05797538 is referenced by 624 patents and cites 17 patents.

Apparatus for applying a plurality of surgical fasteners to body tissue includes an elongated body extending from a handle assembly. A fastener cartridge housing pivotably connected to a distal portion of the elongated body receives a fastener cartridge containing a plurality of surgical fasteners. A fastener driving mechanism actuatable from the handle assembly ejects fasteners from the fastener cartridge to form them against an anvil mounted adjacent the cartridge housing. The fastener cartridge is pivotably movable from a position in alignment with a longitudinal axis of the elongated body to a position out of alignment with the elongated body. Visual indication of the relative position of the fastener cartridge is provided by a control lever which is movable toward and away from the handle assembly to correspond with movement of the fastener cartridge. A clamp mechanism is also provided to move the anvil relative to the cartridge housing to clamp tissue therebetween.

Title
Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue
Application Number
318593
Publication Number
5797538
Application Date
March 13, 1997
Publication Date
August 25, 1998
Inventor
Richard C McClure
Claremont
CA, US
Keith L Milliman
Bethel
CT, US
Mitchell J Palmer
New Milford
CT, US
Lisa W Heaton
Norwalk
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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