06616686 is referenced by 497 patents and cites 10 patents.

A surgical staple is provided having a base portion and a respective leg extending from each end of the base portion and terminating at a free end. The base portion is deformable to bring the free ends of the legs together to penetrate a liquid-carrying vessel at the site of a puncture and hold the opposite edges of the puncture together. The base portion and legs lie in substantially a common plane except for a center portion (

40

C) of the base portion which is deformed in a loop in a direction perpendicular to the common plane. The center portion of the staple allows the staple to straddle a blood locator tube projecting from the end of a stapler, so that the staple can be closed at the center of a puncture wound in which the tube is located. A method for stapling is also provided.

Title
Surgical staples and methods for stapling
Application Number
9/949438
Publication Number
6616686 (B2)
Application Date
September 7, 2001
Publication Date
September 9, 2003
Inventor
Sean Morris
Kiltoom, Athlone, County Roseommon
US
Thomas Anthony
49 Grange Downs, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
US
Chris Martin
2 Blackburn Square, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
US
Christy Cummins
54 Knockowen, Tullamore, County Offaly
US
James Coleman
20 Greenmount Road, Terenure, Dublin 6
US
Agent
Nutter McClennen & Fish
US
IPC
A61B 17/064
View Original Source