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1. (WO2007002561) TISSUE REPAIR
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:
1. A tissue repair device comprising a closed loop of multifilament flexible material, wherein the loop is knotless and includes a contact portion in which the multifilament flexible material is interwoven.

2. The tissue repair device of claim 1, wherein the ends of the multifilament flexible material are thermally bonded.

3. The tissue repair device of any one of the preceding claims further comprising a fixation member having a structure that defines a cavity that receives at least a part of the closed loop.

4. The tissue repair device of any one of the preceding claims further comprising a flexible member traversing the loop.

5. The tissue repair device of claim 4, wherein the flexible member traverses the loop by being passed through an interior defined by the loop.

6. The tissue repair device of claim 4, wherein the flexible member traverses the loop by being passed through the multifilament flexible material.

7. The tissue repair device of claim 4, wherein the flexible member traverses the loop by being passed through the interwoven portion of the multifilament flexible material.

8. The tissue repair device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the ends of the multifilament flexible material are thermally fused or chemically bonded together within the contact portion.

9. The tissue repair device of claim 8, wherein the flexible member traverses the loop by being passed through the thermally fused portion of the multifilament flexible material.

10. The tissue repair device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the multifilament flexible material is made of polymer-based compound.

11. The tissue repair device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the multifilament flexible material is braided.

12. The tissue repair device of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the multifilament flexible material is twisted.

13. A method of making a tissue repair device, the method comprising:
forming a closed loop from a multifilament flexible material including:
interweaving ends of the multifilament flexible material together to form a contact portion without tying the ends together in a knot, and
causing the ends of the multifilament flexible material to melt in the
contact portion.

14. The method of claim 13 further comprising passing at least a part of the multifilament flexible material through a cavity defined by a fixation member.

15. The method of any one of claims 13 or 14, further comprising traversing a flexible member through the loop.

16. The method of claim 15 wherein traversing the flexible member through the loop comprises passing the flexible member through an interior defined by the loop.

17. The method of claim 15 wherein traversing the flexible member through the loop comprises passing the flexible member through the multifilament flexible material.

18. The method of claim 15 wherein traversing the flexible member through the loop comprises passing the flexible member through the contact portion of the multifilament flexible material.

19. The method of any one of claims 13-18, wherein forming the closed loop includes thermally fusing the ends of the multifilament flexible material in the contact portion.

20. The method of any one of claims 13-18, wherein forming the closed loop from the multifilament flexible material includes forming without applying a filler material to the ends of the flexible element.

21. A tissue repair device comprising:
a closed loop of multifilament flexible material, wherein the loop is knotless and includes a contact portion in which ends of the multifilament flexible material are interwoven; and
a fixation member having a structure that defines a cavity that receives at least a part of the closed loop.