IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE WITH DIFFERENTIATED LUMINAL AND ABLUMINAL CHARACTERISTICS
There are disclosed implantable medical devices (100) and apparatus for treating implantable medical devices during production, so as to cause the implantable medical devices (100) to have abluminal surfaces and luminal surfaces with different functional characteristics and in particular surface energies. The luminal surfaces of the medical device (100) are preferably coated with carbon, so as to have a low surface energy, which reduces the risk of thrombi forming when implanted into a patient's vessels. The abluminal surfaces are treated so as to have a high surface energy, such that a therapeutic, preferably bioactive, material, such as a drug, can adhere to the abluminal surfaces and preferably without any need for a containment layer such as polymer or other matrix material. Once the therapeutic material has been delivered into the tissue wall, the stent can remain within the patient's vessel without leaving any delivery artefacts, as occurs with some prior art drug eluting medical devices.
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Published patent application
Disclosure date: 02-16-2018
Publication date: 08-31-2018
Applicant: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC, US
Inventor: NEILAN JOHN [IE]; MURRAY DAVID [IE]; BUTLER JAMES
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