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Apparatus is disclosed for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue along an arcuate path. Each surgical fastener may be in the form of a two-part fastener having a pronged fastener portion for piercing body tissue, and an apertured retainer dimensioned and configured for engaged reception of the pronged fastener portion in interference fit therewith for gripping the body tissue therebetween. Alternatively, the fasteners may be in the form of deformable staples. The apparatus preferably includes an arcuately shaped member for holding a plurality of the fastener portions in generally aligned relation, a correspondingly arcuately shaped member spaced from the fastener portion holding member for gripping body tissue therebetween and for releasably holding a plurality of the retainers in generally aligned relation and positioned opposite the fasteners when the body tissue is positioned therebetween. A fastener driver is provided for sequentially advancing the pronged fastener portions toward the apertured retainers to cause the fastener portions to pierce the body tissue therebetween. A knife may be provided to cut the body tissue adjacent the fasteners as the fasteners are applied.

Title
Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners
Application Number
583867
Publication Number
5653373
Application Date
November 18, 1994
Publication Date
August 5, 1997
Inventor
Frank M Rende III
Stamford
CT, US
Stephen W Gerry
Bethel
CT, US
Wayne P Young
Brewster
NY, US
Robert J Geiste
Milford
CT, US
Henry Bolanos
East Norwalk
CT, US
David T Green
Westport
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/10
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