ConMed has filed a patent for a system and method to load a suture construct on a soft tissue graft using a graft assembly. The assembly includes a closed end, an open end, first and second tails of suture, closed loops, and splices. The patent aims to improve the loading process of suture constructs on soft tissue grafts. GlobalData’s report on ConMed gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A patent for a graft assembly with a suture construct

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: ConMed Corp

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230293285A1) describes a graft assembly that includes a suture construct with a closed end and an open end. The assembly also includes a first tail of suture and a second tail of suture positioned adjacent to the open end. A first closed loop is formed at the closed end using the first and second tails of suture. A first splice is formed between the closed loop and the open end using the first tail and the second tail. A second closed loop is formed between the splice and the open end using the first and second tails of suture. Another splice is formed between the second closed loop and the open end using the first tail and the second tail.

The graft assembly may also include a hollow tube that extends through the first closed loop and the second closed loop. The first and second closed loops extend perpendicular to the central longitudinal axis of the hollow tube. The hollow tube has an inner lumen extending through it, and a graft may extend at least partially through this inner lumen. The first and second tails of suture are made of a single strand of suture.

This patent application describes a unique graft assembly that utilizes a suture construct and closed loops to secure and support a graft. The inclusion of a hollow tube and an inner lumen allows for the graft to be inserted and positioned within the assembly. The perpendicular orientation of the closed loops to the central longitudinal axis of the tube may provide added stability and strength to the assembly. The use of a single strand of suture for the tails simplifies the construction process and potentially reduces the risk of failure or complications.

Overall, this patent application presents a novel graft assembly design that has the potential to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of graft procedures. The unique features described in the claims may offer advantages in terms of stability, ease of use, and patient outcomes. However, further research and development, as well as clinical trials, would be necessary to validate the claims and assess the practicality and safety of this graft assembly.

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