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Donald S Kaplan, Ross R Muth: Absorbable coating composition, coated sutures and method of preparation. United States Surgical Corporation, Thomas R Bremer, Peter G Dilworth, Rocco S Barrese, June 23, 1992: US05123912 (60 worldwide citation)

An absorbable coating composition useful for coating sutures, said absorbable coating composition comprising a copolymer derived from (i) the copolymerization of a polyalkylene glycol, glycolide monomer and lactide monomer or (ii) the copolymerization of a polyalkylene glycol and a copolymer of lact ...


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Donald S Kaplan, John Kennedy, Ross R Muth: Synthetic semiabsorbable tubular prosthesis. United States Surgical Corporation, Thomas R Bremer, Peter G Dilworth, Rocco S Barrese, February 5, 1991: US04990158 (59 worldwide citation)

A composite yarn possessing a nonabsorbable, elastic core yarn component and an absorbable, relatively inelastic sheath yarn component is employed in the manufacture of a porous tubular prosthesis useful, e.g., in vascular reconstruction.


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Donald S Kaplan, Matthew E Hermes, Ross R Muth, Herbert W Korthoff: Combined surgical needle-braided suture device. United States Surgical Corporation, Thomas R Bremer, Peter G Dilworth, Rocco S Barrese, July 13, 1993: US05226912 (55 worldwide citation)

A surgical needle is attached to a braided suture of particular construction to provide a combined surgical needle-braided suture device. A shrinkable tubing is employed to secure the needle to the suture. The tubing shrinks in response to the application of energy, e.g., heat. Attachment parameters ...


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Donald S Kaplan, Matthew E Hermes, Ross R Muth: Braided suture of improved characteristics. United States Surgical Corporation, Thomas R Bremer, Peter G Dilworth, Rocco S Barrese, April 26, 1994: US05306289 (50 worldwide citation)

A braided suture exhibits one or more improved properties, e.g., reduced chatter, greater flexibility and/or better hand, than that of a braided suture of known, or standard, construction and of substantially equivalent size.


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Donald S Kaplan, Matthew E Hermes, Ross R Muth, John J Kennedy: Process for making a surgical device using two-phase compositions. United States Surgical Corporation, Thomas R Bremer, Kenyon & Kenyon, July 4, 1989: US04844854 (44 worldwide citation)

An absorbable, annealed surgical device made from a multi-phase, polymeric composition derived from lactide and glycolide is disclosed. Preferably, the composition has two phases, both phases are continuous, the first phase has about 0 - about 25% m glycolide moieties, the overall composition has up ...


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Donald S Kaplan, Matthew E Hermes, Ross R Muth, David L Brown, Henry A Holzwarth: Packaged synthetic absorbable surgical elements. United States Surgical Corporation, July 17, 2001: US06260699 (40 worldwide citation)

Synthetic absorbable sutures are filled with a stabilizing agent, preferably a mixture of glycerol and calcium lactate, and inserted into a retainer having a narrow convoluted passageway. The retainer is inserted into an open foil pouch with a package stabilizing element such as a paper sheet filled ...


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Donald S Kaplan, Matthew Hermes, Ross R Muth, John Kennedy: Blends of glycolide and/or lactide polymers and caprolactone and/or trimethylene carbonate polymers and absorbable surgical devices made. United States Surgical Corporation, December 12, 1995: US05475063 (39 worldwide citation)

Polymer blends of glycolide and/or lactide homopolymer and/or glycolide/lactide copolymer and polycaprolactone and/or polytrimethylene carbonate homopolymer or copolymers thereof and absorbable surgical devices manufactured therefrom having improved mechanical properties, such as improved impact res ...


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Matthew E Hermes, Donald S Kaplan: Method for improving the storage stability of a polymeric braided suture susceptible to hydrolytic degradation and resulting article. United States Surgical Corporation, Thomas R Bremer, Peter G Dilworth, Rocco S Barrese, August 6, 1991: US05037429 (39 worldwide citation)

The storage stability of a polymeric article susceptible to hydrolytic degradation, e.g., an absorbable suture manufactured from a polymer of glycolic acid, glycolide, lactic acid, lactide or combination thereof, is improved by applying a storage stabilizing amount of at least one water soluble hygr ...


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Donald S Kaplan, Matthew E Hermes, Ross R Muth, John J Kennedy: Process of making an absorbable surgical device. United States Surgical Corporation, Thomas R Bremer, June 13, 1989: US04839130 (39 worldwide citation)

A process for making an adsorbable, annealed surgical device of a multi-phase, polymeric composition derived from lactide and glycolide. The process includes the preparation of a first polymer having predominantly lactide moieties, followed by the intimate mixing of particles of a second polymer con ...