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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Patent Owner(s)

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1510

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Blair, Gregory B - 21 1208
Bruewer, Dean B - 35 1943
Doll, Kevin R Mason, OH 35 2416
Hoffman, Douglas B Harrison, OH 42 3215
Hueil, Geoffrey C Mason, OH 39 1909
Ortiz, Mark S Milford, OH 327 6902
Scheib, Charles J Kettering, OH 73 3253
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 575 18828
Uth, Joshua R Cincinnati, OH 26 1635
Weizman, Patrick A Liberty Township, OH 40 1416

Cited Art Landscape

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2004/0254,608 Surgical implant with preferential corrosion zone 150 2003
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2006/0289,602 Surgical instrument with articulating shaft with double pivot closure and single pivot frame ground 209 2005
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7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 160 2005
2007/0114,261 Surgical stapler with a bendable end effector 188 2005
7,246,734 Rotary hydraulic pump actuated multi-stroke surgical instrument 324 2005
2007/0158,385 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 144 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 222 2006
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2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 221 2006
2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 204 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 222 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 163 2006
2007/0175,957 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 154 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 158 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 146 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 180 2006
2007/0179,476 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 111 2006
7,416,101 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with loading force feedback 153 2006
7,422,139 Motor-driven surgical cutting fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 144 2006
2007/0295,780 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 182 2006
2008/0029,570 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with improved volume storage 279 2006
2008/0029,573 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with replaceable power sources 223 2006
2008/0029,574 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with actuator at distal end 221 2006
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2008/0164,296 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 142 2007
2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 173 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 122 2007
2008/0167,670 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 89 2007
2008/0167,671 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 121 2007
2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 172 2007
2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 92 2007
2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 254 2007
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2008/0300,579 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with articulatable end effector 80 2007
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7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 163 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 130 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 164 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 222 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 229 2007
2009/0001,123 Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument 139 2007
2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 225 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 134 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 130 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 118 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 227 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 155 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 238 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 155 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 230 2007
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2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 133 2008
2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 51 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 97 2008
2009/0206,123 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH REPROCESSIBLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY 59 2008
2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 60 2008
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2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 140 2008
2009/0206,134 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS 66 2008
2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 58 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 55 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 153 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 194 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 201 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 144 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 140 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 141 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 90 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 194 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 107 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 193 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 198 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 186 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 140 2008
2009/0289,096 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH AUTOMATICALLY RECONFIGURABLE ARTICULATING END EFFECTOR 86 2008
2010/0065,605 END EFFECTOR FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 96 2008
2010/0065,609 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH DEVICE FOR INDICATING WHEN THE INSTRUMENT HAS CUT THROUGH TISSUE 57 2008
2010/0069,942 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR MEASURING ELAPSED TIME BETWEEN ACTIONS 129 2008
2010/0072,251 LOCKOUT ARRANGEMENT FOR A SURGICAL STAPLER 48 2008
2010/0072,252 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING STAPLE HEIGHT 75 2008
2010/0072,253 SURGICAL STAPLER HAVING AN INTERMEDIATE CLOSING POSITION 50 2008
2010/0072,256 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH CUTTING MEMBER ARRANGEMENT 68 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 157 2008
2010/0076,474 MOTOR-DRIVEN SURGICAL CUTTING INSTRUMENT 103 2008
2010/0076,475 MOTORIZED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 126 2008
2010/0089,970 POWERED SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS WITH MANUALLY RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEM 122 2008
2010/0089,974 POWERED ARTICULATABLE SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENT WITH FLEXIBLE DRIVE MEMBER 88 2008
2010/0096,435 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ANVIL POSITION FEEDBACK 68 2008
2010/0193,566 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 112 2009
2010/0193,567 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING AN ARTICULATION JOINT 124 2009
2010/0193,568 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING A MAGNETIC ELEMENT DRIVER 108 2009
2010/0193,569 STERILIZABLE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 101 2009
2010/0032,470 SURGICAL STAPLING SYSTEMS AND STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR DEPLOYING SURGICAL STAPLES WITH TISSUE COMPRESSION FEATURES 118 2009
2010/0198,220 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND COMPONENTS FOR USE IN STERILE ENVIRONMENTS 104 2009
2010/0181,364 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT HAVING A MEDICAL SUBSTANCE DISPENSER 93 2010
2010/0133,317 Motor-Driven Surgical Cutting And Fastening Instrument with Tactile Position Feedback 115 2010
2010/0133,318 Surgical Stapling Instrument With A Geared Return Mechanism 104 2010
2010/0179,382 HYDRAULICALLY AND ELECTRICALLY ACTUATED ARTICULATION JOINTS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 110 2010
 
