08453906 is referenced by 171 patents and cites 325 patents.

An end-effector assembly configured to be attached to a surgical instrument. The end-effector assembly comprises a first jaw and a second jaw comprising a staple cavity. At least one of the first jaw and the second jaw is movable relative to the other jaw. The end-effector assembly comprises a staple removably positioned within the staple cavity and an electrically-conductive driver configured to move the staple between a first stored position in which the staple is at least partially positioned within the staple cavity and a second position in which the staple is at least partially deployed from the staple cavity into tissue positioned intermediate the first jaw and the second jaw. The staple comprises an electrode.

Title
Surgical instruments with electrodes
Application Number
12/836383
Publication Number
8453906 (B2)
Application Date
July 14, 2010
Publication Date
June 4, 2013
Inventor
David A Witt
Maineville
OH, US
Timothy G Dietz
Terrace Park
OH, US
Jeffrey L Aldridge
Lebanon
OH, US
Mary E Mootoo
Cincinnati
OH, US
Paul Guerra
Los Gatos
CA, US
Aron O Zingman
Cincinnati
OH, US
David K Norvell
Monroe
OH, US
Donna L Korvick
Maineville
OH, US
Gwendolyn P Payne
Cincinnati
OH, US
Scott A Woodruff
Cincinnati
OH, US
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Foster B Stulen
Mason
OH, US
Prasanna Malaviya
Mason
OH, US
Jason L Harris
Mason
OH, US
Zhifan F Huang
Mason
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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