
Publication Date
November 1, 2005
Inventor
Jeffrey G Torborg
Rochester
MN, US
Todd A Berg
Stillwater
MN, US
Agent
Hong S Lin
Robert R Jackson
Fish & Neave IP Group of Ropes & Gray
Assignee
Torax Medical
MN, US
IPC
A61F 002/00
A61B 019/00
A61F 002/04
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