AU2013237652B2 - Rotational atherectomy device with fluid inflatable support elements and distal protection capability - Google Patents

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AU2013237652B2
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Rotational Atherectomy Device With Fluid Inflatable Support Elements And Distal Protection Capability A rotational atherectomy device for abrading a stenotic lesion from a vessel of a patient comprises a flexible drive shaft (1) which extends towards a distal end of the device, a distal fluid inflatable support element (3, 3") located at a distal end of the drive shaft and an abrasive element (5) mounted to the drive shaft proximal to and spaced away from the distal fluid inflatable support element. Both the abrasive element and the distal fluid inflatable support element are rotatable together with the drive shaft and the drive shaft comprises a torque transmitting coil (2) which defines a long lumen of the drive shaft. The distal fluid inflatable support element is formed from a fluid impermeable membrane (9, 9") that crosses a longitudinal axis (x-x) common to the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft at the distal end of the device, thereby preventing pressurized fluid flowing along the lumen of the drive shaft from entering the vessel in the direction of said longitudinal axis so that fluid has to pass through the fluid inflatable support element, inflating said support element and exiting from the device through an outflow opening (66) in the fluid inflatable support element in a direction different from the direction of the longitudinal axis of the coil and the lumen.

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Rotational Atherectomy Device with Fluid Inflatable Support Elements and Distal Protection Capability Description The present invention relates to a rotational atherectomy device for removing or reducing stenotic lesions in blood vessels such as a human artery by rotating an abrasive element within the vessel to partially or completely ablate the unwanted material. Atherosclerosis, the clogging of arteries, is a leading cause of coronary heart disease. Blood flow through the peripheral arteries (e.g., carotid, femoral, renal etc.), is similarly affected by the development of atherosclerotic blockages. One conventional method of removing or reducing blockages in blood vessels is known as rotational atherectomy. A long guidewire is advanced into the diseased blood vessel and across the stenotic lesion. A hollow drive shaft formed from a torque transmitting coiled wire(s) is advanced over the guidewire. The distal end of the drive shaft terminates in a burr provided with an abrasive surface formed from diamond grit or diamond particles. The burr is positioned against the occlusion and the drive shaft rotated at extremely high speeds (e.g., 20,000-160,000 rpm). As the burr rotates, the physician slowly advances it so that the abrasive surface of the burr scrapes against the occluding tissue and disintegrates it, reducing the occlusion and improving the blood flow through the vessel. Such a method and a device for performing the method are described in, for example, U.S. Patent No. 4,990,134 to Auth. It is also known from U.S. Patent No. 6,132,444 to Shturman (the instant inventor) et al., to provide a drive shaft which is also formed from a single layer of torque transmitting coiled wire or wires but different to the device described in US Patent No. 4,990,134 to Auth, mentioned above, by providing the drive shaft with an eccentric enlarged diameter section located proximally to and spaced away from the distal end of the drive shaft. This drive shaft is formed from a single layer of torque transmitting coiled wire(s). According to US Patent 6,132,444 to Shturman, abrasive particles are located around a maximum diameter of the -2 eccentric segment of the drive shaft thereby forming an eccentric abrasive element positioned proximally to and spaced away from the distal end of the drive shaft. A rotational atherectomy device with distal embolic protection capability is known from WO 2006/126076 to Shturman (the current inventor). In one preferred embodiment of this known Shturman application the distal end of the fluid impermeable drive shaft is advanced across the stenotic lesion to be treated and flushing fluid is pumped through the drive shaft in an antegrade direction to enter the vessel through at least one luminal opening located distally to the abrasive element. As a result of a continued flow of flushing fluid into the vessel in this way, a fluid pressure is generated in the vessel distal to the abrasive element which is sufficient to generate a retrograde flow of at least a portion of the flushing fluid around the abrasive element and the fluid impermeable drive shaft. This retrograde flowing flushing fluid entrains stenotic debris abraded by the rotating abrasive element and flows into a lumen of stationary drive shaft sheath thereby preventing distal migration of debris along the treated vessel. In the most preferred embodiment, abraded debris are not only being removed from the treated vessel but from the patient altogether. According to the preferred embodiments of WO 2006/126076, it is also possible to provide inflatable support elements located distal and proximal to the abrasive element. The inflatable support elements may have centres of mass which are offset from the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft. Such support elements act as counterweights to the eccentric abrasive element, i.e. an abrasive element that has its centre of mass offset from the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft. Alternatively, the abrasive element and the support elements may have centres of mass which lie along the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft. The rotational atherectomy device with fluid inflatable support elements has a smaller crossing profile than the rotational atherectomy device with solid support elements. The term 'crossing profile' refers to a maximum cross-sectional dimension of that portion of the device which has to be advanced across the stenotic lesion.

3 All embodiments of the device described in WO 2006/126076 have to be advanced along the treated vessel and across the stenotic lesion over the guidewire. The devices with fluid inflatable support elements known from WO 2006/126076 allow to reduce the crossing profile of the drive shaft of the device but they still have to be advanced across the stenotic lesion over the guidewire. The outer diameter of the drive shaft of any rotational atherectomy device with distal protection which is advanced over a guidewire may still be too large to cross very tight stenotic lesions. Object of the Invention It is the object of the present invention to substantially overcome or ameliorate one or more of the above disadvantages. Summary of the Invention The present invention provides a rotational atherectomy device for abrading a stenotic lesion from a vessel of a patient comprising a flexible drive shaft which extends towards a distal end of the device, a distal fluid inflatable support element located at a distal end of the drive shaft, an abrasive element mounted to the drive shaft proximal to and spaced away from the distal fluid inflatable support element, and a proximal fluid inflatable support element located proximal to and spaced away from the abrasive element, both the abrasive element and the distal fluid inflatable support element being rotatable together with the drive shaft, the drive shaft comprising a torque transmitting coil which defines a long lumen of the drive shaft, the distal fluid inflatable support element having a wall and the proximal fluid inflatable support element having a wall, wherein the walls of both the distal and the proximal fluid inflatable support elements are formed from a fluid impermeable membrane that is continuous and stretchable and that permanently crosses a longitudinal axis common to the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft at the distal end of the device, wherein pressurized fluid flowing along the lumen of the drive shaft is prevented from entering the vessel in the direction of said longitudinal axis so that the fluid has to pass through the distal fluid inflatable support element, thereby inflating said distal fluid inflatable support element and exiting from the device through at least one outflow opening in the distal fluid inflatable support element in a direction different from the direction of the longitudinal axis of the coil and the lumen.

3a The present invention also provides a rotational atherectomy device for removing stenotic lesion material from a blood vessel of a patient, the device comprising: an elongate flexible drive shaft comprising a torque-transmitting coil, the drive shaft defining a central lumen and a longitudinal axis, the drive shaft configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis; an abrasive element that is fixed to a distal region of the drive shaft such that a center of mass of the abrasive element is offset from the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft; a proximal stability element that is disposed at the distal region of the drive shaft and that has a center of mass coaxial with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the proximal stability element being proximally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a proximal separation distance; a distal stability element that is disposed at the distal region of the drive shaft and that has a center of mass coaxial with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the distal stability element being distally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a distal separation distance; and a fluid impermeable membrane along the drive shaft and surrounding an outer diameter of the torque-transmitting coil from a proximal region of the drive shaft to the distal region of the drive shaft, the fluid impermeable membrane surrounding the outer diameter of the torque transmitting coil between the proximal stability element to the distal stability element, wherein the central lumen of the drive shaft is configured to provide a fluid impermeable path to the distal region of the drive shaft surrounding an outer diameter of the drive shaft at least from the proximal stability element to the distal stability element, wherein the proximal separation distance is less than a distance between the abrasive element and a distal end of the rotational atherectomy device. The present invention further provides a system for performing rotational atherectomy to remove stenotic lesion material from a blood vessel of a patient, the system comprising: an elongate drive shaft sheath defining a sheath lumen therethrough, the drive shaft sheath being configured to be at least partially disposed within the blood vessel; and a rotational atherectomy device slidable through the elongate drive shaft sheath toward stenotic lesion material in a blood vessel, comprising: an elongate flexible drive shaft defining a central lumen and a longitudinal axis, the drive shaft configured for rotation about the longitudinal axis, the drive shaft configured to be at least partially disposed within the sheath lumen when the system is used for performing the rotational atherectomy; 3b an abrasive element that is fixed to the drive shaft such that a center of mass of the abrasive element is offset from the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft; a proximal stability element that is coupled with the drive shaft and that has a center of mass aligned with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the proximal stability element being proximally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a proximal separation distance; a distal stability element that is coupled with the drive shaft and that has a center of mass aligned with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the distal stability element being distally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a distal separation distance; and a fluid impermeable membrane along the drive shaft and surrounding an outer diameter of the drive shaft at least between the proximal stability element and the distal stability element; wherein the proximal separation distance is less than a distance between the abrasive element and a distal end of the rotational atherectomy device. The present invention further provides a method for performing rotational atherectomy to remove stenotic lesion material from a blood vessel of a patient, the method comprising: delivering a rotational atherectomy device into the blood vessel, wherein the rotational atherectomy device comprises: an elongate flexible drive shaft defining a central lumen and a longitudinal axis, the drive shaft configured for rotation about the longitudinal axis, the drive shaft configured to be at least partially disposed within the sheath lumen when the system is used for performing the rotational atherectomy; an abrasive element that is fixed to the drive shaft such that a center of mass of the abrasive element is offset from the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft; a proximal stability element that is coupled with the drive shaft and that has a center of mass aligned with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the proximal stability element being proximally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a proximal separation distance; a distal stability element that is coupled with the drive shaft and that has a center of mass aligned with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the distal stability element being distally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a distal separation distance; and a fluid impermeable membrane along the drive shaft and surrounding an outer diameter of the drive shaft at least between the proximal stability element and the distal stability element, wherein the proximal separation distance is less than a distance between the abrasive element and a distal end of the rotational atherectomy device; and rotating the drive shaft about the longitudinal axis such that the abrasive element contacts the stenotic lesion.

