05839639 is referenced by 659 patents and cites 8 patents.

A collapsible anvil assembly and applicator instrument for use with a surgical stapler. The collapsible anvil assembly includes an anvil shaft and a plurality of anvil segments, having staple clinching buckets thereon, flexibly affixed to the anvil shaft which are movable between a collapsed or radially inwardly deflected condition and an expanded or radially outwardly deflected condition. Immobilizing means in the form of an axially slidable locking ring is provided to fix and maintain the anvil segments in the expanded condition. Mounting element are also provided for subsequent detachable mounting of the anvil assembly on a surgical stapler. The collapsible anvil assembly may also include a suction purse stringing device which attracts and holds a surrounding tissue section within the anvil segments. Additionally, an axially slidable tissue holding ring or snap cap is provided to lock the held tissue section within the anvil segments.

Title
Collapsible anvil assembly and applicator instrument
Application Number
8/516474
Publication Number
5839639
Application Date
August 17, 1995
Publication Date
November 24, 1998
Inventor
Jeffrey M Shaw
Livonia
NY, US
Theodore J Tiberio
Hilton
NY, US
Alex Kobilansky
Pittsford
NY, US
Jude S Sauer
Pittsford
NY, US
Agent
Cumpston & Shaw
Assignee
LaserSurge
NY, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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