05993465 is referenced by 236 patents and cites 82 patents.

The clip applier of the current invention solves the problems of prior art tools by incorporating a pre-clamp mechanism, the function of which is to pre-clamp the vessel to be ligated to a dimension such that the center leg of the spring of the ligation clip need be lifted only slightly. In this manner the spring clip can be slid over the smaller pre-clamped dimension. This insures that the clip spring material will remain within its elastic limit while allowing the tool to maintain a low profile for use in endoscopic surgery, even on large diameter vessels.

Title
Method of ligating a vessel or duct
Application Number
111634
Publication Number
5993465
Application Date
December 12, 1996
Publication Date
November 30, 1999
Inventor
Robert J Hayes
Gahanna
OH, US
Donald R Reichel
Saratoga
CA, US
Robert L Lathrop III
San Jose
CA, US
Robert L Lathrop Jr
San Jose
CA, US
John I Shipp
Tullahoma
TN, US
Agent
Lucian Wayne Beavers Waddey & Patterson
Assignee
Apollo Camera
TN, US
IPC
A61B 17/128
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