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A suture for particular use in endoscopic surgery includes a distal end needle, a preferably braided suture body, and a bulbous proximal end. The method includes stitching the tissue, then passing the needle/distal end through the bulbous proximal end, where the body of the suture is held frictionally or adhesively under proper tension.

Title
Suture and method for endoscopic surgery
Application Number
8/696684
Publication Number
5683417
Application Date
August 14, 1996
Publication Date
November 4, 1997
Inventor
William I Cooper
2448 E. 81st, Suite 1600, Tulsa, 74137
OK, US
Agent
Head Johnson & Kachigian
IPC
A61B 17/04
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