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1. (WO1998051179) APPLICATOR AND METHOD FOR DEPLOYING A SURGICAL FASTENER IN TISSUE

Pub. No.:    WO/1998/051179    International Application No.:    PCT/US1998/009446
Publication Date: Fri Nov 20 00:59:59 CET 1998 International Filing Date: Sat May 09 01:59:59 CEST 1998
IPC: A61B 17/04
A61B 17/064
A61B 17/068
A61B 17/30
Applicants: ETHICON, INC.
Inventors: KAMMERER, Gene, W.
PEDLICK, Jack, S.
SERITELLA, Keith, A.
Title: APPLICATOR AND METHOD FOR DEPLOYING A SURGICAL FASTENER IN TISSUE
Abstract:
An applicator (5) for deploying a fastener into tissue, the fastener including a head portion and a filament portion extending from the head portion, the applicator comprising an elongated hollow needle member (500) having a pointed distal end portion, a slotted portion for releasably retaining the head of the shaped fastener, and a first connector portion; and a chuck comprising a second connector portion engageable with the first connector portion for interconnecting the needle member and the chuck, a push rod (205) having a distal end portion adapted to move lengthwise in the needle member, and an actuator (220) for moving the push rod in the needle member so as to eject the head portion of the fastener from the slotted portion of the needle member. A method for deploying the fastener in tissue is also disclosed.