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US7628796: Surgical suturing apparatus with anti-backup system

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Inventor(s) Frederick E. Shelton, IV · James J. Bedi · Chester O. Baxter, III · Michael J. Stokes · Mark S. Ortiz ·
Assignee(s) Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Welsh & Flaxman LLC ·
Primary Examiner Darwin P Erezo ·
Application Number US11394161
Filing date 03/31/2006
Issue date 12/08/2009
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 08/02/2026
Patent term adjustment 415
U.S. Classifications 606/144  · 606/148  · 606/145  · 606/139  ·
International Classifications A61B1704  ·
Kind CodeB2
Related U.S. Application DataCROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/150,481, entitled “ENDOSCOPIC SUTURING DEVICE”, filed Jun. 13, 2005, which is currently pending.
10 Claims, 37 Drawings


Abstract

A surgical suturing apparatus includes a suture housing, a needle mounted within the suture housing for movement about an arcuate path, a drive assembly operably associated with the needle for controlling movement of the needle with a suture secured thereto about an arcuate path in a first direction in a manner facilitating application of the suture to tissue, and an anti-backup mechanism associated with the needle for preventing movement of the needle in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

Independent Claims | See all claims (10)

  1. 1. A surgical suturing apparatus, comprising: a suture housing; a needle mounted within the suture housing for movement about an arcuate path, the needle defines an arc and is curved to rotate about a continuous circular path, the needle includes an interior surface along an inner surface of the arc defined by the needle and an exterior surface along an outer surface of the arc defined by the needle, a series of notches are cut into the needle; a drive assembly operably associated with the needle for controlling movement of the needle with a suture secured thereto about an arcuate path in a first direction in a manner facilitating application of the suture to tissue, the drive assembly includes a friction camming member which translates both radially and arcuately to selectively engage and disengage the needle in a manner facilitating controlled movement of the needle; and an anti-backup mechanism associated with the needle for preventing movement of the needle in a second direction opposite to the first direction, wherein the anti-backup mechanism includes a lever arm including a first end pivotally secured to the housing and a second end extending toward and into contact with the notches formed along the needle.
  2. 7. A surgical suturing apparatus shaped and dimensioned for insertion through a natural orifice of a patient, comprising: a suture housing; a needle mounted within the suture housing for movement about an arcuate path, the needle defines an arc and is curved to rotate about a continuous circular path, the needle includes an interior surface along an inner surface of the arc defined by the needle and an exterior surface along an outer surface of the arc defined by the needle, a series of notches are cut into the needle; a drive assembly operably associated with the needle for controlling movement of the needle with a suture secured thereto about an arcuate path in a first direction in a manner facilitating application of the suture to tissue, the drive assembly includes a friction camming member which translates both radially and arcuately to selectively engage and disengage the needle in a manner facilitating controlled movement of the needle; and an anti-backup mechanism associated with the needle for preventing movement of the needle in a second direction opposite to the first direction, wherein the anti-backup mechanism includes a lever arm including a first end pivotally secured to the housing and a second end extending toward and into contact with the notches formed along the needle.
  3. 9. A surgical suturing apparatus shaped and dimensioned for laparoscopic insertion through a trocar, comprising: a suture housing; a needle mounted within the suture housing for movement about an arcuate path, the needle defines an arc and is curved to rotate about a continuous circular path, the needle includes an interior surface along an inner surface of the arc defined by the needle and an exterior surface along an outer surface of the arc defined by the needle, a series of notches are cut into the needle; a drive assembly operably associated with the needle for controlling movement of the needle with a suture secured thereto about an arcuate path in a first direction in a manner facilitating application of the suture to tissue, the drive assembly includes a friction camming member which translates both radially and arcuately to selectively engage and disengage the needle in a manner facilitating controlled movement of the needle; and an anti-backup mechanism associated with the needle for preventing movement of the needle in a second direction opposite to the first direction, wherein the anti-backup mechanism includes a lever arm including a first end pivotally secured to the housing and a second end extending toward and into contact with the notches formed along the needle.

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