Filament Attachment Patents (Class 606/224)
  • Patent number: 10582926
    Abstract: A wound closure device having a filamentary element having a proximal end and a distal end, and a stop element coupled thereto and having a leading edge area defined by thickness and a width and having a total surface area. The leading edge area is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the filamentary element. The device may have a ratio of the leading edge area to the total surface area that is less than 10%, a ratio of the length to the maximum thickness of the stop element that is at least 4, or a ratio of the length to the width of the stop element is at least 1 for any given thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Jesse G. Nawrocki, David C. Lindh, Sr., Jason T. Perkins, Dennis L. Furman
  • Patent number: 10456267
    Abstract: A kit for stabilizing an intervertebral disc space, wherein the kit includes a cage, a suture and a plurality of suture anchors. The suture anchors are pressed into the anterior faces of the vertebral bodies holding the cage, while the ends of the suture are formed into a loose, preformed Giant Knot to allow their tightening to be accomplished through a minimally invasive portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventor: Michael Michielli
  • Patent number: 10335139
    Abstract: An instrument for delivering a suture transfascially may include a handle, a shaft extending from the handle, and a pair of needles that are moveable to an extended position beyond the end of the shaft. One or more sutures are carried by the instrument and may be delivered transfascially. A transfascial suture assembly includes a suture having a first segment, a second segment, and an intermediate segment therebetween. A force distributing member is locatable at the intermediate segment. Suture retainers may be provided at the end of each suture segment, and may have a connection that is moveable relative to the portion of the suture segment connected therewith. A method of delivering transfascial sutures includes inserting a twin-needle instrument loaded with one or more sutures into an abdominal cavity and deploying, from within the abdominal cavity, the suture carrying needles through a soft tissue repair patch and then through at least part of the abdominal wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger E. Darois, Donald E. Ziniti, Kevin J. Ranucci
  • Patent number: 10336001
    Abstract: A suture device including an improved welded fixation device at its distal end, to provide improved holding strength during and after implantation of the suture in tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason T. Perkins, Jesse G. Nawrocki, Jason Huff, David C. Lindh, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10327763
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods and devices are provided for improved surgical sutures, suture systems, and methods for suturing. In general, the sutures, suture systems, and methods can allow a suture to form a secure, closed loop without tying a knot. The suture can include a barbed portion configured to be threaded through a hollow portion. The barbed portion can have a plurality of barbs thereon, which can grasp onto an inner wall of the hollow portion when disposed therein to help secure the loop at a desired size. The barbs can all be oriented in one direction that corresponds to a direction of movement of the suture when the loop is being tightened. Thus, the barbs can be configured to allow for a size of the loop to be easily reduced to any desired size to approximate tissue, but can be configured to resist subsequent expansion of the loop to ensure that the tissue remains in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehmet Ziya Sengun
  • Patent number: 10314574
    Abstract: The field of the disclosure relates generally to sutures and, more specifically, to enhancing suture repair mechanics using adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Washington University
    Inventors: Stephen W. Linderman, Guy M. Genin, Stavros Thomopoulos
  • Patent number: 10258320
    Abstract: Systems and methods for soft tissue to bone repairs, without knot tying. The soft tissue repair systems include self-cinching constructs with splices, loops and inserts that are pre-loaded onto knotless anchors to position the self-locking, adjustable construct at the repair site. The splice incorporates an insert in the form of a flexible strand with at least one barb, or simply in the form of a cut length of suture or braid that is inserted into the center of the cinching loop to create a thicker portion. When the cinching loop is tightened, the insert prevents loosening of the loop, locking in the cinching loop and preventing movement of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Dreyfuss, Derek C. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10220001
    Abstract: Methods and compositions are provided that load and encapsulate an agent, such as a protein, in a porous self-healing polymer. A delivery system includes a porous self-healing polymer, an ionic affinity trap within the pores of the self-healing polymer, and an agent associated with the ionic affinity trap. Methods of encapsulating an agent in a polymer include providing a porous self-healing polymer comprising an ionic affinity trap within the pores. The polymer is incubated with an agent having an affinity for the ionic affinity trap. At least a portion of the pores in the polymer are then healed. Active encapsulation of macromolecules at low concentrations may be achieved due to affinity of the agent for the ionic affinity trap within the pores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Steven P. Schwendeman, Kashappa-Goud Desai
  • Patent number: 10206670
    Abstract: A method of ankle syndesmosis repair according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, drilling a hole through a fibula and a tibia of an ankle joint, pulling a first button device through the hole using a pull-through suture until the first button device exits on a medial side of the tibia, flipping the first button device so it rests against a medial cortex of the tibia, and positioning a second button device at a lateral side of the fibula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventor: Brian Thornes
  • Patent number: 10010450
    Abstract: A system is provided including an elongate needle body and an aqueous humor drainage device. The drainage device includes an elongated tube that is operatively coupled to a proximal end of the needle body. Methods for the implantation of the aqueous humor drainage device in the eye are provided. A system including an elongate needle body and drainage device is also provided for draining other body cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: INNFOCUS, INC.
