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 Owner(s)

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CARDICA, INC.REDWOOD CITY, CA138

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Knodel, Bryan D Flagstaff, AZ 182 6749

Cited Art Landscape

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (8)
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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (6)
8,574,231 Surgical instrument for transmitting energy to tissue comprising a movable electrode or insulator 0 2009
8,496,682 Electrosurgical cutting and sealing instruments with cam-actuated jaws 1 2010
8,535,311 Electrosurgical instrument comprising closing and firing systems 0 2010
8,613,383 Surgical instruments with electrodes 0 2010
8,453,906 Surgical instruments with electrodes 2010
8,628,529 Surgical instrument with magnetic clamping force 0 2010
 
Cardica, Inc. (1)
8,556,935 Method of manufacturing surgical staples 0 2011

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