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In certain exemplary embodiments, a generally U-shaped surgical staple is provided having a base and a pair of legs extending substantially perpendicularly from opposite ends of the base respectively. The legs in use of the staple are bent through approximately 90° relative to the base. To effect a greater compression of the stapled tissue, the legs can include a penetrative portion adjacent the tip and a compressive structure which, due to its increased height relative to that of the penetrative portion, spreads the compressive forces of the staple further along the length of the incision being closed. The compressive portion also provides a depth stop to avoid the tip penetrating too deeply into the tissue in which it is deployed.

Title
Surgical staple
Application Number
11/152562
Publication Number
7887563 (B2)
Application Date
June 14, 2005
Publication Date
February 15, 2011
Inventor
Christy Cummins
Naas
IE
Agent
Workman Nydegger
Assignee
Abbott Vascular
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/08
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