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US6723107: Method and apparatus for suturing

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Inventor(s) Jeffry B. Skiba · Jeffrey P. Baldwin · Laird L. Hatch · Gary M. Gartsman · Ran Oren ·
Assignee(s) Orthopaedic Biosystems Ltd. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Fish & Richcardson P.C. ·
Primary Examiner Julian W. Woo ·
Application Number US9550975
Filing date 04/18/2000
Issue date 04/20/2004
Predicted expiration date 04/18/2020
U.S. Classifications 606/144  · 606/223  · 606/222  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB1
International Classifications 606222-227 · 112222-227 · 606139 · 606144 · 606148 · 223102 ·
Related U.S. Application DataRELATED APPLICATION/CLAIM OF PRIORITY
This Application is related to and claims priority from Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/129,993 entitled “Suture Leader for Shuttleless suturing”, filed Apr. 19, 1999.
20 Claims, 12 Drawings


Abstract

Devices and techniques for suturing are particularly useful in laparoscopic, arthroscopic, and/or open surgical procedures. A method of delivering a suture includes providing a suture device, releasably coupling a suture to a distal end of a suture device by threading the suture through a first region of a bounded opening of the suture device and moving the suture to a second region of the bounded opening having a dimension smaller than a diameter of the suture to trap the suture in the second region, penetrating a substrate with the distal end of the suture device such that the a portion of the suture passes through the substrate, and releasing the suture from the distal end of the suture device.

Independent Claims | See all claims (20)

  1. 1. A method of delivering a suture comprising: providing a suture device; releasably coupling a suture to a distal end of the suture device by threading the suture through a first region of a bounded opening of the suture device and then moving the suture to a second region of the bounded opening having a dimension smaller than a diameter of the suture to trap the suture in the second region; penetrating a substrate with the distal end of the suture device such that a portion of the suture passes through the substrate; and releasing the suture from the distal end of the suture device while at least a portion proximal of the distal end of the suture device is penetrating the substrate.
  2. 8. A method of delivering a suture comprising: providing a suture device; releasably coupling a suture to a distal end of the suture device by threading the suture through a first region of a bounded opening of the suture device and then moving the suture to a second region of the bounded opening having a dimension smaller than a diameter of the suture to trap the suture in the second region; penetrating a substrate with the distal end of the suture device such that a portion of the suture passes through the substrate; and releasing the suture from the distal end of the suture device; wherein an orientation of the distal end of the suture device is selectively adjustable relative to an axis of the suture device.
  3. 14. A method of delivering a suture comprising: providing a suture device; releasably coupling a suture to a distal end of the suture device by threading the suture through a first region of a bounded opening of the suture device and then moving the suture to a second region of the bounded opening having a dimension smaller than a diameter of the suture to trap the suture in the second region; penetrating a substrate with the distal end of the suture device such that a portion of the suture passes through the substrate; and releasing the suture from the distal end of the suture device; wherein the distal end of the suture device is selectively detachable from a shaft of the suture device.

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