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US5947982: Suture-passing forceps

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Inventor(s) John S. Duran ·
Assignee(s) Smith & Nephew, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Fish & Richardson P.C. ·
Primary Examiner Gary Jackson ·
Application Number US8832061
Filing date 04/02/1997
Issue date 09/07/1999
Predicted expiration date 04/02/2017
U.S. Classifications 606/139  · 606/144  ·
International Classifications A61B 1704  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 606139;144-148;222;223;224 ·
26 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A suture-passing forceps includes a suturing assembly having a member supported at a distal end of a support shaft, the member having a passage transverse to its length for supporting a suture needle in a suturing position at a selected angular orientation relative to the length of the member and configured to support the suture needle in a stowed position at an angle less than the selected angle of the suture needle in the suturing position.

Independent Claims | See all claims (26)

  1. 1. A suture-passing forceps for passing a suture needle, having suture attached thereto, through tissue at a surgical site, the suture-passing forceps comprising:a support shaft elongated along a longitudinal axis; anda suturing assembly disposed at a distal end of the support shaft and including:a member configured as a first jaw and supported by the support shaft, the member having a passage transverse to the length of the member for supporting the suture needle in a suturing position at a selected angular orientation inclined relative to the length of the member and for supporting the suture needle in a stowed position at an angle less than the selected angle of the suture needle in the suturing position.
  2. 10. A method of delivering a suture needle, having suture attached thereto, to a surgical site with suture-passing forceps having a first jaw disposed at a distal end of the forceps, the method comprising:passing the suture needle through a passage of the first jaw of the suture-passing forceps, the passage being transverse to the length of the first jaw to support the suture needle in a suturing position at a selected angular orientation relative to the length of the first jaw;supporting the suture needle in a stowed position at an angle less than the selected angle of the suture needle in the suturing position;delivering the suture-passing forceps to the surgical site;moving the suture needle from the stowed position into the suturing position of the passage in preparation for punching the suture needle through tissue to be sutured; andpunching the suture needle through tissue to be sutured, by passing the suture needle from the first jaw to a second jaw pivotally attached to the first jaw for movement toward and away from the first jaw.
  3. 19. A surgical apparatus comprising:a suture needle having suture attached thereto;a suture-passing forceps for passing the suture needle through tissue at a surgical site, the suture-passing forceps including:a support shaft elongated along a longitudinal axis; anda suturing assembly disposed at a distal end of the support shaft and including:first and second jaw members, each supported by the support shaft, the first jaw member having a passage transverse to the length of the first jaw member for supporting the suture needle in a suturing position at a selected angular orientation relative to the length of the member, the first jaw member configured to support the suture needle in a stowed position at an angle less than the selected angle of the suture needle in the suturing position.
  4. 20. A suture-passing apparatus for passing a suture needle, having suture attached thereto, through tissue at a surgical site, the suture-passing apparatus comprising:a support shaft elongated along a longitudinal axis; anda suturing assembly disposed at a distal end of the support shaft and including:a member configured to be immovably supported by the support shaft, the member having a passage transverse to the length of the member for supporting the suture needle in a suturing position at a selected angular orientation relative to the length of the member, the member configured to support the needle in a stowed position at an angle less than the selected angle of the suture needle in the suturing position.

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