05240163 is referenced by 364 patents and cites 4 patents.

A surgical stapling instrument includes a staple cartridge that may be loaded with surgical staples, an anvil mounted to confront the staple cartridge for deforming staples driven theretoward, and advancer for advancing the staple cartridge from an open position toward the anvil to a closed position for clamping tissue to be sutured therebetween, and a driver for driving the staples from the cartridge toward the anvil through tissue clamped between the cartridge and the anvil. A trigger for operating the driver, and a safety mechanism linked to the advancer preventing the trigger from operating the driver when the cartridge is in the open position but permits the trigger to operate the driver only when the cartridge is in the closed position. In addition, a coupling mechanism can removably mount a head assembly and a handle assembly, with each assembly containing a portion of the advancer and driver. The coupling mechanism can also include a rotatable mechanism for permitting relative rotation between the handle assembly and the head assembly. The advancer includes a clamp lever that articulates first in the forward direction and then in a downward direction. The staple cartridge can include a housing loaded with at least one staple and a comb with at least one tooth. The comb is driven by the driver to drive the staple and can be of varying lengths to compliment the staple.

Title
Linear surgical stapling instrument
Application Number
7/785290
Publication Number
5240163
Application Date
October 30, 1991
Publication Date
August 31, 1993
Inventor
Donald Lamond
Long Beach
NY, US
Paul Mulhauser
New York
NY, US
David Schiff
Philadelphia
PA, US
Jeffrey A Stein
Milford
CT, US
Agent
Charles F Costello Jr
Ronald A Clayton
Assignee
American Cyanamid Company
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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