FLEXIBLE EXPANDABLE STENT
 Inventors: Henry Marshall Israel, Bnei Brak;
Gregory Pinchasik, Ramat Hasharon, both of Israel
 Assignee: Medinol Ltd., Tel Aviv, Israel
[ * ] Notice: This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
 Appl. No.: 09/026,099  Filed: Feb. 19, 1998
Related U.S. Application Data
 Continuation of application No. 08/782,467, Jan. 10, 1997, abandoned, which is a continuation of application No. 08/457,354, May 31, 1995, Pat. No. 5,733,303, which is a continuation of application No. 08/282,181, Jul. 28, 1994, abandoned, and a continuation-in-part of application No. 08/213,272, Mar. 17, 1994, Pat. No. 5,449,373.
 Int. C I. A61M 29/00
 U.S. CI 606/198; 623/1; 623/12
 Field of Search 606/1, 108, 194,
606/195, 198, 200; 623/1, 12
 References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
Primary Examiner—Michael Buiz
Assistant Examiner—-William Lewis
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Kenyon & Kenyon
There is disclosed a stent for implanting in the body. The stent is formed of a tube having a patterned shape which has first and second meander patterns having axes extending in first and second directions. The first meander patterns can be formed into even and odd first meander patterns. The even and odd first meander patterns are 180° out of phase with each other and the odd patterns occur between every two even patterns. The second meander patterns are intertwined with the first meander patterns. The first and second directions can be orthogonal to each other. The second meander patterns can also be formed of even and odd patterns.
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