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WOUND CLOSURE PRODUCT Inventors: Robert C. Wilke, Eden Prairie, MN (US); Daniel M. Elliott, Shorewood, MN (US); George M. Hoedeman, Eden Prairie, MN (U S); John J. Berkey, Buffalo, MN (US); Paul J. Anderson, Eden Prairie, MN (U S) Assignee: Wound Care Technologies, LLC, Minneapolis, MN (U S) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 373 days. Appl. No.: 12/217,513 Filed: Jul. 3, 2008 Prior Publication Data US 2009/0018578 A1 Jan. 15,2009 Related U.S. Application Data Continuation of application No. 10/949,115, filed on Sep. 13, 2004, now Pat. No. 7,455,681. Int. Cl. A61B 17/08 (2006.01) A61D 1/00 (2006.01) U.S. Cl. ..................................................... .. 606/216 Field of Classification Search ................ .. 606/213, 606/216, 217 See application file for complete search history. References Cited U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS 363,538 A 5/1887 Penny 3,825,010 A 7/1974 McDonald 5,127,412 A 7/1992 Cosmetto et al.
A wound closure system and a method of closing a wound are disclosed. The wound closure system includes a plurality of skin anchors mechanically attached to external skin tissue around a periphery of a wound, a line extending between the skin anchors, the line slidably engaged with each skin anchor, and a biasing member that provides tension on the line to draw all of the skin anchors toward the wound. The method of closing a wound includes the steps of attaching a plurality of skin anchors to external skin around a periphery of a wound, extending a line between the skin anchors around substantially the entire periphery of the wound, and providing tension to the line to draw the skin anchors toward the wound.
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