PLASMA TREATED SURGICAL NEEDLES AND METHODS FOR THEIR MANUFACTURE

  • US 20030074022A1
  • Filed: 09/28/2001
  • Published: 04/17/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/28/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method for coating a surgical needle comprising the steps of:

  • providing a surgical needle having a surface; and

    forming a polymer coating on at least a portion of the surface of the needle by plasma polymerization of a hydrocyclosiloxane monomer of the general formula where R is an aliphatic group and n is an integer from 2 to about 10, preferably 4 to6, whereby the polymer coated needle exhibits reduced penetration force compared to an uncoated needle.

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