US Patent No: 8,070,036

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True multi-fire surgical stapler configured to fire staples of different sizes

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A surgical apparatus may include a knife, a staple holder along which the knife is slidable, a plurality of feeder belts located on each side of the knife, and a plurality of staples separably connected to each feeder belt, where the staple holder is configured to fire at least two separate sizes of staples. A surgical method of treating tissue within the body of a patient may include providing an endocutter having a knife, a staple holder along which the knife is slidable, a plurality of feeder belts located on each side of the knife, and a plurality of staples separably connected to each feeder belt, wherein the staple holder is configured to fire at least two separate sizes of staples; engaging tissue of the patient with the staple holder; deploying a plurality of staples having a first size; disengaging tissue of the patient from the staple holder; once again engaging tissue of the patient with the staple holder; and deploying a plurality of staples having a second size.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
DEXTERA SURGICAL INC.REDWOOD CITY, CA149

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Knodel, Bryan D Flagstaff, US 177 14965

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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
EthiconEndo-Surgery, LLC (1)
9,492,224 Multi-function bi-polar forceps 0 2013
 
DEXTERA SURGICAL INC. (7)
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* 9,155,536 Circular stapler 0 2011
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8,998,951 Method of manufacturing surgical staples 0 2013
* 9,144,427 Surgical method utilizing a true multiple-fire surgical stapler 0 2014
* 2014/0207,165 SURGICAL METHOD UTILIZING A TRUE MULTIPLE-FIRE SURGICAL STAPLER 0 2014
 
Ethcon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (1)
9,044,243 Surgical cutting and fastening device with descendible second trigger arrangement 11 2011
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, LLC (33)
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8,496,682 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instruments with cam-actuated jaws 14 2010
8,535,311 Electrosurgical instrument comprising closing and firing systems 14 2010
8,888,776 Electrosurgical instrument employing an electrode 32 2010
9,005,199 Heat management configurations for controlling heat dissipation from electrosurgical instruments 11 2010
8,764,747 Electrosurgical instrument comprising sequentially activated electrodes 13 2010
8,753,338 Electrosurgical instrument employing a thermal management system 27 2010
9,149,324 Surgical instrument comprising an articulatable end effector 1 2010
8,613,383 Surgical instruments with electrodes 82 2010
* 8,453,906 Surgical instruments with electrodes 63 2010
9,192,431 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 1 2010
9,011,437 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instrument 10 2010
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8,628,529 Surgical instrument with magnetic clamping force 22 2010
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* 8,985,429 Surgical stapling device with adjunct material application feature 0 2011
* 2013/0075,451 Surgical Stapling Device with Adjunct Material Application Feature 13 2011
9,421,060 Litz wire battery powered device 0 2012
9,414,880 User interface in a battery powered device 0 2012
9,333,025 Battery initialization clip 0 2012
9,314,292 Trigger lockout mechanism 1 2012
9,283,027 Battery drain kill feature in a battery powered device 1 2012
9,295,514 Surgical devices with close quarter articulation features 1 2013
9,526,565 Electrosurgical devices 0 2013
9,265,926 Electrosurgical devices 1 2013
9,408,660 Device trigger dampening mechanism 0 2014
9,456,864 Surgical instruments and end effectors therefor 0 2014
9,375,232 Surgical cutting and sealing instrument with reduced firing force 0 2014
 
COVIDIEN LP (1)
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