-4 Preferably, this fluid impermeable membrane forms a wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element. Preferably, the wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element extends around the torque transmitting coil of the drive shaft. The wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element is preferably bonded to a surface of the torque transmitting coil proximal to the distal fluid inflatable support element. In a preferred embodiment, the torque transmitting coil comprises at least one space which separates individual windings of the coil, said space allowing fluid communication between the lumen of the drive shaft and the distal fluid inflatable support element. A preferred embodiment comprises an anchoring sleeve underlying the fluid impermeable membrane along at least a distal end portion of the drive shaft, the fluid impermeable membrane being attached to said anchoring sleeve proximal to the distal fluid inflatable support element. Preferably, the torque transmitting coil has proximal and distal ends and an anchoring sleeve is disposed around at least a distal end portion of the torque transmitting coil. Preferably, the torque transmitting coil has proximal and distal ends and the anchoring sleeve extends distally from the distal end of the coil such that the distal inflatable support element formed around the anchoring sleeve from the fluid impermeable membrane is spaced away from the distal end of the torque transmitting coil, the abrasive element being disposed around at least a portion of the circumference of the anchoring sleeve.

In an embodiment with one torque transmitting coil, the anchoring sleeve may extend proximally within and line the torque transmitting coil. Preferably, the drive shaft comprises inner and outer torque transmitting coils, the anchoring sleeve being sandwiched between said inner and outer torque transmitting coils, the anchoring sleeve and the inner torque transmitting coil extending distally from a distal end of the outer torque transmitting coil, the abrasive clement being disposed around at least a portion of the circumference of the anchoring sleeve. Preferably, the anchoring sleeve is closed at its distal end. Preferably, the anchoring sleeve has an opening therein associated with the distal fluid inflatable support element to allow pressurised fluid to flow through said opening into the distal fluid inflatable support element from the lumen of the drive shaft. Preferably, the distal end of the device and the closed distal end of the sleeve are spaced away from each other to form a soft atraumatic cushion between the distal end of the device and the closed distal end of the anchoring sleeve. Preferably, the device comprises an elongate core element advanceable through the lumen of the drive shaft to stiffen the drive shaft and which assists in the advancement of the drive shaft along the vessel towards the treatment site. The elongate core element preferably has a distal end configured for operational engagement with the distal end of the anchoring sleeve. Preferably, the elongate core element is configured to be removed from the device after the distal end of the device has been advanced to the treatment site so that a detachable fluid supply tube can be attached to the device. The elongate core element preferably includes a lumen for the passage of fluid therealong.

-6 Preferably, the elongate core element has at least one opening located at or proximal to its distal end, said opening providing fluid communication between the lumen of the elongate core element and the lumen of the drive shaft. The anchoring sleeve is preferably formed from a fluid impermeable membrane. Preferably, the anchoring sleeve comprises at least one opening located proximal to the closed distal end of the sleeve, said opening providing fluid communication between the lumen of the drive shaft and the distal fluid inflatable support element. Preferably, the distal fluid inflatable support element has, when inflated, a centre of mass which lies along the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. Preferably, a fluid inflatable space within the distal fluid inflatable support element extends uniformly around the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft to provide the distal support element with a centre of mass which lies along the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft when said distal support element is fluid inflated. Preferably, there is a plurality of openings in the wall of the fluid inflatable distal support element, said openings being located around the circumference of the wall of the fluid inflatable distal support element such that, during rotation of the drive shaft, at least some of said openings face an inner surface of a treated vessel, so that flows of fluid through the openings form a layer of fluid between the outer wall of the fluid inflated distal support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the outer wall of the rotating fluid inflated distal support element and the wall of the treated vessel. Preferably, the rotational atherectomy device comprises a proximal fluid inflatable support element located proximal to and spaced away from the abrasive element, the proximal fluid inflatable support element having an outer wall.

-7 Preferably, the outer wall of the proximal fluid inflatable support element is continuous and integral with the fluid impermeable membrane. Preferably, the proximal fluid inflatable support element has, when inflated, a centre of mass which lies along the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. Preferably, a fluid inflatable space within the proximal fluid inflatable support element extends uniformly around a longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft to provide the proximal support element with a centre of mass which lies along the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft when said proximal support element is fluid inflated. Preferably, there is a plurality of openings in the wall of the fluid inflatable proximal support element, said openings being located around the circumference of the wall of the fluid inflatable proximal support element such that, during rotation of the drive shaft, at least some of said openings face an inner surface of a treated vessel, so that flows of fluid through the openings form a layer of fluid between the outer wall of the fluid inflated proximal support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the outer wall of the rotating fluid inflated proximal support element and the wall of the treated vessel. Preferably, the abrasive element has a centre of mass which lies on the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. In a modified embodiment, the abrasive element may have a centre of mass which is offset in a radial direction from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft.

- 8 In an alternative embodiment of the invention, the centre of mass of the abrasive element is always offset in a radial direction from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. In the alternative embodiment, the distal fluid inflatable support element has, when inflated, a centre of mass which is offset in a radial direction from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. Preferably in the alternative embodiment, the centre of mass of the distal fluid inflatable support element and the centre of mass of the abrasive element ate offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in opposite directions. In the alternative embodiment, preferably, the wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element is bonded to a segment of a circumference of the torque transmitting coil, a middle point of said segment being spaced from the longitudinal axis of the coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in the same direction as the centre of mass of the abrasive element. In the alternative embodiment, preferably, the wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element defines a fluid inflatable space that extends only partially around a circumference of the torque transmitting coil so that, when the distal inflatable support element is fluid inflated, its centre of mass is offset from a longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in one direction, the distal fluid inflated support element acting, during rotation of the drive shaft, as a counterweight to the abrasive element which has its centre of mass offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in the opposite direction. In the alternative embodiment, the abrasive element preferably has a centre of mass which is offset in a radial direction from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft, the wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element defining a fluid inflatable space that extends only -9 partially around a circumference of the anchoring sleeve so that, when the distal inflatable support element is fluid inflated, its centre of mass is offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in a direction opposite to the direction in which the centre of mass of the abrasive element is offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft, the distal fluid inflated support element acting, during rotation of the drive shaft, as a counterweight to the abrasive element. Preferably, the alternative embodiment comprises a proximal fluid inflatable support element located proximal to and spaced away from the abrasive element, the proximal fluid inflatable support element having an outer wall which is bonded to a segment of the circumference of the torque transmitting coil, a middle point of said segment being spaced from the from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in the same direction as the centre of mass of -the abrasive element. Preferably, the rotational atherectomy device of the alterative embodiment comprises a proximal fluid inflatable support element located proximal to and spaced away from the abrasive element, the proximal fluid inflatable support element having an outer wall which defines a fluid inflatable space that extends only partially around a circumference of the anchoring sleeve so that, when the proximal inflatable support element is fluid inflated, its centre of mass is offset from a longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in a direction opposite to the direction in which the centre of mass of the abrasive element is offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft, the proximal fluid inflated support element acting, during rotation of the drive shaft, as a counterweight to the abrasive element. Preferably, in the alternative embodiment, the abrasive element has a centre of mass which is offset in a radial direction from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and lumen of the drive shaft, the walls of the distal and proximal fluid inflatable support elements defining fluid inflatable spaces that extend only partially around a circumference of the torque transmitting coil so that, when the - 10 inflatable support elements are fluid inflated, their centres of mass are offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft a direction opposite to the direction in which the centre of mass of the abrasive element is offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft, the fluid inflated support elements acting, during rotation of the drive shaft, as a counterweights to the abrasive element. Preferably, in the alternative embodiment, the wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element has an outflow opening located such that said outflow opening, during rotation of the drive shaft, faces an inner surface of a treated vessel so that fluid flowing through the outflow opening forms a layer of fluid between the outer wall of the rotating fluid inflated distal support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the outer wall of the rotating fluid inflated distal support element and the wall of the treated vessel. Preferably, in the alternative embodiment, at least a few openings in the outer wall of a rotating fluid inflated distal support element are located around a circumference of the wall of the inflated distal support element such that at any time during rotation of the drive shaft at least one of said few openings is facing an inner surface of a treated vessel, so that a flow of fluid through the opening forms a layer of fluid between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated distal support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated support element and the wall of the treated vessel. Preferably, in the alternative embodiment, at least one opening in the wall of a rotating fluid inflated proximal support element is located such that at any time during rotation of the drive shaft said opening is facing an inner surface of a treated vessel, so that a flow of fluid through the opening forms a layer of fluid between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated proximal support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated proximal support element and the wall of the treated vessel.

