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An apparatus and a method for surgical suturing with thread management. An apparatus for tissue suturing comprising a cartridge having a suturing needle having a pointed end and a blunt end, the suturing needle capable of rotating about an axis; a pusher assembly comprising a cartridge holder having a needle rotation drive capable of releasably engaging the cartridge and rotating the suturing needle about the axis; and an actuator capable of releasably engaging the needle rotation drive to rotate the needle rotation drive. A method for suturing tissue comprising placing a suturing device having a cartridge containing a suturing needle to span separated tissue segments; activating an actuator to cause rotational movement of the suturing needle through the separated tissue segments; and deactivating the actuator to stop an advancing movement of the suturing needle to cause a suturing material to be pulled through the separated tissue segments forming a stitch.

Title
Apparatus and method for surgical suturing with thread management
Application Number
10/127254
Publication Number
6923819 (B2)
Application Date
April 22, 2002
Publication Date
August 2, 2005
Inventor
James H Bleck
Chelmsford
MA, US
Gerald I Brecher
North Andover
MA, US
Niall G Deloughery
Lemerick
IE
John C Meade
Mendon
MA, US
Agent
David J Dykeman
Richard B Smith
Palmer & Dodge
Assignee
SuturTek Incorporated
MA, US
IPC
A61B 017/04
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