A61F 2/0045 (20130101)
A flared vaginal stent having a body portion and an outwardly flared head portion as well as a method of use thereof is presented. The head portion is comprised of an outwardly flared tip, optionally containing a groove to accommodate the cervix, to flatten out the proximal vagina. Anterior surface of the head portion is flat while opposing posterior surface of the head portion is curved. The stent mimics the shape of the human vagina and displays the front and back surfaces of the vagina to facilitate placement and attachment of a graft to the full length of the anterior and posterior walls of the vagina. The flat surface allows suture placement for on the full length of the vagina for attachment of the graft anteriorly. The curved posterior surface highlights the posterior surface of the vagina to aid suture placement on the posterior (underside) of the vagina.
Hoyte, Lennox; Casella, Michael J. Sr.; and Bradford, Karen, "Flared vaginal stent" (2016). USF Patents. 831.
University of South Florida