- 11 Preferably, in the alternative embodiment, at least a few openings in the outer wall of a rotating fluid inflated proximal support element are located around circumference of the wall of the inflated distal support element such that at any time during rotation of the drive shaft at least one of said few openings is facing an inner surface of a treated vessel, so that a flow of fluid through the opening forms a layer of fluid between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated proximal support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated support element and the wall of the treated vessel. Preferably, the walls of both inflatable support elements are made from a continuous stretchable membrane, said fluid impermeable stretchable membrane being sandwiched between the torque transmitting coil and at least one non stretchable sleeve, the non-stretchable sleeve being disposed around the stretchable membrane between the fluid inflatable support elements. Preferably, the non stretchable sleeve is formed in two sections, each section being disposed on either side of the abrasive element. Preferably, a second long, non-stretchable sleeve overlaps the stretchable membrane for a short distance proximal to the proximal fluid inflatable support element and extends in a proximal direction around the torque transmitting coil towards the proximal end of the drive shaft. Preferably, the non-stretchable sleeve is fluid impermeable. Preferably, in the above-described alternative embodiment, the abrasive element has a centre of mass which is spaced away from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft, and an anchoring sleeve is disposed around the torque transmitting coil at least along a length of the drive shaft occupied by fluid inflatable support elements, said anchoring sleeve being disposed over the coil under the fluid impermeable membrane which forms fluid inflatable support elements, the fluid impermeable membrane along a length of the fluid inflatable support elements being bonded to the anchoring sleeve only along one side of a circumference of the drive shaft, thereby preventing the fluid inflatable support elements from expanding uniformly around an entire circumference of the anchoring sleeve when fluid inflated so as to form fluid - 12 inflated counterweights with centres of mass spaced radially away from a longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in a direction opposite to the direction in which the centre of mass of the abrasive element is spaced away from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. Preferably, the lumen of the drive shaft has proximal and distal portions, the proximal portion of the the lumen having a larger cross-sectional area relative to the cross-sectional area of the distal portion of the lumen so that per unit of length hydraulic resistance to fluid flow of the proximal portion of the lumen is less than the hydraulic resistance to fluid flow of the distal portion of the lumen. Preferably, all the pressurised fluid which flows through the lumen of the drive shaft exits from the device into the vessel through opening(s) in the wall(s) of the fluid inflatable support elements. Preferably, the abrasive element is spaced away from the distal end of the torque transmitting coil. - Preferably, in the rotational aherectoomy device which has inner and outer torque transmitting coils, the abrasive element is spaced away from the distal end of the outer torque transmitting coil. According to the present invention, there is provided a rotational atherectomy device for abrading a stenotic lesion from a vessel of a patient comprising a rotatable, flexible drive shaft, a distal fluid inflatable support element located at a distal end of the device and an abrasive element mounted to the drive shaft proximal to and spaced away from the distal fluid inflatable support element, both the abrasive element and the distal fluid inflatable support element being rotatable together with the drive shaft, the drive shaft comprising a torque transmitting coil which defines a long lumen of the drive shaft, the distal fluid inflatable support element being formed from a fluid impermeable membrane that crosses a longitudinal axis common to the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive - 13 shaft at the distal end of the device, thereby preventing pressurized fluid flowing along the lumen of the drive shaft from entering the vessel in the direction of said longitudinal axis so that fluid has to pass through the fluid inflatable support element, inflating said support element and exiting from the device through an outflow opening in the fluid inflatable support element in a direction different from the direction of the longitudinal axis of the coil and the lumen. In one preferred embodiment, the abrasive element has a centre of mass which is offset in a radial direction from the longitudinal axis of the coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. In another preferred embodiment, the abrasive element has a centre of mass which lies on the longitudinal axis of the coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. The fluid impermeable membrane preferably extends around and is bonded to a surface of the torque transmitting coil proximal to the distal fluid inflatable support element. The wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element preferably extends around the torque transmitting coil of the drive shaft. In one preferred embodiment, the wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element is bonded to a segment of the circumference of the torque transmitting coil, a middle point of said segment being spaced from the longitudinal axis of the coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in the same direction as the centre of mass of the abrasive element. The torque transmitting coil preferably comprises at least one space which separates individual windings of the coil, said space allowing fluid communication between the lumen of the drive shaft and the distal fluid inflatable support element. One preferred embodiment comprises an anchoring sleeve underlying the fluid impermeable membrane along at least a distal end portion of the drive shaft, the - 14 fluid impermeable membrane being attached to said anchoring sleeve proximal to the distal fluid inflatable support element. In one preferred embodiment, the torque transmitting coil has proximal and distal ends and the anchoring sleeve is disposed around at least a distal end portion of the torque transmitting coil. Preferably, the torque transmitting coil has proximal and distal ends and the anchoring sleeve extends distally from the distal end of the coil such that the distal fluid inflatable support element formed around the anchoring sleeve from the fluid impermeable membrane is spaced away from the distal end of the torque transmitting coil and disposed (located) around at least a portion of the circumference of the anchoring sleeve. The anchoring sleeve may extend proximally within and line the torque transmitting coil. In a preferred embodiment, the drive shaft comprises inner and outer torque transmitting coils, the anchoring sleeve being sandwiched between said inner and outer torque transmitting coils, the anchoring sleeve and the inner torque transmitting coil extending distally from the distal end of the outer torque transmitting coil, the abrasive element being located around at least a portion of the circumference of the anchoring sleeve and being spaced away from the distal end of the outer torque transmitting coil. In one embodiment, the anchoring sleeve may be closed at its distal end. In one embodiment, the anchoring sleeve may have an opening therein associated with the distal fluid inflatable support element to allow pressurised fluid to flow through said opening into the distal fluid inflatable support element from the lumen of the drive shaft.

- 15 The distal end of the device may be closed by the fluid impermeable membrane and spaced in a longitudinal direction from the closed distal end of the anchoring sleeve to form a soft atraumatic cushion at the distal end of the device. One preferred embodiment of the invention may comprise an elongate core element advanceable through the lumen of the drive shaft to stiffen the drive shaft and thereby assist in the advancement of the drive shaft along the vessel towards the treatment site. The elongate core element may have a distal end configured for operational engagement with the distal end of the anchoring sleeve. The elongate core element may be configured to be removed from the device after the distal end of the device has been advanced to the treatment site so that a detachable fluid supply tube can be attached to the device. In one preferred embodiment, the elongate core element includes a lumen for the passage of fluid therealong, the elongate core element preferably having at least one opening located at or proximal to its distal end, said opening providing fluid communication between the lumen of the elongate core element and the lumen of the drive shaft. The elongate core element may have a coil at its distal end, and the elongate core element may be a coil. Preferably, the anchoring sleeve is formed from a fluid impermeable membrane. The anchoring sleeve may comprise at least one opening located proximal to the closed distal end of the sleeve, said opening providing fluid communication between the lumen of the drive shaft and the distal fluid inflatable support element.

- 16 In a preferred embodiment, the device comprises a proximal fluid inflatable support element located proximal to and spaced away from the abrasive element, the proximal fluid inflatable support element having an outer wall. In one preferred embodiment, the outer wall of the proximal fluid inflatable support element is continuous and integral with the fluid impermeable membrane. The wall of the proximal fluid inflatable support element may be bonded to a segment of the circumference of the torque transmitting coil, a middle point of said segment being spaced from the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft in the same direction as the centre of mass of the abrasive element. The torque transmitting coil may comprise at least one space which separates individual windings of the coil, said space allowing fluid communication between the lumen of the drive shaft and the proximal fluid inflatable support element. The anchoring sleeve may have an opening therein associated with the proximal fluid inflatable support element to allow pressurised fluid to flow through said opening into the proximal fluid inflatable support element from the lumen of the drive shaft. In one preferred embodiment, all of the pressurised fluid which flows through the lumen of the drive shaft exits from the device into the vessel through opening(s) in the wall(s) of the fluid inflatable support elements. The distal fluid inflatable support element may have, when inflated, a centre of mass which is offset in a radial direction from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. The centre of mass of the distal fluid inflatable support element and the centre of mass of the abrasive element may be offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in diametrically opposite directions.

