06773438 is referenced by 542 patents and cites 3 patents.

In accordance with the present invention there is provided a surgical fastening instrument. The instrument includes a handle and a shaft extending from the handle. The shaft contains a plurality of surgical fasteners therein. The instrument also has a mechanism for first distally deploying a penetrating member from the distal end of the shaft and thereafter feeding at least one of the surgical fasteners distally from the penetrating member. The instrument further includes a lockout mechanism for preventing the penetrating member from deploying from the shaft upon feeding all of the plurality of surgical fasteners from the shaft.

Title
Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism
Application Number
9/692627
Publication Number
6773438 (B1)
Application Date
October 19, 2000
Publication Date
August 10, 2004
Inventor
Jesse Kuhns
Cincinnati
OH, US
Bennie Thompson
Cincinnati
OH, US
Bryan D Knodel
Flagstaff
AZ, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/10
View Original Source