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A surgical staple line reinforcement device for use with a variety of surgical staplers to protect against tissue damage from surgical staples. The device comprises a tube of bio-implantable material that can be quickly and readily applied by a surgical team to provide tissue reinforcement. The device preferably comprises a stretched or expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) with pre-established tear lines therein. The device allows for fast and safe staple reinforcement and rapid stapler separation and removal following installation.

Title
Device and method for reinforcing surgical staples
Application Number
8/505728
Publication Number
5702409
Application Date
July 21, 1995
Publication Date
December 30, 1997
Inventor
Benjamin G Williams
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Frederick J Walburn
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Rob G Riffle
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Gary L Rayburn
Moore
OK, US
Agent
David J Johns
Assignee
W L Gore & Associates
DE, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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