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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TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LPMANSFIELD, MA314

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
DeFonzo, Stephan A Wayne, PA 65 3153
Komlosi, Andrew Fairfield, CT 3 939
Pennatto, Samson L Danbury, CT 6 1219
Young, Wayne P Brewster, NY 55 9128

Cited Art Landscape

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LINVATEC CORPORATION (2)
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Technalytics, Inc. (2)
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B. BRAUN-SSC AG (1)
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COVELL, L. DAVID (1)
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WELCH ALLYN, INC. (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (19)
4,347,847 Method of hernia repair 219 1980
4,399,810 Skin clip and applier 75 1981
4,496,090 Surgical stapler 49 1982
4,452,245 Surgical mesh and method 228 1982
4,506,819 Staple supply indicator 30 1983
4,583,670 Surgical stapling 39 1983
4,664,305 Surgical stapler 396 1985
4,610,251 Surgical staple 154 1985
4,789,090 Surgical stapler 126 1986
4,763,669 Surgical instrument with adjustable angle of operation 518 1987
4,872,456 Template incision device 133 1987
4,841,888 Sewing machine 281 1987
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5,222,975 Surgical staples 225 1992

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (236)
5,794,834 Surgical stapling instrument with remotely articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable support shaft 238 1996
5,702,408 Articulating surgical instrument 299 1996
7,727,246 Methods for endoluminal treatment 6 2001
7,232,445 Apparatus for the endoluminal treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) 77 2001
7,070,602 Method of applying surgical clips to tissue 56 2001
6,824,548 Flexible surgical clip applier 142 2001
7,105,000 Surgical jaw assembly with increased mechanical advantage 58 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 19 2004
7,331,968 Endoscopic clip applier with threaded clip 32 2004
7,223,272 Endoscopic clip applier with hermaphroditic jaws mounted on non-collinear axes 79 2004
7,731,724 Surgical clip advancement and alignment mechanism 15 2005
7,686,820 Surgical clip applier ratchet mechanism 15 2005
7,297,149 Surgical clip applier methods 126 2005
7,288,098 Force limiting mechanism for medical instrument 41 2005
7,261,724 Surgical clip advancement mechanism 41 2005
7,669,746 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 128 2005
8,523,882 Clip advancer mechanism with alignment features 4 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 129 2005
7,607,557 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 135 2005
7,799,039 Surgical instrument having a hydraulically actuated end effector 116 2005
7,673,780 Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument 129 2005
8,708,213 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 0 2006
7,845,537 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 112 2006
7,770,775 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 147 2006
7,766,210 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 117 2006
7,753,904 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 129 2006
7,644,848 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 169 2006
7,568,603 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 148 2006
7,464,846 Surgical instrument having a removable battery 232 2006
7,464,849 Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components 194 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 200 2006
8,721,630 Methods and devices for controlling articulation 0 2006
8,236,010 Surgical fastener and cutter with mimicking end effector 12 2006
7,575,144 Surgical fastener and cutter with single cable actuator 189 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 28 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 119 2006
7,448,525 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with manually operated retraction apparatus 208 2006
7,441,684 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with audible and visual feedback features 217 2006
7,431,189 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical linkage coupling end effector and trigger motion 196 2006
7,766,207 Articulating curved cutter stapler 11 2006
7,549,563 Rotating curved cutter stapler 97 2006
7,942,885 Surgical clip applier having clip chamber with clip chain 6 2006
8,720,766 Surgical stapling instruments and staples 0 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 13 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 23 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 24 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 28 2006
8,220,690 Connected surgical staples and stapling instruments for deploying the same 34 2006
7,794,475 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 157 2006
7,665,647 Surgical cutting and stapling device with closure apparatus for limiting maximum tissue compression force 163 2006
7,506,791 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 233 2006
7,467,740 Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights 194 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 0 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 15 2007
7,954,682 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 82 2007
7,900,805 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 102 2007
7,738,971 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 114 2007
7,721,931 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 122 2007
7,721,936 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 117 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 0 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 15 2007
7,434,717 Apparatus for closing a curved anvil of a surgical stapling device 277 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 27 2007
7,673,781 Surgical stapling device with staple driver that supports multiple wire diameter staples 125 2007
8,066,721 Surgical clip application assembly 3 2007
7,828,811 Surgical clip application assembly 5 2007
8,056,787 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with travel-indicating retraction member 54 2007
7,490,749 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 210 2007
7,810,693 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 142 2007
7,721,934 Articulatable drive shaft arrangements for surgical cutting and fastening instruments 111 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 90 2007
