07517356 is referenced by 355 patents and cites 64 patents.

The present disclosure relates to surgical instruments including a staple anvil formed in a distal end of the surgical stapler and a staple cartridge selectively receivable in a distal end of the surgical stapler and in juxtaposition relative to the staple anvil, the staple cartridge including one or more laterally spaced apart rows of staple slots formed in an upper surface thereof, a plurality of surgical staples disposed, one each, within the staple slots, and a staple line reinforcing system configured and adapted to augment the strength of the staple line formed by the firing of the surgical staples into body tissue, wherein the surgical stapler concomitantly drives the plurality of surgical staples through the adjacent layers of body tissue to mechanically secure the body tissue and activates the reinforcing system to non-mechanically secure the adjacent layers of body tissue to one another.

Title
Surgical stapler and method
Application Number
10/510451
Publication Number
7517356 (B2)
Application Date
April 16, 2003
Publication Date
April 14, 2009
Inventor
Russell Heinrich
Madison
CT, US
Assignee
Tyco Healthcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/08
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