05549621 is referenced by 463 patents and cites 20 patents.

The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method which enable the performance of vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) without the use of staples. Further, a laparoscopic instrument which can be used in combination with the VBG apparatus and method is also disclosed.

The laparoscopic instrument can also be used in combination with surgically functional elements other than the VBG apparatus. A particular advantage of the laparoscopic instrument is that surgically functional elements attached at the leading edge of levered jaws of the instrument can be rotated at least 180 degrees in a plane which is substantially parallel to a plane passing horizontally through the longitudinal centerline of the levered jaws.

Title
Apparatus and method for performing vertical banded gastroplasty
Application Number
62205
Publication Number
5549621
Application Date
March 6, 1995
Publication Date
August 27, 1996
Inventor
Byron C Sutherland
2458 Country Club Dr., Pearland, 77581
TX, US
Max R Mintz
Houston
TX, US
Marc Bessler
Teaneck
NJ, US
Agent
Conley Rose & Tayon P C
Assignee
Conley Rose & Tayon P C
TX, US
Hava Mattea Mintz
TX, US
Byron C Sutherland
TX, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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