US Patent No: 5,497,933

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Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue

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An apparatus is disclosed for endoscopic application of surgical staples to body tissue in laparoscopic hernia surgery, preferably with surgical mesh. The apparatus includes a staple storage cartridge supported on a pivotal support system at the distal end of the endoscopic section. An elongated pusher system extends from the frame to the endoscopic section and individually advances the staples distally. A pair of legs project distally from the pusher plate to engage the staple during closure to prevent unwanted roll or deformation of the staple. A trigger system actuates the pusher. An anvil structure having rounded anvil legs to match the configuration of the staples provides for individually closing each staple to encompass at least a portion of the surgical mesh and to penetrate the body tissue to attach the portion of the mesh to the body tissue. The staple storage cartridge may be pivoted with respect to the longitudinal axis of the endoscopic section from 0.degree. to about 20.degree., 45.degree., and 65.degree. and the cartridge may be rotated about its own axis independent of the endoscopic section. The distalmost tip of the instrument includes two distally extending members which engage the body tissue to stabilize the orientation of the instrument during application of staples.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LPMANSFIELD, MA268

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
DeFonzo, Stephan A Wayne, PA 65 3310
Komlosi, Andrew Fairfield, CT 3 977
Pennatto, Samson L Danbury, CT 6 1259
Young, Wayne P Brewster, NY 55 9458

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
United States Surgical Corporation (18)
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* 4,509,518 Apparatus for applying surgical clips 320 1982
* 4,520,817 Surgical instruments 432 1982
* 4,407,286 Surgical staples 106 1982
* 4,489,875 Self-centering surgical staple and stapler for applying the same 235 1982
* 4,616,650 Apparatus for applying surgical clips 225 1984
* 4,934,364 Surgical clip applying apparatus having fixed jams 159 1984
* 4,566,620 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 450 1984
* 4,573,622 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with variable fastener arrays 342 1984
* 4,624,254 Apparatus for applying surgical clips 343 1985
* 4,728,020 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 534 1985
* 4,821,939 Staple cartridge and an anvilless surgical stapler 262 1987
* 4,821,942 Driver for surgical microstapler 93 1988
4,978,049 Three staple drive member 426 1989
5,040,715 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 663 1989
5,100,420 Apparatus and method for applying surgical clips in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 311 1989
5,071,430 Surgical instrument 409 1989
5,084,057 Apparatus and method for applying surgical clips in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 546 1990
 
ETHICON, INC. (13)
* 4,485,953 Surgical stapling instrument and cartridge therefor 32 1982
* 4,527,724 Disposable linear surgical stapling instrument 267 1983
* 4,532,927 Two-piece tissue fastener with non-reentry bent leg staple and retaining receiver 105 1983
* 4,610,383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 661 1983
* 4,596,350 Surgical stapler drive apparatus 50 1984
* 4,747,531 Anvil and driver assembly for a surgical skin stapling instrument 50 1987
* 4,811,886 Staple positioning tab 13 1988
4,951,861 Surgical stapler pressure regulator 72 1989
5,174,487 Endoscopic stapler and hernia repair mechanism 95 1991
5,246,156 Multiple fire endoscopic stapling mechanism 319 1991
5,163,945 Surgical clip applier 120 1991
5,161,725 Rotating head skin stapler 44 1991
5,381,943 Endoscopic surgical stapling instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 278 1992
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (9)
* 4,406,392 Surgical stapling instrument 37 1980
* 4,591,086 Surgical stapling instrument 45 1983
* 4,618,086 Skin stapler 39 1984
* 4,634,035 Skin stapler 28 1984
* 4,655,221 Method of using a surgical repair mesh 219 1985
* 4,662,373 Surgical ligating instrument 108 1985
* 4,838,884 Method of using a surgical repair mesh 143 1986
* 4,787,387 Surgical closure element 112 1987
5,240,163 Linear surgical stapling instrument 169 1991
 
