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, MA3670

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ivanko, David San Diego, CA 30 2229
Viola, Frank J Sandy Hook, CT 269 22494

Cited Art Landscape

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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 368 1990
5,074,454 Surgical stapler 306 1990
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 491 1993
5,551,622 Surgical stapler 273 1994
5,655,698 Surgical stapler with curved jaws 505 1996
5,662,259 Method of stapling anatomical tissue 165 1996
5,662,260 Surgical staple cartridge 424 1996
5,676,674 Non-invasive treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 488 1996
6,131,790 Surgical stapler and cartridge 88 1998
6,315,183 Disposable surgical stapler cartridge 128 2000
 
NICOLIA, JOSEPH (4)
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SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (2)
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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)
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 40 2009
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (47)
4,805,823 Pocket configuration for internal organ staplers 288 1988
5,364,003 Staple cartridge for a surgical stapler 250 1993
5,415,334 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 415 1993
5,376,095 Endoscopic multi-fire flat stapler with low profile 340 1993
5,465,895 Surgical stapler instrument 551 1994
5,452,836 Surgical stapling instrument with improved jaw closure and staple firing actuator mechanism 256 1994
5,415,335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 306 1994
5,529,235 Identification device for surgical instrument 525 1994
5,487,500 Surgical stapler instrument 446 1994
5,417,361 Staple cartridge for a surgical stapler 364 1994
5,452,837 Surgical stapler with tissue gripping ridge 369 1994
5,632,432 Surgical instrument 484 1994
5,630,541 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 209 1994
5,624,452 Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument 657 1995
5,553,765 Surgical stapler with improved operating lever mounting arrangement 411 1995
5,597,107 Surgical stapler instrument 551 1995
5,535,937 Identification device for surgical instrument 430 1995
5,547,117 Handle actuator for surgical instrument having clamp lock and emergency release 273 1995
5,562,239 Identification device for surgical instrument 402 1995
5,580,067 Handle actuator for surgical instrument having flexible cable 353 1995
5,605,273 Surgical instrument having staple head adapted for rib insertion 277 1995
5,855,311 Reloadable surgical instrument 456 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 449 1995
5,673,842 Surgical stapler with locking mechanism 313 1996
5,794,834 Surgical stapling instrument with remotely articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable support shaft 272 1996
5,605,272 Trigger mechanism for surgical instruments 280 1996
5,697,543 Linear stapler with improved firing stroke 300 1996
5,588,581 Surgical instrument 453 1996
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5,871,135 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 447 1996
5,662,258 Surgical stapler instrument 458 1996
5,716,366 Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument 631 1996
5,662,662 Surgical instrument and method 438 1996
5,704,534 Articulation assembly for surgical instruments 523 1996
5,669,544 Surgical instrument 438 1996
5,673,840 Surgical instrument 498 1996
5,680,982 Surgical instrument 469 1996
5,692,668 Surgical instrument 516 1996
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5,673,841 Surgical instrument 566 1996
5,810,811 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 626 1997
5,919,198 Disposable cartridge with drivers 337 1997
5,769,303 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 152 1997
5,779,132 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 385 1997
5,878,938 Surgical stapler with improved locking mechanism 258 1997
 
PM DEVICES, INC. (1)
5,769,892 Surgical stapler sleeve for reinforcing staple lines 304 1996
 
SYNOVIS LIFE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
5,549,628 Soft tissue stapling buttress 393 1995
5,575,803 Soft tissue stapling buttress 365 1995
5,752,965 Apparatus and method for producing a reinforced surgical fastener suture line 378 1996
 
Medical Scientific, Inc. (2)
5,665,085 Electrosurgical cutting tool 274 1994
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SENCO PROUCTS, INC. (1)
4,442,964 Pressure sensitive and working-gap controlled surgical stapling instrument 236 1981
 
