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Releasable basket and method of making thereof

Imported: 13 Feb '17 | Published: 30 Jan '07

Like Que, James A. Teague, James S. Bates, Stéphane Gobron, Tim Ward

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A medical retrieval device includes a basket formed of two or more loops. The basket may be used to retrieve material (e.g., a urinary stone) from a body. The basket opens and closes for end-encapsulation of a stone and is strengthened by support members that interconnect the basket loops. A captured stone may be released from the basket with the basket still in the body by opening the loops.

Description

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This application is based on provisional U.S. patent application Ser. No. 60/135,876, filed on May 25, 1999.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The invention generally relates to medical devices such as retrieval assemblies for retrieving material from within a body and methods of making retrieval assemblies. More particularly, the invention relates to retrieval assemblies such as baskets for retrieval of stones such as urinary tract stones, gall stones, and other biological materials.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Medical retrieval assemblies such as baskets generally are used to retrieve biological and foreign material from the body including stones. Such baskets may be used through an endoscope or a laparoscope, for example.

In existing medical retrieval baskets, the contour of the baskets generally are round, oval, or pear-shaped, and the baskets are formed by a plurality of legs. Stones or other biological materials are captured in the basket by moving the basket around the material to be retrieved and maneuvering the material into the basket through the space between the basket legs.

After the material is captured in a known basket, it is generally difficult to release the material from the basket if release of the captured material is required or indicated. The technical difficulty in releasing material such as a captured stone is a characteristic of known medical retrieval baskets in general. In some patients with long-standing clinical problems with urinary tract stones, a cicatrix may form in the tract as a result of trauma to its lining. The stenosis created by the cicatrix may not be so narrow so as to interfere with insertion of a retrieval basket while the basket is in a closed position. However, after the basket is expanded to capture the stone that is lodged beyond the stenotic area of the tract, the diameter of the basket containing the captured stone may exceed the diameter of the stenotic region of the urinary tract. Under these circumstances, release of the stone from the basket is a prerequisite for withdrawal of the device from the urinary tract. If the stone can not be released, more invasive, surgical approaches are required to disengage the stone from the basket.

Also, known baskets must be eased beyond the stone or to one side of the stone to permit entry of the stone into the basket. This maneuver can be technically very difficult. The narrow diameter of the tract lumen, compounded by the formation of stretch resistant scar tissue in the tract at the sites of the stone can severely limit the space around which the basket can maneuver. Moreover, the tract lining may become so attenuated at the site of the stone that advancing the basket to one side of the stone may risk rupture of the tract.

When expanded, existing baskets also generally lack dilatative strength. That is, known to baskets generally are not resistive to forces countering basket expansion. The lack of dilatative strength in existing baskets is usually the result of flexible basket legs which are helpful in facilitating the entry of a stone into the basket but which decrease dilatative strength. Consequently, existing baskets generally are not effective at dilating the tract.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In one aspect, the invention relates to medical retrieval baskets with enhanced basket strength and with features that permit both end-encapsulation and, when indicated, release of biological material. The basic medical retrieval basket design as contemplated by the invention is an end-encapsulation basket formed by a plurality of loops. Baskets according to the invention have several advantages over other known baskets. One advantage is the feature that allows stone capture by end-encapsulation. The basket is formed by a plurality of loops, the loops are joined at the basket base, and have an unattached end at the distal portion of the basket. The basket loops are moveable between a closed position and an open position. In the open position, the ends of the loops are parted. When the basket is maneuvered into a body tract to capture material such as a stone, the basket is in a withdrawn position collapsed within the sheath. As the end of the sheath approaches the stone, the basket is extended from the sheath. The basket loops are moved between a closed position and an open position where the unattached ends of the loops are parted. With the unattached ends of the loops parted, the basket is advanced directly over the stone at the front end of the basket. The stone is end-encapsulated when the stone enters the basket through the space created by the parted unattached ends of the basket loops. The end-encapsulation basket design obviates the need for passing the basket to one side of, or beyond, the stone in order to capture the stone. The basket can “pluck” stones from embedded regions such as the calyx of a kidney. Once the stone is captured in the basket, the unattached ends of the basket loops are juxtaposed by returning the basket loops to the closed position. The stone is thereby captured and the medical retrieval device with the captured stone is removed from the body tract.

In one embodiment of the invention, the medical retrieval device comprises a proximal handle, an outer sheath extending distally from the handle and including a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the outer sheath to a proximal end of the outer sheath. An inner sheath includes a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the inner sheath to a proximal end of the inner sheath. The inner sheath is axially moveable in the lumen of the outer sheath relative to the outer sheath.

In this embodiment of the invention, at least two opposing loops have a collapsed position in which the loops are collapsed within the lumen of the inner sheath and another position in which the loops are extended from the distal end of the inner sheath and out of the lumen. The loops are joined at a base and unattached to each other at their distal ends. The loops are moveable between an open position and a closed position with the loops being closer together at their distal ends when in the closed position than when in the open position to allow captures and release of material.

In another embodiment of the invention, the medical retrieval device comprises a proximal handle and a sheath extending distally from the handle and having a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the sheath to a proximal end of the sheath. Opposing first and second hemi-baskets structures each comprise a loop and a back stay. The first and second hemi-baskets have a collapsed position in which the hemi-baskets are collapsed within the lumen of the sheath and another position in which the first and second hemi-baskets extend from the distal end of the inner sheath and out of the lumen. The hemi-baskets are joined at a base and unattached to each other at their distal ends. The hemi-baskets are moveable between an open position and a closed position with the first and second hemi-baskets being closer together at their distal ends when in the closed position than when in the open position to allow capture and release of material.

