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1. (WO2018183670) ANGLED SUTURE PASSER AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/183670    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/025138
Publication Date: Fri Oct 05 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Mar 30 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: A61B 17/062
A61B 17/04
A61B 17/00
A61B 17/06
A61B 17/29
Applicants: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
Inventors: LAPRADE, Robert F.
DIDUCH, David R.
GREGOIRE, David Kent
WYMAN, Jeffrey
WHITE, George William
BIJOUX, Carmel Ilka
NG, Jennifer
Title: ANGLED SUTURE PASSER AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF
Abstract:
A suture passer which is sized and shaped to be inserted through the femoral notch during a meniscal repair. The suture passer includes upper and lower jaws that may be straight or that may have an angled offset in relation to the common axis of the suture passer in order to gain an indirect access to meniscal tissue in a constricted space. The jaws of the suture passer may be angled, either to the left or to the right, up to 45 degrees from the central axis of the shaft. The suture passer is also able to grasp meniscal tissue prior to suture passing. A nitinol needle housed within one of the jaws can then be deployed to pass a preloaded suture through the tissue to be captured on the opposite side of the tissue.