    Inventors: Leonard Pinchuk, John B. Martin
  • Patent number: 9545289
    Abstract: A device for manipulating tissue at a vessel includes an elongated member having a proximal end and a distal end, a guide member at the distal end of the elongated member, the guide member having a blunt distal tip for engagement against an interior wall of the vessel, and a tissue cutting device at the distal end of the elongated member, wherein the tissue cutting device has a sharp tip that is proximal to the blunt distal tip of the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Fletcher T. Wilson, Rhunjay J. Yu, Pedram Afshar, Partha P. Ray
  • Patent number: 9451953
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods and devices are provided for improved surgical sutures, suture systems, and methods for suturing. In general, the sutures, suture systems, and methods can allow a suture to form a secure, closed loop without tying a knot. The suture can include a barbed portion configured to be threaded through a hollow portion. The barbed portion can have a plurality of barbs thereon, which can grasp onto an inner wall of the hollow portion when disposed therein to help secure the loop at a desired size. The barbs can all be oriented in one direction that corresponds to a direction of movement of the suture when the loop is being tightened. Thus, the barbs can be configured to allow for a size of the loop to be easily reduced to any desired size to approximate tissue, but can be configured to resist subsequent expansion of the loop to ensure that the tissue remains in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventor: Mehmet Z. Sengun
  • Patent number: 9345466
    Abstract: A suture thread having: a thread-shaped main body with spikes and a stopper cylinder having a diameter enlarged with respect to the main body is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ASSUT EUROPE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Maurizio Longo, Federica Scacchia, Francesco Lazzaro, Feliciano Crovella
  • Patent number: 9237889
    Abstract: A medical device includes a surgical needle attached to a hollow tubular suture. The suture is constructed of macroporous hollow tubular wall that facilitates and allows tissue integration into the suture core subsequent to introduction to the body, thereby preventing suture pull-through and improving biocompatibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Gregory Dumanian, Anandev Gurjala
  • Patent number: 9220494
    Abstract: A method of closing a tissue wound includes providing a wound closure device having a first fastener, a second fastener, and a flexible member extending between the first and second fasteners and movably attached to the second fastener by a one-way knot formed in the flexible member between the first and second fastener, positioning the first fastener against tissue, passing the flexible member across the wound, positioning the second fastener against tissue, and pulling on a free end of the flexible member to shorten a length of the flexible member between the first and second fasteners, thereby closing the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Bojarski, George Sikora, Paul Alexander Torrie, Steven Ek
  • Patent number: 9168118
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an implantable attachment device comprising an elongate element which is tubular flexible and hollow delimiting an internal volume comprising a tightening loop, having a first circumference in the inactive position, formed by the portion of said tubular element in said internal volume between intake and outlet openings distant by a length. The device comprises blocking means of said portion in the internal volume of said elongate element, which can be deactivated under the effect of manual traction exerted on the first or second end of said elongate element, said traction enabling the sliding of said elongate element between said orifices and correlatively the formation of the tightening loop having a second circumference in the active position, the second circumference being less than the first circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: COUSIN BIOTECH
    Inventors: Stéphane Noel, Farid Kamche, Gilles Solecki
  • Publication number: 20150119933
    Abstract: An anchoring device having an elongate body at a proximal portion, a distal portion of the elongate body forming a loop at a distal portion of the anchoring device. The loop further includes a plurality of anchors disposed along a surface thereof and the loop also including an end effector. Methods for securing anchoring devices of the present disclosure are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy D. Kosa, Nicholas Maiorino
  • Publication number: 20140371767
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides filaments and/or surgical sutures which include an inner core, an outer sheath and a plurality of barbs on a surface thereof. The filaments and/or surgical sutures further include at least one adhesive precursor material which transitions from a non-adherent material to an adhesive material to attach a portion of the filament and/or suture to the surrounding area, such as tissue and/or other portions of the filament.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Roland Ostapoff, Timothy Sargeant
  • Patent number: 8905033
