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A suturing instrument for suturing tissue comprises an elongated housing having opposite ends. A curved suturing needle having a pointed end and a second end to which a suture is attached and supported at one end of the housing for rotational motion about an axis. A driver mechanism in the housing rotates said needle about said axis through successive revolutions, and a suture tensioner in the housing applies tension to the suture to draw the suture toward the other end of said housing following each revolution of said needle. In its operation, the instrument thus emulates the actions of a surgeon suturing manually.

Title
Suturing instrument with thread management
Application Number
8/180662
Publication Number
5437681
Application Date
January 13, 1994
Publication Date
August 1, 1995
Inventor
Gerald I Brecher
N. Andover
MA, US
John C Meade
Walpole
MA, US
Agent
Cesari and McKenna
Assignee
SuturTek
MA, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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