In yet another embodiment of the invention, the medical retrieval device comprises a proximal handle, and a sheath extending distally from the handle and including a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the sheath to a proximal end of the sheath. At least two opposing loops include a collapsed position in which the loops are collapsed within the lumen of the sheath and another position in which the loops are extended from the distal end of the sheath and out of the lumen. The loops are joined at a base and are unattached to each other at their distal ends. The loops are moveable between an open position and a closed position with the loops being closer together at their distal ends when in the closed position than when in the open position to allow capture and release of material. The device also comprises a base cannula and an elongated member including a first portion, a second portion, and an intermediate portion. The intermediate portion of the elongated member is inserted between the two loops and the first and second portion of the elongated member is inserted through the base cannula for securing the elongated member to the at least two loops.

At least a portion of at least the inner surfaces of the basket loops can be modified to improve stone gripping. For example, all or a portion of the inner surfaces of the loops can be coated with an anti-slip substance such as a rubberized material or roughened in some manner (e.g., by serrations, abrasions, etching, etc.) to increase friction between the inner surfaces of the basket loops and the captured material.

In another aspect of the invention, a method for manufacturing a medical retrieval basket comprises removing a flat frame from a single piece of construction material. The frame is symmetrical and has a first end and a second end, with the first and second ends being oppositely disposed. The frame is then folded such that the first and second ends of the frame are brought together, and the joined ends are then secured together.

In another embodiment of this aspect of the invention, the method for forming a retrieval assembly comprises forming a frame substantially in a plane. The frame comprises at least three loop members and at least three joining members connecting the loop members to define an aperture in the frame. The frame is folded to superimpose the joining members on one another to cause the loop members to form loops extending away from the joining members. The superimposed joining members are secured together.

In another embodiment of this aspect of the invention, the method for manufacturing a retrieval assembly comprises forming a first configuration comprising a substantially T-shape including three members, each member comprising a free end. One member is positioned perpendicular to the other two members. The two members of the first configuration are folded to form a first loop with an apex. The perpendicular member at the apex of the first loop is folded to form a first-hemi-basket including a back stay.

A second configuration is formed comprising a substantially T-configuration including three members, each member comprising a free end. One member is positioned perpendicular to the other two members. The two members of the second configuration are folded to form a second loop with an apex. The perpendicular member at the apex of the second loop is folded to form a second hemi-basket including a back stay.

The loop of the first hemi-basket is opposed to the loop of the second hemi-basket. The free ends of the three members of the first hemi-basket are secured to the free ends of the three members of the second hemi-basket to form the retrieval assembly.

In yet another embodiment for manufacturing a retrieval assembly according to the invention, a first loop is formed from a first length of wire including two ends. A second loop is formed from a second length of wire including two ends. The ends of the first length of wire are secured to the ends of the second length of wire to form a retrieval assembly comprising two loops.

Another method for manufacturing a retrieval device according to the invention features the steps of, forming a shape comprising at least two loops, and inserting a wire comprising a first end and a second end between the two loops. The first and second ends of the wire are pulled through a lumen of a cannula. The first and second ends of the wire are secured to a cable joined in a handle and the handle is positioned at the proximal end of the device.

DESCRIPTION

Referring to FIGS. 1A and 1D, a retrieval device according to the invention includes a retrieval assembly 10, such as a basket, a catheter or sheath 18 for introduction of the basket 10 the sheath 18. As shown in FIG. 1D, the device also includes a proximal handle 9 at the proximal end of the sheath 18, and this handle typically includes one or more actuating mechanisms 7 (e.g., a slide, a knob, a dial, etc.) coupled to the sheath 18 and/or the cable 20 for causing the sheath 18 and the basket 10, under operator control, to move relative to each other to move the basket from a collapsed position within the sheath to an extended position outside of the sheath. The cable 20 generally can be any elongate member such as a cable, wire, coil, or shaft, for example. The basket 10 includes at least two basket loops 12. Each of the basket loops 12 has an unattached end 14 and a fixed end 15 at the basket base.

The basket 10 is moveable between an open position and a closed position. In FIG. 1A, the basket 10 is in an open position. When the basket 10 is in the open position, the unattached ends 14 of the basket loops 12 are parted as shown in FIG. 1A. When the basket 10 is in the closed position, as shown in FIG. 1B, the unattached ends 14 of the loops 12 are juxtaposed in that they are located close together. The basket 10 may assume any position between the open and closed positions. For example, the unattached ends 14 of the basket loops 12 may be parted to any intermediate position along an arc drawn by the unattached ends 14 of the basket loops 12 as the loops move between the closed position illustrated in FIG. 1B and the open position illustrated in FIG. 1A. FIG. 1C illustrates an exemplary intermediate position of the unattached ends 14 of the basket loops 12 between the open position of the basket 10 and the closed position of basket 10.

The basket loops 12 may be any shape, for example, generally oval (as shown in FIG. 1A), round, oblong, or asymmetrical. The basket loops 12 may be disposed in one or more planes as shown in FIG. 1A. Also, while two loops 12 are shown and described herein, it is possible to construct a device with two or more loops 12 and such devices are within the scope of the invention. For example, a device with three or four or more loops 12 is possible.

