Method of controlled release of a percutaneous replacement heart valve

  • US 8,900,294 B2
  • Filed: 04/15/2014
  • Issued: 12/02/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/04/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of controlled release of a percutaneous replacement heart valve at a location of a native heart valve in a patient, the method comprising:

  • obtaining a replacement heart valve device and a delivery and implantation system;

    the replacement heart valve device including;

    a stent member that is collapsible, expandable and configured for percutaneous delivery; and

    a valve residing entirely within an inner channel of the stent member and attached to a proximal portion of the stent member, the valve including two to four individual leaflets made of fixed pericardial tissue;

    the delivery and implantation system including;

    a pusher member and a moveable sheath, wherein the pusher member includes a guide wire lumen, and wherein the moveable sheath includes a lumen configured for receiving the pusher member;

    after the obtaining step, loading the replacement heart valve device into the lumen of the moveable sheath such that the replacement heart valve device is collapsed onto the pusher member to reside in a collapsed configuration on the pusher member and is restrained in the collapsed configuration by the moveable sheath;

    after the loading step, advancing the delivery and implantation system transluminally over a guide wire within the patient to position the replacement heart valve device for deployment within the patient at the location of the native heart valve;

    after the advancing step, partially deploying a distal portion of the replacement heart valve device within the patient by pushing out the pusher member from the moveable sheath to expose the distal portion of the replacement heart valve device;

    after the partially deploying step, restraining the replacement heart valve device so that it does not pop out and is held for controlled release, with a potential that the replacement heart valve device can be recovered if there is a problem with positioning; and

    after the restraining step, recovering the distal portion of the replacement heart valve device within the moveable sheath that was exposed in order to address a problem with the position of the replacement heart valve device within the patient.

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