05355913 is referenced by 11 patents and cites 69 patents.

A surgical apparatus for tightening a strap loop to a predetermined tension about split tissue portions includes a frame, an advancing mechanism for tightening the strap loop, a linkage mechanism which severs excess strap material not used in securing the tissue portions together and a control mechanism for controlling operation of the apparatus. The advancing mechanism includes a tensioning lever and a gear mechanism. The gear mechanism includes a tensioning hub and a clutch which releases when the tension in the strap loop exceeds a predetermined value. The control mechanism includes a safety feature for preventing inadvertent activation of the linkage mechanism. A buckle and a method for use with the surgical apparatus is also disclosed. The invention is particularly contemplated for repair of the human sternum when the sternum has been split during surgical procedures.

Title
Surgical repair device
Application Number
7/959273
Publication Number
5355913
Application Date
October 9, 1992
Publication Date
October 18, 1994
Inventor
Kenneth E Toso
Portchester
NY, US
Thomas W Alesi Jr
New Fairfield
CT, US
Henry Bolanos
East Norwalk
CT, US
David T Green
Westport
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
B21F 9/02
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