Management of the hip capsule has evolved over recent years with an increased awareness of the functional and clinical benefits of capsular closure1. A shift toward more routine capsule closures has occurred amongst a growing number of hip surgeons due to these clinical findings.

Clinical studies have demonstrated unrepaired hip capsules can lead to: Iatrogenic instability2, 3, 4 pain1,4,5 and a high rate for revision arthroscopy1,2 and conversion to arthroplasty5. A study conducted by Benjamin Domb, M.D. suggests that, depending on patient pathology, capsule closure should be considered in all patients5.

The Dragon Tongue Suture Passing Device was designed to help surgeons efficiently perform single portal capsular closure.

System Features

Extended Delivery Range of Reach

  • Adjustable slide assists in delivering at least 30 mm of suture, creating an easily graspable suture loop

  • Designed for single portal capsular repair and is not dependent on angle of approach

Range of Reach 

  • Easily capture the delivered suture loop at any position with near and far grasping abilities

  • Nitinol grasper can open and close at any location along its 30 mm of extension beyond the needle shaft

Variable Angles 

  • Nitinol grasper advances out of the needle shaft at 60° and continues to extend further to a 90° bend

Capture with Precision

  • Grab suture where it’s at with the Dragon Tongue device’s active grasping design

  • The PEEK tubing extends over the nitinol grasper to close the nitinol over the suture


Dragon Tongue Suture Passer Messaging Animation

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