06302311 is referenced by 609 patents and cites 52 patents.

An endoscopic stapler includes a stapling head which is removably locatable on the distal end of an endoscope. The stapling head includes a stationary part which houses a removable staple cartridge and a movable part which includes an anvil for receiving and bending the ends of staples fired from the stationary part. The staple cartridge preferably houses two semi-circular rows of staples which are staggered relative to each other. The movable part is coupled to the stationary part by a threaded shaft which engages a worm gear in the stationary part and a first rotatable control wire is coupled to the worm gear. A substantially semi-circular firing cam is located proximal of the staple cartridge in the stationary part. The firing cam has an interior splined surface which is engaged by a spline gear coupled to a second rotatable control wire. In one embodiment, a knife is coupled to the firing cam so that tissue is cut subsequent to stapling. In another embodiment, laser-optical paths are provided for cutting tissue after stapling. The proximal end of the stapling head is coupled to a sleeve having lumen for the control wires and a lumen for a standard endoscope. In another embodiment, a modified endoscope is provided with lumena for the control cables. The modified endoscope is removably attached to the stapling head by either a screw connection or a snap connection.

Title
Endoscopic stapler
Application Number
9/633113
Publication Number
6302311 (B1)
Application Date
August 4, 2000
Publication Date
October 16, 2001
Inventor
David P Gordon
Stamford
CT, US
Charles H Pugsley Jr
Pelham
NH, US
Scott E Swaffar
Bloomington
IN, US
Lauren O Main
Loveland
OH, US
Ronald David Adams
Holliston
MA, US
Agent
Kenyon & Kenyon
US
Assignee
Boston Scientific Corporation
MA, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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