Endoscopic stone extraction device with improved basket

CAFC
  • US 6,551,327 B1
  • Filed: 01/17/2001
  • Issued: 04/22/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/17/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An endoscopic stone-extraction device comprising:

  • a support filament comprising a first end portion and a second end portion;

    a sheath comprising a lumen, the support filament disposed in the lumen such that the sheath is slideable with respect to the support filament;

    a collapsible stone-extraction basket carried by the first end portion of the support filament and receivable within the lumen of the sheath;

    a handle comprising a sheath movement element, wherein movement of the sheath movement element in a first direction advances the sheath and causes the basket to at least partially collapse inside the lumen of the sheath, and wherein movement of the sheath movement element in a second direction retracts the sheath and causes the basket to expand to an operational shape outside the lumen of the sheath;

    the basket, when expanded to the operation shape outside the lumen of the sheath, comprising a stone-entrance region and a stone-retention region, the stone-entrance region comprising a first opening sized to admit a stone into the basket, the stone-retention region comprising a plurality of second openings, all of the second openings being smaller than the first opening;

    the first opening facing the first end portion of the support filament, the stone-retention region positioned on a side of the basket opposite the first end portion of the support filament;

    wherein the basket comprises a set of longitudinal basket filaments radiating from the first end portion of the support filament and a set of lateral basket filaments extending between the longitudinal basket filaments, the lateral basket filaments positioned substantially entirely in the stone-retention region of the basket.

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