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A surgical stapling apparatus having biocompatible surgical fabric releasably attached thereto for application of the fabric and staples to body tisuse is disclosed. The fabric is releasably held to surfaces of the stapling apparatus through pins, clips or similar securing structures. The biocompatible surgical fabric can be either planar or tubular in configuration. Preferably, both the anvil portion and the fastener ejecting portion of the stapler are at least partially covered with the biocompatible surgical fabric. In use, tissue is disposed between the anvil portion and the stapling portion of the instrument and the instrument is fired. The biocompatible surgical fabric is thereby secured to the tissue and releasably detaches from the stapler upon withdrawal of the stapler from the surgical site.

Title
Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric
Application Number
8/132601
Publication Number
5542594
Application Date
October 6, 1993
Publication Date
August 6, 1996
Inventor
Ilya S Koyfman
Orange
CT, US
Matthew Hain
New Haven
CT, US
Wanda L McKean
Stamford
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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