03949924 is referenced by 146 patents and cites 4 patents.

A surgical stapling instrument for applying sterilized staples to the disunited skin or fascia of a patient in order to effect a joining of the skin or fascia. The instrument is adapted to associate with a staple-carrying cartridge having a plurality of staples therein. The instrument is manually powered and includes an impact mechanism for forming the staples. A nose portion is rotatably mounted in a hand-held main body portion and adapted to mount the staple-carrying cartridge so that the stapling angle can be varied without rotating the hand-held portion of the stapler. A clutch means is provided for ensuring that the staple-advancing drive means of the instrument is only activated once per stapling operation.

Title
Surgical stapling instrument
Application Number
5/516111
Publication Number
3949924
Application Date
October 18, 1974
Publication Date
April 13, 1976
Inventor
David Thomas Green
Norwalk
CT, US
Agent
Fleit & Jacobson
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
NY, US
IPC
B25C 5/02
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