08474677 is referenced by 296 patents and cites 1479 patents.

A surgical fastening system can comprise a plurality of fasteners, wherein each fastener can comprise, one, a base and, two, a leg extending from the base, wherein each leg can comprise a tip. The fastener system can further comprise a retention matrix comprising a first side facing toward the bases of the fasteners, a second side facing away from the bases of the fasteners, and a plurality of retention members configured to engage the legs. The fastener system can further comprise a cover configured to cover the staple tips, wherein the cover can comprise a sheet of material and/or a plurality of caps.

Title
Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover
Application Number
12/894388
Publication Number
8474677 (B2)
Application Date
September 30, 2010
Publication Date
July 2, 2013
Inventor
John N Ouwerkerk
Staunton
VA, US
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Kevin R Doll
Mason
OH, US
Robert J Simms
Liberty Township
OH, US
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
Christopher J Schall
Cincinnati
OH, US
Richard F Schwemberger
Cincinnati
OH, US
Dean B Bruewer
Fairfield
OH, US
Charles J Scheib
Loveland
OH, US
James A Woodard Jr
Mason
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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