Nitinol - its use in vascular surgery and other applications

Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2000 Jun;19(6):564-9. doi: 10.1053/ejvs.2000.1111.


Objectives: to describe the physical properties of shape-memory alloys and the surgical, scientific and commercial applications of nitinol, in particular.

Design and methods: a Medline, Internet and library search with contributions from commerce to describe the alloy's structure, behaviour and biocompatibility, and design for devices constructed from nitinol.

Results: nitinol has the properties of thermal shape memory and superelasticity that make it ideal for many vascular and general surgical prostheses and disposables, and for various commercial applications.

Conclusions: further research into shape-memory alloys from scientific and commercial groups should widen their use in vascular and endovascular surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alloys*
  • Biocompatible Materials*
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Stents*
  • Vascular Diseases / surgery


  • Alloys
  • Biocompatible Materials
  • nitinol