05673842 is referenced by 504 patents and cites 5 patents.

A surgical stapler for effecting simultaneous cutting and stapling of tissue includes a frame and a staple cartridge positionable in the frame. The stapler includes a knife blade mounted for movement distally of the staple cartridge, with the cartridge including a rotatable member which cooperates with the knife blade for preventing use of the stapler unless it is fitted with a fresh, unused staple cartridge. The rotatable member on the staple cartridge is configured to facilitate convenient and efficient use of the stapler by reducing the force required for operation of the device.

Title
Surgical stapler with locking mechanism
Application Number
8/611161
Publication Number
5673842
Application Date
March 5, 1996
Publication Date
October 7, 1997
Inventor
Peter Lau
Cincinnati
OH, US
John R Bittner
Loveland
OH, US
Agent
Dressler Rockey Milnamow & Katz
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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