US 8,512,414 B2
Airway anchor suture to prevent airway stent migration
Ali I. Musani, Centennial, Colo. (US)
Assigned to National Jewish Health, Denver, Colo. (US)
Filed by Ali I. Musani, Centennial, Colo. (US)
Filed on Mar. 9, 2011, as Appl. No. 13/43,870.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/314,928, filed on Mar. 17, 2010.
Prior Publication US 2011/0230974 A1, Sep. 22, 2011
Int. Cl. A61F 2/06 (2013.01)
U.S. Cl. 623—23.7 5 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. In combination, an airway stent and an integral anchor, comprising:
a stent body having a cylindrical shape, and proximal and distal ends;
a suture anchor secured to said stent body, said suture anchor comprising a length of suture, a T-bar element secured to a distal end of the length of suture and said T-bar element placed within a hollow interior space of the stent body, and said length of suture extending through a wall of the stent body;
a pad having an opening to receive the suture;
a plurality of studs disposed on an exterior surface of said stent body and selectively spaced along said stent body for improving frictional engagement of the stent within the airway;
at least one of a clamp or knot securing an end of the suture against the pad;
wherein said suture is of a sufficient length to further extend substantially horizontally through a neck of a patient, and said pad being positioned externally against the neck of the patient.