08034280 cites 52 patents.

Catheters, balloons, and methods of manufacturing balloons for balloon catheters using lasers are disclosed. A catheter with a shaft sized for use with a 0.014 inch guide wire includes a polymeric balloon having a body portion with an inflated outer diameter of more than 6 millimeters. An inflatable balloon includes an inflated outer diameter to inner waist diameter ratio of 12.5 to 1. An inflatable polymeric balloon that has a body portion with two regions that have different molecular orientations is also provided. A method of processing an elongate polymeric material includes heating a portion of the polymeric material with a laser while longitudinally stretching the portion of the polymeric material. A method of manufacturing a balloon includes heating and longitudinally stretching a first and second portion of an elongate polymeric tube to form first and second end portion. The remaining body portion is radially expanded to form the balloon.

Title
Balloon catheters and methods for manufacturing balloons for balloon catheters
Application Number
12/552223
Publication Number
8034280 (B2)
Application Date
September 1, 2009
Publication Date
October 11, 2011
Inventor
Scott Schewe
Eden Prairie
MN, US
Jan Weber
Maastricht
NL
Daniel J Horn
Shoreview
MN, US
Afsar Ali
Maple Grove
MN, US
Agent
Seager Tufte & Wickhem
Assignee
Boston Scientific Scimed
MN, US
IPC
A61M 29/02
A61M 29/00
D02J 1/06
B29C 39/02
H05B 6/00
B29C 55/00
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