08365973 is referenced by 240 patents and cites 77 patents.

An exemplary surgical apparatus may include a surgical staple deformable from a first configuration to a second, deployed configuration, where the surgical staple includes a first leg and a second leg; where in the second, deployed configuration the surgical staple forms substantially a D-shape. Another exemplary surgical apparatus may include a feeder belt; a surgical staple deformable from a first configuration to a second, deployed configuration, where the surgical staple includes a first leg and a second leg connected to the first leg, where one end of the first leg is frangibly affixed to the feeder belt and one end of said the leg is free; where in the second, deployed configuration the surgical staple forms substantially a D-shape. An exemplary method of treating tissue may include providing a surgical staple; urging the surgical staple into tissue, while the surgical staple has a first shape; and deforming the surgical staple into substantially a D-shape.

Title
D-shaped surgical staples
Application Number
13/90168
Publication Number
8365973 (B1)
Application Date
April 19, 2011
Publication Date
February 5, 2013
Inventor
John E Rivera
Woodside
CA, US
Benjamin J Matthias
San Mateo
CA, US
Bryan D Knodel
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Philipe R Manoux
San Francisco
CA, US
Jared L Van Cleave
Menlo Park
CA, US
Michael Murillo
Palo Alto
CA, US
Michael P Schaller
Palo Alto
CA, US
Nathan H White
Redwood City
CA, US
Assignee
Cardica
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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