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Gregory L Ruff: Barbed Bodily tissue connector. Quill Medical, Michael G Johnston, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, June 5, 2001: US06241747 (814 worldwide citation)

A barbed tissue connector is disclosed for use in closing a body wound. The connector includes an elongated body and a pointed end to facilitate insertion of the connector into tissue. A plurality of closely-spaced barbs are disposed on the body from the pointed end of the connector to a predetermin ...


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Gregory L Ruff: Inserting device for a barbed tissue connector. Dermagraphics, Richard W Evans, August 30, 1994: US05342376 (710 worldwide citation)

An inserting device is disclosed for positioning a barbed tissue connector in tissue to close a wound. The barbed tissue connector is of a type which includes a generally rigid elongated body having a pointed leading end and a plurality of axially spaced barbs on the elongated body. The inserting de ...


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Andrew Kaplan, Gregory L Ruff, Jeffrey C Leung, Matthew A Megaro: Suture method. Quill Medical, Michael G Johnston, Matthew W Witsil, Moore & VanAllen PLLC, June 6, 2006: US07056331 (103 worldwide citation)

A method for joining and holding closed a wound in bodily tissue, fastening junctions of wounds, tying off wounds, joining a foreign element to tissue, and altering the position of tissue using a barbed suture including sharp pointed ends. Each end of the suture includes barbs on that permit movemen ...


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Gregory L Ruff: Barbed bodily tissue connector. Quill Medical, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Michael G Johnston, June 5, 2007: US07226468 (64 worldwide citation)

A barbed tissue connector is disclosed for use in closing a body wound. The connector includes an elongated body and a pointed end to facilitate insertion of the connector into tissue. A plurality of closely-spaced barbs are disposed on the body from the pointed end of the connector to a predetermin ...


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Gregory L Ruff: Barbed tissue connector. Angiotech, October 5, 2010: US07806908 (41 worldwide citation)

A barbed bodily tissue connector for insertion into tissue comprises an elongated body having a substantially polygonal periphery in cross-section including at least three sides. Each side meets an adjacent side at an edge of the elongated body. A plurality of barbs project from the edges of the bod ...


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Andrew Kaplan, Gregory L Ruff, Jeffrey C Leung, Matthew A Megaro: Suture method. Angiotech, December 28, 2010: US07857829 (37 worldwide citation)

A method is provided for performing a procedure to reposition a portion of a breast using a suture including a plurality of barbs. The barbs on a first portion of the suture adjacent a first end of the suture permit movement of the suture through tissue in a direction of movement of the first end an ...


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Jeffrey C Leung, Gregory L Ruff, Matthew A Megaro: Barb configurations for barbed sutures. Angiotech, January 24, 2012: US08100940 (15 worldwide citation)

A barbed suture for connecting tissue, and a combination surgical needle with a barbed suture. The suture includes an elongated body and a plurality of barbs projecting from the body. Each barb causes the suture to resist movement in an opposite direction from which the barb faces. The disposition o ...


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Gregory L Ruff: Suture with a pointed end and an anchor end and with equally spaced yieldable tissue grasping barbs located at successive axial locations. Ethicon, Melissa J Szanto, August 21, 2012: US08246652 (9 worldwide citation)

A tissue connector has a first pointed end, an anchor end, a body with a periphery and a plurality of barbs projecting from said periphery of said body. The plurality of barbs are yieldable in one direction, which direction is the direction of motion of the first pointed end through tissue, and are ...


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Gregory L Ruff, Matthew A Megaro, Jeffrey C Leung: Barbed suture in combination with surgical needle. Ethicon, May 13, 2014: US08721681 (5 worldwide citation)

A barbed suture for connecting tissue, and a combination surgical needle with a barbed suture. The suture includes an elongated body and a plurality of barbs projecting from the body. Each barb causes the suture to resist movement in an opposite direction from which the barb faces. The disposition o ...


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Gregory L Ruff, Jeffrey C Leung, Andrew Kaplan: Suture anchor and method. Angiotech, December 27, 2011: US08083770 (4 worldwide citation)

A suture anchor is provided for approximating tissue to bone or other tissue. The suture anchor comprises an anchor member to fixedly engage the bone for securing the anchor member relative to the bone. A plurality of sutures are mounted to the proximal end of the anchor member so that the sutures e ...