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (8)
* 4,317,535 Stapler with tapered anvil 26 1980
* 4,403,693 Medical stapling device 32 1982
* 4,470,532 Medical stapling device 46 1982
* 4,519,532 Stapler including ratchet means for preventing double feeding of staples 84 1983
* 4,526,174 Staple and cartridge for use in a tissue stapling device and a tissue closing method 231 1983
* 4,802,478 Medical staple and removal method 65 1984
* 4,719,917 Surgical staple 415 1987
* 4,874,122 Bent back box staple and staple closing mechanism with split actuator 124 1988
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (7)
* 4,375,866 Skin clip applier 54 1981
* 4,523,707 Surgical stapler 71 1982
* 4,807,628 Method and apparatus for storing, dispensing, and applying surgical staples 89 1985
* 4,662,555 Surgical stapler 53 1986
5,047,038 Automatic hemostatic clip applier 138 1987
5,246,450 High capacity medical clip feeding and dispensing mechanism 82 1992
5,251,801 Surgical stapler 23 1992
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (4)
* 4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 405 1988
* 4,919,152 Method of closing the opening of a hernial sac 169 1988
5,125,553 Surgical suturing instrument and method 93 1990
5,220,928 Surgical procedure for joining tissue in an internal body cavity 166 1992
 
WILK AND NAKAO MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC. (3)
5,015,249 Endoscopic stapling device and method 192 1989
5,049,153 Endoscopic stapling device and method 180 1990
5,156,609 Endoscopic stapling device and method 335 1991
 
INTERMEDICAT GMBH (2)
* 4,523,695 Surgical stapler 128 1983
* 4,592,498 Surgical stapler 124 1985
 
JOHNSON & JOHNSON PROFESSIONAL, INC. (2)
* 4,550,715 Endoscope insertion cannula assembly 59 1983
5,002,551 Method and material for prevention of surgical adhesions 158 1985
 
LINVATEC CORPORATION (2)
* 4,527,726 Bone stapler 52 1983
* RE33362 Bone stapler cartridge 23 1988
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (2)
* D697065 Tablet computer 2 2012
* D697065 Tablet computer 2 2012
 
Technalytics, Inc. (2)
* 4,691,853 Surgical stapler 58 1985
* 4,919,320 Surgical stapler 32 1988
 
ACME UNITED CORPORATION (1)
* 4,619,391 Surgical stapling instrument 74 1984
 
ACTIVE PROTECTIVE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 2005/0067,816 Method and apparatus for body impact protection 1 2004
 
ALCHEMIA, 2275 EAST BAYSHORE, PALO ALTO, CA 94303 A LIMITED PARTNERSHHIP (1)
* 4,485,816 Shape-memory surgical staple apparatus and method for use in surgical suturing 489 1981
 
B. BRAUN-SSC AG (1)
* 4,505,273 Surgical staple 302 1983
 
BAXTER TRAVONOL LABORATORIES (1)
* 4,688,555 Endoscope with cable compensating mechanism 150 1986
 
Beta Phase, Inc. (1)
* 4,671,279 Surgical staple applying method 39 1984
 
COVELL, L. DAVID (1)
* 4,316,468 Surgical stapler 110 1980
 
DESIGN STANDARDS CORPORATION (1)
* 4,607,638 Surgical staples 258 1984
 
JOSEPH W. BLAKE, III (1)
* 4,562,839 Surgical instrument 138 1983
 
MAQUET CARDIOVASCULAR LLC (1)
* 2004/0102,772 Apparatus and method for minimally invasive surgery using rotational cutting tool 3 2003
 
MEDTRONIC, INC. (1)
* 4,665,906 Medical devices incorporating sim alloy elements 1364 1986
 
NICOLIA, JOSEPH (1)
* 2004/0118,056 Wedge-lock building blocks 1 2002
 
ONC SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
* 8,320,995 Fiducial marker with rings 4 2007
 