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5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 374 1997
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4,500,024 Multiple clip applier 219 1983
4,610,383 Disposable linear surgical stapler 587 1983
4,655,222 Coated surgical staple 185 1984
4,869,415 Energy storage means for a surgical stapler 246 1988
5,129,570 Surgical stapler 420 1990
5,137,198 Fast closure device for linear surgical stapling instrument 248 1991
5,065,929 Surgical stapler with locking means 477 1991
5,304,204 Receiverless surgical fasteners 270 1993
5,484,451 Endoscopic surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures 384 1993
5,485,947 Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means 376 1994
5,601,224 Surgical instrument 495 1994
5,797,536 Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge 272 1995
5,607,094 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 294 1995
5,732,871 Surgical stapling instrument with articulated stapling head assembly on rotatable and flexible support shaft 249 1995
5,564,615 Surgical instrument 415 1995
6,273,897 Surgical bettress and surgical stapling apparatus 298 2000
6,629,988 Composite staple for completing an anastomosis 192 2001
7,143,923 Surgical stapling instrument having a firing lockout for an unclosed anvil 144 2003
7,220,272 Composite staple and method for using same 124 2003
6,964,363 Surgical stapling instrument having articulation joint support plates for supporting a firing bar 318 2003
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP (19)
5,366,479 Surgical staple for attaching an object to body tissue 350 1993
5,497,933 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 428 1993
5,762,256 Surgical stapler 348 1995
5,782,396 Surgical stapler 367 1995
5,657,921 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 258 1996
6,032,849 Surgical stapler 477 1998
2002/0117,534 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 157 2001
6,769,594 End-to-end anastomosis instrument and method for performing same 149 2002
2004/0173,659 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue 230 2004
2004/0243,151 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 213 2004
7,044,353 Surgical stapler 262 2004
2005/0216,055 Surgical stapling device with dissecting tip 193 2005
2005/0263,563 Surgical stapling device 154 2005
7,128,253 Surgical stapler 287 2005
7,225,964 Surgical stapler 222 2006
7,258,262 Surgical stapler 214 2006
7,278,562 Surgical stapler 155 2006
7,472,814 Surgical stapler 111 2007
2008/0197,167 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH TIMER AND FEEDBACK DISPLAY 118 2008
 
AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (5)
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
2009/0132,648 CONTENT DELIVERY AND GLOBAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM 19 2009
 
ABBOTT VASCULAR INC. (4)
6,616,686 Surgical staples and methods for stapling 198 2001
7,108,709 Surgical staple 175 2002
7,008,435 Surgical stapling device and method 172 2002
2005/0274,768 SURGICAL STAPLER 224 2005
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (3)
6,578,751 Method of sequentially firing staples using springs and a rotary or linear shutter 187 2001
6,874,669 Integrated surgical staple retainer for a full thickness resectioning device 153 2004
2005/0125,009 Full thickness resection device control handle 160 2004
 
HOLOBEAM, INC. (3)
5,342,396 Staples 195 1993
5,667,527 Staples 201 1995
6,083,242 Surgical staples with deformation zones of non-uniform cross section 219 1999
 
SHERWOOD SERVICES AG (3)
5,342,395 Absorbable surgical repair devices 260 1992
5,258,009 Malleable, bioabsorbable,plastic staple having a knotted configuration; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple 157 1992
5,350,400 Malleable, bioabsorbable, plastic staple; and method and apparatus for deforming such staple 209 1992
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED (2)
6,119,913 Endoscopic stapler 438 1996
6,126,058 Method and device for full thickness resectioning of an organ 325 1998
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
5,562,682 Surgical Instrument with adjustable arms 235 1993
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 355 1996
 
HEARTPORT, INC. (2)
5,732,872 Surgical stapling instrument 380 1996
6,588,643 Surgical stapling instrument and method thereof 172 2001
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
7,118,582 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures 136 1998
6,436,107 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures 292 1999
 
LSI SOLUTIONS, INC. (2)
5,839,639 Collapsible anvil assembly and applicator instrument 327 1995
2004/0034,369 System for endoscopic suturing 193 2003
 
NITI SURGICAL SOLUTIONS LTD. (2)
7,121,446 Palm-size surgical stapler for single hand operation 145 2004
7,328,829 Palm size surgical stapler for single hand operation 163 2006
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (2)
5,649,937 Tissue-fixing surgical device, and method of fixing tissues 246 1995
6,050,472 Surgical anastomosis stapler 265 1997
 
