Join
today

Boliven PRO is more than just patent search

  • Build and save lists using the powerful Lists feature
  • Analyze and download your search results
  • Share patent search results with your clients

Patents »

US5997552: Meniscal fastener applying device

Share

Filing Information

Inventor(s) Wayne C. Person · Gardella; Jo Ann B. · Marc J. Theroux · Michael Oberlander ·
Assignee(s) United States Surgical Corporation ·
Primary Examiner Michael Powell Buiz ·
Assistant Examiner Pham; Tina T. D. ·
Application Number US8546573
Filing date 10/20/1995
Issue date 12/07/1999
Predicted expiration date 10/20/2015
U.S. Classifications 606/139  · 606/143  ·
International Classifications A16B 1700  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 606139;142;143;75;219 ·
22 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A meniscal fastener applying device for repairing tears in the meniscus of the knee. The device includes a handle assembly and an elongated body portion attached thereto. The handle assembly is operatively attached to a firing mechanism to remotely actuate a firing bar. The firing bar is movably positioned within the elongated body portion to engage and eject a fastener from within the elongated body portion. The elongated body portion includes a support casing which is preferably constructed from stainless steel. The support casing has a cylindrical proximal cross-section that tapers into a distal cross-section having planar top and bottom surfaces. The distal end of the elongated body portion further includes a pair of locator barbs and a tapered distal face.

Independent Claims | See all claims (22)

  1. 1. An anvilless fastener applying device, comprising:a handle mechanism;an elongated body portion extending from the handle mechanism having a proximal end and a distal end;a series of fasteners supported within the elongated body portion in tip-to-tail fashion, each fastener having a pair of legs joined by a flexible connecting member;a firing bar having first and second tabs extending from a distal end thereof, the firing bar being operatively connected to the handle mechanism and being movable to move the first and second tabs into engagement with the legs of a distal-most fastener of the series of fasteners to eject the distal-most fastener from the distal end of the elongated body portion into tissue; andthe elongated body portion including a support casing having a cylindrical proximal cross-section tapering to a distal cross-section having planar top and bottom surfaces.
  2. 9. A fastener applying device, comprising:a handle mechanism;an elongated body portion extending from the handle mechanism having a proximal end and a distal end;a series of fasteners supported within the elongated body portion in tip-to-tail fashion, each fastener having a pair of legs joined by a flexible connecting member;a firing bar operatively connected to the handle mechanism and being movable to engage a distal-most fastener of the series of fasteners and eject the distal-most fastener from the distal end of the elongated body portion;at least one barb extending distally from the distal end of the elongated body portion; andthe elongated body portion including a support casing having a cylindrical proximal cross-section tapering to a distal cross-section having planar top and bottom surfaces.
  3. 10. An anvilless fastener applying device, comprising:a handle assembly;an elongated body portion extending from the handle assembly, the elongated body portion having a distal face positioned to engage body tissue;a series of fasteners supported in tip-to-tail fashion along the longitudinal axis of the elongated body portion each fastener having a pair of legs connected by a flexible connecting member;a firing bar operatively connected to the handle assembly and being movable to engage a distal-most fastener of the series of fasteners and eject the distal-most fastener from the distal end of the elongated body portion adjacent the distal face; andwherein the distal face of the elongated body portion positioned to engage tissue is tapered.
  4. 15. A fastener applying device, comprising:a handle assembly;an elongated body portion extending from the handle assembly;a series of fasteners supported in tip-to-tail fashion along the longitudinal axis of the elongated body portion, each fastener including a first and a second anchor member interconnected by a flexible member;a firing bar operatively connected to the handle assembly and being movable to engage the first and second anchor members of a distal-most fastener of the series of fasteners and eject the distal-most fastener from the elongated body portion; andat least one barb fixedly positioned on a distal end of the elongated body portion and extending distally therefrom.
  5. 17. A method for repairing meniscal tears in a human joint comprising:providing a fastener applying device having a handle mechanism, an elongated body portion extending distally from the handle mechanism and including a tapered distal face, a series of fasteners supported within the body portion, and at least one barb fixedly positioned on the distal end of the elongated body portion and extending distally therefrom;inserting the elongated body portion into a human joint adjacent to a tear in meniscal tissue;positioning the device relative to side walls of the tear using the at least one barb and positioning the tapered distal face against the meniscus tissue; andactuating the fastener applying device to eject a fastener from the elongated body portion into the tissue adjacent the tear.
  6. 19. A method for repairing meniscal tears in a human joint comprising:providing an anvilless fastener applying device having a handle mechanism, an elongated body portion extending distally from the handle mechanism, a series of fasteners supported within the body portion in tip-to-tail fashion, each fastener having a pair of legs joined by a flexible connecting member, at least one barb extending from the distal end of the elongated body portion, fastener locator indicia on the distal end of the elongated body portion identifying the point of ejection of the fasteners from the device, and a firing bar operatively connected to the handle mechanism to eject a distal-most fastener of the series of fasteners upon actuation of the handle mechanism;inserting the elongated body portion into a human joint adjacent to tissue requiring repair;positioning the device relative to the tissue within the joint to a desired position using the at least one barb and the fastener locator indicia; andactuating the handle mechanism to eject a fastener from the elongated body portion into the tissue.
  7. 20. An anvilless fastener applying device, comprising:a handle assembly;an elongated body portion extending distally from the handle assembly;a series of fasteners supported in tip-to-tail fashion along the longitudinal axis of the elongated body portion, each fastener having a first and a second anchor member connected together by a suture member; anda firing bar operatively connected to the handle assembly and being movable to engage a distalmost fastener of the series of fasteners and eject the distalmost fastener from the distal end of the elongated body portion to simultaneously advance the first and second anchor.