PHOENIXCOR, INC. (1)
* 4,919,112 Low-cost semi-disposable endoscope 211 1989
 
PROBLEMNAYA NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKAYA LABORATORIA VCPOMOGATELNOGO KROVOOBRASCHENIA, USSR, BLAGOVESCHENSK (1)
* 4,784,137 Surgical suturing instrument 339 1987
 
RICHARD-ALLAN MEDICAL INDUSTRIES, A CORP. OF ILLINOIS (1)
5,049,152 Hemostatic clip applicator 119 1989
 
WELCH ALLYN, INC. (1)
* 4,706,655 Shield for endoscope elevator cable seal 37 1986
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (19)
* 4,347,847 Method of hernia repair 223 1980
* 4,399,810 Skin clip and applier 75 1981
* 4,496,090 Surgical stapler 49 1982
* 4,452,245 Surgical mesh and method 231 1982
* 4,506,819 Staple supply indicator 30 1983
* 4,583,670 Surgical stapling 39 1983
* 4,664,305 Surgical stapler 408 1985
* 4,610,251 Surgical staple 158 1985
* 4,789,090 Surgical stapler 129 1986
* 4,763,669 Surgical instrument with adjustable angle of operation 524 1987
* 4,872,456 Template incision device 134 1987
* 4,841,888 Sewing machine 284 1987
* 4,887,756 Surgical stapler providing variable degree of staple closure 36 1988
* 4,880,015 Biopsy forceps 432 1988
* 4,899,745 Surgical clip for cutaneous suture and tool for applying it 50 1989
4,997,436 Arthroscopic clip insertion tool 140 1989
5,042,707 Intravascular stapler, and method of operating same 571 1990
5,147,373 Laparoscopic instrument 211 1991
5,222,975 Surgical staples 234 1992
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (247)
* 5,794,834 Surgical stapling instrument with remotely articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable support shaft 244 1996
* 5,702,408 Articulating surgical instrument 307 1996
7,727,246 Methods for endoluminal treatment 6 2001
7,232,445 Apparatus for the endoluminal treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) 80 2001
7,070,602 Method of applying surgical clips to tissue 59 2001
6,824,548 Flexible surgical clip applier 148 2001
7,105,000 Surgical jaw assembly with increased mechanical advantage 62 2003
8,216,255 Endoscopic clip applier actuator 0 2004
8,211,119 Endoscopic surgical instrument having a rotational actuator 0 2004
7,367,939 Rotational, translational and torqueing control members for an endoscopic instrument 1 2004
7,357,806 Clip ejector for endoscopic clip applier 22 2004
7,331,968 Endoscopic clip applier with threaded clip 34 2004
7,223,272 Endoscopic clip applier with hermaphroditic jaws mounted on non-collinear axes 82 2004
7,731,724 Surgical clip advancement and alignment mechanism 16 2005
7,686,820 Surgical clip applier ratchet mechanism 15 2005
7,297,149 Surgical clip applier methods 132 2005
7,288,098 Force limiting mechanism for medical instrument 42 2005
7,261,724 Surgical clip advancement mechanism 42 2005
8,905,977 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 0 2005
7,669,746 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 139 2005
8,523,882 Clip advancer mechanism with alignment features 5 2005
8,038,686 Clip applier configured to prevent clip fallout 14 2005
7,740,641 Clip applier with migrational resistance features 15 2005
7,673,783 Surgical stapling instruments structured for delivery of medical agents 139 2005
7,607,557 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 146 2005
7,799,039 Surgical instrument having a hydraulically actuated end effector 127 2005
7,673,780 Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument 141 2005
8,708,213 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 1 2006
7,845,537 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 123 2006
7,770,775 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 160 2006
7,766,210 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 128 2006
7,753,904 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 138 2006
7,644,848 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 184 2006
7,568,603 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 161 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 249 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 208 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 214 2006
8,721,630 Methods and devices for controlling articulation 1 2006
8,236,010 Surgical fastener and cutter with mimicking end effector 15 2006
7,575,144 Surgical fastener and cutter with single cable actuator 202 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 32 2006
7,740,159 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist 130 2006
7,448,525 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with manually operated retraction apparatus 222 2006
7,441,684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 233 2006
7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 210 2006
* 7,766,207 Articulating curved cutter stapler 13 2006
* 7,549,563 Rotating curved cutter stapler 104 2006
7,942,885 Surgical clip applier having clip chamber with clip chain 7 2006
8,720,766 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 1 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 17 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 27 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 28 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 32 2006
* 8,220,690 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 39 2006
7,794,475 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 168 2006
7,665,647 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 177 2006
7,506,791 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 248 2006
7,467,740 Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights 206 2006
8,062,314 Methods for the endoluminal treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) 0 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 2 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 19 2007
7,954,682 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 90 2007
7,900,805 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 111 2007
7,738,971 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 123 2007
7,721,931 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 133 2007
7,721,936 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 125 2007
8,827,133 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 0 2007
8,701,958 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 1 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 19 2007
7,434,717 Apparatus for closing a curved anvil of a surgical stapling device 290 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 31 2007
