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A surgical stapling apparatus having tissue bolstering material releasably attached thereto for application of the material and staples to body tisuse is disclosed. The tissue bolstering material is preferably releasably held to surfaces of the stapling apparatus through pins, clips or similar securing structures. The tissue bolstering material 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 tissue bolstering material. In use, tissue is disposed between the anvil portion and the stapling portion of the instrument and the instrument is fired. The tissue bolstering material 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
132601
Publication Number
6045560
Application Date
June 17, 1996
Publication Date
April 4, 2000
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 17/10
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