05782396 is referenced by 783 patents and cites 43 patents.

A surgical device is described herein that can be used to fire different types and sizes of disposable loading units. In a preferred embodiment, the device applies parallel rows of surgical fasteners to body tissue and concomitantly forms an incision between the rows of staples during an endoscopic or laparoscopic surgical procedure. The device can be utilized with disposable loading units configured to apply linear rows of staples measuring from about 15 mm in length to about 60 mm in length and can be used to fire disposable loading units containing surgical clips and individual staples.

Title
Surgical stapler
Application Number
520202
Publication Number
5782396
Application Date
October 20, 1995
Publication Date
July 21, 1998
Inventor
Jon Wilson
Fairfield
CT, US
Robert J Geiste
Milford
CT, US
Thomas W Alesi Jr
New Fairfield
CT, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Dominick L Mastri
Bridgeport
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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