06109500 is referenced by 757 patents and cites 207 patents.

A surgical device is described herein that can be used to fire different types and sizes of disposable loading units. In a preferred embodiment, the device applies parallel rows of surgical fasteners to body tissue and concomitantly forms an incision between the rows of staples during an endoscopic or laparoscopic surgical procedure. The device can be utilized with disposable loading units configured to apply linear rows of staples measuring from about 15 mm in length to about 60 mm in length and can be used to fire disposable loading units containing surgical clips and individual staples. A lockout mechanism is provided to disable the disposable loading units after firing.

Title
Lockout mechanism for a surgical stapler
Application Number
8/943880
Publication Number
6109500
Application Date
October 3, 1997
Publication Date
August 29, 2000
Inventor
Jonathan E Wilson
Mountain View
CA, US
Robert J Geiste
Milford
CT, US
Thomas W Alesi Jr
New Fairfield
CT, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Dominick L Mastri
Bridgeport
CT, US
Keith L Milliman
Bethel
CT, US
Alim Alli
Norwalk
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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