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Hugo R Florez, Robert J Tannhauser: Coated surgical staple. Ethicon, Charles J Metz, April 7, 1987: US04655222 (441 worldwide citation)

Sterile surgical staples for use with a stapling instrument with the surface of the staple coated with a low molecular weight fluorocarbon polymer.


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Lee P Bendel, William C McJames, Walter McGregor, Robert J Tannhauser: Shape memory effect surgical needles. Ethicon, Emil Richard Skula, June 15, 1993: US05219358 (294 worldwide citation)

Surgical needles are fabricated from a shape memory alloy. The alloy has a low temperature state, in which the needle is formable into an elongated shape to pass through an elongated tube, and a high temperature state, in which the needle forms an arc. The needle is particularly adapted for use in e ...


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Robert J Tannhauser: Method and apparatus for adjusting flexible areal polymer implants. August 1, 2006: US07083637 (123 worldwide citation)

A minimally invasive approach to adjusting the amount of support on an anatomical structure. The methods and apparatus described include the use of a tape for supporting an anatomical structure. Adjustment may be achieved by use of bulking agents applied either directly to the site or into a contain ...


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James J Rudnick, Scott Ciarrocca, Robert J Tannhauser, John P Collier: Surgical element delivery system and method. Ethicon, January 17, 2006: US06986780 (49 worldwide citation)

A surgical element carrier and method for use is provided, wherein the surgical element carrier includes a housing dimensioned to contain therein a plurality of surgical elements, and dimensioned for insertion through a surgical port used in minimally invasive surgeries. The housing further includes ...


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Gaoyuan Gavin Chen, James Matrunich, Robert J Tannhauser: Ethicon, January 25, 2011: US07875074 (29 worldwide citation)

A preformed, seamless, three-dimensional, anatomically contoured prosthetic device for reinforcing breast tissue and supporting a breast implant includes a flat back wall, a concave front wall and a curved transitional region between the flat back wall and the front wall defining a smoothly curved b ...


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Angelo G Scopelianos, Steven C Arnold, Rao S Bezwada, Mark B Roller, Shawn T Huxel, Robert J Tannhauser: Microdispersions for coating surgical devices. Ethicon, January 1, 2002: US06335383 (24 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides surgical article and suture coated with bioabsorbable microdispersions which contains a fluid carrier that is a liquid polymer and a particular material.


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David C Lindh Sr, Jason T Perkins, Krasimira Hristov, Jesse G Nawrocki, Robert J Tannhauser: Automated systems and methods for making braided barbed sutures. Ethicon, July 3, 2012: US08210085 (6 worldwide citation)

A system for making braided barbed sutures includes a filament winding assembly, and a guide assembly including at least one barbed insert dispenser opening defining a passageway for orienting a barbed insert. The guide assembly is adapted to dispense at least one barbed insert from the dispenser op ...


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Robert J Tannhauser, Martin T Zdanowicz, Himanshu Patel, Richard L Dalrymple Jr: Swaging apparatus for surgical needles. Ethicon, Selitto & Associates P C, January 25, 2000: US06016682 (5 worldwide citation)

A swaging apparatus for attaching sutures to surgical needles includes at least a first die and a second die. The first die has a first member, which includes a first surface, and a second member, which includes a second surface. The second member is movable relative to the first member between an e ...


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David C Lindh Sr, Jason T Perkins, Krasimira Hristov, Jesse G Nawrocki, Robert J Tannhauser: Automated systems and methods for making braided barbed sutures. Ethicon, Doherty & Charney, May 27, 2014: US08733223 (1 worldwide citation)

A system for making braided barbed sutures includes a filament winding assembly, and a guide assembly including at least one barbed insert dispenser opening defining a passageway for orienting a barbed insert. The guide assembly is adapted to dispense at least one barbed insert from the dispenser op ...


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Michael Cardinale, Anthony Worthington, Robert J Tannhauser, Emil Richard Skula: Temporary aids for deployment and fixation of tissue repair implants. Ethicon, E Richard Skula, April 14, 2015: US09005223 (1 worldwide citation)

Novel deployment devices for use as adjuncts with tissue repair implants. The devices are removeably mounted to mesh tissue repair implant devices to manipulate the devices into position and provide for secure fixation about the periphery of such mesh implant devices by providing guide structures su ...