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Apparatus and methods for repairing damaged tendons or ligaments. Various repair apparatus include an elongate tensile member and a pair of anchor structures connected for movement along the tensile member on either side of a repair site, such as a tear or laceration. The anchor structures may take many forms, and may include barbed, helical, and crimp-type anchors. In the preferred embodiments, at least one anchor structure is movable along the elongate tensile member to assist with adjusting a tendon segment to an appropriate repair position and the anchor structure or structures are then lockable onto the elongate tensile member to assist with affixing the tendon at the repair position. The invention further provides tendon-to-bone repair apparatus and methods employing similar concepts. Tendon retrieval devices of the invention include helical members for rotating into a tendon end and subsequently moving the tendon to an appropriate operating position.

Title
Apparatus and methods for tendon or ligament repair
Application Number
9/969947
Publication Number
6984241 (B2)
Application Date
October 3, 2001
Publication Date
January 10, 2006
Inventor
Joseph E Young
Loveland
OH, US
Jeremy Jarrett
Cincinnati
OH, US
Mark A Goldin
Orlando
FL, US
Thomas J Ward
Columbus
OH, US
Matthew J Huddleston
Backlick
OH, US
Craig B Berky
Milford
OH, US
Warren P Williamson IV
Loveland
OH, US
Carl R Coleman
Powell
OH, US
Kenneth E Hughes
Pataskala
OH, US
Lawrence M Lubbers
Columbus
OH, US
Agent
Wood Herron & Evans L
Assignee
Tendon Technology
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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