US 11,653,911 B2
System and method for making tapered looped suture
Nicholas Maiorino, Branford, CT (US); Timothy Kosa, Hamden, CT (US); Mark Buchter, Ansonia, CT (US); Keith Kroeber, Portland, CT (US); Richard C Hart, Saint Augustine, FL (US); and Gary Suszynski, Woodbury, CT (US)
Assigned to Covidien LP, Mansfield, MA (US)
Filed by Covidien LP, Mansfield, MA (US)
Filed on Dec. 29, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/564,477.
Application 14/694,089 is a division of application No. 13/480,614, filed on May 25, 2012, granted, now 9,038,688, issued on May 26, 2015.
Application 17/564,477 is a continuation of application No. 16/706,888, filed on Dec. 9, 2019, granted, now 11,224,420.
Application 16/706,888 is a continuation of application No. 16/426,269, filed on May 30, 2019, granted, now 10,531,873, issued on Jan. 14, 2020.
Application 16/426,269 is a continuation of application No. 15/689,066, filed on Aug. 29, 2017, granted, now 10,314,576, issued on Jun. 11, 2019.
Application 15/689,066 is a continuation of application No. 14/694,089, filed on Apr. 23, 2015, granted, now 9,775,606, issued on Oct. 3, 2017.
Application 13/480,614 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/051,544, filed on Mar. 18, 2011, abandoned.
Application 13/051,544 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/751,456, filed on Mar. 31, 2010, granted, now 8,590,588, issued on Nov. 26, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/173,719, filed on Apr. 29, 2009.
Prior Publication US 2022/0117601 A1, Apr. 21, 2022
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. B29C 65/08 (2006.01); A61B 17/06 (2006.01); B29C 65/00 (2006.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01); A61B 17/32 (2006.01); B29L 31/00 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/06166 (2013.01) [B29C 65/08 (2013.01); B29C 66/1122 (2013.01); B29C 66/69 (2013.01); B29C 66/81431 (2013.01); B29C 66/8242 (2013.01); B29C 66/8322 (2013.01); B29C 66/9221 (2013.01); B29C 66/9261 (2013.01); B29C 66/961 (2013.01); A61B 17/320068 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00526 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0619 (2013.01); B29C 66/92211 (2013.01); B29L 2031/753 (2013.01); Y10T 156/1313 (2015.01); Y10T 156/1378 (2015.01)] 18 Claims
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1. A system for forming a looped suture, the system comprising:
a suture supply assembly configured to supply a thread;
a positioning assembly configured to position a first section of the thread adjacent a second section of the thread to form a loop in the thread; and
a welding assembly configured to secure the loop in the thread, the welding assembly including an active anvil assembly, the active anvil assembly including, an anvil member;
a first sensor operably connected to the anvil member, the first sensor configured to provide at least one of force, torque or distance feedback; and
a control assembly.