07401721 is referenced by 368 patents and cites 65 patents.

A surgical stapling apparatus includes a staple cartridge and an anvil member. The staple cartridge includes a plurality of surgical fasteners disposed in rows of retention slots. The staple cartridge may have an annular or linear configuration of retention slots. The tissue contacting surface of the staple cartridge may be tapered or stepped. The anvil member has a tissue contacting surface that includes a number of pockets arranged for substantially aligning with the retention slots. In addition, the tissue contacting surface of the anvil member may complement the tissue contacting surface of the staple cartridge.

Title
Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes
Application Number
11/436222
Publication Number
7401721 (B2)
Application Date
May 18, 2006
Publication Date
July 22, 2008
Inventor
Russell Heinrich
Madison
CT, US
John W Beardsley
Wallingford
CT, US
Clifford L Emmons
Oakville
CT, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Henry Holsten
Covington
GA, US
Assignee
Tyco Healthcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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