REX MEDICAL, L.P. (2)
7,090,684 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 143 2004
2006/0241,692 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 135 2006
 
RICHARD A. HILLSTEAD, INC. (2)
6,830,174 Medical instrument 348 2001
6,755,338 Medical instrument 317 2002
 
TOTAL FINA ELF (2)
2002/0197,174 Electrical pump, and method for using plurality of submersible electrical pumps for well completion 2002
2002/0197,174 Electrical pump, and method for using plurality of submersible electrical pumps for well completion 2002
 
ALLGEYER, DEAN (1)
5,730,758 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 107 1996
 
Alpha Surgical Technologies, Inc. (1)
5,782,397 Stapling device 400 1996
 
AQUAJET SYSTEMS HOLDING AB (1)
8,033,641 Method and a device for moving a jet member 96 2005
 
B. BRAUN-SSC AG (1)
4,505,273 Surgical staple 236 1983
 
BHL PATENT HOLDINGS LLC (1)
2002/0143,320 Tracking medical products with integrated circuits 7 2002
 
Bieffe Medital S.A. (1)
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BIOMET MANUFACTURING CORP. (1)
6,387,113 Method and apparatus for repairing a torn meniscus 207 2000
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (1)
6,302,311 Endoscopic stapler 261 2000
 
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Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 224 2004
 
Ethicon Endo-Surgery (Europe) G.m.b.H. (1)
6,978,922 Surgical stapling instrument 200 2002
 
GABBAY, SHLOMO (1)
6,099,551 Pericardial strip and stapler assembly for dividing and sealing visceral tissues and method of use thereof 282 1998
 
GLOBE CONTROL FINANZ AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
4,817,847 Instrument and a procedure for performing an anastomosis 273 1988
 
GWATHMEY, OWEN M., THE MEADOW (1)
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Habley Medical Technology Corporation (1)
5,282,806 Endoscopic surgical instrument having a removable, rotatable, end effector assembly 216 1992
 
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6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 422 1998
 
J. CRAYTON PRUITT (1)
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KMS MEDICAL, LLC (1)
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SOFRADIM PRODUCTION (1)
6,171,330 Pneumatic surgical instrument for the distribution and placement of connecting or fastening means 140 1999
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (1)
5,743,456 Hand actuable surgical handpiece 312 1995
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 351 1988
 
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6,086,600 Flexible endoscopic surgical instrument for invagination and fundoplication 373 1997
 
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4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 294 1980
 
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4,807,628 Method and apparatus for storing, dispensing, and applying surgical staples 87 1985
 
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5,728,121 Surgical grasper devices 116 1996
 
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5,785,232 Surgical stapler 210 1996
 
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WYETH (1)
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4,475,679 Multi-staple cartridge for surgical staplers 227 1981
4,505,414 Expandable anvil surgical stapler 387 1983
4,664,305 Surgical stapler 341 1985
5,221,036 Surgical stapler 233 1992
5,222,975 Surgical staples 177 1992
5,352,235 Laparoscopic grasper and cutter 129 1992
5,397,324 Surgical stapler instrument and method for vascular hemostasis 370 1993
5,868,760 Method and apparatus for endolumenally resectioning tissue 389 1994
5,833,695 Surgical stapling system and method of applying staples from multiple staple cartridges 406 1995
5,655,698 Surgical stapler with curved jaws 375 1996
5,662,260 Surgical staple cartridge 309 1996
6,264,086 Surgical apparatus and method 367 1997
6,241,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 438 2000
2004/0108,357 Surgical stapling apparatus 237 2003
2004/0222,268 Surgical stapling instrument 162 2004
7,080,769 Luminal anastomotic device 153 2004
2006/0180,634 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an e-beam firing mechanism 189 2005
2006/0100,643 Surgical fastening system 140 2005
7,278,563 Surgical instrument for progressively stapling and incising tissue 193 2006
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (57)
8,186,555 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 19 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 10 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 1 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 7 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 7 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 9 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 2 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 1 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 10 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 51 2007
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 0 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 0 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 0 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 5 2008
8,210,411 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument 21 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 29 2008
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 1 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 8 2009
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 12 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 0 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 20 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 0 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 1 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 2 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 17 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 0 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 80 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 31 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 34 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 34 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 1 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 36 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 1 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 0 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 0 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 1 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 0 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 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 33 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 21 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 38 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 0 2011
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 0 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 0 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 0 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 0 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 3 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 4 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 0 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 1 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 1 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2013
 
COVIDIEN LP (1)
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
 
VIA SURGICAL LTD. (1)
8,535,339 Apparatus and method for suturing 0 2012

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