05752644 is referenced by 659 patents and cites 109 patents.

A disposable loading unit is disclosed for use in conjunction with a surgical stapling apparatus configured to sequentially apply a plurality of surgical fasteners to body tissue. The apparatus includes an actuation assembly for effectuating a fastener applying operation, and a housing for receiving and releasably supporting the disposable loading unit. The disposable loading unit includes a staple cartridge body having a longitudinal pathway extending therethrough and a plurality of spaced apart retention slots defined therein each supporting a respective surgical fastener, a plurality of fastener ejection members disposed adjacent the plurality of spaced apart retention slots and communicating with the longitudinal pathway, and an actuator supported within the staple cartridge body and configured to engage the actuation assembly of the apparatus and translate through the longitudinal pathway to contact the fastener ejection members and thereby sequentially eject the surgical fasteners from their respective retention slots.

Title
Disposable loading unit for surgical stapler
Application Number
8/501197
Publication Number
5752644
Application Date
July 11, 1995
Publication Date
May 19, 1998
Inventor
Keith L Milliman
Bethel
CT, US
Richard C McClure
Claremont
CA, US
Alli Alim
Norwalk
CT, US
Henry Bolanos
East Norwalk
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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