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A surgical endocutter may include an end effector, at least one feeder belt that extends at least partially into the end effector; and two or more staples, where each staple has a first end frangibly connected to a corresponding feeder belt and a second, free end, and where the staples form at least one row. The endocutter may be used to treat a patient by inserting the end effector into the body of a patient through an opening such as a trocar port, engaging tissue with the end effector, stapling tissue along two staple lines with the end effector; cutting tissue between the staple lines with the end effector, releasing the tissue from the end effector, and repeating the holding, stapling and engaging on tissue at a different location within the body of the patient without removing the end effector from within the body of the patient.

Title
Endocutter with staple feed
Application Number
11/851379
Publication Number
7988026 (B2)
Application Date
September 6, 2007
Publication Date
August 2, 2011
Inventor
Luke W Clauson
Redwood City
CA, US
Bernard A Hausen
Redwood City
CA, US
Bryan D Knodel
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Agent
Brian A Schar
Assignee
Cardica
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/064
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