- 17 In one preferred embodiment, the wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element defines a fluid inflatable space that extends only partially around a circumference of the torque transmitting coil so that, when the distal inflatable support element is fluid inflated, its centre of mass is offset from a longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in one direction, the distal fluid inflated support element acting, during rotation of the drive shaft, as a counterweight to the abrasive element which has its centre of mass offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in the opposite direction. In one preferred embodiment, the wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element defines a fluid inflatable space that extends only partially around a circumference of the anchoring sleeve so that, when the distal inflatable support element is fluid inflated, its centre of mass is offset from a longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in one direction, the distal fluid inflated support element acting, during rotation of the drive shaft, as a counterweight to the abrasive element which has its centre of mass offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in § the opposite direction. The proximal fluid inflatable support element may have, when inflated, a centre of mass which is offset in a radial direction from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. The centre of mass of the proximal fluid inflatable support element and the centre of mass of the abrasive element may be offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in diametrically opposite directions. In one preferred embodiment, the wall of the proximal fluid inflatable support element defines a fluid inflatable space that extends only partially around a circumference of the torque transmitting coil so that, when the proximal inflatable - 18 support element is fluid inflated, its centre of mass is offset from a longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in one direction, the distal fluid inflated support element acting, during rotation of the drive shaft, as a counterweight to the abrasive element which has its centre of mass offset from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in the opposite direction. In another preferred embodiment, fluid inflatable spaces within both the distal and proximal fluid inflatable support elements extend radially away from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in a direction diametrically opposite to the direction in which the center of mass of the abrasive element is spaced away from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. In another preferred embodiment, the distal fluid inflatable support element may have, when inflated, a centre of mass which lies along the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. Preferably, in this preferred embodiment, a fluid inflatable space within the distal fluid inflatable support element extends uniformly around an entire circumference of the drive shaft, providing the distal support element with a centre of mass which lies along the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft when said distal support element is fluid inflated. The proximal fluid inflatable support element may also have, when inflated, a centre of mass which lies along the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. In a preferred embodiment, a fluid inflatable space within the proximal fluid inflatable support element extends uniformly around a longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft, therefore providing a fluid inflated proximal support element with a centre of mass which lies along the - 19 longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft when the proximal support element is fluid inflated. In a preferred embodiment, the wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element has an outflow opening located such that said outflow opening, during rotation of the drive shaft, faces an inner surface of a treated vessel so that fluid flowing through the outflow opening forms a layer of fluid between the outer wall of the rotating fluid inflated distal support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the outer wall of the rotating fluid inflated distal support element and the wall of the treated vessel. In a preferred embodiment, at least a few openings in the outer wall of a rotating fluid inflated distal support element are located around circumference of the wall of the inflated distal support element such that at any time during rotation of the drive shaft at least one of said few openings is facing an inner surface of a treated vessel, so that a flow of fluid through the opening forms a layer of fluid between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated distal support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated support element and the wall of the treated vessel. In a preferred embodiment, at least one opening in the wall of a rotating fluid inflated proximal support element is located such that at any time during rotation of the drive shaft said opening is facing an inner surface of a treated vessel, so that a flow of fluid through the opening forms a layer of fluid between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated proximal support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated proximal support element and the wall of the treated vessel. There may be a plurality of openings in the wall of the fluid inflatable proximal support element, said openings being located around the circumference of the wall of the fluid inflatable proximal support element such that, during rotation of the drive shaft, at least some of said openings face an inner surface of a treated vessel, so that flows of fluid through the openings form a layer of fluid between the outer - 20 wall of the fluid inflated proximal support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the outer wall of the rotating fluid inflated proximal support element and the wall of the treated vessel. In one preferred embodiment, there is a plurality of openings in the wall of the fluid inflatable distal support element, said openings being located around the circumference of the wall of the fluid inflatable distal support element such that, during rotation of the drive shaft, at least some of said openings face an inner surface of a treated vessel, so that flows of fluid through the openings form a layer of fluid between the outer wall of the fluid inflated distal support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the outer wall of the rotating fluid inflated distal support element and the wall of the treated vessel. The walls of both inflatable support elements may be made from a continuous stretchable membrane, said fluid impermeable stretchable membrane being sandwiched between the torque transmitting coil and at least one non-stretchable sleeve, the non-stretchable sleeve being disposed around the stretchable membrane between the fluid inflatable support elements. This non-stretchable sleeve may be formed in two sections, each section being disposed on either side of the abrasive element. A second long, non-stretchable sleeve preferably overlaps the stretchable membrane for a short distance proximal to the proximal fluid inflatable support element and extends in a proximal direction around the torque transmitting coil towards the proximal end of the drive shaft. This non-stretchable sleeve is preferably fluid impermeable. An anchoring sleeve may be disposed around the torque transmitting coil at least along a length of the drive shaft occupied by fluid inflatable support elements , said anchoring sleeve being disposed over the coil under the fluid impermeable membrane which forms the distal fluid inflatable support element, the fluid impermeable membrane along a length of the fluid inflatable support elements being - 21 bonded to the anchoring sleeve only along one side of a circumference of the drive shaft, thereby preventing the fluid inflatable support elements from expanding uniformly around an entire circumference of the anchoring sleeve when fluid inflated so as to form a fluid inflated counterweights with centres of mass spaced radially away from a longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft in a direction opposite to the direction in which a centre of mass of the abrasive element is spaced away from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft. The lumen of the drive shaft may have proximal and distal portions, the proximal portion of the the lumen having a larger cross-sectional area relative to the cross sectional area of the distal portion of the lumen so that per unit of length hydraulic resistance to fluid flow of the proximal portion of the lumen is less than the hydraulic resistance to fluid flow of the distal portion of the lumen. Reference is made to "distal" and "proximal" ends and to flow of fluid in an "antegrade" and "retrograde" direction. For the avoidance of doubt, and for the purpose of this specification, the distal end is considered to refer to the end of the device which is inserted into the vessel in the body of the patient and the proximal end is the end of the device which remains outside the body of the patient and is -connected to an advancing and rotational drive assembly. The term 'antegrade flow' refers to a direction of fluid flow from the proximal to the distal end of the device. Similarly, the term 'retrograde flow' refers to a fluid flow in the opposite direction, i.e. from the distal to the proximal end of the device. The antegrade flowing fluid is indicated by arrows 'FF' in the drawings. The retrograde flowing fluid is indicated by arrows 'RF' in the drawings. Embolic particles are marked as 'EP' in the drawings. Embodiments of the invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: FIGURE 1 is a longitudinal cross-sectional view of a distal end portion of a rotational atherectomy device according to a first embodiment of the invention. The - 22 device comprises a rotatable drive shaft, an abrasive element mounted to the drive shaft proximal to its distal end and, a pair of fluid inflatable support elements. The fluid inflatable support elements are located distal and proximal to the abrasive element. The abrasive element and the fluid inflatable support elements are rotatable together with the drive shaft. The drive shaft comprises a torque transmitting coil and a long lumen having a fluid impermeable wall and configured for transfer of pressurized fluid towards the distal end of the drive shaft. The long lumen of the drive shaft is coaxial with the torque transmitting coil and is in fluid communication with both fluid inflatable support elements. The distal fluid inflatable support element is formed from a fluid impermeable membrane that crosses a longitudinal axis of the lumen of the drive shaft (and of the torque transmitting coil) at a distal end of the device. FIGURE 2 shows the device of Figure 1 after the flow of pressurized fluid along the lumen the drive shaft has been initiated and the support elements have been inflated by said flow of pressurized fluid. Fig.2 illustrates that the fluid impermeable membrane prevents pressurized fluid flowing along the lumen of the drive shaft from entering the vessel in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the lumen (and the coil). Figure 2 illustrates that the pressurized fluid has to pass through the fluid inflatable support elements and inflate them. The pressurized fluid exits from the device through outflow openings in the fluid inflated support elements. The pressurized fluid exits through the outflow openings in directions which are different from the direction of the longitudinal axis of the coil and the lumen. FIGURE 3 shows a cross-section through AI'-AI'of Figure 1; FIGURE4 shows a cross-section through A1"-A1" of Figure 1; FIGURE 5 shows a cross-section through AI'"-A 1 '" of Figure 1; FIGURE 6 shows a cross-section through A3'-A3' of Figure 2. Fig.6 illustrates that a fluid inflatable space within the distal support elements extends only partially around a circumference of the torque transmitting coil; - 23 FIGURE 7 shows a cross-section through A3"-A3" of Figure 2; FIGURE 8 shows a cross-section through A3 1 "--A3"' of Figure 2. Fig.8 illustrates that a fluid inflatable space within the proximal support elements extends only partially around a circumference of the torque transmitting coil ; FIGURE 9 is a longitudinal cross-sectional view of a distal end portion of a rotational atherectomy device according to a second embodiment of the invention, the device comprising an anchoring sleeve which is underlying the fluid impermeable membrane along a distal end portion of the torque transmitting coil. The walls of the fluid inflatable support elements are bonded only to segments of the circumference of the anchoring sleeve, said segments of the anchoring sleeve being located such that a middle point of each segment is spaced from the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil in the same direction as a centre of a mass of the abrasive element. The abrasive element extends around the anchoring sleeve and has a center of mass spaced away from the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft; FIGURE 10 shows the device of Figure 9 after the flow of pressurized fluid along the lumen the drive shaft has been initiated. Fig.10 illustrates that the pattern of fluid flow through the device is similar to that shown in Figure 2 of the first embodiment. The support elements are inflated by the pressurized fluid that flows into the inflatable support elements through apertures in the anchoring sleeve.. FIGURE 11 shows a longitudinal cross-sectional view of a distal end portion of a first modification of the second embodiment of the invention. Figure 11 shows the first modification in which the abrasive element is bonded by a longitudinally extending strap to the outer surface of the fluid impermeable membrane. In the modified embodiment of Figure 11, the fluid impermeable membrane forms the walls of both fluid inflatable support elements, but does not extend around a proximal end portion of the torque transmitting coil. The anchoring sleeve extends proximally around the torque transmitting coil towards the proximal end of the - 24 drive shaft. The anchoring sleeve forms the wall of the lumen of the drive shaft and therefore should be made from a fluid impermeable material. FIGURE 12 shows the device of Figure 11 after the flow of pressurized fluid along the lumen the drive shaft has been initiated. Fig.12 illustrates that the pattern of fluid flow through the device is similar to that shown in Figure 2 of the first embodiment. FIGURE 13 shows a cross-section through B1'-B1' of Figure 11; FIGURE 14 shows a cross-section through B1"-Bl" of Figure 11; FIGURE 15 shows a cross-section through B1"'-B1"' of Figure 11; FIGURE 16 shows a cross-section through B3'-B3' of Figure 12. Fig;16 illustrates that a fluid inflatable space within the distal support elements extends only partially around a circumference of the anchoring sleeve; FIGURE 17 shows a cross-section through B3"-B3" of Figure 12; FIGURE 18 shows a cross-section through B3"'-B3"' of Figure 12. Fig.18 illustrates that a fluid inflatable space within the proximal support elements extends only partially around a circumference of the anchoring sleeve FIGURE 19 shows a second modification of the second embodiment of the device of the invention. Figure 19 shows the device which is similar to the device shown in Figure 11, but in which the anchoring sleeve extends only around a distal end portion of the the torque transmitting coil. The fluid impermeable membrane forms walls of the inflatable support elements around the distal end potion of the torque transmitting coil and extends in a proximal direction around the torque transmitting coil towards the proximal end of the drive shaft; - 25 FIGURE 20 shows the device of Figure 19 after an antegrade flow of fluid has been initiated. Fig.20 illustrates that the pattern of fluid flow through the device is similar to that shown in Figure 2 of the first embodiment and Figure 12 of the first modification of the second embodiment; FIGURE 21 shows a third modification of the second embodiment of the device of the invention. Figure 21 shows the device which is similar to the device shown in Figure 11, but in which the anchoring sleeve is closed at its distal end. The device shown in Figure 21 also differs from the device shown in Figure 11 in that the closed distal end of the anchoring sleeve is spaced in the longitudinal direction from the distal end of the device, the distal end of the device being closed by the membrane so that the space between the closed end of the anchoring sleeve and the closed end of the device form a soft atraumatic cushion at the distal end of the device. The device shown in Figure 21 also differs from the device shown in Figure 11in that the anchoring sleeve extends distally from a distal end of the torque transmitting coil such that the inflatable support elements are spaced away from the distal end of the torque transmitting coil. Yet another difference between the second and third modifications of the second embodiment is that the abrasive element shown in Figure 21 is attached to the membrane by a flexible strap which extends around the membrane in Figure 21 and not along it as shown in Figure 11; FIGURE 22 shows the device of Figure 21 after an antegrade flow of pressurized fluid through the device has been initiated. The support elements are inflated by the pressurized fluid that flows into the inflatable support elements through apertures in the anchoring sleeve. Fig.22 illustrates that the pattern of fluid flow through the device is similar to that shown in Figure 2 of the first embodiment and Figures 12 and 20 of the first and second modifications of the second embodiment; FIGURE 23 shows a fourth modification of the second embodiment of the device of the invention. The fourth modification of Figure 23 is similar to the third modification of the second embodiment of Figure 21, but differs in that the centres of mass of the inflatable support elements are laying along the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and of the lumen of the drive shaft; - 26 FIGURE 24 shows the device of Figure 23 after an antegrade flow of fluid has been initiated and the support elements have been inflated. FIGURE 24 illustrates that fluid inflatable spaces within the support elements extend uniformly around the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft, therefore providing the fluid inflated support elements with centres of mass which are laying along the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft, when the support elements are fluid inflated. Fig.24 illustrates that the pattern of fluid flow through the device is similar to that shown in Figure 2 of the first embodiment and Figures 12, 20 and 22 of the first, second and third modifications of the second embodiment. The pressurized fluid is exiting from the device through the outflow openings located around the entire circumference of the inflated support elements; FIGURE 25 shows a fifth modification of the second embodiment of the device of the invention. The embodiment of Figure 25 is similar to the fourth modification of the second embodiment shown in Figure 23, but differs in that the drive shaft comprises inner and outer torque transmitting coils. The anchoring sleeve is sandwiched between the inner and outer torque transmitting coils. The anchoring sleeve and the inner torque transmitting coil extend distally from the distal end of the outer torque transmitting coil such that the inflatable support elements formed around the anchoring sleeve from the fluid impermeable membrane are spaced away from the distal end of the outer torque transmitting coil; FIGURE 26 shows the device of Figure 25 after an antegrade flow of fluid has been initiated and the support elements have been inflated. Fig.26 illustrates that the pattern of fluid flow through the device is similar to that shown in Figure 24 of the fourth modification of the second embodiment; FIGURE 27 is a side sectional view of a portion of a blood vessel having a stenotic lesion. Figure 27 illustrates the rotational device of a sixth modification of the second embodiment of the invention which has been advanced across the stenotic lesion to a position in which the distal fluid inflatable support element is located - 27 distal to the stenotic lesion and the proximal fluid inflatable support element is intentionally located proximal to the stenotic lesion to be treated. The device of Figure 27 is similar to the device of the third modification of the second embodiment of Figure 21, but differs in that it comprises an elongate core element disposed in the lumen of the drive shaft to stiffen the drive shaft and thereby assist in the advancement of the device along the vessel towards and across the stenotic lesion; FIGURE 28 shows the same view as Figure 27 but with the core element being partially withdrawn from the lumen of the drive shaft; FIGURE 29 shows the same view as Figures 27 and 28, but with the core element completely removed from the lumen of the drive shaft. It should be noted that the core element should be removed completely from the rest of the device to allow attachment of a detachable fluid supply tube to the device; FIGURE 30 shows the same view as Figure 29 but after a flow of pressurized fluid has been initiated in an antegrade direction along the lumen of the drive shaft and through the openings in the anchoring sleeve into the inflatable support elements to inflate said support elements. The pressurized fluid flowing along the lumen of the drive shaft is entering the treated vessel only through the openings in the walls of the inflatable support elements; FIGURES 31 through 36 illustrate abrading of the stenotic lesion by the rotating abrasive element and formation of fluid bearings between the inner surface of the vessel and the walls of the rotating fluid inflated support elements, said fluid bearings being formed by flow of fluid through the openings in the walls of the fluid inflated support elements; FIGURE 37 shows the distal end section of the device after rotation of the device has been stopped but prior to stopping the flow of pressurized fluid along the lumen of the drive shaft.

