0484677-A1 is referenced by 714 patents and cites 6 patents.

A surgical stapler for placing lateral lines of staples and making an incision, all through an endoscopic tube, includes an anvil member (136) which is mounted to the distal end of an elongated housing (134). A tubular collar (124) disposed around the arm of the anvil member is movable to a distal position to bias the anvil member and a cartridge assembly into cooperative alignment, thereby clamping body tissue to be fastened between the anvil member and cartridge assembly.

Title
Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures.
Application Number
EP19910116948 19911004
Publication Number
0484677 (A1)
Application Date
October 4, 1991
Publication Date
May 13, 1992
Inventor
Sherts Charles R
US
Ratcliff Keith
US
Alesi Daniel E
US
Bolanos Henry
US
Green David T
GB
Assignee
United States Surgical
US
IPC
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/068
A61B 17/072
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