09038881 is referenced by 127 patents and cites 61 patents.

One example of a surgical apparatus may include a feeder belt, a plurality of staples frangibly connected to the feeder belt, and at least one pull tab extending laterally from the feeder belt. An example of a surgical method of treating tissue within the body of a patient may include providing at least one feeder belt and staples frangibly connected thereto, and at least one wedge movable relative to the feeder belt; moving at least one wedge in a first direction to contact and thereby form and shear at least one staple from at least one feeder belt; and moving at least one wedge in a second direction to engage and advance the feeder belt.

Title
Feeder belt actuation mechanism for true multi-fire surgical stapler
Application Number
12/436101
Publication Number
9038881 (B1)
Application Date
May 5, 2009
Publication Date
May 26, 2015
Inventor
Philipe R Manoux
San Francisco
CA, US
Michael P Schaller
Palo Alto
CA, US
Agent
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Assignee
Cardica
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/064
A61B 17/068
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