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Embodiments include a surgical device and a method. An embodiment of the surgical instrument includes at least one grasping jaw, the at least one grasping jaw being adapted to deliver surgical staples by a force generated from a force generator mechanism that is contained within the at least one grasping jaw or is in a proximity to the at least one grasping jaw. Another embodiment includes at least one grasping jaw, at least one delivery mechanism adapted to deliver surgical fasteners, the delivery mechanism being located in a proximity to or contained within the at least one grasping jaw, the surgical fasteners containing at least one shape-transforming material, at least one sensor, at least one chemical tissue sealant and at least one cutter. A method includes: grasping a body organ/tissue with at least one grasping jaw, adjusting a configuration of the grasping in response to a signal or a datum or an image, and releasing a surgical staple/fastener in response to the signal, datum or image.

Title
Steerable surgical stapler
Application Number
11/804219
Publication Number
7832611 (B2)
Application Date
May 16, 2007
Publication Date
November 16, 2010
Inventor
Victoria Y H Wood
Livermore
CA, US
Lowell L Wood Jr
Bellevue
WA, US
Charles Whitmer
North Bend
WA, US
Thomas A Weaver
San Mateo
CA, US
Clarence T Tegreene
Bellevue
WA, US
Michael A Smith
Phoenix
AZ, US
Dennis J Rivet
St. Louis
MO, US
Nathan P Myhrvold
Medina
WA, US
Eric C Leuthardt
St Louis
MO, US
Muriel Y Ishikawa
Livermore
CA, US
Roderick A Hyde
Redmond
WA, US
Edward S Boyden
Cambridge
MA, US
Assignee
The Invention Science Fund I
WA, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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