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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket. Ethicon Endo Surgery, October 21, 2008: US07438209 (604 worldwide citation)

An anvil of a surgical stapler including releasable pocket elements that can capture ends of fired staples. In various embodiments, the pocket elements can be released from the anvil such that the pocket elements remain with the staples and stapled tissue after the stapler has been fired. When deplo ...


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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features. Ethicon Endo Surgery, October 20, 2009: US07604151 (568 worldwide citation)

A surgical staple having at least one projection formed thereon. In various embodiments, the projection is formed on a crown of the surgical staple. In one various embodiment, the projection surrounds, or is positioned adjacent to, at least one deformable member of the surgical staple. In one embodi ...


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William B Weisenburgh II, Christopher J Hess: Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 2, 2010: US07669747 (475 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler including a “breakaway” washer that is inserted into an anvil. The washer can include a circular inner portion and a circular outer portion. The outer portion may include a number of staple guide sections that define openings through which staple ends of surgical staples are drive ...


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Christopher J Hess, Jerome R Morgan, William B Weisenburgh II, James W Voegele, Mark S Ortiz, Michael J Stokes, Carl Shurtleff, Frederick E Shelton IV, Jeffrey S Swayze: Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same. Ethicon Endo Surgery, September 14, 2010: US07794475 (453 worldwide citation)

A staple having a crown, a deformable leg extending from the crown, and a spring extending from the crown configured to compress tissue between the spring and the deformable member. Owing to the flexibility of the spring, the staple can accommodate a wide range of tissue thicknesses while still comp ...


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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II, Carl J Shurlleff: Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 9, 2010: US07673782 (404 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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Jerome R Morgan, Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II: Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 15, 2010: US07735703 (377 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler including an elongate shaft having a first end and a second end. In one various embodiment, an anvil is situated at the second end of the elongate shaft. In one embodiment, a staple cartridge, configured to removably store at least one staple, is movable relative to the anvil. In ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Darrel M Powell, Michael A Murray, Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II, Jerome R Morgan, Steven G Hall: Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 3, 2011: US07934630 (349 worldwide citation)

A staple cartridge for use with a stapling device that has an actuator that is selectively actuatable in an axial direction and an anvil portion that is selectively movable between open and closed positions is disclosed. Various embodiments of the present invention include a cartridge body that mova ...


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Dale R Schulze, Gary W Knight, Christopher J Hess: Surgical instrument with a dissecting tip. Ethicon, September 3, 2002: US06443970 (324 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument useful in harvesting blood vessels such as veins and arteries. The instrument has a pair of jaws and a central cutting element displaceable distally and proximally to dissect tissue contained between the jaws. The distal ends of the jaws form a dissecting tip.


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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 29, 2012: US08186560 (274 worldwide citation)

A surgical staple having at least one projection formed thereon. In various embodiments, the projection is formed on a crown of the surgical staple. In one various embodiment, the projection surrounds, or is positioned adjacent to, at least one deformable member of the surgical staple. In one embodi ...


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Jerome R Morgan, Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II: Method of manufacturing staples. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, June 28, 2011: US07966799 (270 worldwide citation)

A method of manufacturing staples including the steps of placing a deformable member into a mold block and overmolding a crown onto the deformable member. In various embodiments, several deformable members may be produced from an elongate wire where the deformable members can be connected by portion ...