07008435 is referenced by 476 patents and cites 79 patents.

A surgical stapling device is provided having an elongate housing and a surgical staple slidable longitudinally within the housing towards a free forward end thereof, the staple having a back and two forwardly pointing legs. The housing contains a staple-firing mechanism for driving the staple towards the free end of the housing, bending the staple to bring the free ends of the legs towards one another to close the staple, and releasing the closed staple. A cap is located at the free end of the housing at a position where, in operation of the staple-firing mechanism, the cap becomes trapped between the back of the closed staple and human or animal tissue being stapled so as to provide a greater area of pressure on the tissue than in the absence of the cap.

Title
Surgical stapling device and method
Application Number
10/486070
Publication Number
7008435 (B2)
Application Date
August 8, 2002
Publication Date
March 7, 2006
Inventor
Christy Cummins
County Kildare
IE
Agent
Nutter McClennen & Fish
IPC
A61B 17/10
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