New York Patent of the Month – February 2022

One key form of innovation in the medical field is improving the tools and methods with which surgeons operate. As these tools advance, and methods improve, surgeons can perform surgeries with smaller and smaller incisions, reducing the strain on the body and reducing recovery time. 

One such advancement allows for minimally invasive cardiac surgeries. This process uses special sutures with adapters on the end to allow them to be maneuvered within the body from a small access point. Unfortunately, these adapters then limit the speed of suturing as each adapter must be individually removed to properly close the incision. 

LSI Solutions, Inc. has recently furthered this process by developing a prosthetic suturing device. The device is designed with a tip that can engage the adapted end of a suture. A ferrule is then deposited in a way which seals the suture, fastening and severing the suture with ease. The device can effectively tie off sutures faster than any hand-tying method while achieving greater strength and security in each suture.

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