ApplicationNo. 366285 filed on 12/29/1994
US Classes:606/232, Suture retaining means (e.g., buttons)606/139, Suture, ligature, elastic band or clip applier606/144Mechanical suture or ligature applier
ExaminersPrimary: Buiz, Michael
Assistant: Leonardo, Mark S.
Foreign Patent References
International ClassA61B 017/04
AbstractMethod and apparatus for suturing and ligating anatomical tissue utilizes one or more knotting elements carried by a length of filamentous suture material for tying the suture material to create one or more adjustably tensioned stitches. The knotting elements are carried by the suture material at fixed spaced positions or can be movable along the suture material, and suture instruments are provided to facilitate the formation of a plurality of stitches, particularly during endoscopic procedures.