Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2005 Dec;31(6):363-367.

Successive Suture Device for Gastrointestinal Endoscopes

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Korea. kumcge@chol.com
  • 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, Korea University College of Medicine, Korea.
  • 3Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea University College of Engineering, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIMS
Recently, treatment using an endoscopic device is actively being developed. Techniques for incision and bleeding control have been developed, but endoscopic suturing remains to be perfected. Using an endoscopic suturing technique, a variety of diseases could be managed noninvasively. We have attempted to use a new endoscopic suturing device which enables a continuous suture using a flexible upper endoscope.
METHODS
A suturing device was designed where a semicircular needle could sew through tissue by rotation making a continuous suture possible.
RESULTS
We successfully sutured the stomach tissue of a dog using an optimized suturing device model.
CONCLUSIONS
The initial model was found to have some problems. However, we hope to develop a continuous suturing device for flexible upper endoscope procedures in Korea.

Keyword

Endoscopy; Suture device
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