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A suture-applying device comprises a guide body having a needle guide at its distal end. Needles are reciprocatably carried on a shaft so that they may be advanced through the needle guide and tissue into the guide body. The suturing device is used by placing the needle guide within a vascular puncture. A contact surface is provided on the guide body, and the needle guide is configured so that the vascular wall surrounding the puncture is fully exposed to the needles passing therethrough. The suturing device may be combined with a predilator to form a system for suturing vascular punctures.

Title
Apparatus and method for vascular closure
Application Number
989611
Publication Number
5613974
Application Date
June 1, 1994
Publication Date
March 25, 1997
Inventor
James W Vetter
Portola Valley
CA, US
Tomoaki Hinohara
Portola Valley
CA, US
T Daniel Gross
Los Gatos
CA, US
Bernard H Andreas
Fremont
CA, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
Assignee
Perclose
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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