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, OH1713

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Blair, Gregory B - 26 2127
Bruewer, Dean B - 44 3574
Doll, Kevin R Mason, OH 46 3919
Hoffman, Douglas B Harrison, OH 52 5036
Hueil, Geoffrey C Mason, OH 46 3261
Ortiz, Mark S Milford, OH 353 11352
Scheib, Charles J Kettering, OH 101 6260
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 764 38775
Uth, Joshua R Cincinnati, OH 34 2677
Weizman, Patrick A Liberty Township, OH 49 2496

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2006/0289,602 Surgical instrument with articulating shaft with double pivot closure and single pivot frame ground 303 2005
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2008/0078,806 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 250 2006
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2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 58 2008
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2009/0206,128 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEMS 70 2008
2009/0206,129 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH ARTICULATABLE COMPONENTS 82 2008
2009/0206,130 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 81 2008
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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
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 233 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 285 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 296 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 222 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 202 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 218 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 109 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 285 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 144 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 284 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 289 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 249 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 165 2008
2009/0289,096 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH AUTOMATICALLY RECONFIGURABLE ARTICULATING END EFFECTOR 108 2008
2010/0065,605 END EFFECTOR FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 135 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 217 2008
2010/0072,251 LOCKOUT ARRANGEMENT FOR A SURGICAL STAPLER 62 2008
2010/0072,252 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING STAPLE HEIGHT 99 2008
2010/0072,253 SURGICAL STAPLER HAVING AN INTERMEDIATE CLOSING POSITION 65 2008
2010/0072,256 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH CUTTING MEMBER ARRANGEMENT 88 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 220 2008
2010/0076,474 MOTOR-DRIVEN SURGICAL CUTTING INSTRUMENT 148 2008
2010/0076,475 MOTORIZED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 201 2008
2010/0089,970 POWERED SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS WITH MANUALLY RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEM 200 2008
2010/0089,974 POWERED ARTICULATABLE SURGICAL CUTTING AND FASTENING INSTRUMENT WITH FLEXIBLE DRIVE MEMBER 129 2008
2010/0096,435 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ANVIL POSITION FEEDBACK 85 2008
2010/0193,566 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 198 2009
2010/0193,567 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING AN ARTICULATION JOINT 184 2009
2010/0193,568 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT COMPRISING A MAGNETIC ELEMENT DRIVER 160 2009
2010/0193,569 STERILIZABLE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 150 2009
2010/0032,470 SURGICAL STAPLING SYSTEMS AND STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR DEPLOYING SURGICAL STAPLES WITH TISSUE COMPRESSION FEATURES 188 2009
2010/0198,220 SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND COMPONENTS FOR USE IN STERILE ENVIRONMENTS 154 2009
2010/0181,364 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT HAVING A MEDICAL SUBSTANCE DISPENSER 137 2010
2010/0133,317 Motor-Driven Surgical Cutting And Fastening Instrument with Tactile Position Feedback 201 2010
2010/0133,318 Surgical Stapling Instrument With A Geared Return Mechanism 159 2010
2010/0179,382 HYDRAULICALLY AND ELECTRICALLY ACTUATED ARTICULATION JOINTS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 182 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 429 1999
6,443,973 Electromechanical driver device for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 485 1999
