Patent Number: 7,615,059

Title: Surgical suture passers and methods

Abstract: A surgical instrument for suturing soft tissue is disclosed. The surgical instrument is capable of probing tissue, and preferably provides tactile feedback concerning the condition of the tissue. The instrument can then be used to pass and retrieve a suture without the need for an additional suture retrieval tool.

Inventors: Watschke; Brian P. (Eden Prairie, MN), Lund; Robert E. (St. Michael, MN), Kovac; S. Robert (Atlanta, GA), Westrum, Jr.; John W. (Prior Lake, MN), Neisz; Johann J. (Coon Rapids, MN), Bachman; Timothy A. (St. Paul, MN), Rocheleau; Gary A. (Maple Grove, MN), Runman; Robert S. (Forest Lake, MN)

Assignee: AMS Research Corporation

International Classification: A61B 17/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2022-11-10 0:00:00