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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II, Carl J Shurtleff: Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 18, 2014: US08672208 (196 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler including an anvil, a staple cartridge, and a buttress material removably retained to the anvil and/or staple cartridge. In various embodiments, the staple cartridge can include at least one staple removably stored therein which can, when deployed, or fired, therefrom, contact the ...


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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II, Carl J Shurtleff: End effectors for surgical stapling instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 6, 2015: US08925788 (164 worldwide citation)

An end effector includes an anvil and a staple cartridge. The staple cartridge includes a first deck surface, a second deck surface, a plurality of first staple cavities arranged in a first row extending along the first deck surface, a plurality of second staple cavities arranged in a second row ext ...


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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II, Carl J Shurtleff, Frederick E Shelton IV: Lateral securement members for surgical staple cartridges. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 22, 2016: US09289206 (76 worldwide citation)

An end effector for use with a surgical instrument is disclosed. The end effector comprises an anvil, a cutting member, and a staple cartridge. The staple cartridge comprises a cartridge body, an elongate slot, and a deck comprising a first deck surface and a second deck surface, where one of the de ...


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Kevin D Felder, John F Cummings, Joseph P Schowalter, Patrick J Swindon, Johnny H Alexander III, Patrick A Weizman, Cory G Kimball, Edward G Chekan, Joseph E Young, Christopher C Miller, Barry T Jamison, John V Hunt, Kent P Baker, Cortney E Henderson, Chester O Baxter III, Jerome R Morgan, Adam R Dunki Jacobs, Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Carl J Shurtleff, Julia F Serber: Tissue stapler anvil feature to prevent premature jaw opening. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, November 17, 2015: US09186148 (29 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument includes a handle assembly having a trigger operable to fire a staple driver to staple tissue. The instrument includes a pointed rod to which an anvil may be coupled. An anvil detection feature is included to determine when the anvil is coupled to the rod. In some versions, the ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Carl J Shurtleff: Devices and methods for providing access into a body cavity. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 22, 2013: US08357085 (6 worldwide citation)

Methods and devices are provided for accessing a body cavity. In general, a surgical access device is provided that can include a retractor that forms a working channel through tissue, a seal housing for sealing the working channel and/or forming a seal around an instrument inserted therethrough, an ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Charles J Scheib, Jerome R Morgan, Carl J Shurtleff: Active seal components. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Nutter McClennen & Fish, August 14, 2012: US08241209 (6 worldwide citation)

Methods and devices are provided to allow for easy manipulation of a configuration and/or an orientation of seal elements of a surgical access device by an end user. In one exemplary embodiment a surgical access device is provided that includes a retractor configured to be positioned within a surgic ...


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William B Weisenburgh II, Carl J Shurtleff, Darrel M Powell, Christopher J Hess: Methods and devices for maintaining visibility and providing irrigation and/or suction during surgical procedures. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 23, 2014: US08915842 (6 worldwide citation)

Methods and devices are provided for providing irrigation and/or suction to a surgical site and maintaining clear visibility through a lens of a scoping device during a surgical procedure. In general, the methods and devices can allow for a surgical instrument to maintain visibility during a surgica ...


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David T Martin, James A Woodard Jr, Carl J Shurtleff, Andrew C Yoo: Articulating needle driver. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, August 25, 2015: US09113861 (6 worldwide citation)

A needle holder includes a shaft and a needle driver located at the distal end of the shaft. The needle driver is operable to rotate a needle such that the needle forms a non-perpendicular angle with a longitudinal axis of the shaft. In some versions, the needle driver includes a first arm and a rot ...


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James W Voegele, Robert P Gill, Carl J Shurtleff: Biocompatible nanoparticle compositions and methods. Ethicon Endo Surgert, August 7, 2012: US08239007 (5 worldwide citation)

Various compositions, methods, and devices are provided that use fluorescent nanoparticles, which can function as markers, indicators, and light sources. The fluorescent nanoparticles can be formed from a fluorophore core surrounded by a biocompatible shell, such as a silica shell. In one embodiment ...


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David T Martin, James A Woodard Jr, Carl J Shurtleff, Kevin A Larson, Mark J Bookbinder, John L Stammen: Suture fastening device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, February 2, 2016: US09247938 (5 worldwide citation)

An apparatus is operable to secure suture fasteners to sutures to eliminate the need to tie knots in the sutures. The apparatus comprises a shaft, an end effector disposed at the distal end of the shaft, and a suture fastener removably secured to the end effector. The end effector may include a pivo ...