05540705 is referenced by 228 patents and cites 10 patents.

A suturing instrument for suturing tissue comprises an elongated housing having opposite ends. A curved suturing needle having a pointed end and to which a suture is attached is 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. There may also be a suture tensioner in the housing which 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
8/445359
Publication Number
5540705
Application Date
May 19, 1995
Publication Date
July 30, 1996
Inventor
Gerald I Brecher
North 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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