05222961 is referenced by 238 patents and cites 45 patents.

A surgical staple, particularly but not exclusively for use in endoscopic or laparoscopic surgery comprises a first leg provided with a first locking element, a second leg provided with a second locking element, and a hinge joining the first leg and the second leg to one another. The first locking element and the second locking element are designed to cooperate with one another to maintain the staple in a closed postfiring configuration. The staple is disposed in a closed prefiring configuration wherein at least one of the first leg, the second leg, the first locking element and the second locking element is deformed to prevent cooperation of the first locking element and the second locking element. The staple legs are provided with latching elements which cooperate with corresponding elements on a forceps jaws to enable a pivoting of the legs alternately away from and towards one another and about the hinge during a staple opening operation. Such latching elements may include loop-shaped eyelets or snap-lock projections such as knobs or cooperating snap-lock-type recesses.

Endoscopic stapling device and related staple
Application Number
Publication Number
Application Date
January 8, 1992
Publication Date
June 29, 1993
Peter J Wilk
185 W. End Ave., New York, 10023
Naomi Nakao
303 E. 57th St., New York, 10022
Henry D Coleman
R Neil Sudol
A61B 17/00
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