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According to an aspect of the present disclosure, an apparatus for forming an anastomosis between adjacent intestinal sections of tissue is provided. The apparatus includes an anastomosis device having an anvil and a tubular body portion, wherein the anvil is selectively attachable to the tubular body portion by a shaft; and a support structure for deposition between the intestinal sections of tissue. The support structure includes a body defining an aperture therein for receiving the shaft. The body has an outer terminal edge. The support structure includes at least one layer of expandable material disposed at the outer terminal edge of the body.

Title
Support structures and methods of using the same
Application Number
11/241267
Publication Number
7938307 (B2)
Application Date
September 30, 2005
Publication Date
May 10, 2011
Inventor
Michael J Bettuchi
Middletown
CT, US
Assignee
Tyco Healthcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/115
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