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Kenneth S Wales: Surgical instrument with a lateral-moving articulation control. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, January 3, 2006: US06981628 (907 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument suited for endoscopic use includes a lateral articulation control into a handle portion that provides an intuitive visual and tactile indication to the clinician as to the amount and direction of articulation of an end effector at a distal end of a shaft. Lateral ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Michael Earl Setser, William Bruce Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an E-beam firing mechanism. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, December 27, 2005: US06978921 (750 worldwide citation)

A surgical severing and stapling instrument clamps, suitable for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures, clamps tissue within an end effector of an elongate channel pivotally opposed by an anvil. An E-beam firing bar moves distally through the clamped end effector to sever tissue and to dri ...


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Richard L Grant, Mark S Zeiner, Geoff Hueil, Kenneth Wales, Dean L Garner: Device for attachment of buttress material to a surgical fastening device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, December 2, 2003: US06656193 (734 worldwide citation)

An assembly for releasably attaching a buttress material onto a tissue clamping member of a surgical stapling device is disclosed. The assembly has a substantially rigid frame for connecting to a top surface of a tissue clamping member of a surgical stapling device when the assembly is disposed ther ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Michael Earl Setser, William Bruce Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, January 24, 2006: US06988649 (646 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures simultaneously severs and staples tissue clamped in an end effector comprising an elongate channel, which holds a staple cartridge, and a pivotally attached anvil. An E-beam firing bar engages the channel and selectively engag ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Michael Earl Setser, William Bruce Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, May 16, 2006: US07044352 (609 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures simultaneously severs and staples tissue clamped in an end effector comprising an elongate channel, which holds a staple cartridge, and a pivotally attached anvil. An E-beam firing bar engages the channel and selectively engag ...


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Jeffrey S Swayze, Frederick E Shelton IV, Kevin Ross Doll, Douglas B Hoffman: Multi-stroke mechanism with automatic end of stroke retraction. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, August 1, 2006: US07083075 (601 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling and severing instrument particularly suited to endoscopic procedures incorporates a handle that produces separate closing and firing motions to actuate an end effector. In particular, the handle produces multiple firing strokes in order to reduce the required amount of force requ ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Michael Earl Setser, Douglas B Hoffman: Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an uneven multistroke firing mechanism having a rotary transmission. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, June 13, 2006: US07059508 (577 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling and severing instrument particularly suited to endoscopic procedures incorporates a handle that produces separate closing and firing motions to actuate an end effector. In particular, the handle produces multiple firing strokes in order to reduce the required amount of force requ ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV: Surgical instrument incorporating an electrically actuated articulation mechanism. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, March 24, 2009: US07506790 (571 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument particularly suited to endoscopic use articulates an end effector by including an articulation mechanism in an elongate shaft that incorporates an electrically actuated polymer (EAP) actuator for remotely articulating the end effector.


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Kenneth S Wales, Chad P Boudreaux: Surgical instrument with articulating shaft with rigid firing bar supports. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, November 25, 2008: US07455208 (567 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling and severing instrument particularly suited to endoscopic use includes a proximal portion that is manipulated external to a patient to position an attached elongate shaft and end effector to a desired surgical site inside of the patient. An articulation joint pivotally attaches t ...


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Richard W Timm, Frederick E Shelton IV, Eugene L Timperman, Leslie M Fugikawa: Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, September 15, 2009: US07588176 (557 worldwide citation)

Closure systems for applying a closure motion to an anvil assembly of a surgical instrument. In various embodiments, the surgical instrument includes a cable drive knife assembly and the anvil assembly thereof is moved to a closed position when contacted by a closure tube assembly that has a pushing ...