US 9,808,241 B2
Suturing apparatus and method
Christopher Weinert, Mansfield, MA (US); Ron Farkash, Plainville, MA (US); Dan Nelsen, Providence, RI (US); Breck Petrillo, Warwick, RI (US); Michael C. Pereira, Smithfield, RI (US); David Robson, Riverside, RI (US); Thomas Weisel, Ventura, CA (US); Charles Johnson, Ventura, CA (US); and David Skinlo, Tigard, OR (US)
Assigned to MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL, Le Locle (CH)
Filed by DePuy Mitek, Inc., New Brunswick, NJ (US)
Filed on Apr. 3, 2013, as Appl. No. 13/855,900.
Application 13/855,900 is a division of application No. 12/971,457, filed on Dec. 17, 2010, granted, now 8,540,732.
Application 12/971,457 is a division of application No. 11/738,129, filed on Apr. 20, 2007, granted, now 7,879,046.
Application 11/738,129 is a continuation in part of application No. 10/255,523, filed on Sep. 25, 2002, granted, now 7,377,926.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/326,287, filed on Oct. 1, 2001.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/358,960, filed on Feb. 25, 2002.
Prior Publication US 2013/0226231 A1, Aug. 29, 2013
Int. Cl. A61B 17/04 (2006.01); A61B 17/06 (2006.01); A61B 17/062 (2006.01); A61B 17/28 (2006.01); A61B 90/00 (2016.01)
CPC A61B 17/06066 (2013.01) [A61B 17/0469 (2013.01); A61B 17/0483 (2013.01); A61B 17/0625 (2013.01); A61B 2017/06042 (2013.01); A61B 2017/06095 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2837 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2845 (2013.01); A61B 2090/0814 (2016.02)] 7 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A needle adapted for use in a surgical suturing device, the needle comprising:
a proximal needle body with a proximal end and a slotted distal end, the proximal needle body made of a material that does not melt upon autoclaving;
a bendable needle extension with a proximal end and a distal end, the bendable needle extension also made of a material that does not melt upon autoclaving, the proximal end of the bendable needle extension connected to the slotted distal end of the proximal needle body, the bendable needle extension formed from a single layer of bendable material having a substantially straight, generally flat, narrow and elongate configuration, and a sharp needle tip located at the distal end of the bendable needle extension; and
wherein the needle further comprises a finger tab connected to the proximal needle body at or near the proximal end of the proximal needle body for loading the needle into the surgical suturing device, wherein the finger tab is not made of the same material as the proximal needle body and is made from a plastic that melts from the proximal needle body upon autoclaving so that it is difficult to load the needle into the surgical suturing device and it is unlikely that the needle will be improperly re-used after autoclaving.