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An automatic suturing instrument generally includes a proximal actuation handle assembly, a flexible tubular member, a control wire, and an end effector assembly. The control wire extends through the tubular member and the end effector-assembly is coupled to the distal end of each of the tubular member and the control wire, while the handle is coupled to the proximal end of each of the tubular member and the control wire. Actuation of the handle moves the control wire relative to the tubular member and thereby moves the end effector assembly from an open to a closed position. The end effector assembly generally includes two end effectors, a needle engaged by one of the end effectors (but which can be engaged by either end effector alternately), and a suture material. The end effector assembly further includes a needle passing mechanism that automatically alternates which end effector engages the needle each time the end effectors are moved into a closed position.

Title
Automatic needle-passer suturing instrument
Application Number
8/718019
Publication Number
5814054
Application Date
September 23, 1996
Publication Date
September 29, 1998
Inventor
Michael Sean McBrayer
Miami
FL, US
Robert Sixto Jr
Miami
FL, US
Juergen Andrew Kortenbach
Miami Springs
FL, US
Agent
Thomas A Gallagher
David S Jacobson
David P Gordon
Assignee
Symbiosis Corporation
FL, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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