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 19716

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AMERICAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
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ABBOTT LABORATORIES (44)
5,527,322 Device and method for suturing of internal puncture sites 372 1993
5,792,152 Device and method for suturing of internal puncture sites 194 1996
6,036,699 Device and method for suturing tissue 271 1997
6,355,050 Device and method for suturing tissue 73 1997
5,860,991 Method for the percutaneous suturing of a vascular puncture site 272 1997
6,206,893 Device and method for suturing of internal puncture sites 279 1998
6,358,258 Device and method for performing end-to-side anastomosis 170 1999
6,190,396 Device and method for deploying and organizing sutures for anastomotic and other attachments 113 1999
7,001,400 Articulating suturing device and method 104 2000
7,029,481 Systems, devices and methods for suturing patient tissue 35 2000
6,730,102 Systems, devices and methods for deploying needles 5 2000
6,517,553 Device and method for suturing of internal puncture sites 74 2001
7,048,747 Device and method for performing end-to-side anastomosis 73 2001
6,964,668 Articulating suturing device and method 123 2002
8,137,364 Articulating suturing device and method 5 2003
7,837,696 Articulating suturing device and method 25 2003
7,445,626 Device and method for suturing tissue 29 2003
7,390,328 Device and method for suturing of internal puncture sites 54 2003
7,850,701 Articulating suturing device and method 22 2004
7,462,188 Device and method for suturing intracardiac defects 34 2004
8,083,754 Vascular suturing device with needle capture 3 2005
7,883,517 Vascular suturing device 18 2005
8,038,688 Articulating suturing device and method 3 2005
7,842,047 Articulating suturing device and method 20 2006
7,377,927 Systems, devices and methods for suturing patient tissue 31 2006
8,267,947 Vascular suturing device 5 2006
7,842,048 Articulating suture device and method 17 2006
7,842,049 Systems for anchoring a medical device in a body lumen 13 2006
7,846,170 Articulating suturing device and method 19 2007
8,257,368 Device for suturing intracardiac defects 3 2007
8,211,122 Device for suturing intracardiac defects 7 2007
8,574,244 System for closing a puncture in a vessel wall 0 2007
8,419,753 Suturing device with split arm and method of suturing tissue 0 2008
8,361,088 Device and method for suturing intracardiac defects 0 2008
8,663,248 Articulating suturing device and method 0 2008
8,172,860 Articulating suturing device and method 2 2008
8,323,298 Articulating suturing device and method 1 2010
8,252,008 Articulating suturing device and method 2 2010
8,202,281 Systems for anchoring a medical device in a body lumen 2 2010
8,048,092 Articulating suturing device and method 3 2010
8,057,491 Articulating suturing device and method 5 2010
8,313,498 Vascular suturing device 1 2011
8,430,893 Articulating suturing device and method 0 2012
8,597,309 Suturing device with split arm and method of suturing tissue 0 2012
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (32)
5,364,408 Endoscopic suture system 378 1992
5,458,609 Surgical needle and retainer system 135 1993
5,540,704 Endoscopic suture system 251 1994
5,578,044 Endoscopic suture system 202 1994
5,575,800 Endoscopic suture system 81 1994
5,662,664 Endoscopic suture system 140 1995
5,700,272 Endoscopic suture system 69 1995
5,713,910 Needle guidance system for endoscopic suture device 213 1995
5,741,277 Endoscopic suture system 116 1996
5,741,279 Endoscopic suture system 59 1996
6,423,080 Percutaneous and hiatal devices and methods for use in minimally invasive pelvic surgery 103 1998
6,048,351 Transvaginal suturing system 254 1998
6,346,111 Suturing instruments and methods of use 70 1999
7,060,077 Suturing instruments and methods of use 46 2001
6,752,814 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 65 2001
7,442,198 Suturing instrument with multi-load cartridge 35 2003
7,232,447 Suturing instrument with deflectable head 25 2003
6,955,643 Endoscopic suture instrument 86 2003
7,033,370 Suturing instruments and methods of use 32 2003
7,691,050 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 8 2004
7,413,540 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 10 2004
8,123,762 Suturing instrument 0 2004
7,691,052 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 6 2004
7,833,235 Placing sutures 5 2006
7,621,865 Systems, devices, and methods for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 6 2006
7,614,999 Systems, devices, and methods for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 6 2006
8,636,641 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 0 2007
8,257,369 Suturing instrument with pivotable distal portion 0 2008
8,430,807 Devices and methods for treating pelvic floor dysfunctions 0 2008
8,172,744 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 0 2010
8,366,725 Placing sutures 0 2010
8,398,660 Suturing instrument 0 2012
 
