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US6051006: Suture-passing forceps

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Inventor(s) Alan E. Shluzas · George Sikora ·
Assignee(s) Smith & Nephew, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Fish & Richardson P.C. ·
Primary Examiner Gary Jackson ·
Assistant Examiner Vikki Trinh ·
Application Number US9290203
Filing date 04/12/1999
Issue date 04/18/2000
Predicted expiration date 04/12/2019
U.S. Classifications 606/148  · 606/144  ·
International Classifications A61B 1704  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 606148;144;145;146;147;139;222-224;205-209 ·
22 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A surgical instrument (e.g., suture-passing forceps) has a first jaw with a mount which supports a needled suture and a second jaw having a passage, which when aligned with the mount, is positioned to receive the needled suture. The second jaw is positioned relative to the mount in a manner which allows delivery of the instrument to a surgical site in a low profile, delivery position (e.g., with the jaws spaced relatively closely). The surgical instrument includes an elongated shaft having a distal region for supporting the jaws. The second jaw is pivotable, with respect to the mount, between the delivery position in which the second jaw is spaced relatively closely to the mount with the passage misaligned with the mount and an open, misaligned position, the second jaw being axially translatable relative to the mount to an open, aligned position in which the passage is aligned with the mount.

Independent Claims | See all claims (22)

  1. 1. A surgical instrument for manipulating a needle with attached suture, comprising:an elongated shaft including a distal region having a first jaw with a mount for supporting the needle; anda second jaw mounted to the distal region and having a passage which, when aligned with the mount, is positioned to receive the needle from the mount, the second jaw being pivotable, with respect to the first jaw, between a delivery position in which the second jaw is spaced relatively closely to the mount with the passage misaligned with the mount and an open, misaligned position, the second jaw being axially translatable relative to the mount to an open, aligned position in which the passage is aligned with the mount.
  2. 17. A method of delivering a needle with attached suture to a surgical site, the method comprising:providing a surgical instrument including an elongated shaft with a distal region having a first jaw with a mount for the needle, and a second jaw mounted to the distal region and having a passage for receiving the needle from the mount;positioning the needle in the mount;moving the second jaw relative to the first jaw to position the surgical instrument in a delivery position with the second jaw spaced relatively close to the mount and the passage of the second jaw misaligned with the mount;delivering the surgical instrument to a surgical site; andpivoting the second jaw relative to the mount from the delivery position into an open, misaligned position in which the second jaw is spaced further away from the mount; andtranslating the second jaw relative to the mount to an open, aligned position in which the passage is aligned with the mount.

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