US Patent No: 7,913,891

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Disposable loading unit with user feedback features and surgical instrument for use therewith

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A disposable loading unit for operable attachment to a surgical stapling apparatus. The disposable loading unit may have a spent cartridge indication system for providing an indication of whether the loading unit has been previously fired. Other embodiments are disclosed that employ a blade monitoring system for providing feedback to the user concerning the amount of strain being experienced by the blade during cutting and stapling.

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1695

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Blair, Gregory B - 26 2049
Bruewer, Dean B - 43 3435
Doll, Kevin R Mason, OH 46 3787
Hoffman, Douglas B Harrison, OH 52 4876
Hueil, Geoffrey C Mason, OH 46 3139
Ortiz, Mark S Milford, OH 352 10960
Scheib, Charles J Kettering, OH 99 5990
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 747 36922
Uth, Joshua R Cincinnati, OH 34 2581
Weizman, Patrick A Liberty Township, OH 48 2411

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2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 66 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 63 2008
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2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 278 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 288 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 216 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 199 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 212 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 109 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 278 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 144 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 277 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 282 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 244 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 164 2008
2009/0289,096 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH AUTOMATICALLY RECONFIGURABLE ARTICULATING END EFFECTOR 107 2008
2010/0065,605 END EFFECTOR FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 132 2008
2010/0065,609 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH DEVICE FOR INDICATING WHEN THE INSTRUMENT HAS CUT THROUGH TISSUE 69 2008
2010/0069,942 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR MEASURING ELAPSED TIME BETWEEN ACTIONS 208 2008
2010/0072,251 LOCKOUT ARRANGEMENT FOR A SURGICAL STAPLER 61 2008
2010/0072,252 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING STAPLE HEIGHT 98 2008
2010/0072,253 SURGICAL STAPLER HAVING AN INTERMEDIATE CLOSING POSITION 64 2008
2010/0072,256 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH CUTTING MEMBER ARRANGEMENT 87 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 217 2008
2010/0076,474 MOTOR-DRIVEN SURGICAL CUTTING INSTRUMENT 145 2008
2010/0076,475 MOTORIZED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 196 2008
2010/0089,970 POWERED SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS WITH MANUALLY RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEM 192 2008
2010/0089,974 POWERED ARTICULATABLE SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENT WITH FLEXIBLE DRIVE MEMBER 126 2008
2010/0096,435 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ANVIL POSITION FEEDBACK 85 2008
2010/0193,566 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 191 2009
2010/0193,567 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING AN ARTICULATION JOINT 180 2009
2010/0193,568 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING A MAGNETIC ELEMENT DRIVER 157 2009
2010/0193,569 STERILIZABLE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 146 2009
2010/0032,470 SURGICAL STAPLING SYSTEMS AND STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR DEPLOYING SURGICAL STAPLES WITH TISSUE COMPRESSION FEATURES 184 2009
2010/0198,220 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND COMPONENTS FOR USE IN STERILE ENVIRONMENTS 151 2009
2010/0181,364 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT HAVING A MEDICAL SUBSTANCE DISPENSER 134 2010
2010/0133,317 Motor-Driven Surgical Cutting And Fastening Instrument with Tactile Position Feedback 194 2010
2010/0133,318 Surgical Stapling Instrument With A Geared Return Mechanism 154 2010
2010/0179,382 HYDRAULICALLY AND ELECTRICALLY ACTUATED ARTICULATION JOINTS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 178 2010
 