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for the securement of tissue and in particular for placement of a tongue base suspension fiber for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The system incorporates disposable connectors with releasable needles to facilitate the placement of fibers with minimal increase in suture site dilation or trauma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Rousseau, David Lindh
  • Patent number: 8826958
    Abstract: A crimping die including a fixed die and a moving die which moves away from or toward the fixed die, and a thread guide arranged closely to the edge of the stop hole formed in the proximal end face of an eyeless needle held by the crimping die and having a surface for guiding the suture thread to the stop hole. The thread guide is arranged such that an external force does not act on the suture thread on the outside of the stop hole formed in the eyeless needle as a crimping operation progresses when the proximal end face of the eyeless needle is crimped by the crimping die, or arranged to move in the direction in which an external force does not act.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: MANI, Inc.
    Inventors: Kanji Matsutani, Masahiko Saito
  • Publication number: 20140249576
    Abstract: This invention provides a suture system and method that does not require knots. A locking suture includes a needle and a thread that is provided with a plurality of locking barbs. The needle is applied over an end of the thread by conventional systems. The exterior surface of the thread is covered with barbs. The barbs can be arranged in rows of at least one barb each, circumscribing the thread of the suture and are oriented so that they are uniformly feathered, being closed in the direction of the needle and open toward the terminal (posterior) end. The feathering provides for the barbs to lie flat when drawn through a membrane or other material, and the bias causes them to splay open when a tension towards the terminal/posterior end is exerted. This splaying creates a locking force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Kent Island Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Frederick Arnold Bunge
  • Patent number: 8821545
    Abstract: A surgical filament snare assembly including an anchor capable of being fixated in bone and having a filament engagement feature. A first filament has a noose with first and second noose limbs connected, preferably slidably, to the filament engagement feature. The first and second noose limbs emerge from the anchor as first and second free filament limbs that are capable of being passed through tissue to be repaired and then passable through the noose. The noose is capable of receiving the free filament limbs and strangulating them when tension is applied to at least one of the free filament limbs and the noose to enable incremental tensioning of the tissue after anchor fixation. Preferably, the snare assembly further includes a flexible sleeve joining at least some portion of the first and second free filament limbs to facilitate passing of the free filament limbs as a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventor: Mehmet Ziya Sengun
  • Patent number: 8821544
    Abstract: A surgical filament snare assembly including an anchor capable of being fixated in bone and having a filament engagement feature. A first filament has a noose with first and second noose limbs connected, preferably slidably, to the filament engagement feature. The first and second noose limbs emerge from the anchor as first and second free filament limbs that are capable of being passed through tissue to be repaired and then passable through the noose. The noose is capable of receiving the free filament limbs and strangulating them when tension is applied to at least one of the free filament limbs and the noose to enable incremental tensioning of the tissue after anchor fixation. Preferably, the snare assembly further includes a flexible sleeve joining at least some portion of the first and second free filament limbs to facilitate passing of the free filament limbs as a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Mehmet Ziya Sengun, Howard Tang, David B. Spenciner
  • Patent number: 8814905
    Abstract: A surgical filament snare assembly including an anchor capable of being fixated in bone and having a filament engagement feature. A first filament has a noose on a first portion of at least a first limb and has a second portion connected to the filament engagement feature of the anchor. Preferably, at least one free filament limb, which in some embodiments is a length of the first filament and in other embodiments is a second filament, is capable of being passed through tissue to be repaired and has at least one end passable through the noose to enable incremental tensioning of the tissue after the anchor is fixated in bone. The noose strangulates the free filament limb when tension is applied to at least one of the free filament limb and the noose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: DePuy Mitek, LLC
    Inventors: Mehmet Ziya Sengun, Howard Tang, David B. Spenciner, Gregory R. Whittaker, Gerome Miller
  • Publication number: 20140207188
