07140527 is referenced by 549 patents and cites 75 patents.

An improved surgical fastener applying apparatus includes a cartridge half-section and an anvil half-section with the cartridge and anvil half-sections being relatively movable from an unclamped position to a fully clamped position. The apparatus includes a replaceable staple cartridge assembly having a plurality of surgical staples and a pivotably mounted safety lock-out. The safety lock-out is pivotable between an initial position in which a relative movement of the cartridge and anvil half-sections to the fully clamped position is permitted and a blocking position in which a relative movement of the cartridge and anvil half-sections to return them to their fully clamped position after the plurality of staples have been at least partially fired is prevented. The apparatus further includes a pivotably mounted firing lever for moving a pair of camming surfaces longitudinally. In addition, each of the presently disclosed cartridge and anvil half-sections of the fastener applying apparatus includes a clamping lever, which clamping levers are configured and adapted to enable the applying apparatus to be opened by either one of the cartridge half-section and the anvil half-section.

Title
Surgical fastener applying apparatus
Application Number
11/292736
Publication Number
7140527 (B2)
Application Date
December 2, 2005
Publication Date
November 28, 2006
Inventor
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Csaba L Rethy
Fairfield
CT, US
Roberto Pedros
Seymour
CT, US
Randolph F Lehn
Stratford
CT, US
David Ivanko
Fairfield
CT, US
Karl H Ehrenfels
Cheshire
CT, US
Assignee
Tyco Healthcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/064
A61B 17/072
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