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 28436

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6,332,889 Surgical suturing instrument and method of use 128 1999
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6,770,084 Suture capture device 157 2002
7,758,597 Dual function suturing apparatus and method 27 2003
7,674,274 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a cortical bone anchoring device 20 2003
7,544,199 Linear suturing apparatus and methods 19 2003
* 2003/0191,498 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a cortical bone anchoring device 22 2003
* 2003/0181,925 Linear suturing apparatus and methods 86 2003
* 2003/0195,528 Percutaneous suturing apparatus and method 86 2003
7,879,048 Suture capture device 24 2004
* 2004/0236,353 Suture capture device 80 2004
7,695,494 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 49 2004
7,637,926 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 32 2005
7,615,061 Bone anchor suture-loading system, method and apparatus 26 2006
7,682,374 Knotless suture lock and bone anchor implant method 48 2006
8,657,854 Knotless suture anchoring device having deforming section to accommodate sutures of various diameters 4 2006
8,133,258 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 22 2006
8,562,629 Suture device having selective needle actuation and related method 2 2006
* 2008/0097,482 Suture device having selective needle actuation and related method 19 2006
8,109,966 Methods for attaching connective tissues to bone using a multi-component anchor 8 2007
7,963,972 Implant and delivery system for soft tissue repair 28 2007
8,137,381 Knotless suture anchor having discrete polymer components and related methods 13 2008
8,147,505 Surgical instrument for manipulating surgical suture and methods of use 8 2009
8,685,060 Methods and devices for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 5 2009
8,444,672 Methods and devices for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 9 2009
8,834,495 Independent suture tensioning and snaring apparatus 0 2009
8,828,029 Independent suture tensioning and snaring apparatus 0 2009
8,105,343 Independent suture tensioning and snaring apparatus 4 2009
9,211,118 Suture passer 0 2009
* 2011/0118,760 SUTURE PASSER 23 2009
9,186,133 Bone anchor insertion device 0 2010
8,425,536 Implant and delivery system for soft tissue repair 7 2011
8,617,186 Independent suture tensioning and snaring apparatus 0 2011
9,364,210 Biased wedge suture anchor and method for soft tissue repair 0 2012
9,226,742 Restricted wedge suture anchor and method for soft tissue repair 0 2012
9,198,649 Rotating locking member suture anchor and method for soft tissue repair 0 2012
9,034,014 Free floating wedge suture anchor for soft tissue repair 0 2012
9,023,083 Method for soft tissue repair with free floating suture locking member 0 2012
8,317,829 Method and apparatus for attaching connective tissues to bone using a knotless suture anchoring device 11 2012
 
DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
* 8,052,696 Suture tensioning device 3 2008
 
INBAE YOON (1)
* 6,017,358 Surgical instrument with multiple rotatably mounted offset end effectors 321 1997
 
