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A system for endoscopic suturing is provided having an endoscope, such as a gastroscope, with a distal end locatable in the body of a patient and a flexible shaft extending to the distal end, a flexible accessory tube coupled to the endoscope to be movable relative to the endoscope's shaft, and a tip coupled to the shaft of the endoscope having an opening through which one end of the accessory tube is received. The system further includes a tissue suturing instrument and a suture securing instrument. Each of these instruments has a distal end coupled to a partially flexible shaft locatable through the accessory tube.

Title
System for endoscopic suturing
Application Number
9/776431
Publication Number
6997931 (B2)
Application Date
February 2, 2001
Publication Date
February 14, 2006
Inventor
Mark A Bovard
Pittsford
NY, US
Michael W Fitzsimmons
Rochester
NY, US
Jude S Sauer
Pittsford
NY, US
Agent
Kenneth J Lukacher
Assignee
LSI Solutions
NY, US
IPC
A61B 17/10
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