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1. (WO2008112574) LOADING A DEVICE FOR A PULMONARY IMPLANT
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A device for loading a collapsible implant onto a delivery catheter, comprising:
an outer tubular structure with a distal end and a proximal end, the outer tubular structure comprising a narrowing passage configured to receive a catheter at one end and a collapsible implant at another end, the catheter having a distal end;
an inner tubular structure configured to move slidably within the outer tubular structure, the inner tubular structure comprising a carrier pin configured to move within the narrowing passage as the inner tubular structure slides into the outer tubular structure;
wherein movement of the inner tubular structure into the outer tubular structure causes an implant mounted on the carrier pin to collapse as it moves through the narrowing passage and into the distal end of the catheter.

2. The device of claim 1, further comprising:
an implant mounted on the carrier pin.

3. The device of claim 1, wherein the device is configured to allow a user to visually verify that the implant is loaded onto the catheter.

4. The device of claim 3, wherein the device comprises at least partially transparent material.

5. The device of claim 3, wherein the device comprises a viewing port.

6. The device of claim 1, wherein the outer tubular structure further comprises a grasper to stabilize the catheter for receipt of the collapsible implant.

7. The device of claim 6, wherein the internal diameter of the inner tubular structure narrows radially for at least some portion, compressing the grasper upon entry of the inner tubular structure into the outer tubular structure, thereby causing the grasper to grasp and stabilize the catheter.

8. The device of claim 7, wherein the internal diameter of the inner tubular structure widens radially for at least some portion, allowing the grasper to expand upon further entry of the inner tubular structure into the outer tubular structure, thereby causing the grasper to release the catheter.

9. A delivery system for loading a collapsible implant into the delivery system, comprising:
a loading device comprising two elongate cylinders designed to fit within one another, wherein a collapsible implant, a narrowing passage and a carrier pin are disposed within either cylinder, at least a portion of one of the cylinders is adapted to receive the delivery catheter, and one of the cylinders is adapted to move slidably within the other; and a delivery catheter;
wherein compression of the loading device causes one of the cylinders to move slidably within the other, causing the carrier pin to guide the collapsible implant through the narrowing passage, collapse it, and insert it into the catheter.

10. The delivery system of claim 9, wherein the implant is a pulmonary implant.

11. A device for loading a collapsible implant onto a delivery catheter, comprising:
an outer tubular structure with a distal end and a proximal end;
an inner tubular structure with a distal end and a proximal end, configured to move slidably within the outer tubular structure;
wherein the inner diameter of the inner tubular structure narrows radially from the proximal end to the distal end, and the inner diameter of the outer tubular structure narrows radially from the distal end to the proximal end, causing a compressible implant positioned between the inner tubular structure and the outer tubular structure to radially compress as the outer tubular structure slides along the inner tubular structure.

12. A catheter for delivering a collapsible pulmonary implant to a treatment site, comprising:
a lumen; and
a rod housed slidably within the lumen, the rod comprising an attachment element to attach to a collapsible pulmonary implant and pull the collapsible pulmonary implant into the lumen.

13. The catheter of claim 12, wherein the attachment element comprises a slot for accepting one end of the collapsible pulmonary implant.

14. The catheter of claim 13, wherein the attachment element further comprises a spring loaded ball to provide increased grip on the collapsible pulmonary implant.

15. The catheter of claim 12, wherein the attachment element comprises a latch mechanism to latch onto the collapsible pulmonary implant.

16. The catheter of claim 12, wherein the attachment element comprises a loop wire to loop around one end of the collapsible pulmonary implant.

17. The catheter of claim 16, wherein the loop wire comprises a shape-memory material, allowing the catheter to release the collapsible pulmonary implant by increasing the slack in the loop wire.

18. A kit for loading a collapsible implant, comprising:
a loading device comprising two coaxil cylinders having a narrowing passage and a carrier pin disposed within one of the cylinders, wherein at least a portion of one of the cylinders is adapted to receive the delivery catheter, and another of the cylinders is adapted to move slidably within the other;
a delivery catheter;
a self-expanding collapsible implant; and
packaging holding the loading device, implant, and delivery catheter in a sterile condition..

19. The kit of claim 18, further comprising instruction manual instructs a user to follow through a series of steps, whereby the collapsible implant is loaded onto the catheter.

20. The kit of claim 19, wherein the series of steps includes positioning the delivery catheter into a distal end of the loading device and compressing the inner tube into the outer tube.

21. The kit of claim 18, wherein the self-expanding collapsible stent is disposed in an uncollapsed condition within the loading device.

22. The kit of claim 21 , wherein the packaging includes a box or pouch holding all of the loading device, delivery catheter, and implant.

23. The kit of claim 22, wherein the delivery catheter is in a sterile container in the packaging and the implant and loading device are in a second sterile container.