David T Green, Henry Bolanos, Daniel E Alesi, Keith Ratcliff, Charles R Sherts: Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures. United States Surgical Corporation, Peter G Dilworth, Rocco S Barrese, Thomas R Bremer, August 20, 1991: US05040715 (1005 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler for placing lateral lines of staples and making an incision, all through an endoscopic tube, includes an anvil member which is mounted to the distal end of an elongated housing. A tubular collar disposed around the arm of the anvil member is movable to a distal position to bias th ...

David T Green, Henry R Sienkiewicz, Richard C McClure, Robert C Savage, Keith L Milliman, Mitchell J Palmer, Lisa W Heaton, Graham W Bryan: Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus. United States Surgical Corporation, May 17, 1994: US05312023 (963 worldwide citation)

A self contained gas powered endoscopic surgical apparatus is provided for placing lateral lines of surgical fasteners into body tissue. The apparatus includes a frame portion, an elongated portion extending from the frame portion, and an articulating fastener applying assembly associated with a dis ...

Keith L Milliman, Frank J Viola, Joseph Orban, Randolph F Lehn: Surgical stapling apparatus. United States Surgical Corporation, February 2, 1999: US05865361 (946 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling device particularly suited for endoscopic procedures is described. The device can be used with both articulating and non-articulating disposable loading units and has a sensing mechanism for sensing the type of disposable loading unit secured to the device.

Henry Bolanos, Jeffrey J Blewett, Timothy O Van Leeuwen: Non-invasive treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. United States Surgical Corporation, November 5, 1996: US05571116 (925 worldwide citation)

Instrumentation for transoral treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, an instrument includes a remotely operable invagination device for atraumatically approximating the lower esophagus and fundus of the stomach and for invaginating the gastroeso ...

Frank J Viola, John C Robertson: Surgical fastener applying apparatus. United States Surgical Corporation, June 29, 1999: US05915616 (907 worldwide citation)

A surgical apparatus for applying staples or fasteners to tissue to form a circular anastomosis having an adjustable closure mechanism to rapidly approximate the distance between the anvil member and the fastener assembly of the instrument. The adjustable closure mechanism provides for rapid approxi ...

David T Green: Surgical instruments. United States Surgical Corporation, February 7, 1984: US04429695 (897 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling instrument has upper and lower elongate jaws for receiving a staple cartridge and an anvil respectively. A pusher bar and knife assembly including a pair of pusher bars and a central knife carrier moves longitudinally relative to the jaws to eject staples sequentially from the ma ...

Stephan A DeFonzo, Wayne P Young, Samson L Pennatto, Andrew Komlosi: Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to attach an object to body tissue. United States Surgical Corporation, March 12, 1996: US05497933 (873 worldwide citation)

An apparatus is disclosed for endoscopic application of surgical staples to body tissue in laparoscopic hernia surgery, preferably with surgical mesh. The apparatus includes a staple storage cartridge supported on a pivotal support system at the distal end of the endoscopic section. An elongated pus ...

Henry Bolanos, Frank J Viola: Articulating surgical apparatus. United States Surgical Corporation, November 19, 1996: US05575799 (846 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for use in minimally invasive surgery includes a articulating segmented endoscopic portion wherein the segments are connected by an angled rotary interface. Rotation of the distal segment moves the distal segment to a position which is angled relative to the proximal segment. A handle g ...

Wanda L McKean, Matthew Hain, Ilya S Koyfman: Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric. United States Surgical Corporation, April 4, 2000: US06045560 (807 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling apparatus having tissue bolstering material releasably attached thereto for application of the material and staples to body tisuse is disclosed. The tissue bolstering material is preferably releasably held to surfaces of the stapling apparatus through pins, clips or similar secur ...

David T Green, Ernie Aranyi: Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus. United States Surgical Corporation, Kenyon & Kenyon, March 1, 1988: US04728020 (805 worldwide citation)

Surgical fastener applying apparatus having an articulated shaft assembly intermediate a proximal actuator assembly and a distal fastener applying assembly. The rotational axis of the articulation is transverse to the proximal-distal axis of the shaft assembly. The apparatus is fully operational at ...