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A malleable, bioabsorbable polymeric staple includes a back span with two legs depending perpendicularly therefrom that are deformed toward each other initially and then upwardly toward the back span such that end points on each leg extends to the side and past the back span. The staple has a noncircular cross-sectional shape. A surgical staple-deforming anvil for deforming the staples has a staple-receiving face formed with a pair of elongated, non-collinear pocket-like depressions each having an entry end lying on a longitudinal axis parallel to the back span of the staple, and an exit end. The respective exit ends of the pocket depressions are located on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis. Accordingly, the legs of a staple driven toward the anvil and received in the pocket depressions are initially bent toward each other and then steered upwardly toward opposite sides of the back span.

Title
Malleable, bioabsorbable, plastic staple; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple
Application Number
785295
Publication Number
5350400
Application Date
June 30, 1992
Publication Date
September 27, 1994
Inventor
Laurence Crainich
Charlestown
NH, US
James W Dwyer
Brookfield
CT, US
Joseph N Logan
Trumbull
CT, US
John A Conners
Fairfield
CT, US
Felix F Esposito
Stratford
CT, US
Agent
Charles F Costello Jr
Assignee
American Cyanamid Company
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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