    Abstract: A suture retaining device, which has an elongate body having a cross section that is at least partially circular, and a head portion joined to the elongate body. The head portion has a sidewall that defines a cavity for receipt of a suture. The sidewall also has an internal surface that is at least partially flat, and the cavity is enclosed by the sidewall. The suture retaining device may be utilized in conjunction with a suture passing device, which has a body that includes a distal end, proximal end and outer surface; an internal passageway extending through the body from the distal end to the proximal end; and a contoured portion defining a recess in the body, the recess extending radially from the outer surface to the internal passageway, the contoured portion is homogenous.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Ryan E. Yearsley, Curtis Custer Edwards
  • Patent number: 8652173
    Abstract: Knotless suture anchors are disclosed for surgical use, which contain one or more types of ratcheting mechanisms that will allow a surgeon to pull a suture strand through an anchor device in one direction, without allowing the suture strand to travel or creep backward, in the other direction. This will allow a surgeon to emplace a number of such anchors in hard bone(s) or soft tissue(s), during installation of an implant device, while the various suture strands remain loose and do not interfere with proper positioning of the implant. When the implant device is roughly in position, the surgeon can gently “snug” all of the suture strands (which preferably should be braided, to provide a non-smooth surface that will enable a stronger and more secure grip by the ratcheting mechanism), so that they will all reach a moderate plateau of gentle yet firm tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Formae, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin A. Mansmann
  • Publication number: 20130345745
    Abstract: A suture thread is used to perform suturing without tying part of or the whole of knots that are supposed to be tied during suturing. A suture thread support body prevents an end of the suture thread from being pulled into a suturing site. A needle accommodation body has a shape of a tube having a through-hole through both ends. The suture thread has the suture thread support body and the needle accommodation body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: JOHN JACOBS MEDICAL INC.
    Inventor: Young Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 8591544
    Abstract: A system and method for tissue repair employing a continuous loop of suture attached to a free floating needle. The free floating needle is not swaged on the suture so that, after passing the suture loop construct through the tissue to be treated, the needle may be recentered if the suture strands are uneven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Jolly, Matthew C. Summitt
  • Publication number: 20130245684
    Abstract: A barbed suture including a body with barbs on the periphery, a pointed end, and an anchor at one end to resist movement of the suture in the direction of the pointed end is provided. One or more limbs on the anchor may be provided, which may be arcuate, of varying lengths, and of varying distribution about the periphery of the suture body. Other anchor designs are provided. Methods of placing single-directional and bi-directional barbed sutures to approximate the tissue on each side of a wound and to position and support tissue in the absence of a wound, as in cosmetic surgery, are provided, and may include terminal J-stitches or S-stitches. Methods of placement may be made with sharp, pointed ends, which may be needles, or insertion devices. Sinusoidal patterns of sutures that have amplitudes generally perpendicular to the resultant holding force of the suture are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Gregory L. Ruff, Jeffrey C. Leung, Andrew Kaplan, Matthew A. Megaro, Stanton D. Batchelor
  • Publication number: 20130238020
    Abstract: Sutures are provided having a first elongate body and a separate, second elongate body. The first elongate body includes a first connection structure and the second elongate body may include a second connection structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Michael Primavera, Gregory G. Okoniewski
  • Publication number: 20130226232
    Abstract: A medical device includes a surgical needle attached to a hollow tubular suture. The suture is constructed of macroporous hollow tubular wall that facilitates and allows tissue integration into the suture core subsequent to introduction to the body, thereby preventing suture pull-through and improving biocompatibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Northwestern University
  • Patent number: 8518078
    Abstract: A surgical suture material and a method to the use thereof are represented by different needles and surgical threads. The main embodiments comprises a needle (6), consisting of two needles (7, 8) jointed by a temporary connection having a tetrahedral, diamond or another shape in such a way that a single needle point (9) is formed, and a surgical thread (10) provided with shaped design projections embodied on the thread surface in the form of notches. The method consists in introducing, during a surgical intervention, the twin needle in one puncture at a small depth, wherein the needle is divided into two needles, and in leading each needle along a required contour. The surgical suture material can be extensively used for surgical and cosmetic interventions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventors: Marlen Andreevich Sulamanidze, Georgiih Marlenovich Sulamanidze, Constantin Marlenovich Sulamanidze
