US 10,376,260 B2
Apparatus for tissue repair
Raymond A. Bojarski, Attleboro, MA (US); George Sikora, Bridgewater, MA (US); Paul Alexander Torrie, Marblehead, MA (US); and Steven W. Ek, Bolton, MA (US)
Assigned to Smith & Nephew, Inc., Memphis, TN (US)
Filed by Smith & Nephew, Inc., Memphis, TN (US)
Filed on Jan. 18, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/251,605.
Application 16/251,605 is a continuation of application No. 15/583,397, filed on May 1, 2017.
Application 15/583,397 is a continuation of application No. 12/684,722, filed on Jan. 8, 2010, granted, now 9,833,231, issued on Dec. 5, 2017.
Application 12/684,722 is a continuation of application No. 10/918,445, filed on Aug. 16, 2004, granted, now 7,651,509, issued on Jan. 26, 2010.
Application 10/918,445 is a continuation of application No. 10/278,474, filed on Oct. 23, 2002, granted, now 7,887,551, issued on Feb. 15, 2011.
Application 10/278,474 is a continuation in part of application No. 09/886,367, filed on Jun. 22, 2001, abandoned.
Application 09/886,367 is a continuation of application No. 09/704,926, filed on Nov. 2, 2000, granted, now 7,153,312, issued on Dec. 26, 2006.
Application 09/704,926 is a continuation in part of application No. 09/453,120, filed on Dec. 2, 1999, abandoned.
Prior Publication US 2019/0150914 A1, May 23, 2019
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61B 17/04 (2006.01); A61B 17/06 (2006.01); A61F 2/08 (2006.01); A61B 17/064 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/0469 (2013.01) [A61B 17/0401 (2013.01); A61B 17/0467 (2013.01); A61B 17/06066 (2013.01); A61B 17/06109 (2013.01); A61B 17/06166 (2013.01); A61F 2/0805 (2013.01); A61F 2/0811 (2013.01); A61B 17/0487 (2013.01); A61B 2017/044 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0404 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0409 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0412 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0414 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0417 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0427 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0437 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0445 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0458 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0464 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0475 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0477 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0496 (2013.01); A61B 2017/061 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0646 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0647 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0648 (2013.01); A61F 2002/0829 (2013.01); A61F 2002/0852 (2013.01); A61F 2002/0858 (2013.01); A61F 2002/0882 (2013.01); A61F 2002/0888 (2013.01)] 15 Claims
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1. A tissue repair device, comprising:
first and second fasteners, the first and second fasteners having an elongated main body and a projection extending from the main body;
a flexible member coupling the projections of the first and second fasteners, the flexible member including a limiting element between the first and second fasteners, such that tensioning an end of the flexible member shortens a length of the flexible member between the first and second fasteners; and
a delivery device comprising:
a handle;
a cannula extending from the handle and including a longitudinal opening in the cannula along at least a portion of the length of the cannula; and
a pusher member slidably positioned and advanceable within the cannula;
wherein the first and second fasteners are slidably disposed within the cannula such that, upon the advancement of the pusher member, at least one of the first and second fasteners is deployed from the cannula; and
wherein, after the at least one of the first and second fasteners is deployed from the cannula, the at least one of the first and second fasteners is configured to rotate in response to the tensioning of the end of the flexible member.