6,264,087 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 500 1999
6,488,197 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing resecting and stapling instruments 388 2000
6,491,201 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 371 2000
6,517,565 Carriage assembly for controlling a steering wire steering mechanism within a flexible shaft 292 2000
6,716,233 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 402 2000
6,986,451 Surgical stapler 333 2000
6,817,508 Surgical stapling device 334 2000
6,505,768 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 405 2001
7,032,798 Electro-mechanical surgical device 348 2001
6,843,403 Surgical clamping, cutting and stapling device 447 2001
6,945,444 Surgical stapling device for performing circular anastomoses 295 2002
7,032,799 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 296 2002
6,681,979 Fluid delivery device for use with anastomosing stapling, and resecting instruments 337 2002
6,695,199 Fluid delivery mechanism for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments 335 2002
6,698,643 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 438 2003
7,070,083 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 317 2003
2004/0006,372 Directionally biased staple and method of manufacturing 210 2003
7,238,195 Wound closure material applicator and stapler 317 2003
7,431,730 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 222 2003
2004/0094,597 Surgical device 353 2003
7,303,106 Surgical stapling device with visual indicator 264 2003
7,481,347 Pneumatic powered surgical stapling device 204 2003
2006/0011,699 Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp 349 2003
7,077,856 Electromechanical driver and remote surgical instrument attachment having computer assisted control capabilities 306 2004
7,114,642 Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device 359 2004
2005/0187,576 Surgical cutting and stapling device 320 2004
2004/0232,201 Surgical stapling device 377 2004
2005/0240,222 Surgery delivery device and mesh anchor 184 2004
2005/0119,669 Dissecting tip for surgical stapler 308 2004
7,159,750 Surgical stapling device 407 2004
7,168,604 Surgical stapling device 342 2004
2005/0184,121 Surgical stapler and method 305 2004
2005/0103,819 Surgical stapling device with independent tip rotation 341 2004
7,097,089 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 308 2005
7,143,924 Surgical stapling apparatus with locking mechanism 250 2005
7,172,104 Surgical stapling apparatus 222 2005
2005/0192,628 Surgical stapling apparatus having a wound closure material applicator assembly 206 2005
2007/0023,476 Surgical device 238 2005
2007/0023,477 Surgical device 346 2005
7,407,075 Staple cartridge having multiple staple sizes for a surgical stapling instrument 235 2005
2008/0140,115 Stapling Support Structures 251 2005
2006/0085,033 Surgical apparatus and structure for applying sprayable wound treatment material 253 2005
2006/0235,469 Surgical fasteners coated with wound treatment materials 166 2005
7,398,907 Directionally biased staple and anvil assembly for forming the staple 214 2005
7,140,527 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 322 2005
7,188,758 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 260 2006
7,717,312 Surgical instruments employing sensors 181 2006
7,464,847 Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display 231 2006
7,398,908 Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes 262 2006
7,424,965 Surgical stapling device 224 2007
7,631,793 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 196 2007
7,422,136 Powered surgical stapling device 248 2007
2008/0251,568 Powered surgical instrument 192 2007
2008/0290,134 Staple buttress retention system 239 2007
7,665,646 Interlocking buttress material retention system 270 2007
2008/0308,608 Interlocking buttress material retention system 252 2007
2009/0001,122 Buttress and surgical stapling apparatus 252 2007
7,494,039 Surgical stapling device 248 2007
2008/0035,701 Surgical stapling device 213 2007
2008/0041,917 Surgical stapling device 214 2007
7,546,940 Pivoting anvil assembly for surgical stapling device 225 2007
2009/0090,763 POWERED SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE 190 2008
2009/0255,974 SINGLE LOOP SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS FOR APPLYING VARIABLE COMPRESSION 203 2009
2009/0255,978 VARIABLE COMPRESSION SURGICAL FASTENER CARTRIDGE 191 2009
2009/0218,384 STRUCTURE FOR ATTACHMENT OF BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO ANVILS AND CARTRIDGES OF SURGICAL STAPLERS 249 2009
 