7,905,380 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 113 2007
7,832,408 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 143 2007
7,819,299 Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system 126 2007
7,731,072 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 136 2007
7,588,175 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 158 2007
7,588,176 Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system 186 2007
7,753,245 Surgical stapling instruments 123 2007
7,604,150 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 187 2007
7,597,229 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 168 2007
7,549,564 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulating end effector 217 2007
8,727,197 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 0 2007
8,590,762 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 6 2007
7,966,799 Method of manufacturing staples 67 2007
7,735,703 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 137 2007
7,673,782 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 152 2007
7,669,747 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 181 2007
7,604,151 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 242 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 286 2007
8,236,012 Surgical clip advancement mechanism 8 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 87 2008
7,658,311 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 203 2008
7,766,209 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 138 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 0 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 2 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 3 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 4 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 24 2008
7,913,891 Disposable loading unit with user feedback features and surgical instrument for use therewith 103 2008
7,866,527 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 134 2008
7,861,906 Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components 151 2008
7,857,185 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapling apparatus 127 2008
7,819,296 Surgical stapling apparatus with retractable firing systems 132 2008
7,819,297 Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly 133 2008
7,819,298 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 154 2008
7,810,692 Disposable loading unit with firing indicator 138 2008
7,798,386 Surgical instrument articulation joint cover 163 2008
7,793,812 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 138 2008
8,608,044 Feedback and lockout mechanism for surgical instrument 5 2008
8,371,491 Surgical end effector having buttress retention features 30 2008
7,980,443 End effectors for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 83 2008
7,959,051 Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 92 2008
7,934,630 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 98 2008
7,922,061 Surgical instrument with automatically reconfigurable articulating end effector 108 2008
8,083,120 End effector for use with a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 57 2008
7,837,080 Surgical stapling instrument with device for indicating when the instrument has cut through tissue 139 2008
7,954,686 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 96 2008
7,905,381 Surgical stapling instrument with cutting member arrangement 112 2008
7,857,186 Surgical stapler having an intermediate closing position 128 2008
7,832,612 Lockout arrangement for a surgical stapler 148 2008
8,210,411 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument 40 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 53 2008
8,608,045 Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system 5 2008
8,020,743 Powered articulatable surgical cutting and fastening instrument with flexible drive member 70 2008
8,517,239 Surgical stapling instrument comprising a magnetic element driver 14 2009
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 14 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 22 2009
8,262,679 Clip advancer 8 2009
8,186,560 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 44 2009
8,622,275 Circular stapler introducer with rigid distal end portion 3 2009
8,414,577 Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments 21 2009
8,353,438 Circular stapler introducer with rigid cap assembly configured for easy removal 36 2009
8,353,439 Circular stapler introducer with radially-openable distal end portion 34 2009
8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 33 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 70 2009
8,267,945 Clip advancer with lockout mechanism 12 2009
8,136,712 Surgical stapler with discrete staple height adjustment and tactile feedback 78 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 47 2009
8,267,300 Dampening device for endoscopic surgical stapler 49 2009
8,608,046 Test device for a surgical tool 4 2010
8,464,923 Surgical stapling devices for forming staples with different formed heights 15 2010
8,215,531 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 40 2010
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 28 2010
8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 0 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 15 2010
8,858,571 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 0 2010
8,246,634 Surgical clip applier ratchet mechanism 9 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 21 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 30 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 3 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 3 2010
8,246,635 Clip applier with migrational resistance features 8 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 30 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 15 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 15 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 18 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 15 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 47 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 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 18 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 20 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 39 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 0 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 21 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 56 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 0 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 55 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 61 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 65 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 15 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 69 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 16 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 8 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 8 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 0 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 9 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 4 2011
