3807407 is referenced by 157 patents and cites 4 patents.

A surgical instrument for mechanically suturing an incision or wound comprising first and second pivotally interconnected jaw elements, a replaceable suture magazine containing a single looped suture, the free ends of which are provided with short needles, means on said first jaw for supporting said suture magazine with said needles facing said second jaw, said second jaw including means for receiving and frictionally retaining said needles, whereby upon the positioning of the edge areas of an incision between said jaws, and the closing of the same thereupon, said needles and suture are moved from said magazine to said second jaw to be retained thereon, and after the opening of said jaws to permit manual removal therefrom, and the tying of the suture. One embodiment substitutes metallic staples for the suture and suture needles.

Title
Suture applicator
Application Number
05/324,838
Publication Number
3807407
Application Date
January 18, 1973
Publication Date
April 30, 1974
Inventor
Schweizer Edward E
IPC
A61b 17/04
A61B 17/04
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