05100420 is referenced by 558 patents and cites 26 patents.

An apparatus for applying surgical clips through an endoscopic tube includes an endoscopic portion housing a jaw blade, a pusher bar for feeding clips one at a time to the jaws, a channel bar for camming the jaw blades into closed position, and an array of surgical clips. The body of the apparatus comprises a frame housing an actuating mechanism and a transmission mechanism for transferrring movement to the pusher bar and channel. The endoscopic portion is rotatable relative to the frame. In one embodiment the apparatus is single disposable unit. In an alternative embodiment the endoscopic portion is detachable and disposable whereas the non-endoscopic body portion is reusable.

Title
Apparatus and method for applying surgical clips in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures
Application Number
7/381265
Publication Number
5100420
Application Date
July 18, 1989
Publication Date
March 31, 1992
Inventor
Keith Ratcliff
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Lisa W Heaton
Norwalk
CT, US
Richard A McGarry
Norwalk
CT, US
Wayne P Young
Brewster
NY, US
Henry Bolanos
East Norwalk
CT, US
David T Green
Westport
CT, US
Agent
Rocco S Barrese
Peter G Dilworth
Thomas R Bremer
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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