Insertable suture grasping probe guide, and methodology for using same

  • US 5,507,758 A
  • Filed: 10/19/1993
  • Issued: 04/16/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A device for accurately guiding and positioning a surgical instrument bearing suture material to a predetermined area within the body for closing an open wound, comprising:

  • a guide means having a longitudinal axis and distal and proximal ends, and further having a depth-limiting extending lip near said distal end of said guide means and being generally perpendicular to said longitudinal axis, wherein said proximal end is for insertion into the wound to a depth limited and determined by said extending lip, said guide means defining therein at least one generally linear passageway therethrough at a first diverging angle less than 90°

    from said longitudinal axis, and providing for exit holes above and below said lip, wherein said proximal end of said guide is tapered and positionable within said wound with the lip portion above the wound to be closed and the surgical instrument carrying suture material passed through said passageway at said angle to the predetermined area within the body to assist in closing the open wound.

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