08365975 is referenced by 128 patents and cites 99 patents.

A surgical instrument may include a knife moveable from a stowed position completely within said surgical instrument to a cutting position in which at least part of the knife is positioned outside the surgical instrument. The surgical instrument may also include at least two cam slots, a cam pin extending from the knife into the cam slots, at least two guide slots that are substantially linear and are spaced apart from said cam slots, and a guide pin extending from the knife into the guide slots. In some embodiments, the cam slots are shaped to cause the knife to move from the stowed position to the cutting position as the knife is urged proximally.

Title
Cam-controlled knife for surgical instrument
Application Number
12/772322
Publication Number
8365975 (B1)
Application Date
May 3, 2010
Publication Date
February 5, 2013
Inventor
Michael P Schaller
Palo Alto
CA, US
Philipe R Manoux
Oakland
CA, US
Agent
Cardica
Assignee
Cardica
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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