05304184 is referenced by 530 patents and cites 6 patents.

The invention provides a device having two components: a needle advancing apparatus slidable longitudinally along a catheter to advance needles into a tissue membrane, such as a blood vessel wall, around an opening in the membrane; and, a suture retrieval assembly insertable through the catheter beyond a distal side of the tissue membrane. The needle advancing apparatus advances suture through the tissue wall. The suture retrieval assembly grabs the suture on the distal side of the tissue membrane for extraction thereof through the opening in the tissue membrane. A method for suturing a membrane beneath the patient's skin is also disclosed.

Title
Apparatus and method for positive closure of an internal tissue membrane opening
Application Number
7/963053
Publication Number
5304184
Application Date
October 19, 1992
Publication Date
April 19, 1994
Inventor
Keith March
Carmel
IN, US
Brian Patton
Thorntown
IN, US
David Hathaway
Indianapolis
IN, US
Agent
Woodard Emhardt Naughton Moriarty & McNett
Assignee
Indiana University Foundation
IN, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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