07296724 is referenced by 466 patents and cites 109 patents.

An endoscopic surgical apparatus is provided for placing lateral lines of surgical fasteners into body tissue. The apparatus includes a frame portion, an elongated portion extending from the frame portion, and an articulating fastener applying assembly associated with a distal end of the elongated portion. The fastener applying assembly includes a base portion, a staple cartridge housing, and an anvil member which has a forming surface thereon against which surgical fasteners are driven as they are ejected from the cartridge housing. A first mechanism is provided for effectuating the rotation of the fastener applying assembly about an axis defined by the body portion, a second mechanism is provided for effectuating the articulation of the fastener applying assembly, and a third mechanism is provided for independently rotating the cartridge housing and anvil member relative to a longitudinal axis defined by the base position to increase the range of operability of the apparatus.

Title
Surgical stapling apparatus
Application Number
11/73454
Publication Number
7296724 (B2)
Application Date
March 7, 2005
Publication Date
November 20, 2007
Inventor
Graham W Bryan
Norwalk
CT, US
Mitchell J Palmer
New Milford
CT, US
Henry R Sienkiewicz
Stamford
CT, US
Keith Milliman
Bethel
CT, US
Keith Ratcliff
Sandy Hook
CT, US
David T Green
Gulf Stream
FL, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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