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Boston Scientific Inc. | Date: 2017-01-04

The present invention relates to an anti-reflux valve (10) comprising a mesh scaffolding formed by a plurality of filaments (28), the mesh scaffolding having a distal scaffolding end (14), characterized in that one of the plurality of filaments has a greater length to form a loop (34), the loop extending a distance from the distal scaffolding end, and a valve (36) connected to, and extending longitudinally from, the mesh scaffolding, wherein the valve comprises the loop.


Patent
Boston Scientific Inc. | Date: 2017-02-22

The present invention relates to an assembly for reducing the cross-sectional area of and/or closing an aperture in a wall of tissue, the assembly comprising: a tissue engaging portion including a plurality of hook shaped tissue engaging members configured to engage the tissue at a plurality of discrete locations around the aperture, the tissue engaging portion having a first configuration and a second configuration, wherein the tissue engaging members are spaced farther apart from each other when the tissue engaging portion is in the first configuration than when the tissue engaging portion is in the second configuration; and an elongate portion coupled to the tissue engaging portion, wherein the elongate portion is configured to move the tissue engaging portion from the first configuration to the second configuration upon application of a pulling force on the elongate portion.


Patent
Boston Scientific Inc. | Date: 2017-02-15

An apparatus for inducing weight loss in a patient comprises a pouch (125) having a proximal opening and a distal opening. The apparatus comprises a cage (126) positionable within the proximal region of the stomach. The pouch (125) is attachable to a proximal portion of the cage (126).


Patent
Boston Scientific Inc. | Date: 2017-03-15

Various methods and devices are described for retaining a medical implant within a body cavity. According to one aspect, an external reinforcement device is adapted to encircle the exterior of the oesophagus at the gastro-oesophageal junction and comprises: a collar (172) configured to facilitate distribution of forces around the exterior of the oesophagus at the gastro-oesophageal junction; wherein the collar is introducable in an elongate configuration, wherein the collar includes free ends, the free ends of the collar being attachable to each other; and wherein the collar is formed of telescopic components (174a, 174b).


A renal nerve ablation system (200) may comprise a guide member (202) having a distal section (203) with a plurality of openings (208) formed therein, the distal section (203) being designed to shift between a first configuration and a second configuration and including one or more loops when in the second configuration. The system (200) may comprise an electrode catheter (210) slidably disposable within the guide member (202) and a mandrel removably disposable within the guide member (202), the mandrel being designed to hold the distal section (203) in the first configuration.


Patent
Boston Scientific Inc. | Date: 2017-03-08

The present teachings relate to an endoscope (and methods of manufacturing the same) having an illumination system that utilizes small diameter fibers for delivering bright, high quality light to a target site. In accordance with one aspect, an endoscope is provided having a phosphor-loaded, light emitting distal tip that can be energized via optical radiation delivered to the light-emitting distal tip via a small-diameter optical fiber (e.g., less than about 100 m in diameter) that extends through or along the length of the endoscope. The light-emitting distal tip can be energized by short wavelength laser light (e.g., radiation having wavelengths at 445 nm blue or 405 nm violet) coupled to the optical fibers proximal end so as to deliver light of extremely high quality CRI (e.g., greater than 80, greater than 90, about 95).


Patent
Boston Scientific Inc. | Date: 2017-02-22

A microparticle includes a plurality of magnetic nanoparticles having a Curie temperature between 40 and 100 C. The microparticle further includes a biocompatible polymer and/or biocompatible ceramic and a plurality of radiopaque nanoparticles.


Patent
Boston Scientific Inc. | Date: 2017-02-08

An endoprosthesis includes a stent having an inner surface defining a lumen and an outer surface; and a polymeric cover on the outer surface of the stent. The polymeric cover includes a base and adhesion elements. When the endoprosthesis is expanded to the expanded state in a lumen defined by a vessel wall, the adhesion elements create an interlock between the vessel wall and the endoprosthesis.


Patent
Boston Scientific Inc. | Date: 2017-02-22

An expandable balloon catheter having an elongate shaft having a distal end region and an expandable balloon coupled to the distal end region of the elongate shaft is disclosed. One or more cutting members are attached to the expandable balloon, wherein at least a portion of each of the one or more cutting members comprises a Curie material having a Curie temperature between 60 and 400 Celsius.


Patent
Boston Scientific Inc. | Date: 2016-08-17

In one aspect, the present invention is an articulation joint for use in a low cost medical device such as an endoscope intended for a single use. In one embodiment, the articulation joint comprises a plurality of interconnected segments. In another embodiment, the articulation joint comprises an elongated tubular body. In another aspect, the present invention provides methods of manufacturing an articulation joint for use in a medical device.

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