04990153 is referenced by 45 patents and cites 8 patents.

A surgical suturing system having a probe assembly for positioning tissue to be sutured and a stapling system for suturing tissue. The stapling system includes a stapler having a housing with a staple ejection slot, a magazine of preformed staples received within the housing and a driver for driving the leading staple in the magazine through the ejection slot. The probe assembly includes a holding probe in close proximity to the staple ejection slot, the probe assembly being adapted to connect with a vacuum source. A working end of the holding probe is configured to selectively hold onto and position the edges of the tissue to be sutured in juxtapositional coplanar alignment while the tissue is being sutured by a staple ejected from the stapler.

Title
Surgical suturing system and probe assembly
Application Number
255541
Publication Number
4990153
Application Date
May 22, 1990
Publication Date
February 5, 1991
Inventor
William D Richards
Medway
MA, US
Agent
Schiller Pandiscio & Kusmer
Assignee
Ophthalmic Ventures Partnership
MA, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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