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, MA3334

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ivanko, David San Diego, CA 53 2070
Viola, Frank J Sandy Hook, CT 446 22105

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (15)
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5,180,092 Linear surgical stapling instrument 128 1992
5,188,274 Semi-disposable surgical stapler 77 1992
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5,551,622 Surgical stapler 246 1994
5,655,698 Surgical stapler with curved jaws 461 1996
5,662,259 Method of stapling anatomical tissue 158 1996
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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 224 1993
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5,376,095 Endoscopic multi-fire flat stapler with low profile 317 1993
5,465,895 Surgical stapler instrument 519 1994
5,452,836 Surgical stapling instrument with improved jaw closure and staple firing actuator mechanism 237 1994
5,415,335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 281 1994
5,529,235 Identification device for surgical instrument 488 1994
5,487,500 Surgical stapler instrument 412 1994
5,417,361 Staple cartridge for a surgical stapler 333 1994
5,452,837 Surgical stapler with tissue gripping ridge 336 1994
5,632,432 Surgical instrument 441 1994
5,630,541 Surgical stapler and staple cartridge 187 1994
5,624,452 Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument 619 1995
5,553,765 Surgical stapler with improved operating lever mounting arrangement 375 1995
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5,535,937 Identification device for surgical instrument 397 1995
5,547,117 Handle actuator for surgical instrument having clamp lock and emergency release 252 1995
5,562,239 Identification device for surgical instrument 372 1995
5,580,067 Handle actuator for surgical instrument having flexible cable 324 1995
5,605,273 Surgical instrument having staple head adapted for rib insertion 252 1995
5,855,311 Reloadable surgical instrument 422 1995
5,641,111 Surgical stapling instrument with anvil cutting guide 57 1995
5,697,542 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 189 1995
5,562,241 Surgical stapler instrument 417 1995
5,673,842 Surgical stapler with locking mechanism 286 1996
5,794,834 Surgical stapling instrument with remotely articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable support shaft 249 1996
5,605,272 Trigger mechanism for surgical instruments 259 1996
5,697,543 Linear stapler with improved firing stroke 274 1996
5,588,581 Surgical instrument 414 1996
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5,716,366 Hemostatic surgical cutting or stapling instrument 593 1996
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5,704,534 Articulation assembly for surgical instruments 472 1996
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5,680,982 Surgical instrument 435 1996
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5,810,811 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 590 1997
5,919,198 Disposable cartridge with drivers 307 1997
5,769,303 Endoscopic surgical stapler with compact profile 145 1997
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PM DEVICES, INC. (1)
5,769,892 Surgical stapler sleeve for reinforcing staple lines 258 1996
 
SYNOVIS LIFE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
5,549,628 Soft tissue stapling buttress 347 1995
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Medical Scientific, Inc. (2)
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SENCO PROUCTS, INC. (1)
4,442,964 Pressure sensitive and working-gap controlled surgical stapling instrument 214 1981
 
ETHICON, INC. (52)
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4,605,001 Surgical stapling instrument with dual staple height mechanism 359 1984
4,608,981 Surgical stapling instrument with staple height adjusting mechanism 398 1984
4,633,861 Surgical stapling instrument with jaw clamping mechanism 322 1984
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4,648,542 Disposable stapler 36 1985
4,741,336 Shaped staples and slotted receivers (case VII) 317 1986
4,892,244 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 446 1988
5,018,657 Pneumatically actuated surgical stapler head 175 1989
5,005,754 Bladder and mandrel for use with surgical stapler 61 1990
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 502 1990
5,137,198 Fast closure device for linear surgical stapling instrument 304 1991
5,170,925 Laparoscopic stapler with knife means 284 1991
5,065,929 Surgical stapler with locking means 561 1991
RE34519 Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device 340 1991
5,275,323 Surgical stapler 209 1992
5,263,629 Method and apparatus for achieving hemostasis along a staple line 366 1992
5,307,976 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 450 1992
5,205,459 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 449 1992
5,381,943 Endoscopic surgical stapling instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 283 1992
5,383,880 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 545 1992
5,285,945 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 351 1992
5,275,322 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 230 1993
5,292,053 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument 302 1993
5,312,024 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 231 1993
5,431,323 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 196 1993
5,332,142 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 324 1993
5,433,721 Endoscopic instrument having a torsionally stiff drive shaft for applying fasteners to tissue 735 1993
5,484,451 Endoscopic surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 489 1993
5,405,073 Flexible support shaft assembly 143 1993
5,465,894 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 350 1993
5,439,156 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 175 1994
5,485,947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 451 1994
6,131,789 Surgical stapler 247 1994
5,395,033 Endoscopic surgical instrument with electromagnetic sensor 358 1994
5,601,224 Surgical instrument 611 1994
5,470,010 Multiple fire endoscopic stapling mechanism 267 1995
5,609,285 Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument with flexible support shaft and anvil adjusting mechanism 400 1995
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5,603,443 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 323 1995
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5,518,163 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 380 1995
5,518,164 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 416 1995
5,667,517 Endoscopic surgical system with sensing means 510 1995
5,564,615 Surgical instrument 517 1995
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Sinha; Brajnandan (1)
4,317,105 Condition indicating device for wheeled vehicle shock absorbers 29 1980
 
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TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
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HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
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4,784,137 Surgical suturing instrument 343 1987
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5,344,061 Ratchet assembly for medical instrument 70 1993
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OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
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CONMED CORPORATION (1)
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 432 1996
 
ALCHEMIA A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP OF CA (1)
4,550,870 Stapling device 156 1983
 
VIR Engineering (2)
5,678,748 Surgical stapler with improved safety mechanism 180 1995
5,785,232 Surgical stapler 274 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 255 1999
 
Klieman; Charles H. (1)
4,325,376 Hemostatic clip applicator 153 1980
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (2)
* 6,544,271 Device for full-thickness resectioning of an organ 44 2000
* 6,585,144 Integrated surgical staple retainer for a full thickness resectioning device 79 2001
 
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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 311 1995
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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 68 1984
 
VSESOJUZNY NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY I IPSYTATELNY INSTITUT MEDITSINSKOI TEKHNIKI (1)
4,684,051 Surgical instrument 66 1985
 
United States Surgical Corporation (12)
4,863,088 Surgical stapling instrument 229 1988
5,083,695 Stapler and firing device 273 1990
5,141,144 Stapler and firing device 283 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 175 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 372 1993
5,497,934 Surgical apparatus with indicator 84 1993
5,464,144 Surgical apparatus with indicator 106 1993
5,470,007 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 219 1994
5,458,279 Surgical stapler with safety feature 56 1994
5,810,240 Surgical fastener applying device 50 1996
5,988,479 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 218 1996
6,045,560 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 409 1996
 
MORE CHARM, LTD. (1)
8,453,835 Protective cover for communication device 3 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 (13)
7,942,304 Two piece anvil for surgical stapler 0 2008
8,328,061 Surgical instrument for joining tissue 1 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 1 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 2 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
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 1 2012
8,939,343 Surgical stapling apparatus including a drive beam 0 2013
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
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