Also, the length of each of the loops 12 (1 in FIG. 1B) can be the same, or one can be slightly longer than the other such that the ends 14 do not exactly align upon closure. Having one loop longer than the other has been shown to help in collapsing the basket to its smallest profile such that it fits into a sheath 18 (FIG. 2A) easier.

Referring still to FIG. 1A, in a disclosed embodiment, the basket loops 12 are strengthened by support members 16. The support members 16 are struts disposed between the two opposing basket loops 12. The support members 16 or struts help to prevent scissoring of the basket loops in a horizontal plane and add strength to the basket in a vertical plane when the basket is expanded. It is possible to achieve a functioning basket without the members 16.

Referring to FIG. 2A, in one embodiment of the invention, the fixed ends of the loops 15 at the basket base is operably attached to a first cable or elongate member 20 axially disposed within the lumen 22 of the sheath 18. The basket 10, when retained within the lumen 22 of the sheath 18, is in the collapsed position. In one embodiment, the sheath is made of an biologically inert, generally flexible material. Referring to FIG. 2B, advancing the first cable 20 in the direction of the arrow extends the basket 10 from the end 24 of the sheath 18. In this embodiment, the elasticity of the basket loops 12 causes the loops to part at their unattached ends 14 thereby moving the basket from a closed position to an open position. Alternatively, the sheath 18 is operably attached to an actuator 7 on the handle 9 and the sheath is axially moved over a stationery basket by actuating the actuator.

The basket 10 may assume any position between a closed position and an open position depending on the extent the basket has moved beyond the end of the sheath. For example, the basket may assume the intermediate position, illustrated in FIG. 2C. The ends 14 of the basket loops 12 may assume any position on an arc drawn by the unattached ends 14 of the basket loops 12 as the basket extends from fully out of the sheath to fully withdrawn within the sheath.

In the disclosed embodiment, the basket loops 10 are made from a metal material. For example, basket loop material can be specialty metals such as 455 custom stainless steel or NiTi (“Nitinol”). Alternatively the basket loops can be made from plastic, a composite, polymer, or other material. Also, the basket loops may be formed from laminations of the above materials. In the disclosed embodiment, the basket loops are made of flat wire (i.e., wire that is rectangular in cross section) that is about 0.003 to 0.005 inches thick, but may be of a round, D-shape, or other cross-sectional shape.

Referring to FIG. 3A, the basket loops can have an inner surface 11 that is designed to maximize grip on material. In one embodiment, as shown in FIG. 3B, at least a portion of the inner surface 11 is roughened by serrations or teeth. Roughening can also be achieved on the inner surfaces by etching, points, or a variety of other means. One or more of the basket loops may have such a rough inner surface, and it may cover all or a portion of one or more of the inner surfaces.

Referring to FIG. 4A, in an alternate embodiment, when the basket 10 is extended from the sheath 18, the basket maintains a closed position. In this alternate embodiment, an end of at least one wire 32 is operably attached to an intermediate portion 34 of at least one of the basket loops 12. The wire extends into the lumen 22 of the sheath 18 and is operably attached by its other end to a second cable or elongate member 21 disposed within the lumen 22 of the sheath 18. The second cable 21 may be disposed in the same or different lumens as the first cable 20. The wire 32 is kept taut by traction on the second cable 21 supplied by an actuating mechanism at the proximal handle of the device.

With continued reference to FIG. 4A, when the second cable 21 is axially moved in the sheath lumen 22 in the direction indicated by the arrow, the tension on the wires 32 is increased and the ends 14 of the basket loops 12 move apart until the basket 10 is in an open position as illustrated in FIG. 4B. The position of the basket 10 may be additionally fine-tuned by axial movement of first cable 20. The ends 14 of the basket loops 12 may assume any position along an arc drawn by the ends 14 of the basket loops 12 depending on the degree of tension imparted to the wires 32 by the traction maintained on second cable 21 and first cable 20.

Referring to FIG. 4C, in another embodiment of the invention, when the basket 10 is extended from the sheath 18, the basket 10 assumes an open position. In this embodiment, the wires 32 are formed of stiff material. To move the basket from an open to a closed position, the second cable 21 is advanced in the direction of the arrow. The stiff wires 32 push the basket loops ends 14 closer together thereby moving the basket from an open to a substantially closed position as shown in FIG. 4D. Further fine adjustment to the basket can be made by axial movement of first cable 20.

In other embodiments of the invention, the device includes two or more basket loops and at least one wire operably attached to at least one of the two or more basket loops.

Referring to FIG. 5A, in another embodiment of the invention, a channel 36 is longitudinally disposed within the sheath 18 and extends through the fixed end 15 of the basket loops into the lumen 34 of the basket 10. A ram-rod 29 or other lithotriptic device such as, for example, a laser, is longitudinally disposed in the channel 36. In operation, a stone 31 is captured in the lumen 34 of the basket 10. The ram-rod 29 is advanced in the channel beyond the fixed ends 15 of the basket loops and into the lumen 34 of the basket 10 until the end 35 of the ramrod 29 abuts the stone 31. The stone 31 is then fragmented by lithotripsy. The fragmented stones 31 are withdrawn from the tract while encapsulated in the basket.

