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1. (WO2006083748) MATERIAUX DE RENFORT POUR AGRAFES CHIRURGICALES
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A surgical fastener buttress material having an adhesive surface, the material being packaged and provided in a mariner that permits the adhesive surface to be aligned with and releasably cover a working surface of a surgical fastener.
2. The material according to claim 1 wherein the buttress material is packaged and provided in a manner that permits the adhesive surface to be aligned with and releasably cover a working surface of a surgical fastener in a one step loading process.
3. The material according to claim 1 wherein the adhesive surface has an adhesive strength sufficient to permit the material, without extraneous means, to be retained upon the working surface of the surgical fastener in the course of the surgical fastener being positioned within the surgical site, and to then be removed from the working surface upon application of the surgical fastener.
4. The material according to claim 1 wherein the adhesive surface has a predetermined adhesive strength when retained upon the working surface of a surgical fastener, the adhesive strength being reduced when the adhesive surface is positioned and hydrated in vivo.
5. The material according to claim 1 wherein the adhesive surface is a surface comprising a pre-applied adhesive material.
6. The material according to claim 6 wherein the pre-applied adhesive material comprises a pre-applied hydrogel.
7. The material according to claim 6 wherein the pre-applied adhesive material further includes one or more bioactive agents.
8. The material according to claim 1 wherein the buttress material includes at least one reinforcing material having sufficient mechanical strength to reinforce a surgical fastener suture line.
9. The material according to claim 8 wherein the buttress material includes a composite of two or more materials, with at least one of the materials being a reinforcing material.
10. The material according to claim 8 wherein the at least one reinforcing material substantially resists degradation when implanted in vivo.

11. The material according to claim 8 wherein the at least one reinforcing material has a pre-implant tensile strength having a peak load of at least about 2000 grams.
12. The material according to claim 8 wherein the at least one reinforcing material
has a pre-implant tensile strength which does not significantly decrease over time when implanted in vivo.
13. The material according to claim 8 wherein the at least one reinforcing material
has a leak pressure or burst pressure of at least about 90 mm Hg.
14. The material according to claim 8 wherein the at least one reinforcing material comprises a natural animal tissue.
15. The material according to claim 14 wherein the natural animal tissue comprises a fibro-serous or serous membrane.
16. The material according to claim 15 wherein the natural animal tissue comprises a fibro-serous membrane comprising bovine pericardium.
17. The material according to claim 8 wherein the at least one reinforcing material also has an adhesive strength sufficient to permit the material, without extraneous means, to be retained upon the working surface of the surgical fastener in the course of the surgical fastener being positioned within the surgical site, and to then be removed from the working surface upon application of the surgical fastener.

18. A combination comprising a surgical fastener having at least one working surface and a buttress material according to claim 1 positioned on the at least one working surface.
19. The combination of claim 18 wherein the surgical fastener comprises a surgical stapler.
20. An apparatus for facilitating alignment and application of a buttress material to a working surface of a surgical fastener, the device incorporating a buttress material according to claim 1.
21. The apparatus according to claim 20 further comprising an aligning frame which retains one or more articles of the buttress material in releasable attachment with the aligning frame such that the one or more articles will be automatically lined up with apposed working surfaces of a surgical fastener.
22. A surgical kit for facilitating application of an article of buttress material to the apposed working surfaces of a surgical fastener, the kit including one or more articles of buttress material according to claim 1 and an aligning apparatus.

23. The surgical kit according to claim 22 wherein the one or more articles of buttress material are adapted to be loaded into the aligning apparatus.
24. A surgical method comprising the steps of:
providing one or more articles of buttress material according to claim 1 ;
applying the one or more articles of buttress material to a working surface of a surgical fastener;
positioning the surgical fastener about a section of body tissue; and
applying the fastener to form a reinforced suture line.
25. The surgical method of claim 24 wherein the step of positioning the surgical fastener comprises positioning the surgical fastener about a section of body tissue for a period of time long enough to hydrate the adhesive surface.
26. The surgical method of claim 24 wherein the step of applying the fastener comprises applying the fastener once the adhesive surface has been hydrated.

27. The surgical method of claim 24 wherein the method is adapted for use in a surgical procedure selected from the group consisting of vascular, bariatric, urologic, gynecologic, thoracic and pediatric surgeries.
28. The surgical method of claim 27 wherein the method is adapted for use in a bariatric surgical procedure selected from the group consisting of roux-en-y gastric bypass, vertical banded gastroplasty, and biliopancreatic diversion.
29. The surgical method of claim 27 wherein the method is adapted for use in a thoracic surgical procedures selected from the group consisting of blebectomies, bullectomies, wedge resections, segmentectomies, lobectomies, pneumonectomy, lung volume reduction surgery, and other resections of the lung and bronchus.