7,673,781 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 136 2007
8,066,721 Surgical clip application assembly 3 2007
7,828,811 Surgical clip application assembly 6 2007
8,893,946 Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices 0 2007
8,056,787 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with travel-indicating retraction member 59 2007
7,490,749 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 222 2007
7,810,693 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 153 2007
7,721,934 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 119 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 98 2007
7,905,380 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 122 2007
7,832,408 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 155 2007
7,819,299 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 135 2007
7,731,072 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 146 2007
7,588,175 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 168 2007
7,588,176 Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system 200 2007
7,753,245 Surgical stapling instruments 131 2007
7,604,150 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 200 2007
7,597,229 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 179 2007
7,549,564 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulating end effector 233 2007
8,727,197 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 1 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 11 2007
7,966,799 Method of manufacturing staples 73 2007
7,735,703 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 146 2007
7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 163 2007
7,669,747 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 193 2007
7,604,151 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 254 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 300 2007
8,236,012 Surgical clip advancement mechanism 9 2007
8,753,356 Surgical clip applier methods 0 2007
8,075,571 Surgical clip applier methods 13 2007
7,862,503 Rotational, translational and torqueing control members for an endoscopic instrument 1 2007
7,954,684 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 95 2008
7,658,311 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 218 2008
7,766,209 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 147 2008
8,758,391 Interchangeable tools for surgical instruments 0 2008
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 2 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 3 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 5 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 8 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 27 2008
7,913,891 Disposable loading unit with user feedback features and surgical instrument for use therewith 111 2008
7,866,527 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 143 2008
7,861,906 Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components 162 2008
7,857,185 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapling apparatus 136 2008
7,819,296 Surgical stapling apparatus with retractable firing systems 141 2008
7,819,297 Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly 142 2008
7,819,298 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 165 2008
7,810,692 Disposable loading unit with firing indicator 147 2008
7,798,386 Surgical instrument articulation joint cover 175 2008
7,793,812 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 147 2008
8,608,044 Feedback and lockout mechanism for surgical instrument 8 2008
8,371,491 Surgical end effector having buttress retention features 37 2008
7,980,443 End effectors for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 91 2008
7,959,051 Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 100 2008
7,934,630 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 106 2008
7,922,061 Surgical instrument with automatically reconfigurable articulating end effector 116 2008
8,083,120 End effector for use with a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 62 2008
7,837,080 Surgical stapling instrument with device for indicating when the instrument has cut through tissue 148 2008
7,954,686 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 104 2008
7,905,381 Surgical stapling instrument with cutting member arrangement 120 2008
7,857,186 Surgical stapler having an intermediate closing position 137 2008
7,832,612 Lockout arrangement for a surgical stapler 159 2008
8,210,411 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument 44 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 57 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 8 2008
8,020,743 Powered articulatable surgical cutting and fastening instrument with flexible drive member 78 2008
8,517,239 Surgical stapling instrument comprising a magnetic element driver 18 2009
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 18 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 26 2009
8,262,679 Clip advancer 9 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 49 2009
8,899,466 Devices and methods for introducing a surgical circular stapling instrument into a patient 0 2009
8,622,275 Circular stapler introducer with rigid distal end portion 6 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 26 2009
8,353,438 Circular stapler introducer with rigid cap assembly configured for easy removal 40 2009
8,353,439 Circular stapler introducer with radially-openable distal end portion 38 2009
8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 37 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 77 2009
8,267,945 Clip advancer with lockout mechanism 14 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 84 2009
8,851,354 Surgical cutting instrument that analyzes tissue thickness 0 2009
8,220,688 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 52 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 54 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 7 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 19 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 44 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 32 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 2 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 19 2010
8,858,571 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 0 2010
