US 10,376,259 B2
Deformable fastener system
Peter M. Bonutti, Manalapan, FL (US); and Glen A. Phillips, Effingham, IL (US)
Assigned to P Tech, LLC, Effingham, IL (US)
Filed by P Tech, LLC, Effingham, IL (US)
Filed on Oct. 6, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/726,503.
Application 15/726,503 is a continuation of application No. 13/871,892, filed on Apr. 26, 2013, granted, now 9,814,453.
Application 13/871,892 is a continuation of application No. 11/202,294, filed on Oct. 5, 2005, granted, now 9,463,012, issued on Oct. 11, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2018/0028172 A1, Feb. 1, 2018
Int. Cl. A61B 17/04 (2006.01); A61B 17/68 (2006.01); A61B 17/02 (2006.01); A61F 2/28 (2006.01); A61F 2/30 (2006.01); A61F 2/08 (2006.01); A61B 17/29 (2006.01); A61B 17/84 (2006.01); A61B 17/70 (2006.01); A61B 17/16 (2006.01); A61F 2/44 (2006.01); A61B 17/88 (2006.01); A61B 17/17 (2006.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01); A61B 17/06 (2006.01); A61B 90/00 (2016.01)
CPC A61B 17/0401 (2013.01) [A61B 17/0218 (2013.01); A61B 17/0469 (2013.01); A61B 17/0482 (2013.01); A61B 17/0483 (2013.01); A61B 17/0487 (2013.01); A61B 17/1637 (2013.01); A61B 17/1671 (2013.01); A61B 17/1675 (2013.01); A61B 17/17 (2013.01); A61B 17/683 (2013.01); A61B 17/7053 (2013.01); A61B 17/842 (2013.01); A61B 17/8869 (2013.01); A61B 17/00491 (2013.01); A61B 17/0467 (2013.01); A61B 17/0485 (2013.01); A61B 17/1615 (2013.01); A61B 17/1757 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00004 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00477 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00818 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00876 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00893 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00898 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0404 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0409 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0417 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0464 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0488 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0496 (2013.01); A61B 2017/06176 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2926 (2013.01); A61B 2090/064 (2016.02); A61F 2/08 (2013.01); A61F 2/28 (2013.01); A61F 2/442 (2013.01); A61F 2002/2817 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30062 (2013.01); A61F 2002/30677 (2013.01); A61F 2002/444 (2013.01); A61F 2002/4435 (2013.01); A61F 2210/0004 (2013.01); A61F 2310/00293 (2013.01); A61F 2310/00359 (2013.01)] 26 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A fastener system comprising:
a flexible hollow fastener comprised of fibers of a biocompatible polymeric material;
a flexible elongated fastening member extending through the flexible hollow fastener such that two legs of the flexible elongated fastening member extend from the flexible hollow fastener to enable a user to tension the flexible elongated fastening member, wherein at least a portion of the flexible elongated fastening member is fabricated in part with polyethylene; and
an introducer comprised of a pushrod, the pushrod having a distal portion configured to engage the flexible hollow fastener and position the flexible hollow fastener relative to a body tissue, wherein the flexible hollow fastener and flexible elongated fastening member are positioned on the distal end of the pushrod,
wherein the flexible hollow fastener is configured to deform from a first configuration to a second configuration to secure the flexible hollow fastener and the flexible elongated fastening member when at least one of the two legs of the flexible elongated fastening member are tensioned relative to the body tissue, and
wherein the flexible elongated fastening member is configured to slide through the flexible hollow fastener under tension when the flexible hollow fastener is in the first configuration and the second configuration.