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Bryan D Knodel, Bennie Thompson, Richard P Nuchols: Surgical stapler instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 28, 1997: US05597107 (885 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler instrument is provided for applying lateral lines of staples to tissue while cutting the tissue between those staple lines. The instrument includes a handle portion, an implement portion, a reciprocating section, a drive member and a movable actuator. The implement portion include ...


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Bryan D Knodel, Bennie Thompson, Richard P Nuchols: Surgical stapler instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Paul A Coletti, January 30, 1996: US05487500 (675 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler instrument is provided for applying lateral lines of staples to tissue while cutting the tissue between those staple lines. The instrument includes a handle portion, an implement portion, a reciprocating section, a drive member and a movable actuator. The implement portion include ...


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Todd Phillip Omaits, Bennie Thompson, Frederick E Shelton IV, Eugene L Timperman: Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 24, 2009: US07506791 (634 worldwide citation)

Various forms of surgical instruments are disclosed. In various embodiments, the instrument includes a cartridge supporting assembly for operably supporting a staple cartridge therein. The cartridge supporting assembly may be responsive to firing and retraction motions applied thereto from a firing ...


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Bryan D Knodel, Bennie Thompson, Jesse Kuhns: Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism. Ethicon Endo Surgery, August 10, 2004: US06773438 (534 worldwide citation)

In accordance with the present invention there is provided a surgical fastening instrument. The instrument includes a handle and a shaft extending from the handle. The shaft contains a plurality of surgical fasteners therein. The instrument also has a mechanism for first distally deploying a penetra ...


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Jesse J Kuhns, Robert L Koch, Bennie Thompson, Richard P Fuchs: Method for attaching hernia mesh. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, April 22, 2003: US06551333 (497 worldwide citation)

A method for delivering a plurality of individual surgical fasteners. The method includes the step of providing a surgical fastener delivery device having a drive mechanism with distal and proximal ends, the drive mechanism comprising moving and fixed opposing members, the moving member being moveab ...


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Stephen J Failla, Michael J Stokes, Daniel W Price, Charles M Rarey, Bennie Thompson: Endoscopic instrument having articulating element. Ethicon, Dressler Goldsmith Shore & Milnamow, March 26, 1996: US05501654 (432 worldwide citation)

An elastically deformable element having multiple stacked strips for articulation in an endoscopic surgical instrument. The deformable element is usable in a variable retractor and an instrument having an articulating housing. The working section of the retractor variably moves from a curved configu ...


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John P Measamer, Frederick E Shelton IV, Chester O Baxter III, Richard P Fuchs, Nicholas G Molitor, Bennie Thompson, Mark Tsonton: Surgical stapling instrument with apparatus for providing anvil position feedback. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 5, 2011: US07918377 (337 worldwide citation)

Circular stapling instruments for cutting and applying one or more surgical staples to tissue are disclosed. The instruments include various forms of feedback systems designed to provide at least one mode of feedback to the surgeon when the anvil has been attached to the device and/or when the anvil ...


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Bryan D Knodel, Bennie Thompson, Philipe R Manoux, Nathan H White: Articulated surgical instrument. Cardica, Brian A Schar, April 5, 2011: US07918376 (269 worldwide citation)

One example of a surgical instrument may include a handle, an end effector, and a shaft that connects the handle to the end effector, where the shaft includes an articulated region. At least one feeder belt may extend through the lumen of the shaft into the end effector, where at least one feeder be ...


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Todd Phillip Omaits, Bennie Thompson, Frederick E Shelton IV, Eugene L Timperman: Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 8, 2013: US08348131 (234 worldwide citation)

Various forms of surgical instruments are disclosed. In various embodiments, the instrument includes a cartridge supporting assembly for operably supporting a staple cartridge therein. The cartridge supporting assembly may be responsive to firing and retraction motions applied thereto from a firing ...


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Bryan D Knodel, Bennie Thompson, Michael R Ludzack: Method for attaching hernia mesh. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean L Garner, July 30, 2002: US06425900 (232 worldwide citation)

A method for delivering a plurality of individual surgical fasteners includes the steps of providing a surgical fastener delivery device. The delivery device has a drive mechanism having a distal and a proximal end, and a first and a second opposing member. The members are moveable proximally and di ...