Medical Sewing Machine

(2019-2nd generation coming soon)

Introduction

During the surgical procedure, doctors manually suture the affected area or incision using a fishing needle-shaped surgical needle and a medical thread (suture). In the surgical process, suturing requires a long labor and doctors hand skills, so the deviation of the suturing result may be caused by individual doctors’ experiences.

Currently, there are various wound sealing methods such as medical staplers, surgical tapes, adhesives, etc. Despite the other wound sealing methods, the suture is still preferred because it has the advantage of being able to produce an elaborate and durable suture in various parts. Clothing sewing has been industrialized and automated after the invention of the automatic sewing machine, yet, medical suture still depends on manually. The RIM sewing machine is the sewing machine-type medical device that replaces the existing manual- type suturing process. It uses the knotless method using two suture threads so that high- strength auto sealing is possible. By reducing the overall surgery time, it can be very beneficial to both patients and doctors.

  • Surgical Sewing Machine offers automatic suturing by using knotless method and two suture threads.
  • The machine is designed to be a hand-carrying size with disposable parts
  • It shortens the overall suturing time, requiring less amount of labor.
  • It produces consistent and reproducible suturing and tensile strength.
  • It minimizes excessive organ/tissue damages since it doesn’t require the use of a fishhook-like surgical needle.
  • The surgery outcome with using the Surgical Sewing Machine is more likely to be successful and favorable to patients.

The estimate of surgical suture market is USD 5.02 billion by 2023 from USD 3.68 billion in 2017
(https://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/surgical-sutures-market-18374832.html)

The global surgical staplers’ market is expected to reach USD 4.78 Billion by 2022 from USD 3.38 Billion in 2017, at a CAGR of 7.2 %
(https://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/surgical-stapler-market-79557149.html)

  • PCT/KR2009/003419 SURGICAL SUTURE APPARATUS HAVING SEWING FUNCTION
  • PCT/KR2010/005851 SUTURING INSTRUMENT CAPABLE OF SELECTING AND SUPPLYING A SUTURING THREAD
  • PCT/KR2010/005852 SUTURING INSTRUMENT HAVING A FIXING MEANS
  • PCT/KR2010/006448 SUTURE APPARATUS HAVING SEWING FUNCTION

The patents related to Surgical Sewing Machine are registered in ~20 countries including the USA, Europe, China, Japan/DIV, Russia, Canada, Israel, South Africa, Ukraine, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nigeria and South Korea. 

R&D ststus

  • First versions of prototypes were developed by SEAWON Meditech and Keumyong.
  • 1st animal test was conducted in affiliation with Samsung Seoul Hospital.

– Surgical Sewing Machine (prototype) was used to suture internal organs and blood vessels of pigs. There was no ischemic change with minimal bleeding in the small bowels of 3 pigs during the operation. The three pigs were fed on a normal diet starting POD 1 and remained healthy until they were sacrificed. At autopsy, there was no leakage around the suture lines in the small bowels of three animals.

  • Surgical Sewing Machine was presented at AUA2013: Video presentation V10-Robotics, Single Port Surgery, LESS, NOTES.
  • Surgical Sewing Machine was presented at AUA2019: booth exhibition and video presentation V09-MISC GU Oncology, Complications &Techniques.
  • Further prototyping of Surgical Sewing Machine will be processed by domestic and international company.