- 28 FIGURE 38 shows the distal end portion of the device after the flow of pressurized fluid along the lumen of the drive shaft has been stopped; FIGURES 39 and 40 illustrate the removal of the device from the treated vessel and appearance of the treated vessel after removal of the device; FIGURE 41 shows a seventh modification of the second embodiment of the device of the invention. The device shown Figure 41 is similar to the device shown in Figure 27, but differs in that the core element comprises a long lumen, said lumen being in fluid communication with the lumen of the drive shaft through an opening located in a wall of the core element adjacent to its distal end; FIGURE 42 shows the device of Figure 41 in which pressurized fluid is flowing from the lumen of the core element into the lumen of the drive shaft; FIGURE 43 shows the device of Figure 42 in which the core element is being withdrawn from the lumen of the drive shaft and the device. The continuous flow of the pressurized fluid from the lumen of the core element into the lumen of the drive shaft is assisting in removing the core element from the lumen of the drive shaft without changing position of the device in the treated vessel; FIGURE 44 shows the device of Figures 42 and 43 except that the pressurized fluid has been pumped from the lumen of the core element into the lumen of the drive shaft at such a combination of fluid pressure and fluid flow rates which caused the distal inflatable support element (counterweight) to become sufficiently distended to become anchored distal to or against the stenotic lesion to be treated. FIGURE 45 shows that the anchoring the distal fluid inflatable support element either distal to or against the stenotic lesion to be treated may help in removing the core element from the lumen of the drive shaft without changing the position of the device in the vessel to be treated.