DESIGN STANDARDS CORPORATION (1)
5,383,895 Endoscopic surgical grasper and method 114 1993
 
Tyco Healthcare Group, Inc. (1)
2005/0189,397 Surgical stapling apparatus including an anvil and cartridge each having cooperating mating surfaces 292 2005
 
STRYKER SALES CORPORATION (1)
4,944,443 Surgical suturing instrument and method 422 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 210 2004
2006/0241,692 Apparatus and method for resectioning gastro-esophageal tissue 215 2006
 
TECHNOLOGY HOLDING COMPANY II (1)
4,807,628 Method and apparatus for storing, dispensing, and applying surgical staples 93 1985
 
Bieffe Medital S.A. (1)
5,139,513 Apparatus and method for suturing 337 1990
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CALIFORNIA, INC. (1)
5,725,554 Surgical staple and stapler 461 1993
 
IMAGYN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,010,054 Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge 538 1998
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC. (2)
7,118,582 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures 208 1998
6,436,107 Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures 402 1999
 
CONMED CORPORATION (2)
5,562,682 Surgical Instrument with adjustable arms 320 1993
5,762,255 Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms 458 1996
 
BHL PATENT HOLDINGS LLC (1)
2002/0143,320 Tracking medical products with integrated circuits 17 2002
 
WYETH (1)
2004/0167,572 Coated medical devices 363 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 260 2001
6,874,669 Integrated surgical staple retainer for a full thickness resectioning device 233 2004
2005/0125,009 Full thickness resection device control handle 230 2004
 
Dworak, Frank W. (1)
6,953,138 Surgical stapler anvil with nested staple forming pockets 320 2004
 
ALLGEYER, DEAN (1)
5,730,758 Staple and staple applicator for use in skin fixation of catheters 177 1996
 
United States Surgical Corporation (89)
4,331,277 Self-contained gas powered surgical stapler 366 1980
4,383,634 Surgical stapler apparatus with pivotally mounted actuator assemblies 362 1981
4,402,445 Surgical fastener and means for applying same 477 1981
4,415,112 Surgical stapling assembly having resiliently mounted anvil 244 1981
4,489,875 Self-centering surgical staple and stapler for applying the same 252 1982
4,429,695 Surgical instruments 587 1982
4,522,327 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 253 1983
4,530,453 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 271 1983
4,671,445 Flexible surgical stapler assembly 502 1984
4,566,620 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 474 1984
4,573,622 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with variable fastener arrays 360 1984
4,580,712 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with progressive application of fastener 298 1984
4,728,020 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 566 1985
4,767,044 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 343 1985
4,715,520 Surgical fastener applying apparatus with tissue edge control 321 1985
4,752,024 Surgical fastener and surgical stapling apparatus 487 1986
4,754,909 Flexible stapler 433 1987
4,821,939 Staple cartridge and an anvilless surgical stapler 277 1987
4,819,853 Surgical fastener cartridge 261 1987
4,869,414 Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus 331 1988
5,071,430 Surgical instrument 437 1989
5,158,567 One-piece surgical staple 233 1991
5,282,829 Hollow body implants 302 1991
5,478,354 Wound closing apparatus and method 527 1993
5,503,320 Surgical apparatus with indicator 391 1993
5,413,272 Surgical fastening device 217 1993
5,487,499 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners including a counter 411 1993
5,560,532 Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to body tissue 480 1993
5,425,745 Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 496 1993
5,509,596 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 276 1994
5,474,566 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 409 1994
5,711,472 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 395 1994
5,480,089 Surgical stapler apparatus with improved staple pockets 386 1994
5,571,116 Non-invasive treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 684 1994
5,779,130 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 510 1994
5,653,373 Arcuate apparatus for applying two-part surgical fasteners 337 1994
5,636,779 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 178 1994
5,575,799 Articulating surgical apparatus 556 1995
5,630,540 Surgical staple and staple drive member 431 1995
5,535,935 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 417 1995
5,586,711 Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force 378 1995
5,894,979 Surgical stapler with anvil sensor and lockout 284 1995
5,554,169 Method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures 403 1995
5,706,997 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 280 1995
5,752,644 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 393 1995
5,584,425 Lockout mechanism for surgical apparatus 330 1995
5,718,359 Surgical stapler with lockout mechanism 223 1995
5,560,530 Graduated anvil for surgical stapling instruments 265 1995
5,651,491 Surgical stapler having interchangeable loading units 302 1995
5,941,442 Surgical stapler 303 1995
5,588,579 Anvil for circular stapler 396 1995
5,647,526 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 333 1995
5,645,209 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 327 1995
5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 419 1995
5,639,008 Anvil for circular stapler 398 1996
5,636,780 Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus 386 1996
5,836,503 Insertion device for surgical apparatus 324 1996
5,653,374 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 437 1996
5,690,269 Endoscopic stapler 447 1996
5,628,446 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 355 1996
5,680,981 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus 370 1996
6,045,560 Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric 440 1996
5,901,895 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 479 1996
5,797,538 Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue 375 1997
5,758,814 Anvil for circular stapler 337 1997
5,908,427 Surgical stapling apparatus and method 308 1997
5,954,259 Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 489 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 536 1997
5,878,937 Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 189 1997
6,109,500 Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler 455 1997
5,897,562 Non-invasive apparatus for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease 553 1997
5,911,353 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 364 1998
6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 363 1998
6,155,473 Locking mechanism for a surgical fastening apparatus 209 1999
6,202,914 Surgical stapler 445 1999
6,250,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 472 2000
6,330,965 Surgical stapling apparatus 477 2000
6,681,978 Surgical stapler 259 2001
6,644,532 Surgical stapling apparatus 389 2001
RE38708 Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler 336 2001
6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 391 2001
6,619,529 Surgical stapling apparatus 353 2002
6,877,647 Surgical stapling apparatus 361 2003
6,817,509 Surgical stapler 265 2003
6,953,139 Surgical stapling apparatus 380 2004
7,296,724 Surgical stapling apparatus 246 2005
2006/0049,229 Surgical stapling apparatus 281 2005
7,303,107 Surgical stapling apparatus 253 2006
7,431,188 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 228 2007
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED (2)
6,119,913 Endoscopic stapler 553 1996
6,126,058 Method and device for full thickness resectioning of an organ 419 1998
 
