04428376 is referenced by 472 patents and cites 17 patents.

A one-piece, self-locking, molded plastic staple useful as a tissue fixation device in surgical procedures. The staple has opposed, pointed, L-shaped legs hinged to a horizontal bridging member having expanding cam surfaces on each end. Each leg has an extending cam follower which traverses the cam surface and engages the end of the bridging member when the staple is closed by rotating the legs 90 degrees. The staples may be extruded or molded of absorbable or nonabsorbable polymeric materials.

Title
Plastic surgical staple
Application Number
146943
Publication Number
4428376
Application Date
June 14, 1982
Publication Date
January 31, 1984
Inventor
Robert W Mericle
Bridgewater
NJ, US
Agent
Robert L Minier
Assignee
Ethicon
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
A61B 17/08
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