- 29 FIGURE 46 shows a longitudinal cross-sectional view of a distal end portion of a third embodiment of the device of the invention. In this embodiment the inflatable support elements are formed from a fluid impermeable stretchable membrane. The stretchable membrane proximal to the distal fluid inflatable support element is sandwiched between the torque transmitting coil and a non-stretchable sleeve. Another non-stretchable, fluid impermeable sleeve extends around a proximal end portion of the stretchable membrane and further around the torque transmitting coil towards the proximal end of the drive shaft; FIGURE 47 shows one modification of the third embodiment of the device of the invention. This embodiment is similar to that shown in Figure 44, but differs in that the non-stretchable sleeve is comprised of two segments, one segment being disposed around the stretchable membrane between the abrasive element and the distal fluid inflatable support element and the other between the abrasive element and the proximal fluid inflatable support element.; FIGURE 48 shows the device of Figure 47 after an antegrade flow of fluid has been initiated and the support elements have been inflated. Figure 48 illustrates that the pattern of fluid flow through the device is similar to that shown in Figure 26 of the fifth modification of the second embodiment; FIGURE 49 illustrates a fourth embodiment of the device. Figure 49 shows the device after the antegrade flow of pressurized fluid has been initiated and the support elements have been inflated. The device of Figure 49 is similar to the device of the third modification of the second embodiment of the device shown in Figure 22, but differs in that the lumen of the drive shaft has proximal and distal portions. The proximal portion of the the lumen has a larger cross-sectional area relative to the cross-sectional area of the distal portion of the lumen so that, per unit of length, hydraulic resistance to fluid flow of the proximal portion of the lumen is less than the hydraulic resistance to fluid flow of the distal portion of the lumen. In Figures 1 to 49, the direction of movement of the atherectomy device is indicated by arrow marked "DM", flow of fluid in an antegrade direction through the - 30 atherectomy device is indicated by arrows "FF" and flow of fluid around the device and across a stenotic lesion in a retrograde direction is indicated by arrows marked "RF". Embolic particles abraded from the stenotic lesion are indicated as "EP". Embolic particles EP abraded from the stenotic lesion are entrained by the retrograde flowing fluid RF and aspirated into a drainage lumen formed between the rotatable drive shaft and a stationary drive shaft sheath 900. Alternatively, embolic particles EP may be aspirated into a drainage lumen of a separate drainage catheter (not shown). Embolic particles EP are removed from the treated vessel and out of the patient's body. Figures 1 through 8 illustrate in longitudinal and transverse cross-sections a distal end portion of the first embodiment of the rotational atherectomy device of the invention. The rotational atherectomy device is comprised of a rotatable, flexible drive shaft 1, a distal fluid inflatable support element 3 located at a distal end 4 of the device and an abrasive element 5 mounted to the drive shaft 1 proximal to and spaced away from the distal fluid inflatable support element 3. The drive shaft 1 comprises a torque transmitting coil 2. The abrasive element 5 and the distal fluid inflatable support element 3 are rotatable together with the drive shaft 1. The drive shaft I includes a long lumen 6 for the transport of pressurized fluid to the distal fluid inflatable support element 3. In Figures 1 to 8, a wall 7 of the distal fluid inflatable support element 3 and a wall 8 of the long lumen 6 of the drive shaft I are formed from a single fluid impermeable membrane 9. The fluid impermeable membrane 9 extends around the torque transmitting coil 2. The torque transmitting coil 2, the long lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 and the drive shaft 1 itself have common longitudinal axis X-X. The fluid impermeable membrane 9 crosses the longitudinal axis X-X at the distal end 4 of the device, thereby preventing pressurized fluid flowing along the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 from entering the treated vessel in the direction of said longitudinal axis X-X. Therefore, the pressurized fluid has to pass through and inflate the distal fluid inflatable support element 3, prior to exiting from the device through outflow openings 66 in the distal fluid inflatable support element 3 in a direction different from the direction of the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1.

- 31 Preferably, the device comprises a proximal fluid inflatable support element 23 located proximal to and spaced away from the abrasive element 5. Figures 1 and 2 illustrate that a wall 27 of the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23 is continuous and integral with the fluid impermeable membrane 9 which forms the wall 7 of the distal fluid inflatable support element 3. Figure 2 also illustrates that the pressurized fluid is passing through and inflating the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23, prior to exiting from the device through outflow openings 99 in the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23. Figures 2, 6 and 7 illustrate best that the wall 7 of the distal fluid inflatable support element 3 is bonded only to a segment of the circumference of the torque transmitting coil 2, said segment of the coil 2 being located such that a middle point MPD of the segment is spaced from the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 in the same direction as a centre of a mass of the abrasive element 5. Figures 2, 7and 8 illustrate best that the wall 27 of the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23 is also bonded only to a segment of the circumference of the torque transmitting coil 2, said segment of the coil 2 being located such that a middle point MP, of the segment is spaced from the longitudinal axis X-X of the. torque transmitting coil 2 in the same direction as a centre of a mass of the abrasive element 5. Figure 2 and 6 illustrate best that the wall 7of the distal fluid inflatable support element 3 defines a fluid inflatable space 50 that extends only partially around the circumference the torque transmitting coil 2 so that, when the distal inflatable support element 3 is fluid inflated, its centre of mass CMDc is offset from the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 in one direction, the distal fluid inflated support element 3 acting, during rotation of the drive shaft 1, as a counterweight to the abrasive element 5 which has its centre of mass offset from the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 in the opposite direction.

- 32 Figure 2 and 6 illustrate best that the wall 7of the distal fluid inflatable support element 3 defines a fluid inflatable space 50 that extends only partially around the circumference the torque transmitting coil 2 so that, when the distal inflatable support element 3 is fluid inflated, its centre of mass CMDC is offset from the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 in one direction, the distal fluid inflated support element 3 acting, during rotation of the drive shaft 1, as a counterweight to the abrasive element 5 which has its centre of mass offset from the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 in the opposite direction. Figure 2 and 8 illustrate best that the wall 27 of the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23 defines a fluid inflatable space 70 that extends only partially around the circumference the torque transmitting coil 2 so that, when the proximal inflatable support element 23 is fluid inflated, its centre of mass CMpc is offset from the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 in one direction, the proximal fluid inflated support element 23 acting, during rotation of the drive shaft 1, as a counterweight to the abrasive element 5 which has its centre of mass offset from the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 in the'opposite direction. Figures 9 to 20 illustrate an anchoring sleeve 15 which is open at its distal end 18. The anchoring sleeve 15 extends around the torque transmitting coil 2. The anchoring sleeve 15 is underlying the fluid impermeable membrane 9 along a distal end portion 20 of the drive shaft 1. Figures 9 to 20 illustrate that the open distal end 18 of the anchoring sleeve 15 coincides with the distal end 12 of the torque transmitting coil 2. It should be noted that the device may be constructed with the distal end 12 of the torque transmitting coil 2 positioned proximal to and spaced away from the distal end 18 of the anchoring sleeve 15. Figures 9 and 10 illustrate that the fluid impermeable membrane 9 is attached or bonded to the anchoring sleeve 15 around its entire circumference proximal to the - 33 distal fluid inflatable support element 3. Figures 9 and 10 also illustrate the separate fluid impermeable membrane 29, which forms the wall 27' of the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23. The fluid impermeable membrane 29 is attached or bonded to the anchoring sleeve 15 around its entire circumference both distal and proximal to the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23. Figures 11 to 18 illustrate the first modification of the second embodiment of the device in which the anchoring sleeve 15 extends in a proximal direction towards the proximal end of the drive shaft 1. The anchoring sleeve 15 forms the wall of the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 and therefore should be made from a fluid impermeable material. Figures 19 and 20 illustrate a second modification of the second embodiment of the device in which the anchoring sleeve 15 extends around the torque transmitting coil 2 only along a distal end portion 20 of the drive shaft 1. The fluid impermeable ! membrane 9 extends from the distal end of the device towards the proximal end of the drive shaft 1. Figures 19 and 20 show that the fluid impermeable membrane 9 may alone form the wall of the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 proximal to a proximal end 30 of the anchoring sleeve 15. Figures 1 to 20 illustrate the embodiments of the device in which the distal end of the drive shaft 1 coincides with the distal end 12 of the torque transmitting coil 2. The proximal ends of the drive shaft 1 and the torque transmitting coil 2 are not shown in the drawings, but it should be noted that the torque transmitting coil 2 does not have to extend proximally along the entire length of the drive shaft 1. Figures 21 to 48 illustrate embodiments of the device in which the anchoring sleeve 15' is closed at its distal end. In these exemplary embodiments, the distal end of the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 coincides with the distal end 18' of the anchoring sleeve 15'. In these embodiments, the closed distal end 18' of the anchoring sleeve 15' is spaced in the longitudinal direction from the distal end 4 of the device, the distal end 4 of the device being closed by the membrane 9 so that a soft atraurnatic cushion is formed between the closed end 18' of the anchoring sleeve 15' and the - 34 closed end 4 of the device. In all of these embodiments, the support elements are inflated by the pressurized fluid that flows from the lumen 6 of the drive shaft I into the inflatable support elements 3, 23 only through apertures 41, 42 located proximal to the closed distal end 18' of the anchoring sleeve 15'. Figures 21 to 24 illustrate third and fourth modifications of the second embodiment of the device in which the torque transmitting coil 2 does not extend under the fluid inflatable support elements 3, 23. These Figures show that the anchoring sleeve 15' lines the torque transmitting coil 2 and extends distally from a distal end 12' of the torque transmitting coil 2 such that the inflatable support elements 3, 23 are spaced away from the distal end 12' of the torque transmitting coil 2. These embodiments show that the abrasive element 5 is attached to the membrane 9 by a flexible strap 11 which extends around the membrane 9. It should be noted that the abrasive element itself may extend around the entire circumference of the membrane 9 or the anchoring sleeve 15', therefore making the strap unnecessary in this and other embodiments of the invention. Figure 22 illustrates best the third modification of the second embodiment of the device in which the wall 7of the distal fluid inflatable support element 3 defines a fluid inflatable space 50' that extends only partially around a circumference of the anchoring sleeve 15' so that, when the distal inflatable support element 3 is fluid inflated, its centre of mass CMoc is offset from the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 in one direction, the distal fluid inflated support element 3 acting, during rotation of the drive shaft 1, as a counterweight to the abrasive element 5 which has its centre of mass offset from the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 in the opposite direction. Preferably, in this third modification of the second embodiment, the device also has a proximal fluid inflatable support element 23. The wall 27 of the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23 defines a fluid inflatable space 70' that extends only partially around a circumference of the anchoring sleeve 15' so that, when the proximal inflatable support element 23 is fluid inflated, its centre of mass CMc is -35 offset from a longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 in one direction, the proximal fluid inflated support element 23 acting, during rotation of the drive shaft 1, as a counterweight to the abrasive element 5 which has its centre of mass offset from the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 in the opposite direction. Figure 24 illustrates best the fourth modification of the second embodiment of the device in which a fluid inflatable space 80 within the distal fluid inflatable support element 3' extends uniformly around an entire circumference of the anchoring sleeve 15' to provide the distal support element 3' with a centre of mass which lies along the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 when said distal support element 3' is fluid inflated. Preferably, in this fourth modification of the second embodiment, the device also has a proximal fluid inflatable support element 23' in which a fluid inflatable space 100 extends uniformly around a longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1, therefore providing the fluid inflated proximal support element 23" with a centre of mass which lies along the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 when the proximal support element 23' is fluid inflated. Figures 25 and 26 illustrate a fifth modification of the second embodiment of the device. The embodiment of Figures 25, 26 is similar to the fourth modification of the second embodiment shown in Figure 23, 24 but differs in that the drive shaft comprises inner 102 and outer 104 torque transmitting coils. The anchoring sleeve 15' is sandwiched between the inner 102 and outer 104 torque transmitting coils. The anchoring sleeve 15' and the inner torque transmitting coil 102 extend distally from the distal end 114 of the outer torque transmitting coil 104 such that the inflatable support elements 3', 23' formed around the anchoring sleeve 15' from the fluid impermeable membrane 9 are spaced away from the distal end 114 of the outer torque transmitting coil 104. The abrasive clement 5 is mounted to the drive shaft 1 between and spaced away from the support elements 3', 23', therefore - 36 locating the abrasive clement 5 distal to and spaced away from the distal end 114 of the outer torque transmitting coil 104. Figures 27 to 29 illustrate a sixth modification of the second embodiment of the device and its advancement across the stenotic lesion 200 to be treated. Figure 27 shows that the rotational device of the invention has been advanced across the stenotic lesion 200 to a position in which the distal fluid inflatable support element 3 is positioned distal to the stenotic lesion 200 and the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23 is intentionally positioned proximal to the stenotic lesion 200 to be treated. The device of Figure 27 is similar to the device of Figure 21, but differs in that it comprises an elongate core element 300 advanceable through the long lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 to stiffen the drive shaft 1 and thereby assist in the advancement of the device along the vessel 222 towards and across the stenotic lesion 200. The core element 300 is shown as partially withdrawn from the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 in Figure 28 and completely withdrawn in Figure 29. It should be noted that it is necessary to completely remove the core element 300 from the long lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 and the rest of the device to allow attachment of a detachable fluid supply tube (not shown) to the device. Figure 30 illustrates an antegrade flow of pressurized fluid through the device and retrograde flow of fluid around the device and across the stenotic lesion 200 to be treated. It should be noted that the pressurized fluid flowing through the device is entering the treated vessel only through the openings in the walls of the inflated support elements 3, 23. The device of the present invention is not rotated around a guidewire. Therefore, in order to prevent damage of the wall of the treated vessel by a distal end of the device, the distal fluid inflatable support element should be inflated prior to commencing high speed rotation of the drive shaft.

