05197648 is referenced by 368 patents and cites 15 patents.

An improved circular anastomosis surgical stapling instrument for joining hollow tubular organs, has a body having a staple-carrying assembly at its distal end, a centered longitudinally extensible and retractable main shaft centered in the body, and an anvil opposed to the staple-carrying assembly, and is characterized by a separate shaft segment frictionably connectible with the end of the main shaft, the shaft segment having a free end and an end carrying the anvil. The main shaft has a hollow free end and the free end of the shaft segment is releasably receivable in the hollow end of the main shaft. In a preferred form the end of the main shaft is provided with a plurality of several radially-extending arms positioned to overlie the main shaft but having spring hinges biasing them radially outwardly away from the main shaft. The instrument further includes a second shaft segment releasably receivable in the hollow of the main shaft which second shaft segment has a concial pointed unit at its distal end.

Title
Surgical stapling apparatus
Application Number
277656
Publication Number
5197648
Application Date
December 3, 1991
Publication Date
March 30, 1993
Inventor
Bruce S Gingold
36 Seventh Ave., New York, 10011
NY, US
Agent
Klauber & Jackson
IPC
A61B 17/00
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