US 9,808,331 B2
Soft tissue repair prosthesis and expandable device
Augustus Felix, Cranston, RI (US); and Michael F. Jacene, Blackstone, MA (US)
Assigned to C.R. Bard, Inc., Murray Hill, NJ (US)
Appl. No. 13/877,835
Filed by Augustus Felix, Cranston, RI (US); and Michael F. Jacene, Blackstone, MA (US)
PCT Filed Aug. 30, 2011, PCT No. PCT/US2011/049732
§ 371(c)(1), (2), (4) Date May 8, 2013,
PCT Pub. No. WO2012/047414, PCT Pub. Date Apr. 12, 2012.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/389,792, filed on Oct. 5, 2010.
Prior Publication US 2013/0231526 A1, Sep. 5, 2013
Int. Cl. A61M 29/00 (2006.01); A61F 2/00 (2006.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01); A61B 17/34 (2006.01)
CPC A61F 2/0063 (2013.01) [A61B 17/00234 (2013.01); A61B 17/3468 (2013.01); A61B 17/0057 (2013.01); A61F 2002/0072 (2013.01); A61F 2250/0051 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A hernia repair device, comprising:
an inflatable device configured to be removably connected with a soft tissue repair prosthesis, the inflatable device having a first axis wherein, when deflated, the inflatable device is configured to be manipulated about the first axis into a reduced configuration for insertion into a body, the inflatable device further having a first inflatable segment and a second inflatable segment, the first and second inflatable segments intersecting with one another at a joint and the first inflatable segment, the second inflatable segment and the joint being fluidly communicable with one another; and
a relief formed into the joint where the first and second inflatable segments intersect at a perimeter of the inflatable device, the relief comprising a notch or a slit.