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Publication numberCA2447910 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberCA 2447910
PCT numberPCT/US2002/014797
Publication date28 Nov 2002
Filing date10 May 2002
Priority date21 May 2001
Also published asCA2447910C, DE60231488D1, EP1389960A1, EP1389960B1, US6997932, US7771438, US8292903, US9339267, US20020173800, US20060052801, US20100268256, US20130030450, WO2002094107A1
Publication numberCA 2447910, CA 2447910 A1, CA 2447910A1, CA-A1-2447910, CA2447910 A1, CA2447910A1, PCT/2002/14797, PCT/US/2/014797, PCT/US/2/14797, PCT/US/2002/014797, PCT/US/2002/14797, PCT/US2/014797, PCT/US2/14797, PCT/US2002/014797, PCT/US2002/14797, PCT/US2002014797, PCT/US200214797, PCT/US2014797, PCT/US214797
InventorsPeter Dreyfuss, Reynaldo Sylvester, Barry N. Gellman
ApplicantScimed Life Systems, Inc., Peter Dreyfuss, Reynaldo Sylvester, Barry N. Gellman, Boston Scientific Limited
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: CIPO, Espacenet
Suture passer
CA 2447910 A1
Abstract
Sutures can be placed in difficult to access areas of the human body with devices, and related methods, utilizing a suture carrier with a sharpened tip and a notch for holding a formed suture tip. The devices and methods can be used in conjunction with both endosurgical and traditional open surgery.
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Claims(29)
1. A suturing instrument comprising:
an elongate body member;
a suture deployment system disposed at a distal portion of the elongate body member, the suture deployment system comprising a suture carrier including a sharpened distal end for tissue penetration and a notch for holding a formed suture tip; and a catch disposed on the elongate body member to receive and retain the formed suture tip.
2. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 1, further comprising a deployment controller including a distal end, the deployment controller extending substantially along a longitudinal axis of the elongate body member to the distal portion of the elongate body member where the distal end of the deployment controller is coupled to the suture carrier and moves the suture carrier between a retracted position and a deployed position.
3. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 2, wherein a proximal end of the deployment controller is coupled to an actuator.
4. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 2, wherein the deployment controller guides the suture carrier along a path that includes a proximal curved path segment such that the suture carrier initially travels away from the elongate body member and then towards the elongate body member.
5. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 1, further comprising a second suture carrier.
6. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 1, further comprising a suture with the formed tip.
7. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 6, wherein the formed tip is constructed from a material selected from a group consisting of plastic, metal, and polymer compound.
8. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 1, wherein the catch is positioned on the elongate body member such that a distal path segment of the suture carrier's path is intercepted by the catch.
9. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 2, wherein the deployment controller is coupled to the suture carrier with a flexible driver member.
10. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 9, wherein the flexible driver member further comprises an alloy including nickel and titanium.
11. A suturing instrument comprising:
a body member defining a suture exit port and a suture carrier channel; and a suture carrier including a sharpened distal end for tissue penetration and a notch for holding a formed suture tip, wherein the suture carrier is movably positioned in the suture carrier channel to move between a retracted position within an interior region of the body member and a deployed position exterior to the body member, the suture carrier being configured within the suture carrier channel such that the suture carrier exits the interior region of the body member through the suture exit port.
12. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 11 further comprising a second suture carrier.
13. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 11 further comprising a suture with the formed tip.
14. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 13, wherein the formed tip is constructed from a material selected from a group consisting of plastic, metal, and polymer compound.
15. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 11 further comprising a catch to receive and retain the formed suture tip and positioned on the body member such that a distal segment of the suture carrier's path is intercepted by the catch.
16. A suturing instrument comprising:
an elongate body member having a longitudinal axis;
a distal tip suture deployment assembly joined with a distal end of the elongate body member such that the distal tip suture deployment assembly is free to rotate axially about the longitudinal axis of the elongate body member, the distal tip suture deployment assembly comprising a suture exit port formed in the distal tip suture deployment assembly, a curved suture carrier channel formed in the distal tip suture deployment assembly, a curved suture carrier movably positioned in the curved suture carrier channel, and a suture with a formed tip coupled to the suture carrier; and a deployment controller including a distal end, the deployment controller extending substantially along the longitudinal axis of the elongate body member to a distal end of the elongate body member where the distal end of the deployment controller is coupled to the distal tip suture deployment assembly and moves the curved suture carrier through the curved suture carrier channel as the deployment controller moves between a retracted position and a deployed position.
17. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 16, wherein a proximal end of the deployment controller is coupled to an actuator.
18. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 16, wherein the distal tip suture deployment assembly further comprises a second suture carrier and a second suture exit port.
19. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 16 further comprising a catch to receive and retain the formed suture tip.
20. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 19, wherein the catch is positioned on the distal tip suture deployment assembly such that a distal segment of the curved suture carrier's path is intercepted by the catch as the deployment controller approaches the deployed position.
21. A method for placing a suture in tissue comprising the steps of:
inserting a suturing instrument enclosing a suture carrier including a sharpened distal end for tissue penetration and a notch for holding a formed suture tip, wherein the suture carrier is movably positioned within a suture carrier channel adjacent the tissue to be sutured;
deploying the suture carrier out of the suturing instrument through an exit port such that the suture carrier exits an interior region of the suturing instrument through the exit port along a path approximately tangential to an outer surface of the suturing instrument surrounding the exit port; and capturing a suture carried by the suture carrier in a catch that receives and retains the formed suture tip.
22. A suturing instrument comprising:
a body member defining a suture exit port and a carrier channel;
a carrier movably positioned in the carrier channel between a retracted position within an interior region of the body member and a deployed position exterior to the body member such that the carrier exits the interior region of the body member through the exit port; and a surgical needle permanently fixed on a distal end of the carrier.
23. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 22, further comprising a suture with a formed tip.
24. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 23, wherein a distal end of the permanently fixed needle comprises a notch for carrying the suture.
25. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 23, wherein the formed tip is constructed from a material selected from a group consisting of plastic, metal, and polymer compound.
26. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 23, further comprising a catch to receive and retain the formed suture tip.
27. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 26, wherein the catch is positioned on the elongate body member such that a distal segment of the carrier's path is intercepted by the catch.
28. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 22, wherein the exit port, suture carrier channel, and carrier are located in a distal tip assembly coupled to the body member.
29. A suturing instrument as defined in claim 28, wherein the distal tip assembly is coupled to the body member such that the distal tip assembly is free to rotate axially about a longitudinal axis of the body member.
Classifications
International ClassificationA61B17/28, A61B17/06, A61B17/00, A61B17/04
Cooperative ClassificationA61B2017/047, A61B2017/2901, A61B17/2909, A61B2017/06047, A61B17/0482, A61B17/06004, A61B17/0625, A61B17/0057, A61B2017/0474, A61B2017/06042, A61B17/0469, A61B2017/00663, A61B2017/00637, A61B2017/0472
European ClassificationA61B17/04E, A61B17/00P, A61B17/04G, A61B17/062N
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