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A barbed tissue connector is disclosed for use in closing a body wound. The connector includes an elongated body and a pointed end to facilitate insertion of the connector into tissue. A plurality of closely-spaced barbs are disposed on the body from the pointed end of the connector to a predetermined location on the body. The barbs are yieldable toward the body to make it easier to insert the connector in tissue, and the barbs are generally rigid in an opposite direction to hold the connector in the tissue. The body of the connector is substantially rigid and is sufficiently resilient to return to a predetermined position after deflection therefrom. The connector can be manually inserted into the tissue of a patient, or the connector can be inserted by means of an inserting device which is retracted after the connector is in place.

Title
Barbed Bodily tissue connector
Application Number
8/324529
Publication Number
6241747 (B1)
Application Date
October 18, 1994
Publication Date
June 5, 2001
Inventor
Gregory L Ruff
Chapel Hill
NC, US
Agent
Moore & Van Allen PLLC
US
Agent
Michael G Johnston
US
Assignee
Quill Medical
NC, US
IPC
A61B 17/08
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