09211121 is referenced by 86 patents and cites 3884 patents.

A stapling system for use with a surgical stapling instrument is disclosed. The stapling system comprises a staple cartridge, a staple cartridge carrier, and a first articulation joint defining a first articulation axis. The stapling system further comprises a second articulation joint defining a second articulation axis, an elongate shaft, and a shaft portion extending between the first articulation joint and the second articulation joint, wherein the shaft portion is pivotable relative to the elongate shaft about the second articulation axis. The stapling system further comprises, one, means for articulating the staple cartridge carrier about the first articulation axis and, two, a drive member operably supported with the staple cartridge carrier, wherein the drive member is selectively operable to eject staples from the staple cartridge.

Title
Surgical stapling apparatus
Application Number
14/595645
Publication Number
9211121 (B2)
Application Date
January 13, 2015
Publication Date
December 15, 2015
Inventor
Gregory B Blair
San Jose
CA, US
Dean B Bruewer
Fairfield
OH, US
Patrick A Weizman
Liberty Township
OH, US
Douglas B Hoffman
Harrison
OH, US
Mark S Ortiz
Milford
OH, US
Geoffrey C Hueil
Mason
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Andrew M Zwolinski
Cincinnati
OH, US
Galen C Robertson
Apex
NC, US
Jeffrey D Messerly
Cincinnati
OH, US
Randall J Tanguay
Lebanon
OH, US
Steven G Hall
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/32
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/00
A61B 19/00
A61B 19/02
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/068
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