Use of Linear and Circular Staplers
The first surgical stapling devices were made by a Hungarian surgeon, Humer Hültl in 1908. Hültl’s prototype stapler of 1908 weighed 8 pounds (3.6 kg) and required 2 h to assemble and load. Many hours were spent trying to achieve a consistent staple line and reliable patent anastomoses. The development of reliable, disposable instruments over the past two and a half decades has changed surgical practice dramatically. With modern devices, technical failures are rarer, the staple lines are of more consistent quality, and anastomoses are easier to construct in difficult locations. The success of minimally invasive surgery has promoted the development of miniaturized stapling devices during the past decades, and such devices are now used routinely during many operations.
KeywordsStaple Line Linear Stapler Circular Stapler Intraabdominal Infection Intracorporeal Anastomosis
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