05456401 is referenced by 497 patents and cites 41 patents.

A self contained gas powered endoscopic surgical apparatus is provided for placing lateral lines of surgical fasteners into body tissue. The apparatus includes a frame portion, an elongated portion extending from the frame portion, and an articulating cartridge assembly mounted to a distal end of the elongated portion. An anvil member is operatively associated with the articulating cartridge assembly and has a forming surface thereon against which surgical fasteners are driven as they are ejected from the cartridge assembly. A collar which is provided in the elongated portion translates longitudinally to draw a cable which operates to move the anvil member relative to the cartridge assembly, thereby clamping body tissue to be fastened. A self contained pneumatic system is associated with the frame portion and is actuable to eject the surgical fasteners from the cartridge assembly. A linkage mechanism is also provided for effectuating the articulation of the cartridge assembly to increase the range of operability of the apparatus.

Title
Surgical apparatus having articulation mechanism
Application Number
781012
Publication Number
5456401
Application Date
April 21, 1994
Publication Date
October 10, 1995
Inventor
Mitchell J Palmer
New Milford
CT, US
Henry R Sienkiewicz
Stamford
CT, US
Keith L Milliman
Norwalk
CT, US
Keith Ratcliff
Sandy Hook
CT, US
David T Green
Westport
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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