8,246,634 Surgical clip applier ratchet mechanism 10 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 25 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 34 2010
8,631,987 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist 6 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 0 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 6 2010
8,246,635 Clip applier with migrational resistance features 9 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 34 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 19 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 19 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 22 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 0 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 19 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 52 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 1 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 0 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 0 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 0 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 0 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 0 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 0 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 0 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 0 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 0 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 0 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 24 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 26 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 44 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 1 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 25 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 61 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 0 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 2 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 60 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 66 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 69 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 19 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 75 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 20 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 0 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 11 2011
8,820,603 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,763,879 Accessing data stored in a memory of surgical instrument 0 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 10 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 0 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 13 2011
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 0 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 0 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 0 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 0 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 0 2011
8,821,516 Clip applier with migrational resistance features 0 2011
8,496,673 Clip advancer with lockout mechanism 6 2011
8,328,822 Surgical clip applier ratchet mechanism 13 2011
8,216,257 Clip applier configured to prevent clip fallout 9 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 0 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 1 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 71 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 51 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 75 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 0 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 0 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 0 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 0 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 0 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 0 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 7 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 8 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 13 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 13 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 23 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 0 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 2 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 24 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 8 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 0 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 19 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 0 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 0 2012
8,808,325 Surgical stapling instrument with staples having crown features for increasing formed staple footprint 0 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 2 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 0 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (126)
7,887,553 Right angle clip applier apparatus and method 1 2002
7,896,896 Endoscopic surgical clip 0 2003
* 7,824,426 Directionally biased staples and cartridge having directionally biased staples 22 2003
* 8,636,191 Anastomotic staple with capillary which expels a bonding agent upon deformation 0 2003
7,726,537 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 129 2003
7,617,961 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 22 2003
7,588,177 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 99 2003
7,780,055 Loading unit having drive assembly locking mechanism 82 2005
8,652,152 Clip applying apparatus and ligation clip 0 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 189 2005
7,721,935 Surgical stapling device 4 2006
8,708,210 Method and force-limiting handle mechanism for a surgical instrument 0 2006
8,608,043 Surgical instrument having a multi-layered drive beam 0 2006
8,584,921 Surgical instrument with articulating tool assembly 1 2006
7,845,535 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 18 2006
7,637,410 Surgical instrument including a locking assembly 23 2006
8,033,438 Surgical stapling device 6 2006
7,434,716 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 11 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 204 2007
8,800,837 Powered surgical instrument 0 2007
7,950,560 Powered surgical instrument 129 2007
7,823,760 Powered surgical stapling device platform 13 2007
7,931,660 Powered tacker instrument 11 2007
7,597,230 Surgical stapling device 27 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 226 2007
7,611,038 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 145 2007
7,584,880 Surgical stapling device 17 2007
