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Matthew E Hermes: Hollow body implants. United States Surgical Corporation, February 1, 1994: US05282829 (557 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a surgical incision or wound closure implant device possessing an interior hollow core region while maintaining the mechanical beam characteristics of the overall structure. In the case of cored biodegradable implant devices the thickness of the cored region can be var ...


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Donald S Kaplan, Matthew E Hermes: Braided suture. United States Surgical Corporation, Thomas R Bremer, Peter G Dilworth, Rocco S Barrese, May 28, 1991: US05019093 (125 worldwide citation)

A braided suture is provided which exhibits perceptibly enhanced flexibility and hand as well as reduced chatter and drag compared to these same characteristics in a suture possessing substantially the same overall denier but possessing significantly fewer sheath yarns and denier of individual filam ...


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Donald S Kaplan, Matthew E Hermes, Ross R Muth, John J Kennedy: Two-phase compositions for absorbable surgical devices. United States Surgical Corporation, Thomas R Kenyon & Kenyon Bremer, May 17, 1988: US04744365 (98 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 t ...


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Matthew E Hermes, Ross R Muth, Darel L Gustafson: Treating bioabsorbable surgical articles by coating with glycerine, polalkyleneoxide block copolymer and gelatin. United States Surgical Corporation, September 5, 1995: US05447966 (86 worldwide citation)

An absorbable composition useful for treating absorbable surgical devices to render the same storage stable and/or to enhance delivery of the article and/or a medico-surgically useful substance to a wound. The preferred composition includes collagen or a derivative thereof, a plasticizer and a surfa ...


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Matthew E Hermes, Ross R Muth: Method for improving the storage stability of a polymeric article susceptible to hydrolytic degradation and resulting article. United States Surgical Corporation, Thomas R Bremer, Peter G Dilworth, Rocco S Barrese, September 24, 1991: US05051272 (61 worldwide citation)

The storage stability of a polymeric article susceptible to hydrolytic degradation, e.g., an absorbable suture, is improved by applying a storage stabilizing amount of a mixture comprising at least one water soluble hygroscopic polyhydroxy compound and/or ester thereof, e.g., glycerol, monoacetin, d ...


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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 ...