05417698 is referenced by 78 patents and cites 63 patents.

An instrument for tightening wound closure elements around body tissue, such as a human sternum following surgery. The instrument includes a first handle and a second handle pivotally attached to the first handle and movable between an open and a closed position. A retaining system is also provided to tighten wound closure material in response to movement of the second handle.

Title
Apparatus for tightening elongated wound closure elements
Application Number
7/959212
Publication Number
5417698
Application Date
October 9, 1992
Publication Date
May 23, 1995
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
B25B 25/00
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