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US5702462: Method of meniscal repair

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Michael Oberlander ·
Assignee(s) None listed in document.
Primary Examiner John G. Weiss ·
Assistant Examiner Francis K. Cuddihy ·
Application Number US8590667
Filing date 01/24/1996
Issue date 12/30/1997
Predicted expiration date 01/24/2016
U.S. Classifications 623/20  · 128/898  ·
International Classifications A61F 238  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 62313;20 ·
10 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A method for repairing a torn meniscus includes inserting at least two anchoring members into the meniscus. Each anchoring member includes a dart and at least one suture. The darts are embedded in the meniscal tissue distal to the plane of the meniscal tear, the anchoring member being inserted transversely through and across the plane of the tear. The sutures of the two anchoring members extend from the anchoring members through and across the plane of the tear and out of the meniscus. The sutures are tied together and the knot formed is drawn into contact with the surface of the meniscus with sufficient tension to approximate the tear.

Independent Claims | See all claims (10)

  1. 1. A method of repairing a tear of a meniscus in a joint between bones of a human body comprising:(a) providing at least tint and second anchoring members, each said anchoring member comprising a dart having a distal point and a proximal end and at least one suture attached to the dart;(b) inserting the first anchoring member dart within and across the interior of the joint into an interior surface of the meniscus inside the joint by traversing the inside of the joint and advancing the tint anchoring member dart at least partially across a plane of the meniscal tear and lodging the first anchoring member dart in meniscal tissue distal to the plane of the meniscal tear;(c) inserting the second anchoring member dart within the joint into an interior surface of the meniscus inside the joint by traversing the inside of the joint, and advancing the second anchoring member dart at least partially across the plane of the tear and lodging the second anchoring member dart in meniscal tissue distal to the plane of the meniscal tear; and(d) tying the at least one suture of the first anchoring member to the at least one suture of the second anchoring member to form a knot, and drawing the knot into contact with the surface of meniscal tissue inside the joint with sufficient tension to approximate the tear.

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