05014899 is referenced by 520 patents and cites 7 patents.

An improved apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue wherein the improvement comprises a resilient, deflectable arm which frictionally engages body tissue held between the anvil portion of the apparatus and the cartridge assembly of the apparatus. The deflectable arm exerts a biasing force on the tissue thereby holding the tissue in position to prevent misalignment.

Title
Surgical stapling apparatus
Application Number
7/502579
Publication Number
5014899
Application Date
March 30, 1990
Publication Date
May 14, 1991
Inventor
Thomas M Tompkins
Trumbull
CT, US
Dominic F Presty
Shelton
CT, US
Agent
Rocco S Barrese
Peter G Dilworth
Thomas R Bremer
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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