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

Document NumberAssigneesInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US4410125 United States Surgical Corporation Noiles et al. Oct 1983
US4456006 Queen's University at Kingston Wevers et al. Jun 1984
US4513746 United States Surgical Corp. Aranyi et al. Apr 1985
US4523707 BLAKE JOSEPH W III Blake, III et al. Jun 1985
US4534351 Senmed, Inc. Rothfuss et al. Aug 1985
US4549545 Ethicon Inc. Levy Oct 1985
US4569469 Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company Mongeon et al. Feb 1986
US4635637 Schreiber Jan 1987
US4664304 Mosinee Paper Corporation Wendt et al. May 1987
US4696300 Dennison Manufacturing Company Anderson Sep 1987
US4781190 LEE WILSON K C Lee Nov 1988
US4873976 SCHREIBER SAUL N Schreiber Oct 1989
US4895148 Concept, Inc. Bays et al. Jan 1990
US4924865 Concept, Inc. Bays et al. May 1990
US4976715 Concept, Inc. Bays et al. Dec 1990
US5002562 OBERLANDER MICHAEL A Oberlander Mar 1991
US5037422 Acufex Microsurgical, Inc. Hayhurst et al. Aug 1991
US5059206 WINTERS THOMAS F Winters Oct 1991
US5100417 American Cyanamid Company Cerier et al. Mar 1992
US5102421 Anpach, III; Wm. E. Anspach, Jr. Apr 1992
US5114065 Technalytics, Inc. Storace May 1992
US5141520 MARLOWE GOBLE E Goble et al. Aug 1992
US5152765 Linvatec Corporation Ross et al. Oct 1992
US5154189 OBERLANDER MICHAEL A Oberlander Oct 1992
US5161725 Ethicon, Inc. Murray et al. Nov 1992
US5192288 Origin Medsystems, Inc. Thompson et al. Mar 1993
US5203784 Linvatec Corporation Ross et al. Apr 1993
US5220928 Stryker Sales Corporation Oddsen et al. Jun 1993
US5224946 American Cyanamid Company Hayhurst et al. Jul 1993
US5236431 Synthes Gogolewski et al. Aug 1993
US5257713 United States Surgical Corporation Green et al. Nov 1993
US5258010 United States Surgical Corporation Green et al. Nov 1993
US5258016 American Cyanamid Company DiPoto et al. Nov 1993
US5261914 WARREN RUSSELL Warren Nov 1993
US5269783 United States Surgical Corporation Sander Dec 1993
US5328077 LOU EK SENG Lou Jul 1994
US5364400 American Cyanamid Co. Rego, Jr. et al. Nov 1994
US5370662 Kevin R. Stone Stone et al. Dec 1994
US5374268 United States Surgical Corporation Sander Dec 1994
US5423471 United States Surgical Corporation Mastri et al. Jun 1995