Referring to FIG. 5B, in an alternate embodiment of the invention, after fragmentation of the stone, or under circumstances in which it is desirable to release the stone from the basket, the basket 10 is moved from the closed position to the open position. A push rod 33 disposed within the channel 36 is advanced into the lumen 34 of the basket until the end 35 of the push rod 33 contacts the stone or stone fragment 31. The push rod 33 is advanced further into the lumen 34 of the basket 10 until the stone or stone fragment 31 is pushed out of the basket lumen 34 through the parted ends 14 of the basket loops 12.

Referring to FIG. 6, in yet another embodiment of the invention, the basket loops 12 have a membrane or mesh material 40 disposed within the loops 12. The basket loops 12 serve as a frame to support the mesh or membrane. The mesh or membrane 40 is attached to the wire loop frame by any means known to one skilled in the art. In one embodiment, as illustrated in FIG. 6, the mesh or membrane 40 of the loops 12 form a concavity so that the lumen 34 of the basket is a pocket or is cup-shaped. The mesh or membrane 40 can be formed of polymer, membrane, wire, metal, mesh, film, cloth, fabric, textile, woven material, etc.

In operation, referring to FIG. 7A, the retrieval device is inserted into a tract 50 of the body to retrieve biological material, for example, a stone in the gall bladder, biliary tree, ureter, kidney, or urethra. The end of the device 24 is inserted into the tract 50 while the basket 10 is collapsed and enclosed within the sheath 18. Referring to FIG. 7B, the basket 10 is advanced in the body tract 50 until the end of the basket 24 approaches the stone 31. As the basket approaches the stone 31, the basket 10 is extended out of the sheath and moved from a collapsed position to an open or intermediate position. The method of opening and closing the basket does not substantially alter the operation of the device in capturing a stone within a tract. Referring to FIG. 7C, the basket 10 is advanced further into the body tract 50 until the stone 31 is captured by end-encapsulation. End-encapsulation occurs when the stone 31 passes between the parted unattached ends 14 of the open basket 10. Referring to FIG. 7D, after the stone 31 is positioned within the lumen 34 of the basket 10, the basket 10 is returned to a closed position. The unattached ends 14 of the basket loops 12 are substantially juxtaposed entrapping the stone 31 within the basket 10. It is not essential to the operation of the basket that the unattached ends 14 of the basket loops 12 actually meet. For particularly large stones, for example, the diameter of the stone will prevent juxtaposition of the unattached ends of the basket. However, the essential feature of successful end-encapsulation for stone removal is sufficient contact between the inner surface of the basket loops with the stone surface so that the stone does not inadvertently slip out of the basket. The retrieval device with the entrapped stone is withdrawn from the body tract.

Referring to FIG. 8A, in yet another embodiment of the invention, the basket loops may be used to excise tissue (i.e., perform a biopsy procedure), for example a polyp 70 in the lumen of the gastrointestinal tract 72. An advantage of this embodiment of the invention is that the polyp 70 is preserved in the basket lumen following polypectomy in a condition suitable for subsequent pathological examination. In one embodiment, the basket loops are energized, for example, at the unattached ends 14 of the basket loops 12. In operation, as shown in FIG. 8A, the retrieval device is advanced into the lumen of the gastrointestinal tract 72, preferably under endoscopic guidance, until the basket 10 approaches the polyp 70. The polyp is end-encapsulated when the basket 10, in the open position, is advanced over the polyp as illustrated in FIG. 8B. The polyp 70 is captured within the basket lumen 34 as shown in FIG. 8C, and the basket 10 is moved to a substantially closed position. Sufficient energy by any means known to one skilled in the art is applied to all portions of the basket loops 12 such as the unattached ends 14 of the loops. Alternatively, the basket loops may have a cutting surface to permit excision of the polyps. Sufficient energy is applied to the basket loops to separate the polyp 70 from its stalk. Referring to FIG. 8D, the polyp 70, detached from the body, drops into the basket lumen 34. The polyp 70 within the basket lumen 34 is withdrawn from the gastrointestinal tract 72. The polyp may be removed from the basket for subsequent pathological analysis.

In another aspect of the invention, the basket loops are constructed from a single piece of material. Referring to FIG. 9A, a frame 62 is created from a unitary piece of material. In one embodiment, the frame can be substantially oval and symmetrical with two oppositely disposed ends, 60 and 60′, two loop members 64 and 64′, and support members 16. The frame 62 is removed from a single piece of substantially flat material by cutting, etching, stamping, extruding, or removing by any other method known to one skilled in the art for constructing a template from a single piece of material. Referring to a particularly preferred embodiment of the invention shown in FIG. 9B, following construction of the frame 62, the ends 60, 60′ of the frame 62 are brought together to superimpose the ends on one another as indicated by the arrows in the side view of the frame illustrated in FIG. 9C. The ends 60, 60′ are then secured to one another thereby forming the three dimensional basket structure illustrated in FIG. 9D with two loops. That is, the members 64, 64′ become the basket loops, as illustrated in FIG. 9D. The basket is shaped by cold deformation or heat shaping.

In another embodiment, the retrieval basket 10 illustrated in FIG. 9D, made from the frame illustrated in FIGS. 9B and 9C, is joined to an elongated member as illustrated in FIG. 9F. In this embodiment, a wire 104 includes a first portion 102, an intermediate portion 102′, and a second portion 102″. Wire 104 is passed in a proximal to distal direction through the lumen 101 of a base cannula 100, then, between the proximal ends of the two loops 12, 12′ at the base 15 of the retrieval basket 10, and back through the lumen 101 of cannula 100 in a distal to proximal direction. The intermediate portion 102′ of the wire is positioned between the loops 12, 12′. The wire loops 12, 12′ including proximal ends 16 are snugged up to the base cannula 100 by pulling on the first and second portions 102, 102′ of the mandril wire 104 in a proximal direction indicated by the arrow in FIG. 9F to form the retrieval basket 10, base cannula 100, and elongated member 20 shown in FIG. 9G. Adhesive may be added to the base cannula 100.

