07472816 is referenced by 249 patents and cites 68 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
12/11406
Publication Number
7472816 (B2)
Application Date
January 25, 2008
Publication Date
January 6, 2009
Inventor
Nicola Cullinan
Bethal
CT, US
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 E Holsten
Covington
GA, US
Assignee
Tyco Healthcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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