Referenced By

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
AU782229 ETHICON ENDO SURGERY INC KNODEL BRYAN D et al. Jul 2005
AU2002232798 TYCO HEALTHCARE HEINRICH RUSSELL S et al. Jan 2006
EP1328196 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Christopher J. CRISCUOLO et al. Jun 2011
US6554852 Michael A. Oberlander Apr 2003
US6572626 Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. Bryan D. Knodel et al. Jun 2003
US7632313 JMEA Corporation Mohit K. Bhatnagar et al. Dec 2009
US7608092 Biomet Sports Medicince, LLC Cory Schaffhausen Oct 2009
US7608108 JMEA Corporation Mohit K. Bhatnagar et al. Oct 2009
US7104999 Ethicon, Inc. David W. Overaker Sep 2006
US7569063 Sofradim Production SAS Pierre Bailly et al. Aug 2009
US6692506 Sofradim Production Francois Regis Ory et al. Feb 2004
US7052504 Teleflex Incorporated J. David Hughett May 2006
US7056333 WALSHE CHRISTOPHER J Christopher J. Walshe Jun 2006
US7547326 JMEA Corporation Mohit K. Bhatnagar et al. Jun 2009
US7632284 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Jonathan Martinek et al. Dec 2009
US6779701 Sofradim Production Pierre Bailly et al. Aug 2004
US7608098 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T Stone et al. Oct 2009
US7601165 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T Stone Oct 2009
US7870989 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Frank J. Viola et al. Jan 2011
US7909851 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T. Stone et al. Mar 2011
US7909221 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Frank J Viola et al. Mar 2011
US7905904 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T. Stone et al. Mar 2011
US7905903 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T. Stone et al. Mar 2011
US7648055 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Stanislaw Marczyk Jan 2010
US7658751 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T Stone et al. Feb 2010
US7670362 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Earl M. Zergiebel Mar 2010
US7704262 Linvatec Corporation Mark A. Bellafiore et al. Apr 2010
US7749250 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T. Stone et al. Jul 2010
US7753912 Spine Wave, Inc. Spanky A. Raymond et al. Jul 2010
US7757925 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Frank J Viola et al. Jul 2010
US7823760 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Michael Zemlok et al. Nov 2010
US7833234 Sofradim Production Pierre Bailly et al. Nov 2010
US7857830 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T. Stone et al. Dec 2010
US7914539 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T Stone et al. Mar 2011
US7922063 Tyco Healthcare Group, LP Michael A. Zemlok et al. Apr 2011
US7931660 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Ernest Aranyi et al. Apr 2011
US7950560 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Michael Zemlok et al. May 2011
US7959650 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Ryan A. Kaiser et al. Jun 2011
US8006887 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Stanislaw Marczyk Aug 2011
US8002811 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Ralph Robert Corradi et al. Aug 2011
US8034090 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T. Stone et al. Oct 2011
US8034076 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Christopher J. Criscuolo et al. Oct 2011
US8088130 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Ryan A. Kaiser et al. Jan 2012
US8092493 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Stanislaw Marczyk Jan 2012
US8070818 JMEA Corporation Mohit K. Bhatnagar et al. Dec 2011
US8114101 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Christopher J. Criscuolo et al. Feb 2012
US8128658 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Ryan A. Kaiser et al. Mar 2012
US8118836 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Gregory J. Denham et al. Feb 2012
US8137382 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Gregory J. Denham et al. Mar 2012
US8132705 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Frank J. Viola et al. Mar 2012
US8133231 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Jonathan Martinek et al. Mar 2012
US8231654 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Ryan A. Kaiser et al. Jul 2012
US8251998 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Jacy C. Hoeppner et al. Aug 2012
US8221454 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Cory Schaffhausen Jul 2012
US8211126 JMEA Corporation Jack Y. Yeh et al. Jul 2012
US8177847 JMEA Corporation Mohit K. Bhatnagar et al. May 2012
US8201721 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Michael A. Zemlok et al. Jun 2012
US8157150 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Frank J. Viola et al. Apr 2012
US8240537 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Stanislaw Marczyk Aug 2012
US8273106 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T. Stone et al. Sep 2012
US8292933 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Earl M. Zergiebel Oct 2012
US8292921 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T. Stone et al. Oct 2012
US8317868 JMEA Corporation Mohit K. Bhatnagar et al. Nov 2012
US8317825 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T. Stone Nov 2012
US8303604 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T. Stone et al. Nov 2012
US8298262 Biomet Sports Medicine, LLC Kevin T. Stone et al. Oct 2012
US8267924 Tyco Healthcare Group LP Michael A. Zemlok et al. Sep 2012
US8409253 --
US8328823 Covidien LP Ernest Aranyi et al. Dec 2012
US8500818 --
US8361113 --
US8459521 --
US8419768 --
US8562647 --
US8562645 --
US8574235 --
US8551140 --
US8506597 --
US8506557 --
US8505802 --
US8505799 --
US8579920 --
US8597327 --
US8597311 --
US8608777 --
US8603118 --
US8632569 --
US8668718 --
US8652172 --
US8652171 --
USD698021 --
US8821514 --
US8821537 --
US8821536 --
US8840642 --
US8864780 --
US8672969 --
US8672968 --
US8702718 --
US8728099 --