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US6972027: Soft tissue repair system

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) T. Wade Fallin · M. Todd Miller · Gordon Baker ·
Assignee(s) Stryker Endoscopy ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Workman Nydegger ·
Primary Examiner Gary Jackson ·
Application Number US10180901
Filing date 06/26/2002
Issue date 12/06/2005
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 07/28/2023
Patent term adjustment 397
U.S. Classifications 606/232  · 606/139  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB2
International Classifications 606232 · 606139 · 24115 H · 24115 K ·
39 Claims, 18 Drawings


Abstract

A suture anchor delivery system includes a handle having a needle extending therefrom. A suture anchor assembly is slidably received on the needle. The suture anchor assembly includes a proximal anchor, a distal anchor, and a suture extending therebetween. The suture is secured to the proximal anchor by forming a loop in the suture and passing the loop at least partially through a passageway in the proximal anchor. One end of the suture is then secured to the distal anchor. The other end of the suture is passed through the loop and terminates in a free end to selectively lock the suture against the proximal anchor. A retraction line is passed through the loop to allow a surgeon to selectively adjust the length of the suture between the two anchors and/or to selectively unlock the suture from the proximal anchor.

Independent Claims | See all claims (39)

  1. 1. A suture anchor assembly comprising: an anchor having a first passageway and an enclosed second passageway extending through at least a portion of the anchor; a suture comprising a proximal end and an opposing distal end, a portion of the suture between the proximal end and the distal end being formed into a loop, the loop being at least partially passed through the first passageway, at least one of the proximal end or the distal end of the suture being passed through the loop such that pulling on at least one of the proximal end or the distal end of the suture that is passed through the loop causes the suture to selectively lock against the anchor, a portion of the proximal end or the distal end of the suture that is passed through the loop passing through the enclosed second passageway before passing through the loop; and a retraction line threaded through the loop of the suture such that the application of tension by the retraction line on the loop causes the suture to selectively unlock from the anchor.
  2. 5. A suture anchor assembly comprising: an anchor having a first passageway and a spaced apart second passageway each extending through at least a portion of the anchor; a suture comprising a proximal end and an opposing distal end, a portion of the suture between the proximal end and the distal end passing through the first passageway and the second passageway so as to form a loop, the loop being coiled so as to form a closed loop, at least one of the proximal end or the distal end of the suture being passed through the loop such that pulling on at least one of the proximal end or distal end of the suture that is passed through the loop causes the suture to selectively lock against the anchor; and a retraction line threaded through the loop of the suture such that the application of tension by the retraction line on the loop causes the suture to selectively unlock from the anchor, at least one of the proximal end or the distal end of the suture and the retraction line passing through the closed loop.
  3. 8. A suture anchor assembly comprising: an anchor comprising: a top surface and an opposing bottom surface; an elongated channel recessed into the bottom surface; and an enclosed first passageway and a spaced apart enclosed second passageway extending from the top surface to the channel; a suture comprising a proximal end and an opposing distal end, a portion of the suture between the proximal end and the distal end being formed into a loop, the loop being at least partially passed through the enclosed first passageway, at least one of the proximal end or the distal end of the suture being passed through the enclosed second passageway and then through the loop such that pulling on the proximal end or the distal end of the suture that is passed through the loop causes the suture to selectively lock against the anchor.
  4. 13. A suture anchor assembly comprising: a first anchor; a second anchor having a first passageway extending through at least a portion thereof; a suture comprising a proximal end and an opposing distal end, a portion of the suture between the proximal end and the distal end being formed into a loop, the loop being passed into the first passageway, at least one of the proximal end or the distal end of the suture being passed through the loop, the suture being secured to the first anchor at a location distal of the loop; a retraction line threaded through the loop of the suture such that tension can be applied to the loop through the retraction line; and a tubular needle having an interior surface and an exterior surface extending between a proximal end and an opposing distal end, the interior surface bounding a passage, a slot extending between the interior surface of the needle and the exterior surface of the needle and running from the distal end of the needle toward the proximal end thereof, the first anchor and the second anchor being slidably received in the passage of the tubular needle.
