06939358 is referenced by 399 patents and cites 11 patents.

An apparatus and method used to apply a self-adherent strip of bio-compatible, staple line reinforcement material onto a working surface of a surgical stapler. The apparatus effectively contains and supports reinforcement material during sterilization and shipment. At the point of use, the apparatus provides a simple method for applying the reinforcement material to a variety of staplers. Once the reinforcement material is applied, no excess material remains attached to the stapler thus post-attachment removal of excess material is avoided. The apparatus is simple to manufacture, accommodates a wide variety of reinforcement material shapes and configurations, allows for accurate sizing of the reinforcement material to a variety of stapler jaws, and provides a very low profile package to reduce packaging, shipping, and storage costs.

Title
Apparatus and method for applying reinforcement material to a surgical stapler
Application Number
10/26108
Publication Number
6939358 (B2)
Application Date
December 20, 2001
Publication Date
September 6, 2005
Inventor
Raymond P Torrez
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Edward M Palacios
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Agent
David J Johns
Assignee
Gore Enterprise Holdings
DE, US
IPC
A61B 017/08
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