Method for creating a flexible staple line

  • US 10,327,764 B2
  • Filed: 09/26/2014
  • Issued: 06/25/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/26/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of creating a flexible staple line within the tissue of a patient, comprising:

  • applying a first row of staples to the tissue in a first rotational orientation with respect to a first longitudinal axis, wherein the first rotational orientation is non-collinear and non-perpendicular with respect to the first longitudinal axis;

    applying a second row of staples to the tissue in a second rotational orientation with respect to a second longitudinal axis, wherein the second rotational orientation is non-collinear and non-perpendicular with respect to the second longitudinal axis, wherein the second rotational orientation is different than the first rotational orientation, wherein the staples of the second row of staples do not capture the same region of tissue as the staples of the first row of staples, wherein the first rotational orientation and the second rotational orientation change when the tissue is stretched longitudinally, and wherein the change in rotational orientation of the second rotational orientation is more than the change in rotational orientation of the first rotational orientation;

    applying a third row of staples to the tissue in a third rotational orientation with respect to a third longitudinal axis, wherein the staples of the third row of staples do not capture the same region of tissue as the staples of the second row of staples;

    applying a fourth row of staples to the tissue with respect to a fourth longitudinal axis;

    applying a fifth row of staples to the tissue with respect to a fifth longitudinal axis, wherein the staples of the fifth row of staples do not capture the same region of tissue as the staples of the fourth row of staples; and

    transecting the tissue between the first row of staples and the fourth row of staples.

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