07861906 is referenced by 492 patents and cites 935 patents.

A surgical stapling apparatus for use with a disposable loading unit. Various embodiments include an elongated body assembly that comprises a distal body segment and a proximal body segment that are operably coupled together by an intermediate articulation joint such that the proximal body segment and the distal body segment define a longitudinal axis. The intermediate articulation joint may be configured to facilitate articulation of the distal body segment about an intermediate articulation axis that is substantially transverse to the longitudinal axis. The elongated body assembly may be configured to transfer actuation motions from an actuation shaft housed in a handle assembly to the disposable loading unit. In various embodiments, the intermediate articulation joint may be adjacent to the handle assembly.

Title
Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components
Application Number
12/31066
Publication Number
7861906 (B2)
Application Date
February 14, 2008
Publication Date
January 4, 2011
Inventor
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
Kings Mills
OH, US
Kevin R Doll
Mason
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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