  • Patent number: 8512373
    Abstract: A needle assembly comprises a shaft with two opposite tissue piercing ends. The assembly includes a shuttle which is moveable relative to the shaft between the two ends. The shuttle comprises means to secure a suture to the shuttle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Aesthetic Devices Pty Limited
    Inventors: Paul Gilson, Geoffrey H. White, Jassim Daood
  • Publication number: 20130178898
    Abstract: Systems and methods for approximating tissue using suture are described. The systems include at least one suture with a locking portion that is integral to the suture. The locking portion may be an expanded portion of the suture body. The locking portion may receive a plurality of snares that work to carry the at least one end of the suture through the locking portion. The systems may also include suture anchors and external locking mechanisms such as a tubular sheath. The systems may be used to approximate two soft tissue portions together, or a soft tissue and a bone portion together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: IMDS Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffery Arnett, Dylan M. Hushka
  • Publication number: 20130110162
    Abstract: Multifilament sutures are prepared by permeating the suture with an antimicrobial solution and applying an antimicrobial coating to the suture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Matthew Cohen
  • Publication number: 20130072948
    Abstract: A suture passer device includes a shaft, a handle, an end effector, and a suture capturing member. The shaft has a shaft proximal end and a shaft distal end. The handle assembly is coupled to the shaft proximal end. The end effector is coupled to the shaft distal end. The suture capturing member is coaxial with and slideably coupled to the end effector, is coupled to the handle assembly, and is configured to capture a suture within the end effector. A suture needle includes a suture needle body and a suture needle tip, the suture needle body having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is thicker than the second portion, and the first portion is configured to mate with a needle spacer that enables actuation of a suture needle passer device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: COST CONTAINMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Robert G. STATES, III, Christoph L. GILLUM, David A. PARROTT, Benjamin T. KRUPP, Kenneth E. HOGUE
  • Publication number: 20130066367
    Abstract: A bone anchor provides stable, durable anchorage of sutures used for repair of soft tissues torn, or cut, away from bones. The anchor includes a plurality of prongs angled in the direction of loading. The prongs-are inserted into holes drilled in the bone. The angled nature of the prongs causes them to dig into the bone under functional loading. A suture is attached to the anchor via an integral bead and led through the anchor eyelet. In use, the suture does not glide anywhere at its interface to the anchor, nor does if flex on itself at a knot. Instead, it only flexes around the pillar of the eyelet with a fully circular cross-section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Slobodan Tepic
  • Publication number: 20130018415
    Abstract: Cosmetic threads for reducing wrinkle size include at least one synthetic collagen fiber that wells after placement under the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Rebeccah Brown, Thomas J. Koob
  • Publication number: 20120330353
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of manufacturing a biodegradable surgical suture with a distal end shaped like a loop by using a twist braider. The surgical suture enables a doctor to easily tie the suture with a knot in a bodily region through which a needle passes after the needle passes through a bodily incision to be sutured once without making the knot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: META BIOMED CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeon Chun Yoo, Heung Su Park, Joon Hyung Kim, Joon Sub Chon, Do Kyoung Lee, Jae Woon Choi
  • Patent number: 8222564
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of altering a surgical fiber by irradiating the surgical fiber with an energy beam such that material is removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group, LP
    Inventors: Nicholas Maiorino, Michael Primavera, Matthew D. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8192462
    Abstract: A surgical suture material and a method to the use thereof are represented by different needles and surgical threads. The main embodiments comprises a needle (6), consisting of two needles (7, 8) jointed by a temporary connection having a tetrahedral, diamond or another shape in such a way that a single needle point (9) is formed, and a surgical thread (10) provided with shaped design projections embodied on the thread surface in the form of notches. The shaped design of the notches has a very important significance since it makes it possible to provide a reliable linkage with soft tissues and to forcedly holding the soft tissues when force actions are applied thereto. The method consists in introducing, during a surgical intervention, the twin needle in one puncture at a small depth, wherein the needle is divided into two needles, and in leading each needle along a required contour. The surgical suture material can be extensively used for surgical and cosmetic interventions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventors: Marlen Andreevich Sulamanidze, Georgiih Marlenovich Sulamanidze
