0539762-A1 is referenced by 405 patents and cites 8 patents.

A surgical stapling instrument includes a staple cartridge (13) that may be loaded with surgical staples, an anvil (14) mounted to confront the staple cartridge for deforming staples driven theretoward, an advancer (32) for advancing the staple cartridge from an open position toward the anvil to a closed position for clamping tissue to be sutured therebetween, and a driver (34) for driving the staples from the cartridge toward the anvil through tissue clamped between the cartridge and the anvil. A trigger (24) operates the driver, and a safety mechanism (26) linked to the advancer prevents the trigger from operating the driver when the cartridge is in the open position, but permits the trigger to operate the driver only when the cartridge is in the closed position.; In addition, a coupling mechanism (20) can removably mount a head assembly (10) to a handle assembly (18), with each assembly containing a portion of the advancer and driver. The coupling mechanism can also include a rotatable mechanism for permitting relative rotation between the handle assembly and the head assembly. The advancer includes a clamp lever (22) that articulates first in the forward direction and then in a downward direction. The staple cartridge can include a housing loaded with at least one staple and a comb (80) with at least one tooth (81). The comb is driven by the driver to drive the staple and can be of varying lengths to complement the staple.

Title
Linear surgical stapling instrument.
Application Number
EP19920116975 19921005
Publication Number
0539762 (A1)
Application Date
October 5, 1992
Publication Date
May 5, 1993
Inventor
Stein Jeffrey A
US
Schiff David R
US
Mulhauser Paul J
US
Lamond Donald R
US
Assignee
American Cyanamid Co
US
IPC
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/068
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/068
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