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A stapler for stapling a tubular structure to another structure. The stapler has an anvil which is expandable from a collapsed position to an expanded position. The stapler has a recess which receives at least a portion of the tubular structure and a shoulder which receives an everted end of the tubular structure. A first actuator moves the anvil relative to the shoulder for compressing the structures which are to be stapled together. A second actuator is used for driving the staples through the structures to be stapled together.

Title
Surgical stapling instrument
Application Number
261167
Publication Number
5732872
Application Date
February 6, 1996
Publication Date
March 31, 1998
Inventor
Christopher F Heck
Columbus
OH, US
Lee R Bolduc
Mountain View
CA, US
Agent
Michael J Lynch
Jens E Hoekendijk
Jeffry J Grainger
Assignee
Heartport
CA, US
IPC
B25B 5/02
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