Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket. Ethicon Endo Surgery, October 21, 2008: US07438209 (601 worldwide citation)

An anvil of a surgical stapler including releasable pocket elements that can capture ends of fired staples. In various embodiments, the pocket elements can be released from the anvil such that the pocket elements remain with the staples and stapled tissue after the stapler has been fired. When deplo ...

Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II, Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan: Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material. Ethicon, January 23, 2018: US09872682

An end effector for use with a surgical instrument is disclosed. The end effector comprises an anvil including a staple forming portion, a cutting member, and a staple cartridge. The staple cartridge comprises a cartridge body, an elongate slot, and a deck. The deck comprises a first deck surface an ...

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