05049153 is referenced by 223 patents and cites 27 patents.

A surgical instrument comprises an elongate flexible forceps member having a diameter sufficiently small so that the forceps member is slidably insertable into a biopsy channel extending longitudinally through a flexible tubular endscope member, the forceps member being provided at a distal end with a pair of forceps jaws each formed on an inwardly facing surface with a longitudinally extending groove. A staple having a spring bias construction tending to force the staple into an opened configuration is disposed in a closed prefiring configuration between the jaws and has a pair of legs each disposed in the closed prefiring configuration in a respective one of the grooves in the forceps jaws. The provided with locking elements for locking the staple in a closed postfiring configuration.

Title
Endoscopic stapling device and method
Application Number
456960
Publication Number
5049153
Application Date
June 26, 1990
Publication Date
September 17, 1991
Inventor
Peter J Wilk
185 West End Ave., New York, 10023
NY, US
Naomi L Nakao
303 E. 57th St., New York, 10022
NY, US
Agent
Henry D Coleman
R Neil Sudol
IPC
A61B 17/00
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