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Thomas A Silvestrini: Hydrophilic stent. Pfizer Hospital Products Group, Peter C Richardson, Lawrence C Akers, Eric M Lee, August 10, 1993: US05234456 (535 worldwide citation)

A stent for placement within a body lumen and comprising a wall structure wherein at least a portion thereof is a hollow wall. The hollow wall has disposed therein a hydrophilic material which can be in the form of a gel, for example, which swells upon introduction of a liquid into the hollow wall t ...


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Thomas A Silvestrini, Joseph E Laptewicz Jr: Triaxially-braided fabric prosthesis. Pfizer Hospital Products Group, Peter C Richardson, Lawrence C Akers, Elizabeth O Slade, May 30, 1989: US04834755 (355 worldwide citation)

A novel prosthesis for use in repairing or replacing soft tissue is disclosed, which comprises a triaxially-braided fabric element having interwoven first, second and third sets of fibers, with the fibers of the second and third sets being oriented at substantially the same acute braiding angle with ...


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Joseph E Laptewicz Jr, Thomas A Silvestrini: Radially expanded prostheses with axial diameter control. Schneider, Frederick W Niebuhr, November 16, 1999: US05984957 (336 worldwide citation)

A tubular, radially self-expanding stent includes a latticework of interbraided, helically wound resilient structural strands. An axial control member is secured to the tubular latticework at axially spaced apart proximal and distal coupling locations. At the proximal location, the control member is ...


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Thomas A Silvestrini, Joseph E Laptewicz Jr: Triaxially-braided fabric prosthesis. Pfizer Hospital Products Group, Charles J Knuth, Peter C Richardson, Lawrence C Akers, September 9, 1986: US04610688 (299 worldwide citation)

A novel prosthesis for use in repairing or replacing soft tissue is disclosed, which comprises a triaxially-braided fabric element having interwoven first, second and third sets of fibers, with the fibers of the second and third sets being oriented at substantially the same acute braiding angle with ...


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Thomas A Silvestrini: Fixation device for a ligament or tendon prosthesis. Pfizer Hospital Products Group, Peter C Richardson, Lawrence C Akers, Elizabeth O Slade, November 24, 1987: US04708132 (242 worldwide citation)

A device for affixing a pretensioned ligament or tendon prosthesis to a bone of a patient includes a hollow elongated sleeve adapted to fit within a through drill hole in the bone and a cooperating wedge. A portion of the bore of the hollow sleeve is tapered with decreasing bore cross-sectional thic ...


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Thomas A Silvestrini: Device and method for tendon and ligament repair. Pfizer Hospital Products Group, Peter C Richardson, Lawrence C Akers, John L LaPierre, December 25, 1990: US04979956 (211 worldwide citation)

A device, suitable for use in repairing a lacerated or severed tendon, particularly a hand flexor tendon, having a flat band body with opposite ends of the body designed to anchor connecting sutures. The device also finds applicability in the repair of lacerated or severed ligaments. Also disclosed ...


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Joseph E Laptewicz, Matthew T Yurek, Thomas A Silvestrini: Catheter with expandable wire mesh tip. Schneider, Peter C Richardson, Lawrence C Akers, Howard R Jaeger, August 5, 1997: US05653684 (200 worldwide citation)

A catheter for use in angioplasty and other medical procedures is disclosed. The catheter features a flexible-wire mesh tip movably attached at a distal end of the catheter, the tip being expandable from a contracted position which it is first in when the catheter is deployed inside the lumen of a v ...


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Joseph F Paraschac, John A Scholl, Thomas A Silvestrini: Corneal implant introducer and method of use. KeraVision, Morrison & Foerster, April 18, 2000: US06050999 (122 worldwide citation)

A device for introducing a corneal implant into a cornea of a human eye. The device includes a body, a member coupled thereto, and a guide portion. The body has a distal end and a proximal end. The guide portion is disposed at the distal end of the body and forms a channel. The guide portion is conf ...


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Thomas A Silvestrini: Segmented pre-formed intrastromal corneal insert. KeraVision, Morrison & Foerster, October 20, 1998: US05824086 (80 worldwide citation)

This invention is a pre-formed intrastromal corneal insert. It is made of a physiologically compatible polymer and may be used to adjust corneal curvature and thereby correct vision abnormalities. The insert or segment may also be used to deliver therapeutic or diagnostic agents to the interior of t ...


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Thomas A Silvestrini: Astigmatic correcting intrastromal corneal ring. Keravision, Morrison & Foerster, April 11, 1995: US05405384 (67 worldwide citation)

This invention is an intrastromal corneal ring ("ICR") which is not uniform in dimension. It has, typically, two or more raised areas (or areas of additional bulk) spaced apart from each other on the ring. This ring design, when introduced into the stroma and properly adjusted there, permits at leas ...