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A surgical stapler utilizing plastic staples and ultrasonic welding to secure the staples in body tissue. The stapler includes a pair of jaws movable between open and closed positions, a handle and trigger assembly for controlling operation of the jaws, and an elongated tubular structure connecting the handle and trigger assembly to the jaws. The stapler also includes an ejection assembly for ejecting at least one staple from one of the jaws against the other of the jaws. An anvil and a horn are positioned in the other of the jaws and are arranged to receive ends of the ejected staple such that the ends overlap between the anvil and the horn. The horn is for melting and bonding at least a portion of the overlapping ends of the staple upon being energized by a predetermined form of energy, and one of the anvil and the horn is movable from within the bonded staple to allow the jaws to be moved to an open position.

Title
Surgical stapler and method of applying plastic staples to body tissue
Application Number
9/608299
Publication Number
6488196 (B1)
Application Date
June 30, 2000
Publication Date
December 3, 2002
Inventor
Paul V Fenton Jr
Marblehead
MA, US
Agent
McDermott Will & Emery
US
Assignee
Axya Medical
MA, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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