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An apparatus for repairing a wound in soft tissue includes an introducer trocar with a sharpened distal end and a hollow lumen. An elongated pin has a distal end, a proximal end and a central section. The pin is formed of compacted, hydrophilic, cross-linked collagen and introduced into the hollow lumen in a non-deployed state. An advancement member includes a distal end and is at least partially positioned in the hollow lumen. The advancement member advances the elongated pin out of the introducer trocar distal end and into a soft tissue structure in the pin's non-deployed state and across a wound in the soft tissue structure. The pin becomes deployed to a deployed state when the collagen in the pin begins to hydrolyze, anchoring the pin and the wound so that the wound can be healed quickly. This produces a maintenance of position for two non-continuous bodies of soft tissue relative to each other. The non-continuity may be the result of a wound, laceration, cut or tear in contiguous soft tissue or at a location where approximation and joining of two discontinues soft tissue structures is desirable.

Title
Method and apparatus for soft tissue fixation
Application Number
8/616752
Publication Number
5823994
Application Date
March 15, 1996
Publication Date
October 20, 1998
Inventor
Gary Fanton
Portola Valley
CA, US
Hugh Sharkey
Redwood City
CA, US
Agent
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Assignee
Oratec Interventions
CA, US
IPC
A61M 31/00
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