07726537 is referenced by 435 patents and cites 364 patents.

A tool assembly for a surgical stapling device includes a channel member for supporting a staple cartridge therein and an anvil to deform a plurality of staples ejected from the staple cartridge thereagainst. The tool assembly also includes a sled which is movable to force the staples from the cartridge against the anvil to staple tissue disposed between the anvil and the staple cartridge. A dynamic clamping member is included which has a pin which movably engages the anvil and a flange which movably engages the channel assembly. The dynamic clamping member is mounted to and movable with the sled. The pin and the flange of the dynamic clamping member cooperating to oppose the forces associated with clamping and stapling tissue and also to maintain a substantially uniform gap between the anvil and the staple cartridge during stapling of the tissue.

Title
Surgical stapler with universal articulation and tissue pre-clamp
Application Number
10/529799
Publication Number
7726537 (B2)
Application Date
October 6, 2003
Publication Date
June 1, 2010
Inventor
Clifford L Emmons
Oakville
CT, US
David C Racenet
Litchfield
CT, US
Ralph Stearns
Bozrah
CT, US
John W Beardsley
Wallingford
CT, US
Philip Roy
Orange
CT, US
Lee Ann Olson
Wallingford
CT, US
Assignee
Tyco Healthcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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