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A METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING MICROMECHANICAL DEVICES USING ONE OF MAGNETIC FIELD OR LIQUID SURFACE TENSION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007388D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Mar-21

Publishing Venue

Motorola

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Authors:
Keith E. Wiek Jon T Fitch Papu D. Maniar

Abstract

Surgery is now being performed on a much smaller scale than was ever thought possible. Micro- surgery is already being used for a number ofappli- cations including: (1) radial keratotomy eye surgery, (2) nerve and tendon reattachment surgery, and (3) vasectomy and tubal ligation reversal surgeries. Cos- metic surgery is another important field where micro- scopic and tine scale surgery is becoming more com- mon. One ofthe major challenges faced in microsur- gery and cosmetic surgery is the closing and heal- ing of surgical and other wounds without scarring. The invention presented here provides the micro sur- geon with a means of attaching pieces of flesh-a means which will securely bind a wound together and promote healing. Staples are already in use in many types of surgery. The microsurgical staples pro- posed here are a dramatic improvement over con- ventional technology because they are spring loaded and do a better job of keeping a wound closed, and they are so small that they will leave little or no scarring.