A piece of buttress material and an end-effector of a surgical instrument including features which can aid a surgeon in properly and quickly attaching the piece of buttress material to the end-effector. In various embodiments, a piece of buttress material can include retention features which can be engaged with portions of an end-effector to releasably retain the piece of buttress material to at least a portion of the end-effector. Similarly, an end-effector can include features configured to engage portions of a piece of buttress material to releasably retain the piece of buttress material to the end-effector. In at least one embodiment, more than one piece of buttress material can be releasably retained to an end-effector.

Title
Surgical end effector having buttress retention features
Application Number
12/032002
Publication Number
20090206143
Application Date
February 15, 2008
Publication Date
August 20, 2009
Inventor
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Thomas W Huitema
Cincinnati
OH, US
Agent
K&L Gates
PA, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/68
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