07159750 is referenced by 706 patents and cites 250 patents.

A surgical device is disclosed which includes a handle portion, a central body portion and a Simple Use Loading Unit (“SULU”) [SULU]. The SULU includes a proximal body portion, an intermediate pivot member and a tool assembly. The intermediate pivot member is pivotally secured to the proximal body portion about a first pivot axis and the tool assembly is pivotally secured to the intermediate pivot member about a second pivot axis which is orthogonal to the first pivot axis. The SULU includes a plurality of articulation links which are operably connected to the tool assembly by non-rigid links. The articulation links are adapted to releasably engage articulation links positioned in the central body portion. The body portion articulation links are connected to an articulation actuator which is supported for omni-directional movement to effect articulation of the tool assembly about the first and second axes. The handle portion includes a spindle and barrel assembly drive mechanism for advancing and retracting a drive member positioned in the tool assembly. In one embodiment, the tool assembly includes a cartridge assembly having a plurality of staples and an anvil assembly.

Title
Surgical stapling device
Application Number
10/871342
Publication Number
7159750 (B2)
Application Date
June 17, 2004
Publication Date
January 9, 2007
Inventor
Lee Ann Olson
Wallingford
CT, US
Philip Roy
Hamden
CT, US
John W Beardsley
Hamden
CT, US
Ralph Stearns
Bozrah
CT, US
David C Racenet
Litchfield
CT, US
Assignee
Tyco Healtcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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