  • Publication number: 20120123472
    Abstract: An apparatus houses a plurality of surgical elements, such as needles and sutures, both before and after use. The largest cross-sectional dimension of the housing is preferably less than about 12 mm. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a substantially rigid housing having a first section that holds a plurality of unused needles and a second section that receives the plurality of needles after use. In other embodiments, the apparatus includes a flexible panel having a plurality of pockets therein, wherein each pocket is configured to house a single needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Patrick John CULLIGAN, Roger P. GOLDBERG, Douglas S. SCHERR
  • Publication number: 20120083837
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a needle for attaching a fixator to a soft tissue graft. The needle includes a pointed distal end and a proximal end, the proximal end including a suture coupler, the suture coupler including a hook and a pocket formed by the hook, wherein the needle is curved along an entire length of the needle. A fixator for use with the needle and method of fixating a soft tissue graft to a bone is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Charles Ferragamo, Jeffrey Wyman, Alfred Rodrique Berune, JR., Michael James Perriello, Gary Robert McCarthy
  • Patent number: 8118822
    Abstract: A novel bridge clip tissue connector includes two clips separated by a bridge portion. The clips allow for the connecting of tissue at two positions that are maintained by the bridge portion. The connector can be used for performing a wide variety of surgical procedures, including anastomosis and a horizontal mattress suture-like connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent Schaller, John D. Nguyen, Liem Ho, Nga Doan, Cong Thach
  • Publication number: 20120010656
    Abstract: The suture device in accordance with the present invention has a needle and a suture thread. The needle has a point formed at a first end of the needle. The suture thread is connected to the needle and has a first section and a second section. The first section has an end connected to a second end of the needle. The second section has a diameter different from a diameter of the first section and an end connected to an opposite end of the first section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Hsieh-Hsing Lin
  • Publication number: 20110282385
    Abstract: A needle assembly comprises a shaft with two opposite tissue piercing ends. The assembly includes a shuttle which is moveable relative to the shaft between the two ends. The shuttle comprises means to secure a suture to the shuttle member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Paul Gilson, Geoffrey H. White, Jassim Daood
  • Publication number: 20110257663
    Abstract: The invention is a suture system including a device and a method for manual and robotic surgery with suture thread gatherer and fuser and double pointed suture needle for one hand suture application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: John D. Unsworth
  • Patent number: 8028870
    Abstract: In an eyeless sewing needle, a periphery of an axial hole at the base end is heated to make a fibrous structure be a granular structure without directionality, and at least a part of a heat-affected zone made between the fibrous structure and the granular structure due to the heating is within a range that is three times the diameter of the sewing needle and that extends from an effective base of the axial hole towards the needlepoint. This allows provision of a flexible sewing needle so that the hole periphery can be processed while keeping a hard state at the position of the needlepoint slightly away from the axial hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: MANI, Inc.
    Inventors: Masaki Mashiko, Kanji Matsutani, Kosuke Shinohara, Mieko Akaba
  • Patent number: 8002796
    Abstract: A surgical needle includes a needle body defining leading and trailing ends, a general spherical region disposed adjacent the leading end of the needle body and having a blunt outer surface, and a plurality of cutting edges extending from the spherical region toward the trailing end of the needle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventor: Robert J. DeSantis
  • Patent number: RE45426
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for binding together human or animal tissue using one-way sutures having barbs on their exterior surfaces, allowing passage of a needle-drawn suture in one direction through tissue, but not in the opposite direction. In closing a wound, the sutures are passed through tissue at each of the opposed sides of the wound, forming suture pairs in which trailing ends of the sutures are juxtaposed in the wound. The number of suture pairs is selected in accordance with the size of the wound. The wound is closed and ends of the sutures of each suture pair are secured together, which may be by heat bonding or surgical knots. In a variation of this procedure double-armed sutures are used. In another variation detachable needles are used to leave the barbed sutures below the skin. The invention avoids loop stitching, minimizing scarring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Millette Buncke