Body tissue fastening

  • US 6,464,713 B2
  • Filed: 12/13/2000
  • Issued: 10/15/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/28/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method comprising the steps of moving a first portion of a fastener through first body tissue disposed in a patient'"'"'s body at a location spaced from an exterior surface of the patient'"'"'s body, moving the first portion of the fastener into second body tissue disposed in the patient'"'"'s body at a location spaced from the exterior surface of the patient'"'"'s body, moving a second portion of the fastener relative to the first portion of the fastener while the first portion of the fastener is disposed in the patient'"'"'s body in engagement with the first and second body tissues at a location spaced from the exterior surface of the patient'"'"'s body and while the second portion of the fastener is disposed in engagement with the first portion of the fastener, and expanding the first portion of the fastener under the influence of force transmitted from the second portion of the fastener to the first portion of the fastener while performing said step of moving the second portion of the fastener relative to the first portion of the fastener while the first portion of the fastener is disposed in the patient'"'"'s body at a location spaced from the exterior surface of the patient'"'"'s body and while the second portion of the fastener is disposed in engagement with the first portion of the fastener.

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