The assignee for this patent, patent number 8632567, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Barbed sutures are known for use in medical procedures. The configuration of barbs on a barbed suture may be designed to optimize tissue holding for a particular indication.
"In some circumstances, a random configuration of barbs on the exterior surface of the suture may be preferred to achieve optimal wound closure. However, in other circumstances, where the wound or tissue repair needed is relatively small, a reduced number of barbs may be desired. In still other circumstances, a bi-directional barbed suture may be desirable to permit passing of the suture through tissue in one direction over a portion of the suture and permit passing of the suture through tissue in a second direction over another portion of the suture.
"While various methods of forming barbs on sutures have been proposed, such methods may be difficult or costly to implement. Thus, there remains room for improvement with respect to barbed sutures and methods for making them."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "A compound barb medical device is provided which includes an elongated body having at least one barb extending from the elongated body. The barb defines an inner surface, the inner surface includes a first portion disposed at a first orientation relative to a longitudinal axis of the elongated body, a second portion disposed at a second orientation relative to the longitudinal axis, and a third portion disposed at a third orientation relative to the longitudinal axis.
"In some embodiments, at least one of the first, second, or third portions of the compound barb is substantially linear. In other embodiments, at least one of the first, second, or third portions of the compound barb is substantially non-linear. In certain embodiments, compound barb medical device is a suture.
"In one embodiment, the medical device includes an elongate body wherein the elongate body is a monofilament suture including an outer surface, and the outer surface is in direct contact with tissue, at least one barb extending from the elongated body and defining an inner surface, the inner surface including a first portion disposed at a first orientation relative to a longitudinal axis of the elongate body, wherein the first portion is disposed at a first angle from about 0 degrees to about 90 degrees relative to the longitudinal axis of the elongate body; and a second portion disposed at a second orientation relative to the longitudinal axis of the elongate body, wherein the second portion is disposed at a second angle from about 0 degree to about 90 degrees relative to the longitudinal axis of the elongate body.
"A method of forming a compound barb on a medical device in accordance with the present disclosure is provided and includes providing a medical device having a longitudinal axis, applying vibrational energy to a cutting element to form a compound barb on at least a portion of the medical device including forming a first cut in the medical device, the first cut having a first ratio of cut depth to diameter of the medical device; forming a second cut in the medical device, the second cut having a second ratio of cut depth to diameter of the medical device; and optionally forming a third cut in the medical device, the third cut having a third ratio of cut depth to diameter of the medical device. A compound barb medical device formed by said method is also provided."
For more information, see this patent: Cohen, Matthew D.; Maiorino, Nicholas; Kosa, Timothy D.; Buchter,
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