05258016 is referenced by 438 patents and cites 20 patents.

A suture anchor and anchor driver device for securely and accurately positioning and installing the suture anchor in place. The anchor has a rounded or pointed head and one or more ridges around it to help force fit the anchor into a hole and to hold it in place. A suture is positioned through the anchor for subsequent use during the surgical procedure. The driver device has a handle and an elongated shaft and is used to position and install the anchor in place. The anchor preferably snap fits onto the end of the shaft. A depth guide can be integrally or removably positioned on the shaft to ensure correct depth of placement. Alternately, the driver shaft is hollow and the anchor is positioned inside it and is implanted with a pusher member. The ends of the suture are affixed to the driver handle. Grooves can be provided on the driver and the anchor to prevent the suture from interfering with the positioning and installation procedure.

Title
Suture anchor and driver assembly
Application Number
552440
Publication Number
5258016
Application Date
February 14, 1992
Publication Date
November 2, 1993
Inventor
Alan A Small
Needham
MA, US
James W Dwyer
Brookfield
CT, US
Paul DiCarlo
E. Falmouth
MA, US
Gerard S Carlozzi
Weymouth
MA, US
Russell F Warren
Greenwich
CT, US
Jeffrey C Cerier
Franklin
MA, US
Gene P DiPoto
Cumberland
RI, US
Agent
Douglas E Denninger
Assignee
American Cyanamid Company
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/60
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