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Robert B Duncan: Mesh tissue fasteners. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, October 22, 1985: US04548202 (1055 worldwide citation)

Various fasteners are provided to hold together portions of mammalian tissue. The fasteners include fastening members with spaced-apart legs adapted to be passed through the tissue portions. One embodiment of the fastener has a mesh-like receiver around each leg for engaging the legs of another iden ...


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Michael D Hooven, Joseph C Hueil: Endoscopic instrument having a torsionally stiff drive shaft for applying fasteners to tissue. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, Robert L Minier, July 18, 1995: US05433721 (919 worldwide citation)

A drive mechanism for an endoscopic surgical instrument which has a rotatable drive shaft and a mechanism for translating the rotational force of the shaft for applying fasteners to tissue during endoscopic surgery.


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Stephen J Failla, Carmen Gerrone: Shaped staples and slotted receivers (case VII). Ethicon, Robert L Minier, May 3, 1988: US04741336 (540 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for joining tissue by means of a two piece fastener. The fastener is a shaped staple having a general shape of an M, and a receiver for engaging with the legs of the staple. The staple has an M-shape with the outer legs portions being non-parallel or parallel. The legs of the s ...


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Robert J Cerwin, William P McVay: Plastic surgical staple. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, March 2, 1982: US04317451 (478 worldwide citation)

A one-piece, self-locking, molded plastic staple useful as a tissue fixation device in surgical procedures. The staple has opposed, pointed, L-shaped legs secured to a horizontal bridging member. Each leg has an extension which is engaged by a locking bar extending between the extensions when the st ...


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Robert H O Holla: Two-piece tissue fastener with ratchet leg staple and sealable latching receiver. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, August 6, 1985: US04532926 (461 worldwide citation)

An absorbable fastener is provided to hold together portions of mammalian tissue and includes a T-shaped fastening member and a receiver adapted to receive the leg of the fastening member. The fastening member leg has a plurality of resilient frustoconical members. One of the frustoconical members c ...


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Robert W Mericle: Plastic surgical staple. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, January 31, 1984: US04428376 (461 worldwide citation)

A one-piece, self-locking, molded plastic staple useful as a tissue fixation device in surgical procedures. The staple has opposed, pointed, L-shaped legs hinged to a horizontal bridging member having expanding cam surfaces on each end. Each leg has an extending cam follower which traverses the cam ...


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James J Bedi, Madhusudan Joshi: Two-piece tissue fastener with locking top and method for applying same. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, July 30, 1985: US04531522 (431 worldwide citation)

A fastener is provided to hold together portions of mammalian tissue and includes a fastening member and a retainer adapted to receive legs of the fastening member that are inserted through the tissue portions. The legs of the fasteneing member are hinged and are pivoted toward one another when the ...


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John Di Giovanni: Surgical instrument for applying fasteners, said instrument having an improved trigger interlocking mechanism (Case VI). Ethicon, Robert L Minier, May 27, 1986: US04591085 (358 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for stitching tissue having a stationary grip portion and a movable trigger portion which are interlocked until the jaws of the instrument are in proper position for stitching tissue.


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Marlene K Clanton, Jeffrey Kapec, Kanuza Tanaka: Collapsible purse string aid for use with intraluminal stapling device. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, November 3, 1987: US04703887 (334 worldwide citation)

The improvement in an intraluminal stapling instrument comprising a collapsible means disposed on the central member of said instrument. The collapsible means holds the tissue to be joined in the proper position with respect the fasteners being used to accomplish the fastening and also acts as a gui ...


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Robert W Mericle: Split ring type tissue fastener. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, June 17, 1986: US04595007 (319 worldwide citation)

A sterile, surgical, unitary fastener having a generally circular shape and with its free ends disposed laterally with respect to each other. Methods and instruments for forming and placing such fasteners to join tissue together.