04750492 is referenced by 562 patents and cites 12 patents.

An apparatus for repairing torn animal body tissue in a single procedure features a suture, anchor attached at one end of the suture to prevent the suture from being pulled through the tissue, and clenching device adapted to grip the suture on the opposite side of the tissue from where the anchor device is disposed so that the torn tissue may be held together by cooperating between the anchor device and the clenching device within the body, all of which are formed of a biodegradable material so that they will all be absorbed into the body over time thereby eliminating the need for another surgical procedure to remove them from the body. The installer is used to install the clenching device with one hand so that the other is free to pull on the suture.

Title
Absorbable suture apparatus, method and installer
Application Number
6/706006
Publication Number
4750492
Application Date
February 27, 1985
Publication Date
June 14, 1988
Inventor
Randall W Jacobs
Memphis
TN, US
Agent
Pravel Gambrell Hewitt Kimball & Krieger
Assignee
Richards Medical Company
TN, US
IPC
A61B 17/08
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