07959051 is referenced by 379 patents and cites 692 patents.

A surgical stapling instrument including an actuator configured to be retracted relative to the distal end of the disposable loading unit and rotate an anvil between an open position and a closed position. The actuator can include a cam, where the cam can include an arcuate profile having an apex configured to be in contact with the anvil when the anvil is in a closed position. In at least one such embodiment, the anvil can apply a clamping force to the soft tissue prior to the staples being deployed to prevent, or at least inhibit, soft tissue from flowing, or ‘milking’, out of the distal end of the disposable loading unit. In various embodiments, a surgical stapling instrument can include a disposable loading unit having an anvil which can be moved between open, closed, and/or collapsed positions to facilitate the insertion of the disposable loading unit through a trocar.

Title
Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument
Application Number
12/31820
Publication Number
7959051 (B2)
Application Date
February 15, 2008
Publication Date
June 14, 2011
Inventor
Andrew M Zwolinski
Cincinnati
OH, US
Galen C Robertson
Cincinnati
OH, US
Jeffrey D Messerly
Cincinnati
OH, US
Randall J Tanguay
Lebanon
OH, US
Steven G Hall
Cincinnati
OH, US
Mark H Ransick
West Chester
OH, US
Kyle P Moore
Mason
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
Kevin R Doll
Mason
OH, US
Bret W Smith
Kings Mills
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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