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1. (WO2006020382) METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING BODY TISSUE SPHINCTERS AND THE LIKE
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Pub. No.:    WO/2006/020382    International Application No.:    PCT/US2005/026469
Publication Date: 23.02.2006 International Filing Date: 26.07.2005
IPC:
A61F 2/00 (2006.01)
Applicants: TORAX MEDICAL, INC. [US/US]; 6901 East Fish Lake Road, Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369 (US) (For All Designated States Except US).
KUGLER, Chad J. [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
GRUDEM, Jerome K., Jr. [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
BERG, Todd A. [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
SWANSON, William J. [US/US]; (US) (For US Only)
Inventors: KUGLER, Chad J.; (US).
GRUDEM, Jerome K., Jr.; (US).
BERG, Todd A.; (US).
SWANSON, William J.; (US)
Agent: JACKSON, Robert R.; FISH & NEAVE IP GROUP, ROPES & GRAY LLP, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020 (US)
Priority Data:
60/599,333 05.08.2004 US
60/614,835 30.09.2004 US
60/653,966 17.02.2005 US
11/147,801 07.06.2005 US
Title (EN) METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING BODY TISSUE SPHINCTERS AND THE LIKE
(FR) PROCEDES ET APPAREIL DE TRAITEMENT DE SPHINCTERS TISSULAIRES CORPORELS ET ANALOGUES
Abstract: front page image
(EN)A plurality of structures (20) that resiliently attract one another are provided for implanting in a patient around a body tissue structure of the patient. For example, the body tissue structure may be the esophagus, and the plurality of structures may be implanted in an annulus around the outside of the esophagus, the annulus being substantially coaxial with the esophagus. The attraction may be between annularly adjacent ones of the structures in the annulus, and it may be provided, for example, by magnets or springs. The array of structures is preferably self-limiting with respect to the smallest area that it can encompass, and this smallest area is preferably large enough to prevent the apparatus from applying excessive pressure to tissue passing through that area.
(FR)L'invention concerne plusieurs structures (20) qui s'attirent mutuellement de manière élastique, qui sont destinées à être implantées chez un patient autour d'une structure tissulaire corporelle de ce dernier. Il peut s'agir, par exemple, de l'oesophage, et lesdites structures peuvent être implantées dans un anneau entourant l'extérieur de l'oesophage. Cet anneau est sensiblement coaxial à l'oesophage. L'attraction peut se produire entre les structures contiguës de manière annulaire dans ledit anneau, par exemple, au moyen d'aimants ou de ressorts. De préférence, le réseau de structures s'auto-limite par rapport à la plus petite surface qu'il puisse englober. Cette plus petite surface est, de préférence, suffisamment grande pour empêcher l'appareil d'exercer une pression excessive sur le tissu traversant ladite surface.
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (BW, GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, MZ, NA, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LT, LU, LV, MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR)
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)