08083120 is referenced by 304 patents and cites 933 patents.

An end effector for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument. In various embodiments, the end effector may include an elongate channel that is configured to support a staple cartridge therein and which is also operably coupled to a surgical cutting and stapling instrument. An anvil may be movably supported relative to the elongate channel for selective movement between an open position and a closed position wherein tissue is clamped between the anvil and a staple cartridge supported within the elongate channel in response to a closing motion applied thereto from the surgical cutting and stapling instrument. At least one light source may be provided on at least one of the staple cartridge and the elongate channel. The light sources may interface with the anvil to provide a visual indication viewable through a portion of the anvil to indicate a position of tissue clamped between the anvil and the staple cartridge.

Title
End effector for use with a surgical cutting and stapling instrument
Application Number
12/212938
Publication Number
8083120 (B2)
Application Date
September 18, 2008
Publication Date
December 27, 2011
Inventor
Richard C Smith
Milford
OH, US
David C Yates
West Chester
OH, US
Richard F Schwemberger
Cincinnati
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/68
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