08317071 is referenced by 200 patents and cites 72 patents.

Surgical apparatus may include a staple holder and a buttress positioned on the upper surface of the staple holder, where the staple holder is configured to fire multiple sets of staples, and where the buttress is advanceable between firings such that the staple holder is configured to deploy multiple sets of staples through the buttress. A surgical method of treating tissue within the body of a patient may include providing an endocutter having a staple holder and having a plurality of staples, where a plurality of but less than all of the staples are arranged in a firing position within the staple holder; engaging tissue of the patient with the staple holder; deploying the plurality of staples in firing position through a buttress and into tissue of the patient; disengaging the end effector from tissue of the patient; moving a plurality of staples into firing position; engaging tissue of the patient with the staple holder; advancing a segment of buttress relative to the staple holder; and repeating the deploying.

Title
Endocutter with auto-feed buttress
Application Number
12/381316
Publication Number
8317071 (B1)
Application Date
March 9, 2009
Publication Date
November 27, 2012
Inventor
Bryan D Knodel
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Assignee
Cardica
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/064
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