In an alternate embodiment of the invention, a two, three, four, or more loop basket is formed from a unitary piece of material by cutting, stamping, or etching a frame from a unitary piece of material, or by molding or extruding a frame. For example, referring to FIG. 10B, a frame 62 is substantially flat having three loop members, 108a, 108b, 108c, and three joining members 114a, 114b, 144c connecting the three loop members 108a, 108b, 108c to define an aperture 112. A joining member is any segment on the frame that is joined to or superimposed on at least one another segment in the frame to form the loops of the basket. A joining member may be located at the ends of loop members, or anywhere along the length of a loop member. A joining member may be an enlargement, or extension of a loop member. In a three loop embodiment of a retrieval basket 10, illustrated in FIG. 10A, the frame 62, illustrated in FIG. 10B, has three joining members 114a, 114b, and 114c, and is folded to superimpose the joining members 114a, 114b, 114c on one another. By superimposing the joining members on one another, the loop members 108a, 108b, 108c are caused to form opposing loops 12 that extend away from the joining members to form the basket 10 illustrated in FIG. 10A. Further shape refinements of the basket 10 are accomplished by cold deformation or heat shaping. The joining members 114a, 114b, and 114c are gathered together to form the fixed end 15 of the basket 10. The mid-section of each of the loop members 108a, 108b, and 108c forms the free end 14 at the apex of each corresponding loop 12. In a four loop embodiment of a basket illustrated in FIG. 10D, the frame 62, illustrated in FIG. 10E has four joining members 114a, 114b, 114c, and 114d and four loop members 108a, 108b, 108c, and 108d, and is folded to form the basket 10 illustrated in FIG. 10D. The number of joining members 114 in a frame 62 corresponds to the number of loops 12 in the basket 10.

The two, three, four, or more loop basket can be removed from a single piece of flat material, as illustrated in FIG. 10C, for a three loop frame 62, or from a single piece of flat material illustrated in FIG. 10F, for a four loop frame 62. Alternatively, the two, three, four, or more loop basket of the invention can also be formed from a frame 62 constructed from one or more wires 116. As illustrated in FIG. 10G, for example, a frame 62 is featured for a three loop basket. The frame 62 has three wires 116a, 116b, 116c. Each end of each of the three wires 116a, 116b, 116c is attached to a different end of at least one other wire to form the frame illustrated in FIG. 10G. In an alternate method of making a three loop basket, two wires 116a, 116b can be used to form the frame 62 illustrated in FIG. 10H. In a two wire configuration for a three loop frame, one wire 116a is bent to form joining member 114a. Each end of wire 116b is joined to a different end of wire 1116a.

In a two wire configuration for a four loop frame, illustrated in FIG. 10I, wire 116a is bent to form joining member 114a and wire 14b is bent to form joining member 114c. Each end of each of the wires 116a, 116b is joined to a different end of the other wire. The remaining two joining members 114b, 114d of the four loop frame 62 are formed where the wires are joined to one another.

Featured in FIG. 10J, three wires 116a, 116b, 116c can be used to form a four loop frame 62. For example, one wire 116a is bent to form joining member 114a Each end of each of the three wires 116a, 116b, 116c is joined to a different end of another wire to form the four loop frame 62 illustrated in FIG. 10J. Where the three wires 116a, 116b, 116c are joined is where remaining three joining members 114b, 114c, 114d of the frame 62 are formed.

Featured in FIG. 10K, four wires 116a, 116b, 116c, 116d can be used to form a four loop frame 62. For example, each end of each of the four wires 116a, 116b, 116c, 116d is joined to a different end of another wire to form the four loop frame illustrated in FIG. 10K. Where the four wires 116a, 116b, 116c, 116d are joined is where the four joining members 114a, 114b, 114c, 114d of the frame 62 are formed.

The frame 62 illustrated in FIGS. 10B, 10C, and 10E–10K, is folded to form the three, four, or more loop basket 10 illustrated in FIGS. 10A and 10D, by bringing together the joining members 114 of the frame 62 to form the fixed end 15 at the base of the basket 10. In the three loop embodiment illustrated in FIG. 10L, and the four loop embodiment illustrated in FIG. 10M, the fixed end 15 of the basket base is joined to an elongated member 20, for example, in a base cannula 100 by crimping, gluing, or soldering by some other method known to the skilled person.

The joining members are used merely to enhance the ease by which the baskets are made. A frame such as a circle, oval, rectangular, or, any polygonal frame could be used to make the retrieval assembly of the invention.

In yet another embodiment, illustrated as frame 62 for a three loop basket in FIG. 11A, the joining members 114a, 114b, 114c of the frame 62 are elongated. When the frame 62 is folded to form the basket 10 illustrated in FIG. 11B, the elongated joining members 114a, 114b, 114c are gathered together to form the elongated member 20.

