05718360 is referenced by 445 patents and cites 40 patents.

A detachable anvil rod for use with an apparatus for circular fastening of hollow organs is provided. An elongated rod member has a proximal end portion, a distal end portion and an irregular surface portion intermediate the proximal and distal end portions. The irregular surface portion includes a plurality of grooves which define a plurality of raised ridges. The ridges are adapted to engage grasping surfaces of a grasping tool so as to minimize potential of slippage, thus enhancing the maneuvering procedure of the anvil rod about the operative site. The anvil rod also includes a narrowly configured mounting portion which enables the rod to be applied to and mounted within the distal end of the stapling apparatus from a variety of angular positions. An apparatus which incorporates the improved detachable anvil rod is also described.

Title
Surgical apparatus and detachable anvil rod therefor
Application Number
941746
Publication Number
5718360
Application Date
November 17, 1994
Publication Date
February 17, 1998
Inventor
Patrick Flanagan
Fairfield
CT, US
Jonathan Wilson
Fairfield
CT, US
David T Green
Westport
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/115
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