US 9,808,330 B2
Bodily implant with tension indicator
Alfred P. Intoccia, Jr., Nashua, NH (US); and Timothy P. Harrah, Cambridge, MA (US)
Assigned to Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc., Maple Grove, MN (US)
Filed by Alfred P. Intoccia, Jr., Nashua, NH (US); and Timothy P. Harrah, Cambridge, MA (US)
Filed on Aug. 29, 2012, as Appl. No. 13/598,128.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/530,514, filed on Sep. 2, 2011.
Prior Publication US 2013/0060078 A1, Mar. 7, 2013
Int. Cl. A61F 2/02 (2006.01); A61F 2/00 (2006.01)
CPC A61F 2/0045 (2013.01) [A61F 2/0077 (2013.01); A61F 2002/0068 (2013.01); A61F 2250/0018 (2013.01); A61F 2250/0048 (2013.01); A61F 2250/0097 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A bodily implant comprising:
a strip having a first portion and a second portion, the second portion being formed of a material having a different property than the first portion, the material of the second portion being configured to be stretched such that the second portion is lengthened from a first length to a second length, the material of the second portion of the strip being configured to maintain the second length, and
the strip being configured to be disposed proximate to body tissues of a patient to support the body tissues,
wherein the second portion includes a first layer of material and a second layer of material, the first layer of material and the second layer of material having substantially the same length, the first layer of material being configured to develop micro-fractures when the second portion is stretched to the second length such that a portion of the second layer of material is exposed through the micro-fractures, the first layer of material being constructed from a different material than the second layer of material,
wherein the micro-fractures include openings through a thickness of the first layer of material when the second portion is stretched to the second length, the first layer of material being configured to develop additional openings when the second portion is stretched to a third length, the third length being greater than the second length.