United States Patent  [ii] Patent Number: 5,171,251
Bregen et al.  Date of Patent: Dec. 15,1992
 SURGICAL CLIP HAVING HOLE THEREIN AND METHOD OF ANCHORING SUTURE
 Inventors: Michael Bregen, Lebanon, N.J.;
Brian H. Luscombe, Washington
 Assignee: Ethicon, Inc., Somerville, N.J.
 Appl. No.: 844,253
 Filed: Mar. 2,1992
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 Field of Search 606/151, 157, 158, 221;
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Primary Examiner—Stephen C. Pellegrino
Assistant Examiner—Jeffrey A. Schmidt
A method of clamping suture strand by applying heat and compressive force to a polymeric surgical clip having first and second opposed leg members so as to clamp the suture strand between the opposed inner clamping surfaces of the first and second leg members; a surgical clip defined by first and second leg members, the first leg member having a hole therein; and a surgical device for clamping a clip about a suture, such device defined by a trigger-activated handle, clamping jaws with a heating element disposed on one of the clamping members of the clamping jaws, a shaft connecting the jaws to the handle, and means for activating the heating element and for delivering compressive force to the clamping jaws to close the clip about a suture.
18 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets