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Disclosed is an expandable anvil surgical stapler which can be collapsed and inserted through a small hole in a patient's body and also through a small hole formed in the side of a hollow organ. The stapler is equipped with an anvil which can be expanded outwardly after placement inside the patient's body. Staples are then driven through the tissue layers to securely fasten the wall of the organ to the abdominal wall or other external tissue layer of the patient's body. This rigid attachment of the organ to the abdominal wall allows subsequent surgical procedures to be performed without large incisions and without constant surgical assistance to maintain proper access to the interior of the organ.

Expandable anvil surgical stapler
Application Number
Publication Number
Application Date
October 12, 1983
Publication Date
March 19, 1985
Charles J Filipi
1337 Sturm, Walla Walla, 99362
Wells St John & Roberts
A61B 17/04
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