ApplicationNo. 352337 filed on 05/16/1989
US Classes:606/223, Needle tip or body structure606/230, Absorbable in body606/232Suture retaining means (e.g., buttons)
ExaminersPrimary: Pellegrino, Stephen C.
Assistant: Jackson, Gary
Foreign Patent References
International ClassA61B 017/00
AbstractSuture devices, particularly useful in endoscopic surgery, include a suture device made of bioabsorbable material having an elongate body member with a sharp distal end for penetrating tissue and means for locking the suture device in tissue to prevent forward and rearward movement and a suture device made of bioabsorbable material having a hinge-like joint for folding a distal portion at a precise location to be juxtaposed with a proximal portion for adjustable locking. Methods of using the suture devices for joining tissue sections, such as in tuboplasty, for closing anatomical lumens and for subcuticular suturing.