07766815 is referenced by 32 patents and cites 67 patents.

Methods and devices are provided for remotely adjusting a size of a gastric band disposed around a patient's stomach. In one exemplary embodiment, a gastric band is provided having a first end and a second end that mate to one another to encircle a stomach. A latch mechanism can be formed on the band, and at least one actuator can be coupled to the latch mechanism and it can be adapted to expand and contract the latch mechanism when energy is applied thereto to adjust a diameter of the band. In one exemplary embodiment, the actuator(s) is an electroactive polymer actuator.

Title
Electroactive polymer actuated gastric band
Application Number
11/161268
Publication Number
7766815 (B2)
Application Date
July 28, 2005
Publication Date
August 3, 2010
Inventor
Mark Ortiz
Milford
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/08
A61F 2/00
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