07857185 is referenced by 410 patents and cites 749 patents.

A disposable loading unit for operable attachment to a surgical stapling apparatus. The disposable loading unit may have a carrier that supports a staple cartridge and an anvil assembly that is movable coupled to the carrier. The various embodiments may further have an axial drive assembly that is configured to impart a closing motion to the anvil assembly and also supports a cutting blade thereon. The axial drive assembly is configured to receive firing motions and retraction motions from the surgical stapling apparatus. Various embodiments have an anvil release assembly that enables the anvil assembly to be released from a clamping orientation in the event that the cutting blade becomes jammed during operation.

Title
Disposable loading unit for surgical stapling apparatus
Application Number
12/31539
Publication Number
7857185 (B2)
Application Date
February 14, 2008
Publication Date
December 28, 2010
Inventor
Mark H Ransick
West Chester
OH, US
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
William B Weisenburgh II
Maineville
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Charles J Scheib
Loveland
OH, US
Joshua R Uth
Mason
OH, US
Ronald J Kolata
Raleigh
NC, US
William D Kelly
Mason
OH, US
Bret W Smith
King Mills
OH, US
Kevin R Doll
Mason
OH, US
Richard W Timm
Cincinnati
OH, US
Donna L Korvick
Maineville
OH, US
Shailendra K Parihar
Mason
OH, US
Glen A Armstrong
Hamilton
OH, US
Thomas W Huitema
Cincinnati
OH, US
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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