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Alan K Plyley, Claude A Vidal, Russell J Redmond, John L Minck Jr, Alan J Solyntjes: Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, February 6, 1996: US05489058 (637 worldwide citation)

Surgical staplers for use during open and/or laparoscopic surgical procedures are disclosed. Novel firing device trapping assemblies, pushers, staple lines and firing handles are described. Many of the novel devices reduce the overall firing force experienced by the surgeon.


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Floyd Foslien, Alan R Plyley, John M Barker, Claude Vidal: Stapler and firing device. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, August 25, 1992: US05141144 (463 worldwide citation)

An improved stapler firing assembly and a surgical stapler are disclosed. The stapler comprises structural members having handle parts with opposite sides and jaw parts projecting from the handle parts. The stapler includes a mechanism for releasable engagement between an elongate locking member and ...


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Michael F Hoey, Mark A Christopherson, Steven M Goetz: Apparatus and method for creating, maintaining, and controlling a virtual electrode used for the ablation of tissue. Medtronic, Thomas G Berry, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, February 1, 2005: US06849073 (402 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides an apparatus and a method for producing a virtual electrode within or upon a tissue to be treated with radio frequency alternating electric current, such tissues including but not limited to liver, lung, cardiac, prostate, breast, and vascular tissues and neoplasms. An ...


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Floyd Foslien, Alan K Plyley, John M Barker, Claude Vidal: Stapler and firing device. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, January 28, 1992: US05083695 (395 worldwide citation)

An improved stapler firing assembly and a surgical stapler are disclosed. The stapler comprises structural members having handle parts with opposite sides and jaw parts projecting from the handle parts. The stapler includes a mechanism for releasable engagement between an elongate locking member and ...


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Alan K Plyley, Claude A Vidal, Roger Lagerquist: Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, November 28, 1995: US05470007 (378 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler with an overload sensor and lockout is disclosed. The surgical stapler is particularly useful in laparoscopic surgical procedures.


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Scott E Jahns, David E Francischelli, Alison A Lutterman, James R Keogh, Roderick E Briscoe, William G O Neill, Jack Goodman, Tom P Daigle, Paul T Rothstein, Adam A Podbelski, Stephen J Roddy, David J S Kim, Mark R Bilitz: Electrosurgical hemostat. Medtronic, Tom Berry, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, August 1, 2006: US07083620 (335 worldwide citation)

A hemostat-type device for ablative treatment of tissue, particularly for treatment of atrial fibrillation, is constructed with features that provide easy and effective treatment. A swiveling head assembly can allow the jaws to be adjusted in pitch and roll. Malleable jaws can permit curved lesion s ...


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James F Pitzen, Jeffrey D Smith, Charles E Alexson: Orthopedic surgical device. Minnesota Mining And Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, September 10, 1996: US05553675 (309 worldwide citation)

A cordless drive assembly for driving various orthopedic surgical instruments is described. The drive assembly is battery powered and includes tracks in the handle portion of its housing for receiving the battery. A latch locks the battery to the housing.


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Stephen Ainsworth, Jianhua Yang: Self-closing surgical clip for tissue. Medtronic, Tom Berry, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, July 5, 2005: US06913607 (272 worldwide citation)

A self-closing fastener is described that comprises a clip passable through a tissue opening. The fastener is adapted for holding by a mechanism in an open configuration for passing through the tissue, followed by releasing the fastener from the holding mechanism, allowing the clip to remain in the ...


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David R Staskin, Johann J Neisz, John W Westrum Jr, Gary A Rocheleau: Sling delivery system and method of use. American Medical Systems, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, September 2, 2003: US06612977 (267 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method of use are disclosed to treat urological disorders. The biocompatible device includes a handle, needle, dilator and sling assembly configured to be minimally invasive and provide sufficient support to the target site. In addition, the configuration of the sling assembly also ...


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Claude A Vidal, Russell J Redmond, Alan K Plyley: Laparoscopic surgical instrument with a mechanism for preventing its entry into the abdominal cavity once it is depleted and removed from the abdominal cavity. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, Gary L Griswold, Walter N Kirn, Jeffrey J Hohenshell, September 5, 1995: US05447265 (246 worldwide citation)

A laparoscopic stapler with a blocking body is disclosed. The blocking body allows the stapler to be inserted into the abdominal cavity through a cannula and removed therefrom until the staples are fired. When the staples are fired, the blocking body allows the stapler to be removed from the abdomin ...



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