05855311 is referenced by 670 patents and cites 16 patents.

A surgical stapling instrument with a remotely articulated staple head assembly on a rotatable support shaft. A joy stick mounted to the shaft of the instrument near the handle allows for remote articulation of the staple head assembly. The staple head assembly includes a narrow contour for insertion between adjacent rib pairs without rib spreading. The staple head assembly further includes a reloadable staple cartridge which may be replaced with differently sized staples of a second cartridge. A closure trigger clamps tissue prior to stapling and cooperates with a second trigger that performs the staple firing operation. The triggers include a safety lock mechanism for preventing premature staple firing.

Title
Reloadable surgical instrument
Application Number
219846
Publication Number
5855311
Application Date
June 7, 1995
Publication Date
January 5, 1999
Inventor
Craig B Berky
Milford
OH, US
Matthew R Otten
Cincinnati
OH, US
Kirk M Nicola
West Chester
OH, US
Thomas J Sierocuk
West Chester
OH, US
David A Witt
Loveland
OH, US
Steven W Hamblin
Loveland
OH, US
Agent
Matthew S Goodwin
Paul A Coletti
Michael J Kline
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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