YOON,INBAE (3)
* 5,704,943 Ligating instrument with multiple loop ligature supply and methods therefor 46 1995
* 6,004,332 Suturing instrument with multiple rotatably mounted offset needle holders and method of using the same 175 1997
6,214,028 Surgical instrument with multiple rotatably mounted offset end effectors and method of using the same 361 1999
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (61)
* 5,364,408 Endoscopic suture system 547 1992
* 5,458,609 Surgical needle and retainer system 186 1993
* 5,540,704 Endoscopic suture system 347 1994
* 5,578,044 Endoscopic suture system 267 1994
* 5,575,800 Endoscopic suture system 120 1994
* 5,662,664 Endoscopic suture system 192 1995
* 5,700,272 Endoscopic suture system 99 1995
* 5,713,910 Needle guidance system for endoscopic suture device 281 1995
* 5,741,277 Endoscopic suture system 193 1996
* 5,741,279 Endoscopic suture system 87 1996
* 6,423,080 Percutaneous and hiatal devices and methods for use in minimally invasive pelvic surgery 171 1998
* 6,048,351 Transvaginal suturing system 384 1998
6,346,111 Suturing instruments and methods of use 90 1999
7,060,077 Suturing instruments and methods of use 76 2001
6,752,814 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 121 2001
7,104,949 Surgical articles for placing an implant about a tubular tissue structure and methods 24 2002
* 2003/0055,313 Surgical articles for placing an implant about a tubular tissue structure and methods 17 2002
7,442,198 Suturing instrument with multi-load cartridge 65 2003
7,232,447 Suturing instrument with deflectable head 62 2003
6,955,643 Endoscopic suture instrument 138 2003
* 2003/0233,107 Suturing instrument with multi-load cartridge 6 2003
* 2003/0233,108 Endoscopic suture instrument 24 2003
7,033,370 Suturing instruments and methods of use 54 2003
* 2004/0059,350 Suturing instruments and methods of use 13 2003
7,691,050 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 61 2004
7,413,540 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 52 2004
* 2004/0230,207 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 5 2004
* 2004/0230,206 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 39 2004
8,123,762 Suturing instrument 9 2004
7,691,052 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 26 2004
8,696,687 Endoscopic suturing instruments 8 2005
* 2006/0004,385 Endoscopic suturing instruments 11 2005
7,833,235 Placing sutures 20 2006
* 2006/0195,121 Placing sutures 4 2006
7,621,865 Systems, devices, and methods for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 25 2006
7,614,999 Systems, devices, and methods for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 23 2006
* 2007/0021,686 Systems, devices, and methods for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 9 2006
7,871,367 Surgical articles for placing an implant about a tubular tissue structure and methods 5 2006
* 2007/0185,372 Surgical Articles for Placing an Implant about a Tubular Tissue Structure and Methods 12 2006
8,727,962 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 1 2007
8,814,777 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 1 2007
8,636,641 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 2 2007
* 2008/0125,791 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 2 2007
8,709,021 Suturing instrument 8 2007
8,257,369 Suturing instrument with pivotable distal portion 8 2008
* 2009/0062,818 SUTURING INSTRUMENT WITH PIVOTABLE DISTAL PORTION 1 2008
9,078,728 Devices and methods for delivering female pelvic floor implants 0 2008
8,920,306 Devices and methods for delivering a pelvic implant 0 2008
8,430,807 Devices and methods for treating pelvic floor dysfunctions 0 2008
* 2009/0171,140 DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING FEMALE PELVIC FLOOR IMPLANTS 16 2008
8,771,295 Suturing instrument and method for uterine preservation 6 2009
* 2009/0312,772 SUTURING INSTRUMENT AND METHOD FOR UTERINE PRESERVATION 7 2009
* 2010/0298,817 SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE PELVIC SURGERY 1 2009
8,172,744 Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 1 2010
8,366,725 Placing sutures 7 2010
8,308,629 Surgical articles for placing an implant about a tubular tissue structure and methods 0 2011
8,790,238 Systems, devices, and methods for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 1 2011
8,398,660 Suturing instrument 6 2012
9,078,649 Suturing instrument 0 2012
8,858,574 Suturing instrument 0 2013
9,314,323 Systems, devices and methods for minimally invasive pelvic surgery 0 2014
 
TECOMET, INC. (3)
* 6,752,810 Instrument and method for pulling and twisting a tie onto two separated items 58 2002
7,131,467 Instrument for applying a tie to two items and method of making same 46 2002
* 2004/0267,286 Instrument for applying a tie to two items and method of making same 36 2004
 
LINVATEC CORPORATION (2)
8,177,796 Suture passing apparatus and method 2 2010
* 2010/0241,142 SUTURE PASSING APPARATUS AND METHOD 17 2010
 
LIFESHIELD SCIENCES LLC (2)
7,935,128 Remotely-reloadable suturing device 23 2003
* 2004/0236,356 Remotely-reloadable suturing device 29 2003
 
United States Surgical Corporation (24)
* 5,314,424 Surgical instrument locking mechanism 293 1992
* 5,409,478 Handle for manipulating laparoscopic tool 94 1993
* 5,527,321 Instrument for closing trocar puncture wounds 375 1993
* 5,507,754 Apparatus and method for applying and adjusting an anchoring device 420 1993
* 5,425,743 Surgical instrument locking mechanism 57 1993
* 5,474,568 Instrument for closing trocar puncture wounds 177 1993
* 5,483,952 Handle for surgical instruments 122 1994
* 5,403,329 Instrument for closing trocar puncture wounds 328 1994
D384413 Endoscopic suturing instrument 308 1994
* 5,571,090 Vascular suturing apparatus 369 1994
* 5,480,406 Method of employing surgical suturing apparatus to tie knots 327 1994
* 5,645,552 Surgical apparatus for suturing body tissue 93 1995
* 5,476,479 Handle for endoscopic surgical instruments and jaw structure 293 1995
* 5,662,663 Surgical suture instrument 242 1995
* 5,586,986 Instrument for closing trocar puncture wounds 96 1995
* 5,624,431 Handle for manipulating a laparoscopic tool 68 1995
* 5,591,180 Surgical suturing apparatus 98 1995
* 5,746,751 Vascular suturing apparatus 89 1995
* 5,728,113 Endoscopic vascular suturing apparatus 78 1996
* 5,938,668 Surgical suturing apparatus 207 1996
* 5,728,107 Surgical suturing apparatus with loading mechanism 131 1997
* 5,871,488 Surgical suturing apparatus with locking mechanisms 70 1997
* 5,908,428 Stitching devices for heart valve replacement surgery 223 1997
* 6,042,601 Apparatus for vascular hole closure 278 1998
 
DEPUY MITEK, INC. (2)
* 7,232,448 Minimally invasive stitching device 108 2004
* 2005/0283,170 Minimally invasive stitching device 4 2004
 
USGI MEDICAL, INC. (1)
* 2014/0025,092 ENDOSCOPIC LIGATION 0 2013
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