US 9,808,240 B2
Retractable cannulated suture passer and method of passing suture
Bradford O. Parsons, Irvington, NY (US); and Peter J. Dreyfuss, Naples, FL (US)
Assigned to Arthrex, Inc., Naples, FL (US)
Filed by Arthrex, Inc., Naples, FL (US)
Filed on Jan. 12, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/594,751.
Prior Publication US 2016/0199057 A1, Jul. 14, 2016
Int. Cl. A61B 17/04 (2006.01); A61B 17/06 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/0485 (2013.01) [A61B 2017/061 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0608 (2013.01)] 11 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A suture passing instrument comprising:
a cannulated outer tube having a longitudinal axis, a distal end and a proximal end;
an inner flexible cannulated tube housed within the cannulated outer tube, the inner flexible cannulated tube being adapted to deploy and retract relative to the cannulated outer tube, the inner flexible cannulated tube having a substantially curved region at its distal end, the distal end of the inner flexible cannulated tube being provided with a sharp needle tip having an opening that allows a shuttling device or suture capturing member to be pushed through the suture passing instrument and to extend out the sharp needle tip of the inner flexible cannulated tube; and
a cannulated handle coupled to the cannulated outer tube.