07204404 is referenced by 52 patents and cites 11 patents.

A surgical instrument adapted for applying a plurality of surgical fasteners to body tissue includes a frame having a proximal end and a distal end, with a handle positioned at the proximal end. The instrument also includes a cartridge housing and an anvil. The cartridge housing and anvil are relatively movable between a first spaced apart position and a second position in close approximation with one another, and the cartridge housing includes a knife adapted for cutting tissue by moving between the cartridge housing and the anvil. A firing mechanism is associated with the cartridge housing for selective actuation. The instrument also includes a tissue retention feature having an upper member and a lower member maintaining tissue between the cartridge housing and the anvil during treatment, wherein the upper and lower members respectively include channels associated with the knife for guiding it between the cartridge housing and the anvil.

Title
Slotted pins guiding knife in a curved cutter stapler
Application Number
11/14914
Publication Number
7204404 (B2)
Application Date
December 20, 2004
Publication Date
April 17, 2007
Inventor
Federico Bilotti
Rome
IT
Michael L Kruszynski
Loveland
OH, US
Richard C Smith
Milford
OH, US
Richard F Schwemberger
Cincinnati
OH, US
Peter Michael Wukusick
Batesville
IN, US
William David Kelly
Mason
OH, US
Anthony Nguyen
Cincinnati
OH, US
Agent
Welsh & Flaxman
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/064
A61B 17/32
A61B 17/072
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