05915616 is referenced by 907 patents and cites 100 patents.

A surgical apparatus for applying staples or fasteners to tissue to form a circular anastomosis having an adjustable closure mechanism to rapidly approximate the distance between the anvil member and the fastener assembly of the instrument. The adjustable closure mechanism provides for rapid approximation during an initial movement and for fine adjustment of the distance between the anvil member and the fastener assembly upon subsequent movement of the closure mechanism. The closure mechanism consists of an advancing mechanism which operates in a two stage advancement, such that initial movement of the advancing mechanism moves the anvil member a greater distance than a subsequent movement of the advancing mechanism.

Title
Surgical fastener applying apparatus
Application Number
779097
Publication Number
5915616
Application Date
October 10, 1997
Publication Date
June 29, 1999
Inventor
John C Robertson
Bloomfield
CT, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/115
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