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Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2013 May-Jun;9(3):417-21. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2012.10.009. Epub 2012 Nov 14.

Comparison of endostapler performance in challenging tissue applications.

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  • 1Covidien Surgical Solutions, Fundamental Biomedical Research Department, North Haven, Connecticut.



Surgical staplers are frequently used in a variety of applications, demanding exacting instrument performance over a huge range of tissue compositions and disease states. The shape of a staple that is formed by a stapling device is one industry-accepted indicator of device performance; typically a B-shaped staple is considered the gold standard for staple formation. This B shape allows blood flow through the tissue, which is one important factor in the healing events that take place clinically after stapling. With the use of an animal model, this ex vivo study investigated staple formation when thick tissue endoscopic staplers were used on challenging and variable tissue. The setting was a corporate institution in the United States.


Two 60-mm linear endoscopic thick tissue reloads, a varied-height stapler (VHS), and a single-height stapler (SHS) were fired on 7 different regions of porcine stomach. Resultant staple formation was assessed per region of the stomach and evaluated for proper B-shaped staple formation and staple malformation.


The VHS reload had significantly better B-shaped formation (P<.001) for all regions of the stomach and reduced occurrence of malformed staples in 5 of the 7 regions compared with the SHS reload, wherein the remaining 2 regions exhibited comparable malform occurrence.


This study compared 2 thick tissue reloads and found that the VHS reload had superior outcomes, with respect to staple formation, compared with the SHS reload.

Copyright © 2012 American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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