05605273 is referenced by 451 patents and cites 8 patents.

A surgical stapling instrument with a remotely articulated staple head assembly on a rotatable support shaft. A joy stick mounted to the shaft of the instrument near the handle allows for remote articulation of the staple head assembly. The staple head assembly includes a narrow contour for insertion between adjacent rib pairs without rib spreading. The staple head assembly further includes a reloadable staple cartridge which may be replaced with differently sized staples of a second cartridge. A closure trigger clamps tissue prior to stapling and cooperates with a second trigger that performs the staple firing operation. The triggers include a safety lock mechanism for preventing premature staple firing.

Title
Surgical instrument having staple head adapted for rib insertion
Application Number
219846
Publication Number
5605273
Application Date
June 7, 1995
Publication Date
February 25, 1997
Inventor
Craig B Berky
Milford
OH, US
Matthew R Otten
Cincinnati
OH, US
Kirk M Nicola
West Chester
OH, US
Thomas J Sierocuk
West Chester
OH, US
David A Witt
Loveland
OH, US
Steven W Hamblin
Loveland
OH, US
Agent
Matthew Goodwin
Paul Coletti
Michael J Kline
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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