- 37 Figures 31 to 36 illustrate abrading of the stenotic lesion 200 by the rotating abrasive element 5 and formation of layers of fluid between the walls of the rotating fluid inflated support elements 3, 23 and the inner surface of the treated vessel 222, said layers of fluid acting as fluid bearings between the walls of the rotating fluid inflated support elements 3, 23 and the wall 230 of the treated vessel 222. Figures 31 to 36 show that the wall 7 of the distal fluid inflatable support element 3 has an outflow opening 66 (not indicated in Figures 31 to 36 but indicated in previous Figures) located such that said outflow opening 66, during rotation of the drive shaft 1, faces an inner surface of a treated vessel 222 so that fluid flowing through the outflow opening 66 forms a layer of fluid between the wall 7 of the rotating fluid inflated distal support element 3 and a wall 230 of the treated vessel 222, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the wall 7 of the rotating fluid inflated distal support element 3 and the wall 230 of the treated vessel 222. Figures 31 to 36 also show that the wall 27 of the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23 has an outflow opening 99 (not indicated in Figures 31 to 36 but indicated in previous Figures) located such that said outflow opening 99, during rotation of the drive shaft 1, faces an inner surface of a treated vessel 222 so that fluid flowing through the outflow opening 99 forms a layer of fluid between the wall 27 of the rotating fluid inflated proximal support element 23 and the wall 230 of the treated vessel 222, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the wall 27. of the rotating fluid inflated proximal support element 23 and the wall 230 of the treated vessel 222. FIGURE 37 shows the distal end portion of the device after rotation of the device has been stopped but prior to stopping the flow of pressurized fluid along the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1. Preferably, the antegrade flow FF of pressurized fluid through the device and the retrograde flow RF of fluid across the treated stenotic lesion 200 should be continued for at least a short period of time after rotation of the drive shaft 1 has been stopped so that, any embolic particles EP remaining in the treated vessel or which may still be released from the treated stenotic lesion 200 are entrained by the fluid which enters the treated vessel through the openings in the wall of the inflated distal support element 3 and flows retrograde across the - 38 treated stenotic lesion 200. Preferably, all the embolic particles EP should be removed from the treated vessel 222 and from the patient. Figure 38 shows the distal end portion of the device after the flow of pressurized fluid along the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 has been stopped. Figures 39 and 40 illustrate the removal of the device from the treated vessel 222 and appearance of the treated vessel 222 after removal of the device. Figures 27 to 40 illustrate removal of the stenotic lesion 200 by the rotational atherectomy device with the fluid inflatable support elements 3, 23 that act, during rotation of the drive shaft, as counterweights to the eccentric or eccentrically mounted abrasive element 5. It should be noted that both modifications of the rotational atherectomy device with concentric (symmetric) fluid inflatable support elements 3', 23' shown in Figures 23 to 26 may be equally effective or even preferred for removing stenotic lesions in the carotid arteries. Figures 23 to 26 show that the abrasive element 5 is eccentrically mounted between the concentric fluid inflatable support elements 3', 23'. The concentric fluid inflatable support elements 3', 23' of such device usually have the fluid inflatable spaces 80, 100 that extend uniformly around the longitudinal axis X-X of the torque transmitting coil 2 and the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1. Therefore, the walls 7, 27 of the fluid inflatable concentric (symmetric) support elements 3', 23' should have at least a few openings 66, 99 equally spaced from each other around circumferences of the walls 7, 27 of the support elements 3', 23' such that at any time during rotation of the drive shaft 1 at least one opening within each group of said openings 66, 99 is facing an inner surface of a treated vessel, so that a flow of fluid through the openings 66, 99 forms a layer of fluid between the walls 7, 27of the rotating fluid inflated support elements 3', 23' and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the walls 7, 27 of the rotating fluid inflated support elements 3', 23' and the wall of the treated vessel. It should be also noted that the rotational atherectomy device with concentric (symmetric) fluid inflatable support elements and concentric (symmetric ) abrasive element may be useful or even preferred for removing stenotic lesions in the curved - 39 arteries. The symmetric distal and proximal fluid inflatable support elements of such device should both have at least a few openings equally spaced from each other around circumference of the wall of the support element such that at any time during rotation of the drive shaft at least one of each of the two sets of openings is facing an inner surface of a treated vessel, so that a flow of fluid through the openings forms a layer of fluid between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated support element and a wall of the treated vessel, said layer of fluid forming a fluid bearing between the wall of the rotating fluid inflated support element and the wall of the treated vessel. Figure 41 shows yet another modification of the third embodiment of the device. The embodiment of Figure 41 is similar to the embodiment of Figure 27 except that the core element 300'shown in Figure 41 comprises a long lumen 330 configured for transferring pressurized fluid into the lumen 6 of the drive shaft through an opening 333 located in a wall of the (hollow) core element 300'. The opening(s) 333 are located adjacent to a distal end 337 of the (hollow) core element 300'. Figure 42 shows the device of Figure 41 in which pressurized fluid is flowing from the lumen 330 of the core element 300' into the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 such that a layer of fluid is formed between the wall of the core element 300' and the wall of the drive shaft I of the rotational atherectomy device. Figure 43 shows the device of Figure 42 in which the core -element 300' is being withdrawn from the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 and the device. It should be noted that continuous flow of the pressurized fluid from the lumen of the core element 300' into the lumen 6 of the drive shaft I is reducing friction between the cote element 300'and the wall of the lumen 6 of the drive shaft I and thereby is assisting in removing the core element from the device without changing position of the device in the treated vessel. Figure 44 shows the device of Figure 42 after flow of pressurized fluid has been initiated through the lumen 320 of the core element 300' and the rest of the device at a fluid flow rate which is sufficient to inflate the distal support element 3 and anchor it distal to the stenotic lesion 200. Figure 45 illustrates how the anchoring of the inflated distal support element 3 against the stenotic lesion 200 is assisting in removing the core element 300' from the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 without - 40 changing the position of the rest of the device in the treated vessel. It should be noted that the stiffening of the drive shaft 1 by the pressure of the fluid on the wall of the lumen 6 of the drive shaft 1 is also assisting in the removal of the core element 300' from the drive shaft 1 without changing the position of the rest of the device in the treated vessel. Figures 46 and 47 illustrate the fourth embodiment of the device in which the wall 7" of the distal fluid inflatable support element 3" is made from a fluid impermeable stretchable membrane 9". The stretchable membrane 9" proximal to the distal fluid inflatable support element 3" is sandwiched between the torque transmitting coil 2 of the drive shaft 1 and a non-stretchable sleeve 500. Preferably, the fluid impermeable stretchable membrane 9" extends around the torque transmitting coil 2 in proximal direction to form the wall 27" of the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23". The non-stretchable sleeve 500 may extend around the stretchable membrane uninterrupted between the distal and proximal fluid inflatable support elements as shown in Figures 46 it may be divided in two sections 510, 520 as shown in Figures 47 and 48. Figures 47 and 48 show that the sections 510, 520 of the non-stretchable sleeve 500 are disposed on either side of the abrasive element 5. Figures 46 to 48 also show a second long, non-stretchable sleeve 600 which overlaps the stretchable membrane 9"for a short distance proximal to the proximal fluid inflatable support element 23" and extends in a proximal direction around the torque transmitting coil 2 towards the proximal end of the drive shaft 1. It should be noted that the fluid inflatable support elements may be formed either from stretchable fluid impermeable sleeves or from non-stretchable sleeves which have a larger diameter in the areas of the fluid inflatable support elements and which are simply furled around the drive shaft when drive shaft is advanced to, and across, the lesion to be treated. Figure 49 illustrates the fifth embodiment of the device. The embodiment of Figure 50 is similar to the embodiment of Figure 27 except that the lumen 6' of the drive shaft I includes proximal and distal portions having different cross-sectional areas. The proximal portion 700 of the the lumen 6' has a larger cross-sectional area - 41 relative to the cross-sectional area of the distal portion 800 of the lumen 6' so that, per unit of length, hydraulic resistance to fluid flow of the proximal portion 700 of the lumen 6' is less than the hydraulic resistance to fluid flow of the distal portion 800 of the lumen 6'. It should be noted that the fluid inflatable support elements 3, 23 of the fifth embodiment shown in Figure 49 are illustrated as being formed from a non stretchable membrane. The non-stretchable walls 7, 27 of the fluid inflatable support elements 3, 23 should be simply furled around the drive shaft when the device is advanced to, and across, the stenotic lesion to be treated. It should be also noted that the fluid inflatable support elements shown in Figure 49 and in any of Figures 1 to 45 may be formed from a stretchable membrane.

