An apparatus for applying a buckle assembly about split portions of tissue is provided. The apparatus is particularly contemplated for use with a buckle of the type having a base member with an opening extending generally transversely therethrough for reception of a first strap end portion and a clamp member slidably housed within a channel formed in the base member. The apparatus includes a frame member, a mechanism disposed in a lower surface of the frame member for releasably supporting the buckle member and a mechanism associated with the frame member for advancing the clamp member within the channel of the buckle to a strap securing position wherein the strap member is secured within the buckle member in a looped configuration about the tissue portions.
In an alternate embodiment, a surgical system for repair of split portions of tissue includes a flexible strap member having a buckle member attached thereto. The buckle member includes a base member having a transverse opening extending therethrough for reception of a first end portion of the strap member, a clamp member slidably housed within a partial longitudinal channel defined between lower and upper surfaces of the base member and a tab member for retaining the clamp in a secured position. The buckle may also include a clip member pivotally mounted to an upper surface of the base member to assist in securing the strap member. The system also includes an applier mechanism having a frame, a mechanism disposed in a lower surface of the frame for releasably mounting the buckle and a mechanism for advancing the clamp member within the partial longitudinal channel of the buckle to an engaged position whereby the clamp member securely wedges the strap against the base member.