8,596,513 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 0 2007
7,757,925 Battery powered surgical instrument 12 2008
7,770,774 Surgical stapler 85 2008
7,690,547 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 16 2008
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,942,303 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 72 2008
7,789,283 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 10 2008
7,870,989 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 102 2008
* 7,942,304 Two piece anvil for surgical stapler 0 2008
7,866,525 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 11 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 132 2008
7,648,055 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 30 2008
8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,896,214 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 10 2008
7,909,221 Battery powered surgical instrument 130 2008
7,641,095 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 74 2008
7,922,063 Powered surgical instrument 128 2008
7,954,685 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 8 2008
7,793,814 Surgical stapling device 9 2008
* 8,231,040 Variable compression surgical fastener cartridge 17 2009
8,127,976 Stapler cartridge and channel interlock 2 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 2 2009
7,819,896 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 4 2009
7,926,692 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 9 2009
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 4 2009
7,857,184 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 7 2009
7,913,893 Surgical stapler 27 2009
8,006,887 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 10 2010
8,328,061 Surgical instrument for joining tissue 0 2010
8,074,859 Surgical instrument 2 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 53 2010
8,118,207 Surgical stapling device 0 2010
8,821,514 Powered tack applier 0 2010
8,074,862 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 2 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 0 2010
8,167,186 Surgical stapling device 3 2010
8,906,045 Articulating patch deployment device and method of use 0 2010
8,888,811 Device and method for attaching an implant to biological tissue 0 2010
8,753,359 Device and method for deploying and attaching an implant to a biological tissue 1 2010
8,459,521 Powered surgical stapling device platform 0 2010
8,317,808 Device and method for rolling and inserting a prosthetic patch into a body cavity 2 2010
8,808,314 Device and method for deploying and attaching an implant to a biological tissue 0 2010
8,758,373 Means and method for reversibly connecting a patch to a patch deployment device 0 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 0 2010
8,061,577 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 4 2010
8,091,753 Surgical stapling device 3 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 1 2010
8,215,532 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2010
8,900,616 System and method for satellite drug delivery 0 2010
8,191,752 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 10 2010
8,245,900 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 5 2010
8,132,705 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 3 2010
8,652,151 Right angle clip applier apparatus and method 1 2011
8,267,924 Powered surgical instrument 1 2011
8,746,534 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,740,039 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,372,095 Endoscopic surgical clip 0 2011
8,201,721 Powered surgical instrument 51 2011
8,348,125 Battery powered surgical instrument 1 2011
8,328,823 Powered tacker instrument 0 2011
8,123,101 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 6 2011
* 8,424,735 Variable compression surgical fastener cartridge 0 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 6 2011
8,205,620 Two piece anvil for surgical stapler 0 2011
8,292,148 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 1 2011
8,561,874 Surgical instrument with articulating tool assembly 0 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2011
8,092,493 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 5 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,162,197 Surgical stapler 18 2011
8,276,594 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,408,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 9 2011
8,235,274 Surgical instrument 3 2011
8,157,150 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 2 2011
8,328,065 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,240,537 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 2 2011
8,292,151 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 9 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,684,249 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 1 2012
8,505,802 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 0 2012
8,505,799 Battery powered surgical instrument 0 2012
8,413,868 Surgical instrument 3 2012
8,770,458 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 0 2012
8,506,557 Powered surgical instrument 1 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 1 2012
8,448,832 Variable compression surgical fastener cartridge 0 2012
8,453,912 Surgical stapler 16 2012
8,496,152 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 0 2012
8,616,427 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 0 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
8,734,473 Device and method for rolling and inserting a prosthetic patch into a body cavity 1 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
8,573,460 Surgical instrument 1 2013
8,740,035 Surgical stapler 1 2013
8,685,004 Powered surgical instrument 0 2013
8,888,814 Surgical instrument 0 2013
8,887,979 Surgical stapler 0 2014
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7,879,071 Closure device and methods for making and using them 19 2003
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8,128,644 Closure device and methods for making and using them 7 2003
8,007,512 Plunger apparatus and methods for delivering a closure device 7 2003
7,854,810 Methods for manufacturing a clip and clip 23 2003
8,579,932 Sheath apparatus and methods for delivering a closure device 0 2004
7,857,828 Clip applier and methods of use 23 2005
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7,510,557 Cutting guide 39 2005
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