US Patent No: 7,326,232

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Surgical stapling apparatus and method

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The present disclosure is directed to staple-gap adjustment members for use in surgical stapling apparatus and methods. A gap adjustment member includes one or more bearing portions sharing a common rotational axis and one or more cam surface portions having a periphery with at least two different points along the periphery, with each point along the periphery having a different radius from the rotational axis. The one or more cam surface portions can have a central axis parallel to and spaced a distance from the rotational axis of the one or more bearing portions.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
COVIDIEN LPMANSFIELD, MA3637

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ivanko, David San Diego, CA 53 2343
Viola, Frank J Sandy Hook, CT 449 24906

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Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (15)
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5,111,987 Semi-disposable surgical stapler 364 1990
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5,172,845 Right angle articulated intestinal stapler 54 1991
5,180,092 Linear surgical stapling instrument 132 1992
5,188,274 Semi-disposable surgical stapler 80 1992
5,397,324 Surgical stapler instrument and method for vascular hemostasis 486 1993
5,551,622 Surgical stapler 269 1994
5,655,698 Surgical stapler with curved jaws 499 1996
5,662,259 Method of stapling anatomical tissue 165 1996
5,662,260 Surgical staple cartridge 417 1996
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NICOLIA, JOSEPH (4)
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GABBAY, SHLOMO (1)
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COVIDIEN LP (4)
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V.I.R. ENGINEERING, INC. (1)
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J. CRAYTON PRUITT (2)
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AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (47)
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5,364,003 Staple cartridge for a surgical stapler 246 1993
5,415,334 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 408 1993
5,376,095 Endoscopic multi-fire flat stapler with low profile 336 1993
5,465,895 Surgical stapler instrument 546 1994
5,452,836 Surgical stapling instrument with improved jaw closure and staple firing actuator mechanism 252 1994
5,415,335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 302 1994
5,529,235 Identification device for surgical instrument 519 1994
5,487,500 Surgical stapler instrument 441 1994
5,417,361 Staple cartridge for a surgical stapler 359 1994
5,452,837 Surgical stapler with tissue gripping ridge 364 1994
5,632,432 Surgical instrument 475 1994
5,630,541 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 204 1994
5,624,452 Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument 653 1995
5,553,765 Surgical stapler with improved operating lever mounting arrangement 404 1995
5,597,107 Surgical stapler instrument 544 1995
5,535,937 Identification device for surgical instrument 424 1995
5,547,117 Handle actuator for surgical instrument having clamp lock and emergency release 267 1995
5,562,239 Identification device for surgical instrument 397 1995
5,580,067 Handle actuator for surgical instrument having flexible cable 347 1995
5,605,273 Surgical instrument having staple head adapted for rib insertion 272 1995
5,855,311 Reloadable surgical instrument 450 1995
5,641,111 Surgical stapling instrument with anvil cutting guide 60 1995
5,697,542 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 198 1995
5,562,241 Surgical stapler instrument 444 1995
5,673,842 Surgical stapler with locking mechanism 308 1996
5,794,834 Surgical stapling instrument with remotely articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable support shaft 267 1996
5,605,272 Trigger mechanism for surgical instruments 275 1996
5,697,543 Linear stapler with improved firing stroke 295 1996
5,588,581 Surgical instrument 448 1996
5,634,584 Surgical instrument 459 1996
5,871,135 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 442 1996
5,662,258 Surgical stapler instrument 453 1996
5,716,366 Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument 627 1996
5,662,662 Surgical instrument and method 434 1996
5,704,534 Articulation assembly for surgical instruments 513 1996
5,669,544 Surgical instrument 433 1996
5,673,840 Surgical instrument 492 1996
5,680,982 Surgical instrument 464 1996
5,692,668 Surgical instrument 509 1996
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5,673,841 Surgical instrument 560 1996
5,810,811 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 622 1997
5,919,198 Disposable cartridge with drivers 333 1997
5,769,303 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 152 1997
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PM DEVICES, INC. (1)
5,769,892 Surgical stapler sleeve for reinforcing staple lines 297 1996
 
SYNOVIS LIFE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
5,549,628 Soft tissue stapling buttress 388 1995
5,575,803 Soft tissue stapling buttress 359 1995
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Medical Scientific, Inc. (2)
5,665,085 Electrosurgical cutting tool 269 1994
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SENCO PROUCTS, INC. (1)
4,442,964 Pressure sensitive and working-gap controlled surgical stapling instrument 230 1981
 
