06821285 is referenced by 419 patents and cites 31 patents.

A medical instrument for engaging tissue includes a flexible shaft, a tissue piercing coil at a distal portion of the shaft, and a tissue stabilizer positioned over the shaft and biased in a distal direction such that as the tissue piercing coil enters tissue, the tissue stabilizer is urged against a surface of the tissue. A medical instrument for reconfiguring tissue includes a flexible shaft defining a lumen housing actuating controls, and a distal actuating assembly with a sealing portion configured to substantially seal the shaft lumen from contact with bodily fluids. A cartridge assembly includes first and second members configured for releasable attachment to a medical instrument, and a holder configured to receive the first and second members and to be released from the first and second members upon action of the first and second members attaching to the medical instrument.

Title
Tissue reconfiguration
Application Number
9/859579
Publication Number
6821285 (B2)
Application Date
May 18, 2001
Publication Date
November 23, 2004
Inventor
Randall B Chinnock
Sturbridge
MA, US
Neal H Marshall
Bolton
MA, US
Michael Barenboym
Ashland
MA, US
Vincent A Puicci Jr
Spencer
MA, US
Ram Chuttani
Dover
MA, US
Richard Andrews
Lincoln
RI, US
Jonathan O&apos Keefe
Scituate
MA, US
Amos Cruz
Franklin
MA, US
Jeffrey C Cerier
Franklin
MA, US
Michael D Laufer
Menlo Park
CA, US
Agent
Fish & Richardson P C
US
Assignee
ndo surgical
MA, US
IPC
A61B 17/08
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