  5. 17. A suture anchor delivery system comprising: a tubular needle having an interior surface and an exterior surface extending between a proximal end and an opposing distal end, the interior surface bounding a passage, a slot extending between the interior surface of the needle and the exterior surface of the needle and running from the distal end of the needle toward the proximal end thereof; a first anchor comprising: a body slidably received within the passage of the needle; a neck extending from the body, the neck passing through the slot of the needle so that the neck outwardly projects beyond the exterior surface of the needle; and a flexible prong projecting from at least a portion of the neck or the body and resiliently biasing against the interior surface of the needle; and a suture secured to the first anchor.
  6. 26. A suture anchor delivery system comprising: a tubular needle having an interior surface and an exterior surface extending between a proximal end and an opposing distal end, the interior surface bounding a passage, a slot extending between the interior surface of the needle and the exterior surface of the needle and running from the distal end of the needle toward the proximal end thereof; a handle positioned at the proximal end of the needle; a first anchor at least partially slidably disposed within the passage of the needle; a second anchor at least partially slidably disposed within the passage of the needle proximal of the first anchor, the second anchor having a first passageway extending through at least a portion thereof so as to communicate with the passage of the needle; and a suture comprising a proximal end and an opposing distal end, a portion of the suture between the proximal end and the distal end being formed into a loop, the loop being at least partially passed through the first passageway of the second anchor, at least one of the proximal end or the distal end of the suture being passed through the loop, a portion of the suture traveling continually in the passage of the needle from the loop of the suture to the handle.
  7. 33. A method for securing a suture on an anchor wherein a suture comprises a proximal end and an opposing distal end, a portion of the suture between the proximal end and the distal end being formed into a loop, the loop being passed at least partially through a passageway formed on the anchor, at least one of the proximal end or the distal end of the suture being passed through the loop, the method comprising: while holding securely the proximal end or the distal end of the suture that is passed through the loop, pulling on a retention line passing through the loop of the suture so as to remove any unwanted slack from the suture distal of the loop by enlarging the loop; pulling on the proximal end or distal end of the suture that is passed through the loop so as to remove slack from the loop and selectively lock the suture to the anchor; and removing the retention line from the loop.
  8. 35. A method for repairing soft tissue comprising: placing a first anchor into soft tissue, a suture being connected to the first anchor; placing a second anchor into soft tissue at a distance from the first anchor, the suture passing through at least a portion of the second anchor and terminating at a free end; and pulling on a retraction line extending through a loop formed on the suture so as to decrease the length of suture between the first anchor and the second anchor while the first anchor and the second anchor are substantially retained in place.
  9. 38. A suture anchor assembly comprising: an anchor having a first passageway, second passageway, and a third passageway each extending through at least a portion of the anchor; a suture comprising a proximal end and an opposing distal end, a portion of the suture between the proximal end and the distal end passing through the first passageway and the second passageway so as to form a loop, at least one of the proximal end or the distal end of the suture being passed through the loop such that pulling on at least one of the proximal end or distal end of the suture that is passed through the loop causes the suture to selectively lock against the anchor, the suture also passing through the third passageway prior to passing through the loop; and a retraction line threaded through the loop of the suture such that the application of tension by the retraction line on the loop causes the suture to selectively unlock from the anchor.
  10. 39. A suture anchor assembly comprising: a first anchor having an outwardly projecting flexible prong; a second anchor having a first passageway extending through at least a portion thereof; a suture comprising a proximal end and an opposing distal end, a portion of the suture between the proximal end and the distal end being formed into a loop, the loop being passed into the first passageway, at least one of the proximal end or the distal end of the suture being passed through the loop, the suture being secured to the first anchor at a location distal of the loop; and a retraction line threaded through the loop of the suture such that tension can be applied to the loop through the retraction line.

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