Fundamentals of Stapling Devices

  • Christina Souther
  • Kenric MurayamaEmail author


Surgical staplers have increased the efficiency and ease of completion of many operations. The development of the surgical stapler started in the early 1900s, and these devices have rapidly undergone major improvements throughout the past century. Surgical staplers are now used in a wide range of operations including procedures involving the esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, small bowel, colon, lung, and relative vasculature, among other anatomical structures. Although staplers can be simple to use, certain technical aspects must be taken into account, including tissue thickness, strength and composition, staple height, and duration of compression prior to firing the stapler. Further modifications are ongoing to continue to make these devices more efficient and simple to adapt to complex operative situations.


Surgical stapler Mechanical suture Anastomosis Surgical history 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryJohn A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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