ETHICON, INC. (52)
4,470,533 Surgical instrument for suturing tissues and organs 67 1982
4,527,724 Disposable linear surgical stapling instrument 292 1983
4,610,383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 710 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 385 1984
4,608,981 Surgical stapling instrument with staple height adjusting mechanism 426 1984
4,633,861 Surgical stapling instrument with jaw clamping mechanism 339 1984
4,570,633 Surgical clip applier instrument adapter jaws 33 1985
4,648,542 Disposable stapler 37 1985
4,741,336 Shaped staples and slotted receivers (case VII) 342 1986
4,892,244 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 477 1988
5,018,657 Pneumatically actuated surgical stapler head 178 1989
5,005,754 Bladder and mandrel for use with surgical stapler 61 1990
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 537 1990
5,137,198 Fast closure device for linear surgical stapling instrument 328 1991
5,170,925 Laparoscopic stapler with knife means 295 1991
5,065,929 Surgical stapler with locking means 606 1991
RE34519 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 368 1991
5,275,323 Surgical stapler 233 1992
5,263,629 Method and apparatus for achieving hemostasis along a staple line 407 1992
5,307,976 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 484 1992
5,205,459 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 493 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 581 1992
5,285,945 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 386 1992
5,275,322 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 241 1993
5,292,053 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 312 1993
5,312,024 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 255 1993
5,431,323 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 204 1993
5,332,142 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 354 1993
5,433,721 Endoscopic instrument having a torsionally stiff drive shaft for applying fasteners to tissue 782 1993
5,484,451 Endoscopic surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 536 1993
5,405,073 Flexible support shaft assembly 168 1993
5,465,894 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 372 1993
5,439,156 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 201 1994
5,485,947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 485 1994
6,131,789 Surgical stapler 270 1994
5,395,033 Endoscopic surgical instrument with electromagnetic sensor 387 1994
5,601,224 Surgical instrument 650 1994
5,470,010 Multiple fire endoscopic stapling mechanism 295 1995
5,609,285 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 432 1995
5,632,433 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 369 1995
5,735,848 Electrosurgical stapling device 635 1995
5,603,443 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 352 1995
5,607,094 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 394 1995
5,732,871 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 340 1995
5,518,163 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 409 1995
5,518,164 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 446 1995
5,667,517 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 548 1995
5,564,615 Surgical instrument 556 1995
6,325,810 Foam buttress for stapling apparatus 483 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 217 1989
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
4,633,874 Surgical stapling instrument with jaw latching mechanism and disposable staple cartridge 504 1985
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5,725,554 Surgical staple and stapler 479 1993
 
PROBLEMNAYA NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKAYA LABORATORIA VCPOMOGATELNOGO KROVOOBRASCHENIA, USSR, BLAGOVESCHENSK (1)
4,784,137 Surgical suturing instrument 354 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 553 1998
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
5,658,300 Tissue fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissues 369 1995
 
CONMED Corporation (1)
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 470 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 200 1995
5,785,232 Surgical stapler 302 1996
 
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT-UND RAUMFAHRT E.V. (1)
* 6,258,107 Apparatus for connecting a variety of surgical instruments to an operating control device 294 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 97 2001
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I ISPYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIK, USSR, MOSCOW (1)
4,397,311 Surgical instrument for staple suturing of hollow organs 80 1980
 
COVELL, L. DAVID (1)
4,316,468 Surgical stapler 111 1980
 
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (2)
5,702,409 Device and method for reinforcing surgical staples 357 1995
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VSESOJUZNY NAUCHNY TSENTR KHIRURGII USSR, (1)
4,485,811 Resection apparatus 52 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 80 1985
 
UNITED STATES SURGICAL CORPORATION (12)
4,863,088 Surgical stapling instrument 239 1988
5,083,695 Stapler and firing device 298 1990
5,141,144 Stapler and firing device 313 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 185 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 406 1993
5,497,934 Surgical apparatus with indicator 87 1993
5,464,144 Surgical apparatus with indicator 120 1993
5,470,007 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 244 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 241 1996
6,045,560 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 454 1996
 
MORE CHARM, LTD. (1)
8,453,835 Protective cover for communication device 5 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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