The present invention relates to a coating material for surgical
sutures which comprises as essential ingredients a copolymer having
repeating units of lactic acid and .epsilon.-caprolacton and calcium
stearate; and a surgical suture comprising a lactic acid/.epsilon.-caprolacton
copoymer in which a lactide/.epsilon.-caprolacton ratio is (70-85
mol %)/(30-15 mol %) and the number of .epsilon.-caprolacton repeating
unit is 2.5 or greater on the average.
In a packaging (1) for surgical suture material, a thread duct
(10) which runs in a wound manner is formed in a base (2), which
thread duct opens at its first end (11) to a thread removal zone
(3). The base (2) is provided with a cover. The thread removal zone
(3) has a recess (24) in the base (2) adjacent to the first end
(11) of the thread duct (10), adjacent to which recess a thread
tray (26), which faces the first end (11) of the thread duct (10),
In a packaging (1) for surgical suture material (6), a thread duct
which runs spiral-like is formed in a base (2) and opens at its
first end to form a thread removal zone in the periphery area of
the base (2). The base (2) is provided with a cover (4). An edge
segment (3) of the base (2) can be folded down about a fold line
provided in the region of the underside of the base (2) for access
to the thread removal zone.
A device and method for anchoring a surgical suture in solid tissue,
such as bone, which is implantable without prior drilling of a hole.
The device for anchoring a surgical suture to a solid tissue is
attachable to an external rotational drive and includes a self-drilling
body to which surgical suture is attachable, an assembly including
at least one flexible locking element, attached to or integrally
formed therewith, capable of assuming both an open and closed configurations.
The device is configured so that the assembly including at least
one flexible locking element in the closed configuration is releasably
engageable by the external rotational drive. The method for anchoring
a surgical suture to a solid tissue includes the step of causing
a self-drilling body to penetrate a soft tissue, the step of aligning
the self-drilling body with an anchor point on a bone, the step
of activating an external rotational drive, thereby causing the
self-drilling body to rotate and penetrate the anchor point in the
bone, and the step of actuating a mechanism for anchoring the self-drilling
body in the bone at the anchor point.