ETHICON, INC. (52)
4,470,533 Surgical instrument for suturing tissues and organs 67 1982
4,527,724 Disposable linear surgical stapling instrument 287 1983
4,610,383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 704 1983
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4,607,636 Surgical instrument for applying fasteners having tissue locking means for maintaining the tissue in the instrument while applying the fasteners (case I) 69 1984
4,605,001 Surgical stapling instrument with dual staple height mechanism 380 1984
4,608,981 Surgical stapling instrument with staple height adjusting mechanism 421 1984
4,633,861 Surgical stapling instrument with jaw clamping mechanism 337 1984
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4,648,542 Disposable stapler 37 1985
4,741,336 Shaped staples and slotted receivers (case VII) 337 1986
4,892,244 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 472 1988
5,018,657 Pneumatically actuated surgical stapler head 177 1989
5,005,754 Bladder and mandrel for use with surgical stapler 61 1990
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 531 1990
5,137,198 Fast closure device for linear surgical stapling instrument 323 1991
5,170,925 Laparoscopic stapler with knife means 293 1991
5,065,929 Surgical stapler with locking means 599 1991
RE34519 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 363 1991
5,275,323 Surgical stapler 228 1992
5,263,629 Method and apparatus for achieving hemostasis along a staple line 401 1992
5,307,976 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 478 1992
5,205,459 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 486 1992
5,381,943 Endoscopic surgical stapling instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 294 1992
5,383,880 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 576 1992
5,285,945 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 380 1992
5,275,322 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 239 1993
5,292,053 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 310 1993
5,312,024 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 251 1993
5,431,323 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 203 1993
5,332,142 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 350 1993
5,433,721 Endoscopic instrument having a torsionally stiff drive shaft for applying fasteners to tissue 774 1993
5,484,451 Endoscopic surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 527 1993
5,405,073 Flexible support shaft assembly 163 1993
5,465,894 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 367 1993
5,439,156 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 197 1994
5,485,947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 479 1994
6,131,789 Surgical stapler 265 1994
5,395,033 Endoscopic surgical instrument with electromagnetic sensor 382 1994
5,601,224 Surgical instrument 645 1994
5,470,010 Multiple fire endoscopic stapling mechanism 289 1995
5,609,285 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 427 1995
5,632,433 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 365 1995
5,735,848 Electrosurgical stapling device 630 1995
5,603,443 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 347 1995
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5,732,871 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 334 1995
5,518,163 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 404 1995
5,518,164 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 441 1995
5,667,517 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 542 1995
5,564,615 Surgical instrument 551 1995
6,325,810 Foam buttress for stapling apparatus 475 1999
 
Sinha; Brajnandan (1)
4,317,105 Condition indicating device for wheeled vehicle shock absorbers 29 1980
 
IVANO-FRANKOVSKY GOSUDARSTVENNY MEDITSINSKY INSTITUT, USSR, IVANO-FRANKOVSK, ULITSA GALITSKAYA, 2 (1)
4,453,661 Surgical instrument for applying staples 34 1981
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
4,991,764 Surgical stapling instrument 216 1989
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
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IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5,725,554 Surgical staple and stapler 471 1993
 
PROBLEMNAYA NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKAYA LABORATORIA VCPOMOGATELNOGO KROVOOBRASCHENIA, USSR, BLAGOVESCHENSK (1)
4,784,137 Surgical suturing instrument 353 1987
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,344,061 Ratchet assembly for medical instrument 73 1993
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 546 1998
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
5,658,300 Tissue fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissues 365 1995
 
CONMED CORPORATION (1)
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 465 1996
 
ALCHEMIA A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP OF CA (1)
4,550,870 Stapling device 166 1983
 
VIR Engineering (2)
5,678,748 Surgical stapler with improved safety mechanism 195 1995
5,785,232 Surgical stapler 297 1996
 
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT-UND RAUMFAHRT E.V. (1)
* 6,258,107 Apparatus for connecting a variety of surgical instruments to an operating control device 288 1999
 
Klieman; Charles H. (1)
4,325,376 Hemostatic clip applicator 154 1980
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (2)
* 6,544,271 Device for full-thickness resectioning of an organ 45 2000
* 6,585,144 Integrated surgical staple retainer for a full thickness resectioning device 92 2001
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIK, USSR, MOSCOW (1)
4,397,311 Surgical instrument for staple suturing of hollow organs 76 1980
 
COVELL, L. DAVID (1)
4,316,468 Surgical stapler 110 1980
 
W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES, INC. (2)
5,702,409 Device and method for reinforcing surgical staples 351 1995
5,810,855 Endoscopic device and method for reinforcing surgical staples 520 1997
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHNY TSENTR KHIRURGII USSR, (1)
4,485,811 Resection apparatus 51 1982
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI (1)
4,596,351 Surgical stapling apparatus 71 1984
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I IPSYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI (1)
4,684,051 Surgical instrument 75 1985
 
United States Surgical Corporation (12)
4,863,088 Surgical stapling instrument 238 1988
5,083,695 Stapler and firing device 294 1990
5,141,144 Stapler and firing device 308 1991
5,447,265 Laparoscopic surgical instrument with a mechanism for preventing its entry into the abdominal cavity once it is depleted and removed from the abdominal cavity 184 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 400 1993
5,497,934 Surgical apparatus with indicator 87 1993
5,464,144 Surgical apparatus with indicator 116 1993
5,470,007 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 240 1994
5,458,279 Surgical stapler with safety feature 56 1994
5,810,240 Surgical fastener applying device 51 1996
5,988,479 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 236 1996
6,045,560 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 448 1996
 
MORE CHARM, LTD. (1)
8,453,835 Protective cover for communication device 4 2011
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
THE GENERAL HOSPITAL CORPORATION (1)
8,523,042 Apparatus and method for preserving a tissue margin 0 2010
 
COVIDIEN LP (16)
7,942,304 Two piece anvil for surgical stapler 0 2008
8,328,061 Surgical instrument for joining tissue 2 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 2 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 3 2010
8,205,620 Two piece anvil for surgical stapler 0 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 1 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
9,016,539 Multi-use loading unit 0 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,979,827 Surgical instrument with articulation mechanism 0 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 2 2012
8,939,343 Surgical stapling apparatus including a drive beam 1 2013
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
9,027,817 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2014
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