ARTHROCARE CORPORATION (25)
6,533,795 Dual function suturing apparatus and method 102 2000
6,551,330 Linear suturing apparatus and methods 130 2000
6,605,096 Percutaneous suturing apparatus and method 100 2001
6,770,084 Suture capture device 89 2002
7,758,597 Dual function suturing apparatus and method 10 2003
7,674,274 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a cortical bone anchoring device 9 2003
7,544,199 Linear suturing apparatus and methods 5 2003
7,879,048 Suture capture device 6 2004
7,695,494 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 20 2004
7,637,926 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 13 2005
7,615,061 Bone anchor suture-loading system, method and apparatus 13 2006
7,682,374 Knotless suture lock and bone anchor implant method 14 2006
8,657,854 Knotless suture anchoring device having deforming section to accommodate sutures of various diameters 0 2006
8,133,258 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 6 2006
8,562,629 Suture device having selective needle actuation and related method 0 2006
8,109,966 Methods for attaching connective tissues to bone using a multi-component anchor 2 2007
7,963,972 Implant and delivery system for soft tissue repair 7 2007
8,137,381 Knotless suture anchor having discrete polymer components and related methods 0 2008
8,147,505 Surgical instrument for manipulating surgical suture and methods of use 1 2009
8,685,060 Methods and devices for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 0 2009
8,444,672 Methods and devices for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 0 2009
8,105,343 Independent suture tensioning and snaring apparatus 2 2009
8,425,536 Implant and delivery system for soft tissue repair 1 2011
8,617,186 Independent suture tensioning and snaring apparatus 0 2011
8,317,829 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 1 2012
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (24)
8,529,583 Surgical clip removal apparatus 0 2000
8,118,822 Bridge clip tissue connector apparatus and methods 2 2001
7,722,643 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 22 2002
8,105,345 Anastomosis apparatus and methods 4 2003
8,066,724 Anastomosis apparatus and methods 4 2003
7,763,040 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 22 2003
7,896,892 Multiple bias surgical fastener 0 2003
7,547,313 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 24 2003
7,892,255 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 1 2003
7,938,840 Apparatus and methods for anastomosis 1 2003
7,744,611 Minimally invasive valve repair procedure and apparatus 23 2003
7,879,047 Surgical connection apparatus and methods 0 2003
7,914,544 Minimally invasive valve repair procedure and apparatus 0 2004
7,963,973 Multiple loop tissue connector apparatus and methods 3 2005
8,029,519 Eversion apparatus and methods 0 2006
7,976,556 Anastomosis apparatus and methods 1 2006
8,211,124 Sealing clip, delivery systems, and methods 0 2007
8,298,251 Anastomosis apparatus and methods 0 2008
8,177,836 Apparatus and methods for minimally invasive valve repair 0 2009
8,518,060 Medical clip with radial tines, system and method of using same 0 2009
8,668,704 Medical clip with tines, system and method of using same 0 2009
8,353,921 Tissue connector apparatus and methods 1 2010
8,353,092 Multiple bias surgical fastener 0 2011
8,211,131 Apparatus and methods for anastomosis 0 2011
 
United States Surgical Corporation (24)
5,314,424 Surgical instrument locking mechanism 148 1992
5,409,478 Handle for manipulating laparoscopic tool 73 1993
5,527,321 Instrument for closing trocar puncture wounds 283 1993
5,507,754 Apparatus and method for applying and adjusting an anchoring device 250 1993
5,425,743 Surgical instrument locking mechanism 43 1993
5,474,568 Instrument for closing trocar puncture wounds 133 1993
5,483,952 Handle for surgical instruments 106 1994
5,403,329 Instrument for closing trocar puncture wounds 260 1994
D384413 Endoscopic suturing instrument 145 1994
5,571,090 Vascular suturing apparatus 186 1994
5,480,406 Method of employing surgical suturing apparatus to tie knots 218 1994
5,645,552 Surgical apparatus for suturing body tissue 62 1995
5,476,479 Handle for endoscopic surgical instruments and jaw structure 140 1995
5,662,663 Surgical suture instrument 175 1995
5,586,986 Instrument for closing trocar puncture wounds 67 1995
5,624,431 Handle for manipulating a laparoscopic tool 48 1995
5,591,180 Surgical suturing apparatus 60 1995
5,746,751 Vascular suturing apparatus 52 1995
5,728,113 Endoscopic vascular suturing apparatus 45 1996
5,938,668 Surgical suturing apparatus 114 1996
5,728,107 Surgical suturing apparatus with loading mechanism 76 1997
5,871,488 Surgical suturing apparatus with locking mechanisms 38 1997
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6,042,601 Apparatus for vascular hole closure 103 1998
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (18)
5,501,690 Suturing device 47 1994
5,735,874 Variable position handle locking mechanism 73 1996
6,773,441 Methods and devices for tissue reconfiguration 290 2000
6,821,285 Tissue reconfiguration 279 2001
6,835,200 Method and devices for tissue reconfiguration 315 2002
7,153,314 Tissue reconfiguration 170 2002
8,287,554 Method and devices for tissue reconfiguration 4 2003
7,846,180 Tissue fixation devices and methods of fixing tissue 7 2003
7,896,893 Methods and devices for tissue reconfiguration 1 2004
7,857,823 Tissue reconfiguration 1 2004
7,722,633 Tissue reconfiguration 1 2004
7,713,277 Tissue reconfiguration 2 2004
7,776,057 Methods and devices for tissue reconfiguration 7 2004
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7,985,241 Surgical fastener 1 2007
8,057,494 Methods and devices for tissue reconfiguration 2 2009
8,277,468 Tissue reconfiguration 0 2010
8,613,750 Method for fastening a hinged surgical fastener on tissue 0 2011
 