An additional feature can be added to the two loop basket embodiment to form a basket 10 with opposing hemi-basket structures 110a, 110b as illustrated, for example, in FIG. 12A. To form a hemi-basket, a back stay 116c extends in a plane perpendicular to the plane of the face of the loop formed by members 116a and 116b. The ends of members 116a, 116b, 116c are gathered together to form the base 15 of the hemi-basket. The proximal or fixed end 15 at the base of opposing hemi-baskets 110a, 110b is joined to the distal end of an elongated member 20. The hemi-baskets 110a, 110b reciprocally open and close in a clam shell fashion by axial 915 movement of the elongated member 20 to extend and retract the basket 10 within the sheath lumen 22. Alternatively the sheath 18 reciprocally moves axially over the basket 10 at the distal end of the elongated member 20. By either method of moving the basket 10 relative to the sheath 18, the opposing hemi-basket structures 110a, 110b are closed when retracted into the sheath lumen 22 and open when extended beyond the end of the sheath 18.

The basket 10 illustrated in FIG. 12A is formed from a substantially T-shape configuration 62, including three members 108a, 108b, 108c, such as the configuration 62 shown in FIG. 12B. Each member 108a, 108b, 108c has a free end. One member 108a is perpendicular to the other members 108b, 108c. The T-shape configuration 62 is stamped, etched, or cut from a single piece of material to form three members 108a, 108b, 108c.

Alternatively, two or more wires 116 can be twisted together to form the T-shape configuration 62. For example, as illustrated in FIG. 12C, two wires 116a, 116b are twisted together to make one twisted member 108a and two untwisted members 108b and 108c of the T-shape configuration 62. In FIG. 12D, two wires 116a, 116b are used to form the T-shape configuration 62. One wire 116a of the two wires is twisted on itself to form one twisted member 108a of the T-shape, while the other wire 116b passes through an end of the twisted wire 116a to form the other two members 108b, 108c of the T-shape configuration. Alternatively, shown in FIG. 12E, three wires 116a, 116b, 116c are used to form a T-shape configuration 62 with three twisted members. To make the T-shape configuration 62 illustrated in FIG. 12E, a two wire 116a, 116b T-shape configuration like the configuration 62 illustrated in FIG. 12C and discussed in the corresponding text, is formed initially. A third wire 116c is twisted with the remaining untwisted portion of wires 116a, 116b to form the T-shape configuration with twisted wires in each of the three members 108a, 108b, 108c illustrated in FIG. 12E.

To form the hemi-baskets 110a, 110b of the retrieval basket 10 illustrated in FIG. 12A, two 108b, 108c of the three members 108 illustrated in FIG. 12G are folded to form a loop with the free ends of the two members 108b, 108c gathered together. The distal or closed end 14 of the loop is formed at the intersection of the three members 108a, 108b, 108c of the T-shape configuration 62. The third member 108a, that runs perpendicular to the other two members, is folded down to form a back stay as illustrated in FIG. 121. The end of member 108a is gathered together with the ends of members 108b, 108c to form the fixed end 15. Further frame modifications are accomplished by cold deformation or heat shaping. When two of the hemi-basket structures 110a, 110b are opposed, a clam shell structure results as illustrated in FIG. 12H. The free ends 15 of the loops and back stay can be attached to an elongated member 20 to form the clam shell retrieval assembly illustrated in FIG. 12A. Alternatively, the free ends of the members of the T-shaped configuration can be gathered or twisted together as shown in FIG. 12J to form the elongated member 20.

A retrieval basket including two hemi-basket structures can be formed from the frame illustrated in FIG. 12F. In this embodiment, the frame 62 is removed from a single piece of material. The frame is folded to form two hemi-baskets by superimposing member 21a on member 21b and bending member 120a to make the back stay of one hemi-basket, and bending member 120b to make the back stay of the other hemi-basket. Thus the apex of the two loops of the hemi-baskets are formed from 14a and 14b.

Another method, according to the invention, for forming a retrieval basket including two loops is illustrated in FIGS. 13A–13C. This method features pairing two elongated loops 12 together as shown in FIG. 13A. The proximal end 109 of each of the loops 12 is attached to an elongated member 20 through a base cannula 100 illustrated in FIG. 13B, or other means, and the opposite, distal ends 14 of the loops 12 remain free. Alternatively, the proximal ends 109 of the loops 12 can be twisted together to form the elongated member 20, shown in FIG. 13C.

Retrieval baskets having three, four, or more loops can also be formed according to this method and the basket forming method illustrated in FIGS. 13A–13C is not intended to be limited to only the two loop embodiment illustrated.

Any of the wire baskets according to the invention, may use one or more wires 116 having any one of a variety of cross-sections. The ends of the wires forming the basket may extend proximally all or part of the way to the handle to form the elongated member. For example, illustrated in FIGS. 14A–14F, the cross-section of the wires 116 may be round, oval, square, rectangular, or D-shaped. A feature of wire 116 including a round cross-section, is a flattened mid-section 118, illustrated in FIG. 14F. The flattened section 118 can form the distal or free end 14 of the loop, and the two end-sections 119 with round cross-sections form the remaining portions of the loop and/or all, or a portion of the elongated member 20 illustrated in FIG. 14G.

The inner edge 11 of any of the basket loops according to the invention may be roughened, for example, by serrations or teeth, as shown in FIG. 9D, and FIG. 15A, or by etched surfaces, or pointed raised structures. Particles also may be applied to the inner edge 11 to improve gripping of the loops 12 on an object. One or more of the basket loops 12 may have such a rough inner edge 11. The roughened edge may be incorporated into the frame 62 when it is removed from a single piece of material, illustrated in FIGS. 9E and 15B. Alternatively, the roughened edge may be applied after the frame 62 is constructed but before the frame 62 is folded into a three-dimensional basket. The inner edge 11 of the loop members can instead or additionally be treated with an anti-slip material such as a plastic composite or a rubberized coating before the frame 62 is folded into a three dimensional basket frame with loops.

