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This disclosure relates to surgical stapling apparatus for enhancing one or more properties of body tissue that is or is to be repaired or joined. The apparatus includes a staple anvil, a staple cartridge, a driving member for driving the surgical staples from individual staple slots in the staple cartridge and against the staple anvil, and a wound closure material applicator assembly. The applicator assembly includes at least one conduit extending along at least a length of the driving member, anvil and/or cartridge and at least one reservoir in fluid communication with the at least one conduit, the reservoir containing a wound closure material therein. The staples can be coated with a wound closure material.

Title
Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly
Application Number
10/513585
Publication Number
7431730 (B2)
Application Date
May 9, 2003
Publication Date
October 7, 2008
Inventor
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Assignee
Tyco Healthcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/08
A61B 17/04
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