DVL ACQUISITION SUB, INC. (12)
6,332,889 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 85 1999
6,786,913 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 21 2000
6,527,785 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 22 2001
6,767,352 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 57 2001
6,663,643 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 24 2001
6,511,489 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 42 2001
7,131,980 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 43 2002
7,011,668 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 9 2002
7,037,315 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 24 2002
7,666,194 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 6 2003
7,131,978 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 51 2003
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COVIDIEN LP (9)
8,663,278 Organ fixing equipment 0 2005
8,496,674 Flexible endoscopic stitching devices 0 2007
8,628,545 Endoscopic stitching devices 0 2009
8,267,948 Method and apparatus for meniscal repair 1 2009
8,672,955 Medical suturing device 0 2010
8,490,713 Handle assembly for endoscopic suturing device 0 2010
8,500,758 Auxiliary device for a puncture needle 0 2011
8,454,631 Axial stitching devices 0 2012
8,506,581 Flexible endoscopic stitching devices 0 2013
 
AMS RESEARCH CORPORATION (7)
6,328,744 Bone suturing device 101 1999
6,843,796 Bone suturing device 18 2001
7,615,059 Surgical suture passers and methods 3 2002
7,104,949 Surgical articles for placing an implant about a tubular tissue structure and methods 13 2002
7,871,367 Surgical articles for placing an implant about a tubular tissue structure and methods 1 2006
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8,308,629 Surgical articles for placing an implant about a tubular tissue structure and methods 0 2011
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (7)
D360687 Combined proximal end and shaft of a surgical suture slotted knot pusher 6 1993
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8,690,898 Suture passing surgical instrument 0 2005
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (4)
5,368,601 Trocar wound closure device 177 1992
5,507,757 Method of closing puncture wounds 103 1994
5,562,686 Apparaus and method for suturing body tissue 224 1995
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ORTHOPAEDIC BIOSYSTEMS LTD., INC. (4)
6,045,561 Surgical knot manipulator 33 1998
6,723,107 Method and apparatus for suturing 70 2000
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REX MEDICAL, L.P. (4)
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Habley Medical Technology Corporation (3)
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TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (3)
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YOON, INBAE (3)
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6,004,332 Suturing instrument with multiple rotatably mounted offset needle holders and method of using the same 132 1997
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MEDTRONIC AVE, INC. (2)
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8,663,252 Suturing devices and methods 0 2010
 
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5,643,292 Percutaneous suturing device 132 1995
 
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5,403,346 Self-affixing suture assembly 76 1992
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5,387,221 Set of tools for suturing in deep surgical apertures or body cavities 139 1993
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5,454,823 Suturing apparatus 220 1994
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5,665,109 Methods and apparatus for suturing tissue 188 1994
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5,643,295 Methods and apparatus for suturing tissue 219 1995
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5,571,120 Ligating instrument and methods of ligating tissue in endoscopic operative procedures 105 1995
5,690,653 Suturing apparatus 150 1995
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5,993,466 Suturing instrument with multiple rotatably mounted spreadable needle holders 215 1997
6,126,665 Surgical instrument with arcuately movable offset end effectors and method of using the same 120 1997
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5,954,731 Surgical instrument with multiple rotatably mounted spreadable end effectors 263 1997
5,993,467 Suturing instrument with rotatably mounted spreadable needle holder 133 1997
5,957,937 Suturing instrument with spreadable needle holder mounted for arcuate movement 153 1997
5,908,429 Methods of anatomical tissue ligation 62 1997
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6,261,307 Method of using surgical instrument with rotatably mounted offset end effector 121 2000
7,048,748 Automatic surgical suturing instrument and method 23 2001
6,638,283 Surgical suture passer 28 2002
8,696,687 Endoscopic suturing instruments 0 2005
8,696,688 Method and apparatus for passing a flexible strand 0 2006
8,128,641 Surgical coils and methods of deploying 1 2008
8,287,553 Eluting coils and methods of deploying and retrieving 1 2010
8,425,490 Dynamic liposculpting method 0 2011
8,608,725 Eluting coils and methods of deploying and retrieving 0 2012