In another aspect of the invention, referring to FIGS. 16A–16C, the medical retrieval device 10 has two sheaths, an outer sheath 18 and an inner sheath 19. The outer sheath has a longitudinally disposed lumen 22, and the inner sheath has a longitudinally disposed lumen 22′. The inner sheath 19 is axially disposed in the lumen of the outer sheath 18. An elongated member 20 is axially disposed in the lumen 22′ of the inner sheath 19 and attached at a distal end to the basket base 15. The basket 10 is moveable between an open position, illustrated in FIG. 16B when the basket 10 is extended beyond the distal end of the inner sheath 19 and outer sheath 18, and a closed position, illustrated in FIG. 16A, when the basket 10 is retracted into the lumen 22′ of the inner sheath 19. The basket 10 moves between the open and closed position either by axial movement of the elongated member 20 relative to a stationary sheath 19, or by axial movement of the inner sheath 19 over the basket 10 relative to a stationary elongated member 20 as described above.

In a two sheath embodiment, the basket 10, illustrated in FIG. 16A, is advanced in its closed position adjacent a stone 31. The basket 10, illustrated in FIG. 16B, is extended from the distal end of the inner sheath 19 and outer sheath 18, and opened. The stone 31 is captured by the basket 10 and the inner sheath 19 is moved relative to the basket 10 to collapse the basket 10 around the stone 31 thereby grasping the stone 31 more firmly. The basket 10, stone 31, and inner sheath 19 are retracted into the lumen 22 of the outer sheath 18 and the medical retrieval device 8 is removed from the body.

Variations, modifications, and other implementations of what is described herein will occur to those of ordinary skill in the art without departing from the spirit and the scope of the invention as claimed. Accordingly, the invention is to be defined not by the preceding description but instead by the spirit and scope of the following claims.

