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Kevin R Doll, Bret W Smith, William D Kelly, Ronald J Kolata, Joshua R Uth, Charles J Scheib, Frederick E Shelton IV: Surgical stapling apparatus with articulatable components. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 4, 2011: US07861906 (492 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling apparatus for use with a disposable loading unit. Various embodiments include an elongated body assembly that comprises a distal body segment and a proximal body segment that are operably coupled together by an intermediate articulation joint such that the proximal body segment a ...


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Jeffrey S Swayze, Thomas W Huitema, Glen A Armstrong, Shailendra K Parihar, Donna L Korvick, Richard W Timm, Kevin R Doll, Bret W Smith, William D Kelly, Ronald J Kolata, Joshua R Uth, Charles J Scheib, Frederick E Shelton IV, William B Weisenburgh II, Jerome R Morgan, Mark H Ransick: Disposable loading unit for surgical stapling apparatus. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 28, 2010: US07857185 (410 worldwide citation)

A disposable loading unit for operable attachment to a surgical stapling apparatus. The disposable loading unit may have a carrier that supports a staple cartridge and an anvil assembly that is movable coupled to the carrier. The various embodiments may further have an axial drive assembly that is c ...


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David C Yates, Frederick E Shelton IV, Bret W Smith, Brett E Swensgard, Ryan J Laurent: Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, July 3, 2012: US08210411 (395 worldwide citation)

A motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument that comprises an end effector, a shaft connected to the end effector, and handle connected to the shaft. The end effector may comprise a cutting instrument that, when actuated, longitudinally traverses the end effector to cut tissue clamped i ...


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Kevin R Doll, Bret W Smith, William D Kelly, Joshua R Uth, Charles J Scheib, Frederick E Shelton IV: Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly. Ethicon Endo Surgery, October 26, 2010: US07819297 (391 worldwide citation)

A reusable surgical stapling apparatus that is configured for use with disposable loading units. Various embodiments include a first handle segment and a second handle segment that is detachably coupled to the first handle segment to form a handle housing. A firing assembly may be removably supporte ...


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Bret W Smith, Kevin R Doll, William D Kelly, Ronald J Kolata, Joshua R Uth, Charles J Scheib, Frederick E Shelton IV, William B Weisenburgh II, Jerome R Morgan, Kyle P Moore, Mark H Ransick, Steven G Hall, Randall J Tanguay, Jeffrey D Messerly, Galen C Robertson, Andrew M Zwolinski: Closure systems for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 14, 2011: US07959051 (379 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling instrument including an actuator configured to be retracted relative to the distal end of the disposable loading unit and rotate an anvil between an open position and a closed position. The actuator can include a cam, where the cam can include an arcuate profile having an apex co ...


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Ryan J Laurent, Brett E Swensgard, Bret W Smith: Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly. Ethicon Endo Surgery, July 17, 2012: US08220688 (322 worldwide citation)

A motor-driven surgical instrument having a control assembly for controlling a switch of the instrument. The surgical instrument may comprise a motor control circuit, a drive member, and a slider. The drive member comprises a first shoulder at a first position and a second shoulder at a second posit ...


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Bret W Smith, Daniel J Abbott, Richard F Schwemberger, Frederick E Shelton IV, Chad P Boudreaux, Brelt E Swensgard, Ryan J Laurent: Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system. Ethicon Endo Sugery, December 17, 2013: US08608045 (295 worldwide citation)

In one general aspect, various embodiments of the present invention can include a motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a drive shaft, a motor selectively engageable with the drive shaft, and a manual return mechanism configured to operably disengage the motor from the drive sha ...


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Ryan J Laurent, Brett E Swensgard, Bret W Smith: Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 4, 2013: US08453914 (293 worldwide citation)

A motor-driven surgical instrument having a control assembly for controlling a switch of the instrument. The surgical instrument may comprise a motor control circuit, a drive member, and a slider. The drive member comprises a first shoulder at a first position and a second shoulder at a second posit ...


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Chad P Boudreaux, Frederick E Shelton IV, Bret W Smith, Daniel J Abbott: Surgical instruments and components for use in sterile environments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 9, 2013: US08414577 (247 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument comprises a first portion encapsulated by a membrane and a second portion comprising a surgical instrument body and a cavity in the surgical instrument body. The cavity is configured to receive the first portion. The second portion comprises a first region comprising an opening ...