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An anastomosis staple comprising of a plurality of vessel engaging members and a binding structure holding the vessel engaging members together is described. The binding structure has at least one bioabsorbable element. The binding structure is rigid enough to allow for deployment and quickly resorbs to avoid problems associated with intimal hyperplasia and physical hindrance of secondary interventional procedures. The vessel engaging members may be comprised of superelastic or shape memory metal and are independent from one another. The members may be equidistant from one another and embedded within the binding structure. The composite staple can preferably serve as a drug delivery vehicle.

Title
Composite staple for completing an anastomosis
Application Number
9/941008
Publication Number
6629988 (B2)
Application Date
August 28, 2001
Publication Date
October 7, 2003
Inventor
Kevin S Weadock
Belle Mead
NJ, US
Agent
Nutter McClennen & Fish
US
Assignee
Ethicon
NJ, US
IPC
A61D 1/00
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