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Successive Suture Device for Gastrointestinal Endoscopes
[Epub ahead of print]
Published online: December 30, 2005
Departments of Internal Medicine, *Biomedical Engineering, Korea University College of Medicine, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea University College of Engineering, Seoul, Korea
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/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. (Korean J Gastrointest Endosc 2005;31:363⁣367)

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