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6,315,184 Stapling device for use with an electromechanical driver device for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 418 1999
6,443,973 Electromechanical driver device for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 471 1999
6,264,087 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 489 1999
6,488,197 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing resecting and stapling instruments 380 2000
6,491,201 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 363 2000
6,517,565 Carriage assembly for controlling a steering wire steering mechanism within a flexible shaft 286 2000
6,716,233 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 393 2000
6,986,451 Surgical stapler 323 2000
6,817,508 Surgical stapling device 325 2000
6,505,768 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 395 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 339 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 435 2001
6,945,444 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 287 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 288 2002
6,681,979 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing stapling, and resecting instruments 331 2002
6,695,199 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 329 2002
6,698,643 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 425 2003
7,070,083 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 308 2003
2004/0006,372 Directionally biased staple and method of manufacturing 206 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 309 2003
7,431,730 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 215 2003
2004/0094,597 Surgical device 346 2003
7,303,106 Surgical stapling device with visual indicator 258 2003
7,481,347 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 194 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 341 2003
7,077,856 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 298 2004
7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 347 2004
2005/0187,576 Surgical cutting and stapling device 312 2004
2004/0232,201 Surgical stapling device 370 2004
2005/0240,222 Surgery delivery device and mesh anchor 178 2004
2005/0119,669 Dissecting tip for surgical stapler 300 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 396 2004
7,168,604 Surgical stapling device 332 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 301 2004
2005/0103,819 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 333 2004
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 300 2005
7,143,924 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 243 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 213 2005
2005/0192,628 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 201 2005
2007/0023,476 Surgical device 234 2005
2007/0023,477 Surgical device 338 2005
7,407,075 Staple cartridge having multiple staple sizes for a surgical stapling instrument 226 2005
2008/0140,115 Stapling Support Structures 244 2005
2006/0085,033 Surgical apparatus and structure for applying sprayable wound treatment material 248 2005
2006/0235,469 Surgical fasteners coated with wound treatment materials 162 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 206 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 314 2005
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 254 2006
7,717,312 Surgical instruments employing sensors 172 2006
7,464,847 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 222 2006
7,398,908 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 254 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 219 2007
7,631,793 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 190 2007
7,422,136 Powered surgical stapling device 244 2007
2008/0251,568 Powered surgical instrument 188 2007
2008/0290,134 Staple buttress retention system 232 2007
7,665,646 Interlocking buttress material retention system 261 2007
2008/0308,608 Interlocking buttress material retention system 245 2007
2009/0001,122 Buttress and surgical stapling apparatus 243 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 242 2007
2008/0035,701 Surgical stapling device 209 2007
2008/0041,917 Surgical stapling device 210 2007
7,546,940 Pivoting anvil assembly for surgical stapling device 219 2007
2009/0090,763 POWERED SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE 184 2008
2009/0255,974 SINGLE LOOP SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS FOR APPLYING VARIABLE COMPRESSION 197 2009
2009/0255,978 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 187 2009
2009/0218,384 STRUCTURE FOR ATTACHMENT OF BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO ANVILS AND CARTRIDGES OF SURGICAL STAPLERS 243 2009
 
DESIGN STANDARDS CORPORATION (1)
5,383,895 Endoscopic surgical grasper and method 111 1993
 
Tyco Healthcare Group, Inc. (1)
2005/0189,397 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 283 2005
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 417 1988
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (1)
7,051,273 Customizing forms in an electronic mail system utilizing custom field behaviors and user defined operations 182 1996
 
REX MEDICAL, L.P. (2)
7,090,684 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 207 2004
2006/0241,692 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 209 2006
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
4,807,628 Method and apparatus for storing, dispensing, and applying surgical staples 92 1985
 
Bieffe Medital S.A. (1)
5,139,513 Apparatus and method for suturing 329 1990
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5,725,554 Surgical staple and stapler 453 1993
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 526 1998
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
7,118,582 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures 204 1998
6,436,107 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures 395 1999
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
5,562,682 Surgical Instrument with adjustable arms 312 1993
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 448 1996
 
BHL PATENT HOLDINGS LLC (1)
2002/0143,320 Tracking medical products with integrated circuits 16 2002
 
WYETH (1)
2004/0167,572 Coated medical devices 359 2003
 
AQUAJET SYSTEMS HOLDING AB (1)
8,033,641 Method and a device for moving a jet member 96 2005
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (3)
6,578,751 Method of sequentially firing staples using springs and a rotary or linear shutter 254 2001
6,874,669 Integrated surgical staple retainer for a full thickness resectioning device 225 2004
2005/0125,009 Full thickness resection device control handle 225 2004
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 310 2004
 
ALLGEYER, DEAN (1)
5,730,758 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 173 1996
 
