08701958 is referenced by 193 patents and cites 578 patents.

The present invention includes a surgical stapler having a curved end-effector which is configured to deploy staples in at least one curved staple line. In various embodiments, the surgical stapler includes a staple cartridge, an anvil, and a cutting member having a cutting surface wherein the cutting member is relatively movable with respect to the anvil and the staple cartridge. In one embodiment, the staple cartridge can be configured to deploy staples along different, non-parallel axes. As a result, the staples can be deployed in a significantly curved staple line. In various embodiments, the surgical stapler includes a flexible driver operably engaged with the cutting member to move the cutting member relative to the anvil and the staple cartridge. In these embodiments, the driver can include an elongate cross-section defined by a width and a height wherein its width is greater, and in some cases, substantially greater, than its height.

Title
Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device
Application Number
11/652164
Publication Number
8701958 (B2)
Application Date
January 11, 2007
Publication Date
April 22, 2014
Inventor
Douglas J Siebenaler
Maineville
OH, US
Stephen J Balek
Miamisburg
OH, US
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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