08893946 is referenced by 171 patents and cites 932 patents.

A surgical instrument having opposed jaws that can be selectively moved between open and closed positions. Various embodiments include components for measuring the thickness of tissue clamped between the opposed jaws. Some embodiments are configured to ascertain the amount of compressive force that is being applied to the tissue while the thickness of the tissue is being determined. The tissue thickness data is displayed on the instrument itself and/or on a display that is remote from the instrument. The various embodiments may comprise different types of surgical instruments such as surgical staplers and graspers. A jaw arrangement with jaws shaped to define a cradle that corresponds to a cross-sectional shape of an object is also disclosed. The components that generate the thickness data may be electrically or mechanically actuated.

Title
Laparoscopic tissue thickness and clamp load measuring devices
Application Number
11/729008
Publication Number
8893946 (B2)
Application Date
March 28, 2007
Publication Date
November 25, 2014
Inventor
Leslie M Fugikawa
Cincinnati
OH, US
Eugene L Timperman
Cincinnati
OH, US
Chad P Boudreaux
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 19/00
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/068
A61B 17/072
A61B 5/107
A61B 17/10
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