US 10,376,263 B2
Anvil modification members for surgical staplers
Jerome R. Morgan, Cincinnati, OH (US); Jason L. Harris, Lebanon, OH (US); and Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Hillsboro, OH (US)
Assigned to Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, PR (US)
Filed by Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC, Guaynabo, PR (US)
Filed on Apr. 1, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/89,331.
Prior Publication US 2017/0281180 A1, Oct. 5, 2017
Int. Cl. A61B 17/10 (2006.01); A61B 17/072 (2006.01); A61B 17/064 (2006.01); A61B 17/115 (2006.01); A61B 17/068 (2006.01); A61B 90/00 (2016.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01); A61B 17/29 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 17/07207 (2013.01) [A61B 17/068 (2013.01); A61B 17/0644 (2013.01); A61B 17/072 (2013.01); A61B 17/105 (2013.01); A61B 17/1155 (2013.01); A61B 17/07292 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00017 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00115 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00398 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00407 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00464 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00734 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07221 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07228 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07235 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07242 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07264 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07271 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07278 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07285 (2013.01); A61B 2017/291 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2903 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2908 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2923 (2013.01); A61B 2017/2927 (2013.01); A61B 2090/0808 (2016.02); A61B 2090/0811 (2016.02)] 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A surgical stapler, comprising:
an anvil assembly, comprising:
an anvil, comprising:
an elongate slot extending longitudinally along a length of the anvil;
a first anvil section on a first side of the elongate slot, wherein the first anvil section comprises a plurality of first staple-forming pockets; and
a second anvil section on a second side of the elongate slot, wherein the second anvil section comprises a plurality of second staple-forming pockets;
an anvil modification member attached to the anvil, wherein the anvil modification member comprises:
a first portion positioned against the first anvil section, wherein the first portion comprises a plurality of third staple-forming pockets, and wherein the first portion is configured to prevent staple formation against the plurality of first staple-forming pockets; and
a second portion positioned against the second anvil section, wherein the second portion comprises a plurality of fourth staple-forming pockets, and wherein the second portion is configured to prevent staple formation against the plurality of second staple-forming pockets.