07740159 is referenced by 346 patents and cites 781 patents.

A surgical instrument that includes a distal member configured to receive a pneumatically operated tool assembly therein. The instrument may also include pneumatically powered drive member configured to generate at least one actuation motion upon receipt of at least one pneumatic signal from a source of pneumatic power fluidically coupled thereto. A drive shaft assembly communicates with the pneumatically powered drive member for transmitting the actuation motions to the distally mounted pneumatically operated tool. The device further includes a power assist member that communicates with the drive shaft assembly for transmitting additional manually generated actuation motions to the drive shaft assembly.

Title
Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist
Application Number
11/497898
Publication Number
7740159 (B2)
Application Date
August 2, 2006
Publication Date
June 22, 2010
Inventor
Leslie M Fugikawa
Cincinnati
OH, US
Eugene L Timperman
Cincinnati
OH, US
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
A61B 17/072
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