US 11,051,806 B2
Method of applying a buttress to a surgical stapler end effector
Michael J. Vendely, Lebanon, OH (US); Trevor J. Barton, Cincinnati, OH (US); Jason L. Harris, Lebanon, OH (US); Charles J. Scheib, Loveland, OH (US); Emily A. Schellin, Cincinnati, OH (US); Prudence A. Turner, Independence, KY (US); Steven G. Hall, Cincinnati, OH (US); Victoria Dalessandro, Scotch Plains, NJ (US); Jackie Donners, Pennington, NJ (US); Mark Timmer, Jersey City, NJ (US); Rao S. Bezwada, Whitehouse Station, NJ (US); Aidan Craigwood, Cambridge (GB); Caroline Hagerman, Cambridge (GB); Ashley Easter, Cambridge (GB); Kathrin Holtzmann, Cambridge (GB); Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Hillsboro, OH (US); and Mark S. Zeiner, Mason, OH (US)
Assigned to Cilag GmbH International, Zug (CH)
Filed by Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, PR (US)
Filed on Nov. 15, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/191,722.
Application 16/191,722 is a continuation of application No. 14/926,764, filed on Oct. 29, 2015, granted, now 10,166,023.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/209,041, filed on Aug. 24, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2019/0150918 A1, May 23, 2019
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61B 17/068 (2006.01); A61B 17/072 (2006.01); A61B 50/30 (2016.01); A61B 90/90 (2016.01); A61B 50/31 (2016.01); A61B 42/00 (2016.01); A61B 17/00 (2006.01); A61B 90/00 (2016.01); A61B 50/00 (2016.01)
CPC A61B 17/068 (2013.01) [A61B 17/07207 (2013.01); A61B 17/07292 (2013.01); A61B 42/00 (2016.02); A61B 50/30 (2016.02); A61B 50/31 (2016.02); A61B 90/90 (2016.02); A61B 2017/00115 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00221 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00526 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00734 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00893 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00946 (2013.01); A61B 2017/00951 (2013.01); A61B 2017/0688 (2013.01); A61B 2017/07271 (2013.01); A61B 2050/005 (2016.02); A61B 2050/0059 (2016.02); A61B 2050/0065 (2016.02); A61B 2050/314 (2016.02); A61B 2090/037 (2016.02); A61B 2090/081 (2016.02); A61B 2090/0807 (2016.02)] 20 Claims
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1. A method of securing a buttress to an end effector, wherein the end effector comprises an upper jaw member and a lower jaw member, the method comprising:
(a) positioning a platform of a buttress applier cartridge between the upper and lower jaw members while the jaw members are in an open configuration such that the buttress applier cartridge is removably received by the end effector, wherein the buttress applier cartridge includes a buttress disposed on the platform and a retainer member that releasably retains the buttress on the platform;
(b) moving one or both of the upper or lower jaw members toward the platform to thereby engage the buttress with the end effector, wherein the retainer member moves away from the buttress and thereby releases the buttress from the platform in response to the act of moving one or both of the jaw members toward the platform;
(c) moving one or both of the upper or lower jaw members away from the platform to thereby remove the buttress from the platform; and
(d) removing the platform from between the upper and lower jaw members such that the buttress remains secured to the end effector.