US Patent No. 10,363,031


Patent No. 10,363,031
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title Tissue Thickness Compensators For Surgical Staplers
Inventorship Johnny H. Alexander, III, West Chester, OH (US)
Cortney E. Henderson, Wilmington, OH (US)
Christopher C. Miller, Loveland, OH (US)
John P. Measamer, Cincinnati, OH (US)
Katherine J. Schmid, Loveland, OH (US)
Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Hillsboro, OH (US)
Stephanie A. Mutchler, Loveland, OH (US)
Bret W. Smith, South Lebanon, OH (US)
Michael S. Cropper, Edgewood, KY (US)
Assignee Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, PR (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,363,031

1. A circular surgical stapler, comprising:a stapler head, comprising:
a staple cartridge comprising at least one annular row of staples;
an anvil configured to be positioned opposite said staple cartridge;
an anvil shaft removably attachable to said stapler head; and
a tissue thickness compensator comprising an annular compressible biocompatible body configured to be supported on said anvil shaft between said staple cartridge and said anvil, wherein said annular compressible biocompatible body comprises at least one annular pocket, and wherein said at least one annular pocket comprises a healing agent released upon the firing of said staples.