Apparatus for contracting, loading or crimping self-expanding and balloon expandable stent devices

  • US 6,915,560 B2
  • Filed: 05/23/2003
  • Issued: 07/12/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/22/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A stent crimper comprising:

  • a plurality of movable dies arranged to form an iris having a longitudinal axis, the iris defining an aperture, the dies disposed about the aperture and between stationary end-walls which are disposed about the longitudinal axis, at least one of the stationary end-walls operatively engaged to the dies at distinct connection locations such that the number of distinct connection locations and the number of dies are the same;

    each die having a first straight side and a second straight side, the first straight side and the second straight side convering to form a tip;

    wherein a portion of the first straight side of each die faces the aperture, each first straight side parallel to the second side of an adjacent die.

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