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1. A rotational atherectomy device for abrading a stenotic lesion from a vessel of a patient comprising a flexible drive shaft which extends towards a distal end of the device, a distal fluid inflatable support element located at a distal end of the drive shaft, an abrasive element mounted to the drive shaft proximal to and spaced away from the distal fluid inflatable support element, and a proximal fluid inflatable support element located proximal to and spaced away from the abrasive element, both the abrasive element and the distal fluid inflatable support element being rotatable together with the drive shaft, the drive shaft comprising a torque transmitting coil which defines a long lumen of the drive shaft, the distal fluid inflatable support element having a wall and the proximal fluid inflatable support element having a wall, wherein the walls of both the distal and the proximal fluid inflatable support elements are formed from a fluid impermeable membrane that is continuous and stretchable and that permanently crosses a longitudinal axis common to the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft at the distal end of the device, wherein pressurized fluid flowing along the lumen of the drive shaft is prevented from entering the vessel in the direction of said longitudinal axis so that the fluid has to pass through the distal fluid inflatable support element, thereby inflating said distal fluid inflatable support element and exiting from the device through at least one outflow opening in the distal fluid inflatable support element in a direction different from the direction of the longitudinal axis of the coil and the lumen.
2. The device according to claim 1, wherein the wall of the distal fluid inflatable support element extends around the torque transmitting coil of the drive shaft.
3. The rotational atherectomy device according to claim 1, wherein the distal fluid inflatable support element has, when inflated, a centre of mass which lies along the longitudinal axis of the torque transmitting coil and the lumen of the drive shaft
4. A rotational atherectomy device for removing stenotic lesion material from a blood vessel of a patient, the device comprising: an elongate flexible drive shaft comprising a torque-transmitting coil, the drive shaft defining a central lumen and a longitudinal axis, the drive shaft configured to rotate about the longitudinal axis; 43 an abrasive element that is fixed to a distal region of the drive shaft such that a center of mass of the abrasive element is offset from the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft; a proximal stability element that is disposed at the distal region of the drive shaft and that has a center of mass coaxial with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the proximal stability element being proximally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a proximal separation distance; a distal stability element that is disposed at the distal region of the drive shaft and that has a center of mass coaxial with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the distal stability element being distally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a distal separation distance; and a fluid impermeable membrane along the drive shaft and surrounding an outer diameter of the torque-transmitting coil from a proximal region of the drive shaft to the distal region of the drive shaft, the fluid impermeable membrane surrounding the outer diameter of the torque transmitting coil between the proximal stability element to the distal stability element, wherein the central lumen of the drive shaft is configured to provide a fluid impermeable path to the distal region of the drive shaft surrounding an outer diameter of the drive shaft at least from the proximal stability element to the distal stability element, wherein the proximal separation distance is less than a distance between the abrasive element and a distal end of the rotational atherectomy device.
5. The device of claim 4, wherein the proximal and distal stability elements are fluid inflatable elements.
6. The device of claim 4, wherein the proximal and distal stability elements are generally round and concentric with the torque-transmitting coil of the drive shaft.
7. The device of claim 4, wherein the proximal and distal stability elements have an exterior surface that is smoother and different from an abrasive exterior surface of the abrasive element.
8. The device of claim 4, wherein an outer diameter of the abrasive element is greater than an outer diameter of each of the proximal and distal stability elements.
9. The device of claim 4, wherein an outer diameter of the abrasive element is less than an outer diameter of each of the proximal and distal stability elements. 44
10. The device of claim 4, wherein at least one of the proximal and distal stability elements comprises a fluid output port in fluid communication with the central lumen of the drive shaft.
11. A system for performing rotational atherectomy to remove stenotic lesion material from a blood vessel of a patient, the system comprising: an elongate drive shaft sheath defining a sheath lumen therethrough, the drive shaft sheath being configured to be at least partially disposed within the blood vessel; and a rotational atherectomy device slidable through the elongate drive shaft sheath toward stenotic lesion material in a blood vessel, comprising: an elongate flexible drive shaft defining a central lumen and a longitudinal axis, the drive shaft configured for rotation about the longitudinal axis, the drive shaft configured to be at least partially disposed within the sheath lumen when the system is used for performing the rotational atherectomy; an abrasive element that is fixed to the drive shaft such that a center of mass of the abrasive element is offset from the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft; a proximal stability element that is coupled with the drive shaft and that has a center of mass aligned with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the proximal stability element being proximally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a proximal separation distance; a distal stability element that is coupled with the drive shaft and that has a center of mass aligned with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the distal stability element being distally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a distal separation distance; and a fluid impermeable membrane along the drive shaft and surrounding an outer diameter of the drive shaft at least between the proximal stability element and the distal stability element, wherein the proximal separation distance is less than a distance between the abrasive element and a distal end of the rotational atherectomy device.
12. The system of claim 11, wherein the proximal and distal stability elements comprise inflatable stability elements.
13. The system of claim 11, wherein an outer diameter of the abrasive element is less than an outer diameter of each of the proximal and distal stability elements.
14. The system of claim 11, wherein an outer diameter of the abrasive element is greater than an outer diameter of each of the proximal and distal stability elements. 45
15. A method for performing rotational atherectomy to remove stenotic lesion material from a blood vessel of a patient, the method comprising: delivering a rotational atherectomy device into the blood vessel, wherein the rotational atherectomy device comprises: an elongate flexible drive shaft defining a central lumen and a longitudinal axis, the drive shaft configured for rotation about the longitudinal axis, the drive shaft configured to be at least partially disposed within the sheath lumen when the system is used for performing the rotational atherectomy; an abrasive element that is fixed to the drive shaft such that a center of mass of the abrasive element is offset from the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft; a proximal stability element that is coupled with the drive shaft and that has a center of mass aligned with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the proximal stability element being proximally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a proximal separation distance; a distal stability element that is coupled with the drive shaft and that has a center of mass aligned with the longitudinal axis of the drive shaft, the distal stability element being distally spaced apart from the abrasive element by a distal separation distance; and a fluid impermeable membrane along the drive shaft and surrounding an outer diameter of the drive shaft at least between the proximal stability element and the distal stability element, wherein the proximal separation distance is less than a distance between the abrasive element and a distal end of the rotational atherectomy device; and rotating the drive shaft about the longitudinal axis such that the abrasive element contacts the stenotic lesion.
16. The method of claim 15, wherein during said rotation, the abrasive element has an orbital path about an axis of rotation, the orbital path having a substantially greater diameter than a travel path of each of the proximal and distal stability elements.
17. The method of claim 15, wherein the delivering the rotational atherectomy device into the blood vessel comprises advancing the drive shaft across the stenotic lesion.
18. The method of claim 15, wherein the rotating causes the abrasive element to remove lesion material particles from the stenotic lesion. 46
19. The method of claim 18, further comprising: delivering an elongate drive shaft sheath at least partially into the blood vessel, the drive shaft sheath defining a sheath lumen therethrough, at least a portion of the drive shaft being disposed within the sheath lumen.
20. The method of claim 19, further comprising: aspirating the lesion material particles into the sheath lumen. Leonid Shturman Patent Attorneys for the Applicant/Nominated Person SPRUSON & FERGUSON
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