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A staple having a crown, a deformable leg extending from the crown, and a spring extending from the crown configured to compress tissue between the spring and the deformable member. Owing to the flexibility of the spring, the staple can accommodate a wide range of tissue thicknesses while still compressing the tissue captured therein. As a result, a single staple design can be used in a wide variety of surgical procedures thereby reducing the amount of staple designs that must be provided to the surgeon. In at least one embodiment, the staple includes a crushable member. This crushable member can include a plastically deformable first portion and an elastically deformable second portion. The present invention can also include, in various embodiments, a crown, a first deformable member extending from the crown, and means for compressing the tissue against the first deformable member.

Title
Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same
Application Number
11/541123
Publication Number
7794475 (B2)
Application Date
September 29, 2006
Publication Date
September 14, 2010
Inventor
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Carl Shurtleff
Mason
OH, US
Michael J Stokes
Cincinnati
OH, US
Mark S Ortiz
Milford
OH, US
James W Voegele
Cincinnati
OH, US
William B Weisenburgh II
Maineville
OH, US
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
Christopher J Hess
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/08
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