8,328,822 Surgical clip applier ratchet mechanism 12 2011
8,216,257 Clip applier configured to prevent clip fallout 8 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 0 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 66 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 47 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 69 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 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 4 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 5 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 9 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 9 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 19 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 0 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 19 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 5 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 16 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 0 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (117)
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 17 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 121 2003
7,617,961 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 20 2003
7,588,177 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 92 2003
7,780,055 Loading unit having drive assembly locking mechanism 77 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 178 2005
7,721,935 Surgical stapling device 3 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 14 2006
7,637,410 Surgical instrument including a locking assembly 21 2006
8,033,438 Surgical stapling device 4 2006
7,434,716 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 10 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 193 2007
8,800,837 Powered surgical instrument 0 2007
7,950,560 Powered surgical instrument 121 2007
7,823,760 Powered surgical stapling device platform 11 2007
7,931,660 Powered tacker instrument 9 2007
7,597,230 Surgical stapling device 23 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 212 2007
7,611,038 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 135 2007
7,584,880 Surgical stapling device 15 2007
8,596,513 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 0 2007
7,757,925 Battery powered surgical instrument 10 2008
7,770,774 Surgical stapler 75 2008
7,690,547 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 14 2008
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,942,303 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 68 2008
7,789,283 Knife/firing rod connection for surgical instrument 8 2008
7,870,989 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 96 2008
7,942,304 Two piece anvil for surgical stapler 0 2008
7,866,525 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 7 2008
7,624,902 Surgical stapling apparatus 121 2008
7,648,055 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 27 2008
8,628,544 Knife bar for surgical instrument 0 2008
7,896,214 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 8 2008
7,909,221 Battery powered surgical instrument 122 2008
7,641,095 Staple driver for articulating surgical stapler 67 2008
7,922,063 Powered surgical instrument 120 2008
7,954,685 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 6 2008
7,793,814 Surgical stapling device 7 2008
8,231,040 Variable compression surgical fastener cartridge 13 2009
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
7,926,692 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 6 2009
8,061,576 Surgical instrument 3 2009
7,857,184 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 5 2009
7,913,893 Surgical stapler 21 2009
8,006,887 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 8 2010
8,328,061 Surgical instrument for joining tissue 0 2010
8,074,859 Surgical instrument 1 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 48 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 1 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 0 2010
8,167,186 Surgical stapling device 2 2010
8,753,359 Device and method for deploying and attaching an implant to a biological tissue 0 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 1 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 3 2010
8,091,753 Surgical stapling device 2 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 0 2010
8,215,532 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2010
8,191,752 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 8 2010
8,245,900 Surgical instrument having a plastic surface 3 2010
8,132,705 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 2 2010
8,652,151 Right angle clip applier apparatus and method 0 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 46 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 3 2011
8,424,735 Variable compression surgical fastener cartridge 0 2011
8,015,976 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 4 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 4 2011
8,162,197 Surgical stapler 14 2011
8,276,594 Knife lockout mechanisms for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,408,442 Tool assembly for a surgical stapling device 7 2011
8,235,274 Surgical instrument 2 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 7 2011
8,684,249 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly 0 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 2 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 12 2012
8,496,152 Articulation and firing force mechanisms 0 2012
8,616,427 Tool assembly for surgical stapling device 0 2012
8,734,473 Device and method for rolling and inserting a prosthetic patch into a body cavity 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
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7,879,071 Closure device and methods for making and using them 19 2003
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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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