United States Surgical Corporation (89)
4,331,277 Self-contained gas powered surgical stapler 363 1980
4,383,634 Surgical stapler apparatus with pivotally mounted actuator assemblies 357 1981
4,402,445 Surgical fastener and means for applying same 469 1981
4,415,112 Surgical stapling assembly having resiliently mounted anvil 241 1981
4,489,875 Self-centering surgical staple and stapler for applying the same 247 1982
4,429,695 Surgical instruments 576 1982
4,522,327 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 250 1983
4,530,453 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 268 1983
4,671,445 Flexible surgical stapler assembly 490 1984
4,566,620 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 469 1984
4,573,622 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with variable fastener arrays 355 1984
4,580,712 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with progressive application of fastener 295 1984
4,728,020 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 555 1985
4,767,044 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 337 1985
4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 318 1985
4,752,024 Surgical fastener and surgical stapling apparatus 475 1986
4,754,909 Flexible stapler 425 1987
4,821,939 Staple cartridge and an anvilless surgical stapler 274 1987
4,819,853 Surgical fastener cartridge 256 1987
4,869,414 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 326 1988
5,071,430 Surgical instrument 428 1989
5,158,567 One-piece surgical staple 228 1991
5,282,829 Hollow body implants 293 1991
5,478,354 Wound closing apparatus and method 521 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 385 1993
5,413,272 Surgical fastening device 211 1993
5,487,499 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners including a counter 400 1993
5,560,532 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to body tissue 469 1993
5,425,745 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 482 1993
5,509,596 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 272 1994
5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 401 1994
5,711,472 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 386 1994
5,480,089 Surgical stapler apparatus with improved staple pockets 377 1994
5,571,116 Non-invasive treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 670 1994
5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 498 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 330 1994
5,636,779 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 176 1994
5,575,799 Articulating surgical apparatus 543 1995
5,630,540 Surgical staple and staple drive member 422 1995
5,535,935 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 409 1995
5,586,711 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 369 1995
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 278 1995
5,554,169 Method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 392 1995
5,706,997 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 274 1995
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 383 1995
5,584,425 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 321 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 219 1995
5,560,530 Graduated anvil for surgical stapling instruments 257 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 296 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 296 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 387 1995
5,647,526 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 325 1995
5,645,209 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 319 1995
5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 410 1995
5,639,008 Anvil for circular stapler 389 1996
5,636,780 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 377 1996
5,836,503 Insertion device for surgical apparatus 315 1996
5,653,374 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 424 1996
5,690,269 Endoscopic stapler 435 1996
5,628,446 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 345 1996
5,680,981 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 362 1996
6,045,560 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 431 1996
5,901,895 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 469 1996
5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 366 1997
5,758,814 Anvil for circular stapler 329 1997
5,908,427 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 301 1997
5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 477 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 524 1997
5,878,937 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 187 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 446 1997
5,897,562 Non-invasive apparatus for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 540 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 355 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 356 1998
6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 205 1999
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 436 1999
6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 462 2000
6,330,965 Surgical stapling apparatus 468 2000
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 253 2001
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 380 2001
RE38708 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 328 2001
6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 383 2001
6,619,529 Surgical stapling apparatus 345 2002
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 353 2003
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 259 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 371 2004
7,296,724 Surgical stapling apparatus 239 2005
2006/0049,229 Surgical stapling apparatus 275 2005
7,303,107 Surgical stapling apparatus 245 2006
7,431,188 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 223 2007
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED (2)
6,119,913 Endoscopic stapler 542 1996
6,126,058 Method and device for full thickness resectioning of an organ 410 1998
 
Technalytics, Inc. (1)
4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 375 1980
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (1)
6,302,311 Endoscopic stapler 340 2000
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (116)
8,905,977 Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated medical substance dispenser 0 2005
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 54 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 40 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 24 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 35 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 36 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 40 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 7 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 28 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 26 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 39 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 118 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 8 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 9 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 12 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 17 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 36 2008
8,210,411 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument 57 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 67 2008
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 28 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 34 2009
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 40 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 3 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 4 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 5 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 4 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 4 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 6 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 54 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 12 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 5 2010
8,978,956 Jaw closure arrangements for surgical instruments 0 2010
8,925,782 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising multiple layers 0 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 2 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 3 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 4 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 4 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 4 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 4 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 4 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 4 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 4 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 38 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 43 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 61 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 6 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 142 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 7 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 69 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 77 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 78 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 25 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 87 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 26 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 0 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 17 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 16 2011
8,926,598 Surgical instruments with articulatable and rotatable end effector 0 2011
8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 2 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 4 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 37 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 19 2011
8,978,954 Staple cartridge comprising an adjustable distal portion 0 2011
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 2 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 2 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 5 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 5 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 4 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 7 2011
8,992,422 Robotically-controlled endoscopic accessory channel 0 2011
8,931,682 Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments 0 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 3 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 5 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 81 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 60 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 86 2011
8,978,955 Anvil assemblies with collapsible frames for circular staplers 0 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 2 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 3 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 5 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 11 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 2 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 4 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 4 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 4 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 2 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 3 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 4 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 4 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 18 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 20 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 25 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 25 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 38 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 4 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 9 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 34 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 15 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 25 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 4 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 27 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 0 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 4 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 4 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 10 2013
9,005,230 Motorized surgical instrument 0 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 5 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 0 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 0 2014
8,998,058 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,991,677 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
 
COVIDIEN LP (10)
* 2011/0036,891 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH VISUAL POSITIONAL INDICATOR 16 2010
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
8,979,827 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 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
 
VIA SURGICAL LTD. (1)
8,535,339 Apparatus and method for suturing 0 2012
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