04606343 is referenced by 633 patents and cites 13 patents.

An instrument and method for performing a surgical fastening procedure at a location remote from the location at which the instrument is manipulated. The instrument is at least partly self-powered by self-powering apparatus (e.g., a prestressed spring) adjacent the location at which the fastening procedure is performed, the self-powering apparatus being controlled from the location at which the instrument is manipulated. The relatively large forces required for the surgical fastening procedure are confined to a relatively small portion of the instrument adjacent the location at which the fastening procedure is performed, thereby reducing the cost of the instrument as a whole and making it economical to provide as a disposable item.

Title
Self-powered surgical fastening instrument
Application Number
6/177231
Publication Number
4606343
Application Date
August 18, 1980
Publication Date
August 19, 1986
Inventor
Harvey N Wallach
Trumbull
CT, US
Robert L Conta
Trumbull
CT, US
Agent
Thomas R Bremer
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/32
A61B 17/04
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