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The present invention is directed to a surgical suture instrument specifically designed for suturing body tissues in enclosed surgical operations. The instrument includes a casing with a slot for housing a suture needle. The needle includes a first puncture end and a second manipulation end. The needle is pivotally positioned on an axis within the casing, such that the puncture end may be exposed or retracted as needed. The casing also includes equipment to manipulate the needle within the casing.

Title
Surgical apparatus and method for suturing body tissue
Application Number
872212
Publication Number
5403328
Application Date
February 3, 1993
Publication Date
April 4, 1995
Inventor
Richard W Shallman
Richland
WA, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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