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An improved method is provided to secure a suture relative to body tissue. A suture retainer is moved along first and second sections of a suture toward the body tissue. When a predetermined minimum force is being transmitted between the suture retainer and the body tissue, the first and second sections of the suture are gripped with the suture retainer by plastically deforming material of the suture retainer. The material of the suture retainer cold flows under the influence of force applied against the surface areas on the suture retainer. One or more bends are formed in each of the sections of the suture to increase the holding action between the suture retainer and the sections of the suture. The bends may be formed by wrapping a turn of the suture around a portion of the suture retainer. During movement of the suture retainer toward the body tissue, the bends are moved along the first and second sections of the suture.

Title
Method and apparatus for securing a suture
Application Number
9/685795
Publication Number
6569187 (B1)
Application Date
October 10, 2000
Publication Date
May 27, 2003
Inventor
Ping Liu
Charleston
IL, US
Matthew J Cremens
Effingham
IL, US
Peter M Bonutti
1303 W. Evergreen Plz., Effingham
IL, US
Agent
Fleit Kain Gibbons Gutman & Bongini P L
US
Agent
Martin Fleit
US
Paul D Bianco
US
Assignee
Peter M Bonutti
IL, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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