US Patent No: 4,935,027

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Surgical suture instrument with remotely controllable suture material advancement

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The invention relates to surgical instruments and methods for effecting suturing of tissue that can be controlled from a position remote from the suture site. The invention provides for the continuous feed of suture material through opposed forcep jaw members between which the tissue segments are interposed to expedite the suturing process and enable suturing to be accomplished at remote internal sites of the body incident to various endoscopic procedures.

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Yoon, InBae 2101 Highland Ridge Dr., Phoenix, MD 21131 223 24481

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* 5,586,986 Instrument for closing trocar puncture wounds 84 1995
* 5,624,431 Handle for manipulating a laparoscopic tool 59 1995
* 5,591,180 Surgical suturing apparatus 78 1995
* 5,746,751 Vascular suturing apparatus 74 1995
* 5,728,113 Endoscopic vascular suturing apparatus 66 1996
* 5,938,668 Surgical suturing apparatus 176 1996
* 5,728,107 Surgical suturing apparatus with loading mechanism 106 1997
* 5,871,488 Surgical suturing apparatus with locking mechanisms 52 1997
* 5,908,428 Stitching devices for heart valve replacement surgery 187 1997
* 6,042,601 Apparatus for vascular hole closure 176 1998
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