05797931 is referenced by 237 patents and cites 16 patents.

A surgical instrument for fastening together opposing portions of a body organ. The instrument comprises a first support for supporting the first opposing portion of the body organ, a second support opposing the first support, for supporting the second opposing portion of the body organ, and a displacement-preventing member connected to the first or second support for preventing the supports from displacing relative to each other. The member comprises a pin protruding from one of the supports and a hole formed in the other of the supports. The pin is made of thermoplastic resin. When heated, the pin is softened and deformed, whereby the first and second supports are secured to each other, fastening together the opposing portions of the body organ.

Title
Tissue-fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissues
Application Number
72224
Publication Number
5797931
Application Date
March 22, 1996
Publication Date
August 25, 1998
Inventor
Naoki Uchiyama
Tokyo
JP
Seiji Kuramoto
Huntingeon Station
NY, US
Toshihiko Suzuta
Tokyo
JP
Shuichi Kimura
Tokyo
JP
Tsuyoshi Tsukagoshi
Tokyo
JP
Akio Nakada
Tokyo
JP
Akito Mukaizawa
Tokyo
JP
Minoru Tsuruta
Tokyo
JP
Kazuhiko Oozeki
Tokyo
JP
Isami Hirao
Tokyo
JP
Shiro Bito
Tokyo
JP
Agent
Frishauf Holtz Goodman Langer & Chick
Assignee
Olympus Optical
JP
IPC
A61B 17/04
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