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US6171317: Knot tying device and method

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Inventor(s) Jasper Jackson · Justina A. Franco · Erik K. Walberg ·
Assignee(s) Perclose, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP ·
Primary Examiner Gary Jackson ·
Application Number US9395947
Filing date 09/14/1999
Issue date 01/09/2001
Predicted expiration date 09/14/2019
U.S. Classifications 606/148  · 289/17  · 606/114  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB2
International Classifications 606139 · 606144 · 606148 · 289 17 ·
30 Claims, 16 Drawings


Abstract

A knot tying device comprises a knotting guide which carries a pair of snare cords. Each snare cord comprises a suture capture end and a pull end. The snare cords are carried within the knotting guide in a loose, knotted configuration. By capturing a pair of free suture ends in the suture capture ends of the snare cords, the knotted configuration originally embodied in the snare cords can be transferred to the free suture ends by pulling those ends through the knotting guide.

Independent Claims | See all claims (30)

  1. 1. A knot tying device comprising: a first snare cord having a capture end and a pull end; a second snare cord having a capture end and a pull end; and a knotting guide which holds the first snare cord and the second snare cord in a loose knot pattern so that a knot may be formed in a first suture end and a second suture end by capture and exchange with the first snare cord and second snare cord, respectively.
  2. 8. A knot tying device comprising: a handle; a knotting guide attached to the handle, said knotting guide including a plurality of guide pins arranged in a pre-defined pattern and a cover which can be selectively opened and closed over the pins; a first snare cord having a capture end and a pull end arranged over the pins in a partial knot pattern; and a second snare cord having a capture end and a pull end arranged over the pins in a knot pattern complementary to the partial knot pattern; whereby a knot may be formed in first and second suture ends by capture of the first suture end with the capture end of the first snare cord, capture of the second suture end with the capture end of the second snare cord, pulling of the first snare cord through the pins so that the first suture end assures the partial knot pattern, pulling of the second snare cord through the pins to assure the complementary knot pattern, opening of the cover, and removal of the knot in the suture ends from the knotting guide.
  3. 14. A kit comprising: a knot tying device including: a first snare cord having a capture end and a pull end; a second snare cord having a capture end and a pull end; and instructions for use setting forth the following steps: capturing a first suture end with the capture end of the first snare cord; capturing a second suture end with the capture end of the second snare end; pulling the first snare cord through a path which defines a partial knot pattern; and pulling the second snare cord through a path which defines a complementary knot pattern; whereby the suture ends are formed into a knot.
  4. 15. A method for tying a first suture end and a second suture end into a knot, said method comprising: capturing the first suture end with a first snare cord; capturing the second suture end with a second snare cord; pulling the first snare cord through a path which defines a partial knot pattern; and pulling the second snare cord through a path which defines a knot pattern complementary to the partial knot pattern; whereby the suture ends are formed into a complete knot.
  5. 28. A knotting device comprising: a knotting guide which imparts a loose knot pattern in a first suture end and a second suture end; and a shaft removably secured to the knotting guide, the shaft defining a distal passage for receiving one of the first and second suture ends, wherein said shaft is positioned adjacent to the loose knot after the knot has been formed and the knotting guide has been removed, so that the shaft can be advanced over the one of the first and second suture ends advance the knot along said one of the first and second suture ends.
  6. 30. A method for tying and advancing a knot to a surgical site, said method comprising: capturing first and second ends of a suture loop placed at the surgical site; pulling the ends of the suture loop through a knotting guide having a removable shaft, and pulling one of the ends through a passage defined by the removable shaft, wherein a loose knot is formed in the suture ends; removing the knotting guide from the shaft to leave the loose knot adjacent to a shaft end; and pushing the shaft end along the one of the ends of the suture loop and against the knot to advance the knot against the surgical site.

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