Claims

1. A medical retrieval device comprising:
a proximal handle;
a sheath extending distally from the handle and including a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the sheath to a proximal end of the sheath;
opposing first and second hemi-baskets, each hemi-basket comprising a loop and a back stay, the opposing first and second hemi-baskets having a collapsed position in which the first and second hemi-baskets are collapsed within the lumen of the sheath and another position in which the first and second hemi-baskets extend from the distal end of the inner sheath and out of the lumen, the first and second hemi-baskets being joined at a base and unattached to each other at their distal ends, the first and second hemi-baskets being moveable between an open position and a closed position with the first and second hemi-baskets being closer together at their distal ends when in the closed position than when in the open position to allow capture and release of material.
a proximal handle;
a sheath extending distally from the handle and including a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the sheath to a proximal end of the sheath;
opposing first and second hemi-baskets, each hemi-basket comprising a loop and a back stay, the opposing first and second hemi-baskets having a collapsed position in which the first and second hemi-baskets are collapsed within the lumen of the sheath and another position in which the first and second hemi-baskets extend from the distal end of the inner sheath and out of the lumen, the first and second hemi-baskets being joined at a base and unattached to each other at their distal ends, the first and second hemi-baskets being moveable between an open position and a closed position with the first and second hemi-baskets being closer together at their distal ends when in the closed position than when in the open position to allow capture and release of material.
2. The medical retrieval device of claim 1, wherein the back stay of at least one hemi-basket extends in a first plane and the loop of the at least one hemi-basket extends in a second plane, the first and second planes being substantially perpendicular to each other.
3. The medical retrieval device of claim 1, further including an elongated member joined to the base.
4. The medical retrieval device of claim 3, wherein the elongated member is disposed within the lumen of the sheath.
5. The medical retrieval device of claim 3, wherein the elongated member is configured to assist in transitioning the first and second hemi-baskets between the open and closed positions through axial movement of the elongated member relative to the sheath.
6. The medical retrieval device of claim 1, wherein the sheath is configured to assist in transitioning the first and second hemi-baskets between the open and closed positions through axial movement of the sheath relative to the first and second hemi-baskets.
7. The medical retrieval device of claim 1, wherein the loop and the back stay of at least one of the hemi-baskets are formed of the same piece of material.
8. The medical retrieval device of claim 7, wherein the loop and the back stay of the at least one hemi-basket are formed by one of stamping, etching, and cutting.
9. The medical retrieval device of claim 1, wherein the loop and the back stay of the at least one hemi-basket are formed from a substantially T-shape configuration.
10. The medical retrieval device of claim 1, wherein at least one of the first and second hemi-baskets comprises at least two wires.
11. The medical retrieval device of claim 10, wherein at least one of the loop and the back stay of at least one of the hemi-baskets comprises at least two wires.
12. The medical retrieval device of claim 11, wherein the back stay of the at least one hemi-basket comprises two wires twisted together.
13. The medical retrieval device of claim 12, wherein the loop of the at least one hemi-basket comprises untwisted lengths of the two wires.
14. The medical retrieval device of claim 13, wherein the loop of the at least one hemi-basket comprises a third wire twisted with the two untwisted lengths of the two wires.
15. The medical retrieval device of claim 10, wherein the back stay of at least one of the hemi-baskets comprises a first wire twisted on itself and the loop of the at least one hemi-basket passes through an end of the first wire.
16. The medical retrieval device of claim 1, wherein free ends of the loop and back stay of at least one of the first and second hemi-baskets are twisted together to form an elongated member.
17. The medical retrieval device of claim 1, wherein free ends of the loop and back stay of at least one of the first and second hemi-baskets extend substantially adjacent to each other proximal the base of the at least one hemi-basket.
18. A medical retrieval device comprising:
a proximal handle;
a sheath extending distally from the handle and including a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the sheath to a proximal end of the sheath; and
opposing first and second hemi-baskets, each hemi-basket comprising a loop and a back stay, the first and second hemi-baskets being joined at a base and moveable in a clam shell fashion between an open position and a closed position with the first and second hemi-baskets being closer together at their distal ends when in the closed position, wherein the back stay of at least one hemi-basket extends in a first plane and the loop of the at least one hemi-basket extends in a second plane, the first and second planes being substantially perpendicular to each other.
a proximal handle;
a sheath extending distally from the handle and including a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the sheath to a proximal end of the sheath; and
opposing first and second hemi-baskets, each hemi-basket comprising a loop and a back stay, the first and second hemi-baskets being joined at a base and moveable in a clam shell fashion between an open position and a closed position with the first and second hemi-baskets being closer together at their distal ends when in the closed position, wherein the back stay of at least one hemi-basket extends in a first plane and the loop of the at least one hemi-basket extends in a second plane, the first and second planes being substantially perpendicular to each other.
19. The medical retrieval device of claim 18, wherein the loop and the back stay of the at least one hemi-basket are formed from a substantially T-shape configuration.
20. The medical retrieval device of claim 18, wherein at least one of the first and second hemi-baskets comprises at least two wires.
21. The medical retrieval device of claim 18, wherein at least one of the loop and the back stay of at least one of the hemi-baskets comprises at least two wires.
22. The medical retrieval device of claim 21, wherein the back stay of the at least one hemi-basket comprises two wires twisted together.
23. The medical retrieval device of claim 22, wherein the loop of the at least one hemi-basket comprises untwisted lengths of the two wires.
24. A medical retrieval device comprising:
a proximal handle;
a sheath extending distally from the handle and including a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the sheath to a proximal end of the sheath; and
opposing first and second hemi-baskets, each hemi-basket comprising a loop and a back stay, the first and second hemi-baskets being joined at a base and moveable in a clam shell fashion between an open position and a closed position with the first and second hemi-baskets being closer together at their distal ends when in the closed position, wherein the back stay of at least one hemi-basket comprises two wires twisted together and the loop of the at least one hemi-basket comprises untwisted lengths of the two wires.
a proximal handle;
a sheath extending distally from the handle and including a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the sheath to a proximal end of the sheath; and
opposing first and second hemi-baskets, each hemi-basket comprising a loop and a back stay, the first and second hemi-baskets being joined at a base and moveable in a clam shell fashion between an open position and a closed position with the first and second hemi-baskets being closer together at their distal ends when in the closed position, wherein the back stay of at least one hemi-basket comprises two wires twisted together and the loop of the at least one hemi-basket comprises untwisted lengths of the two wires.
25. The medical retrieval device of claim 24, wherein the loop and the back stay of the at least one hemi-basket are formed from a substantially T-shape configuration.
26. The medical retrieval device of claim 24, wherein free ends of the loop and back stay of at least one of the first and second hemi-baskets are twisted together to form an elongated member.
27. The medical retrieval device of claim 24, wherein free ends of the loop and back stay of at least one of the first and second hemi-baskets extend substantially adjacent to each other proximal the base of the at least one hemi-basket.
28. A medical retrieval device comprising:
a proximal handle;
a sheath extending distally from the handle and including a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the sheath to a proximal end of the sheath; and
opposing first and second hemi-baskets, each hemi-basket comprising a loop and a back stay, the first and second hemi-baskets being joined at a base and moveable in a clam shell fashion between an open position and a closed position with the first and second hemi-baskets being closer together at their distal ends when in the closed position, wherein the back stay of at least one of the hemi-baskets comprises a first wire twisted on itself and the loop of the at least one hemi-basket passes through an end of the first wire.
a proximal handle;
a sheath extending distally from the handle and including a lumen extending therethrough from a distal end of the sheath to a proximal end of the sheath; and
opposing first and second hemi-baskets, each hemi-basket comprising a loop and a back stay, the first and second hemi-baskets being joined at a base and moveable in a clam shell fashion between an open position and a closed position with the first and second hemi-baskets being closer together at their distal ends when in the closed position, wherein the back stay of at least one of the hemi-baskets comprises a first wire twisted on itself and the loop of the at least one hemi-basket passes through an end of the first wire.
29. The medical retrieval device of claim 28, wherein the loop and the back stay of the at least one hemi-basket are formed from a substantially T-shape configuration.
30. The medical retrieval device of claim 28, wherein the back stay of at least one hemi-basket extends in a first plane and the loop of the at least one hemi-basket extends in a second plane, the first and second planes being substantially perpendicular to each other.
31. The medical retrieval device of claim 28, wherein free ends of the loop and back stay of at least one of the first and second hemi-baskets are twisted together to form an elongated member.
32. The medical retrieval device of claim 28, wherein free ends of the loop and back stay of at least one of the first and second hemi-baskets extend substantially adjacent to each other proximal the base of the at least one hemi-basket.