In severely emphysematous or otherwise destroyed lung parenchyma, staples often cut through, which causes prolonged postoperative air leakage. A mechanical suture line reinforced by a polydioxanone ribbon is a simple, safe, and effective method for closure of air leaks, resection, or biopsy in such cases.
Juettner, Kohek, Pinter, Klepp, Friehs, , , , (1989). Reinforced staple line in severely emphysematous lungs. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 1989 Mar;97(3):362-3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2918734