09386988 is referenced by 57 patents and cites 4028 patents.

A retainer for assembling tissue thickness compensators to a surgical stapler can comprise a grip, a first surface for supporting a first tissue thickness compensator, a second surface for supporting a second tissue thickness compensator, and clips for aligning and attaching the retainer to the surgical stapler. The clips may align and attach the retainer to a staple cartridge of the surgical instrument. The clips may align the retainer with an anvil of the surgical instrument. An insertion tool may be used in combination with the retainer to insert the retainer into the surgical stapler and to push the tissue thickness compensators against the anvil and/or the staple cartridge of the surgical instrument.

Title
Retainer assembly including a tissue thickness compensator
Application Number
13/433114
Publication Number
9386988 (B2)
Application Date
March 28, 2012
Publication Date
July 12, 2016
Inventor
Matthew M Lang
Mason
OH, US
Richard W Timm
Cincinnati
OH, US
Steven G Hall
Cincinnati
OH, US
Taylor W Aronhalt
Loveland
OH, US
Michael S Cropper
Edgewood
KY, US
Charles J Scheib
Loveland
OH, US
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
Katherine J Schmid
Cincinnati
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Chester O Baxter III
Loveland
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon End Surgery
PR, US
IPC
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/32
A61B 17/00
A61B 17/115
A61B 17/064
A61B 17/10
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/068
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