05503638 is referenced by 551 patents and cites 14 patents.

A prosthetic article for surgical implantation within the body of a host in a surgical stapling procedure comprises a strip of host-tissue-compatible animal tissue material that is initially removably affixed between the spaced-apart legs a U-shaped buttress member to create a tubular configuration that can readily slip over the jaws of a conventional surgical stapler. When the staple gun is fired, the staples penetrate through the strips of animal tissue and the host tissue and thus serve to reinforce the staple line. Because the buttress member is releasibly attached to the strip of animal tissue, the buttress member can be readily separated and discarded following the firing of a staple gun.

Title
Soft tissue stapling buttress
Application Number
8/194382
Publication Number
5503638
Application Date
February 10, 1994
Publication Date
April 2, 1996
Inventor
Kristine M Teich
Eden Prairie
MN, US
Kemal Schankereli
Stillwater
MN, US
Robert P Nelson
Orono
MN, US
Sally L Winegar Hentges
New Brighton
MN, US
Joel Cooper
St. Louis
MO, US
Agent
Haugen and Nikolai
Assignee
Bio Vascular
MN, US
IPC
A61F 2/02
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