Technalytics, Inc. (1)
4,396,139 Surgical stapling system, apparatus and staple 378 1980
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION (1)
6,302,311 Endoscopic stapler 350 2000
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (121)
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 58 2006
8,322,455 Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument 43 2006
8,485,412 Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same 27 2006
8,365,976 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 38 2006
8,360,297 Surgical cutting and stapling instrument with self adjusting anvil 39 2006
8,348,131 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 43 2006
8,652,120 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 9 2007
8,459,520 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 31 2007
8,540,128 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 29 2007
8,317,070 Surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths 42 2007
8,157,145 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with electrical feedback 123 2007
8,657,174 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having handle based power source 12 2008
8,636,736 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument 11 2008
8,622,274 Motorized cutting and fastening instrument having control circuit for optimizing battery usage 14 2008
8,584,919 Surgical stapling apparatus with load-sensitive firing mechanism 19 2008
8,459,525 Motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a magnetic drive train torque limiting device 43 2008
8,210,411 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument 62 2008
8,161,977 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 70 2008
8,485,413 Surgical stapling instrument comprising an articulation joint 31 2009
8,397,971 Sterilizable surgical instrument 37 2009
8,353,437 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 44 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 4 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 5 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 6 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 5 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 5 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 8 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 57 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 14 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 6 2010
9,033,203 Fastening instrument for deploying a fastener system comprising a retention matrix 0 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 3 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 4 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 5 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 5 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 5 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 5 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 5 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 5 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 5 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 42 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 48 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 67 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 8 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 147 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 9 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 72 2011
8,172,124 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 80 2011
8,157,153 Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities 81 2011
9,028,519 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 27 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 91 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 28 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 1 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 19 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 18 2011
8,926,598 Surgical instruments with articulatable and rotatable end effector 0 2011
8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 3 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 5 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 41 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 21 2011
9,016,542 Staple cartridge comprising compressible distortion resistant components 0 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 3 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 4 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 6 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 6 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 5 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 9 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 4 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 7 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 85 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 64 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 90 2011
9,033,204 Circular stapling devices with tissue-puncturing anvil features 0 2011
8,978,955 Anvil assemblies with collapsible frames for circular staplers 0 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 3 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 4 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 6 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 12 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 3 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 5 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 5 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 5 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 3 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 4 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 6 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 5 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 21 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 24 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 29 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 28 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 42 2012
8,752,747 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 5 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 12 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 37 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 17 2012
8,499,993 Surgical staple cartridge 29 2012
9,028,494 Interchangeable end effector coupling arrangement 0 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 5 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 30 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 0 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 5 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 5 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 12 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 7 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 (12)
* 2011/0036,891 SURGICAL STAPLER WITH VISUAL POSITIONAL INDICATOR 20 2010
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
 
VIA SURGICAL LTD. (1)
8,535,339 Apparatus and method for suturing 0 2012
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