US Patent No: 5,478,003

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Surgical apparatus

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A self contained gas powered endoscopic surgical apparatus is provided for placing lateral lines of surgical fasteners into body tissue. The apparatus includes a frame portion, an elongated portion extending from the frame portion, and an articulating fastener applying assembly associated with a distal end of the elongated portion. The fastener applying assembly includes a base portion, a staple cartridge housing, and an anvil member which has a forming surface thereon against which surgical fasteners are driven as they are ejected from the cartridge housing. A self contained pneumatic system is associated with the frame portion and is actuable to eject the surgical fasteners from the cartridge assembly. A first mechanism is provided for effectuating the rotation of the fastener applying assembly about an axis defined by the body portion, a second mechanism is provided for effectuating the articulation of the fastener applying assembly, and a third mechanism is provided for independently rotating the cartridge housing and anvil member relative to a longitudinal axis defined by the base position to increase the range of operability of the apparatus.

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UNITED STATES SURGICAL CORPORATIONNORWALK, CT1174

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Green, David T Fairfield, CT 271 29058
Heaton, Lisa W Shelton, CT 44 6142
McClure, Richard C Monroe, CT 16 2773
Milliman, Keith L Bethel, CT 168 9504
Palmer, Mitchell J New Milford, CT 41 6642
Savage, Robert C Stratford, CT 16 3345

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4,754,909 Flexible stapler 343 1987
4,819,853 Surgical fastener cartridge 186 1987
4,821,942 Driver for surgical microstapler 93 1988
4,955,959 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 250 1989
4,978,049 Three staple drive member 381 1989
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J. CRAYTON PRUITT (2)
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Richard Wolf GmbH (1)
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STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
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TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (78)
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7,485,124 Surgical instrument having a fastener delivery mechanism 19 2001
7,670,334 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 99 2006
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7,588,175 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 111 2007
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8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 0 2007
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8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 8 2009
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8,631,987 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist 0 2010
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8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 7 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 36 2010
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8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 34 2011
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8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 33 2011
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 0 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 0 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 0 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 0 2012
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8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 0 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 4 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 0 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 1 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (75)
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5,797,537 Articulated surgical instrument with improved firing mechanism 456 1996
5,725,536 Articulated surgical instrument with improved articulation control mechanism 374 1996
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7,617,961 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 14 2003
7,588,177 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 71 2003
7,481,347 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 117 2003
D509589 Handle for surgical instrument 60 2003
D509297 Surgical instrument 147 2003
7,780,055 Loading unit having drive assembly locking mechanism 55 2005
7,721,935 Surgical stapling device 2 2006
8,608,043 Surgical instrument having a multi-layered drive beam 0 2006
8,584,921 Surgical instrument with articulating tool assembly 0 2006
7,845,535 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 3 2006
7,637,410 Surgical instrument including a locking assembly 17 2006
8,033,438 Surgical stapling device 1 2006
7,434,716 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 8 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 149 2007
7,597,230 Surgical stapling device 11 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 161 2007
7,703,653 Articulation mechanism for surgical instrument 12 2007
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8,596,513 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 0 2007
7,770,774 Surgical stapler 54 2008
7,690,547 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 10 2008
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7,866,525 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 1 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 82 2008
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8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
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8,127,976 Stapler cartridge and channel interlock 1 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 1 2009
7,819,896 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 3 2009
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 3 2009
7,857,184 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 1 2009
7,913,893 Surgical stapler 7 2009
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8,205,619 Method of preventing articulation in a surgical instrument 1 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 19 2010
8,118,207 Surgical stapling device 0 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 1 2010
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8,215,532 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2010
8,191,752 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2010
8,245,900 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2010
7,992,758 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 3 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 1 2011
8,292,148 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 1 2011
8,353,440 Surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion 0 2011
8,561,874 Surgical instrument with articulating tool assembly 0 2011
8,480,703 Surgical device 0 2011
8,162,197 Surgical stapler 3 2011
8,276,594 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 0 2011
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8,408,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 0 2011
8,235,274 Surgical instrument 2 2011
8,328,065 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,292,151 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 0 2011
8,413,868 Surgical instrument 2 2012
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United States Surgical Corporation (15)
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TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (13)
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SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LLC (2)
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