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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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Jeffrey S Swayze, Thomas W Huitema, Glen A Armstrong, Shailendra K Parihar, Donna L Korvick, Richard W Timm, Frederick E Shelton IV, Kevin R Doll, Bret W Smith, William D Kelly, Ronald J Kolata, Joshua R Uth, Charles J Scheib, Eugene L Timperman: Interchangeable tools for surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 24, 2014: US08758391 (216 worldwide citation)

A surgical tool system. Various embodiments of the surgical tool system may comprise surgical instrument that has a handle assembly that operably supports a drive system therein for generating drive motions upon actuation of a movable handle portion operably coupled to the handle assembly. An elonga ...


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Zhifan F Huang, Jason L Harris, Prasanna Malaviya, Foster B Stulen, Jeffrey S Swayze, Scott A Woodruff, Gwendolyn P Payne, Donna L Korvick, David K Norvell, Aron O Zingman, Paul Guerra, Mary E Mootoo, Jeffrey L Aldridge, Timothy G Dietz, David A Witt: Surgical instruments with electrodes. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 4, 2013: US08453906 (171 worldwide citation)

An end-effector assembly configured to be attached to a surgical instrument. The end-effector assembly comprises a first jaw and a second jaw comprising a staple cavity. At least one of the first jaw and the second jaw is movable relative to the other jaw. The end-effector assembly comprises a stapl ...


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Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Cortney E Henderson, Taylor W Aronhalt, Jeffrey L Aldridge, Charles J Scheib, Chunlin Yang, Christopher J Schall, Chester O Baxter III, Frederick E Shelton IV, Joseph H Contiliano, Tamara Widenhouse, Donna L Korvick: Tissue thickness compensator comprising a reservoir. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 12, 2016: US09232941 (78 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, a tissue thickness compensator can comprise a compressible extracellular matrix and a bioabsorbable material dispersed within the extracellular matrix, wherein the bioapsorption of the bioabsorbable material is configured to leave behind channels in the extracellular matrix. ...


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Trevor J Barton, Michael J Vendely, Stephen M Torain, John V Hunt, Geoffrey C Hueil, Jacqueline A Anim, Pamela M Attenweiler, Frederick E Shelton IV, Richard L Leimbach, Donna L Korvick, Joshua R Uth, Samardh Onukuri: Tissue thickness compensator having improved visibility. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 1, 2015: US09198662 (74 worldwide citation)

A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler. The assembly has a cartridge body having a support portion with a plurality of staple cavities with openings. There is also a plurality of staples, wherein at least a portion of each the staple is removably stored within a the staple cavit ...


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Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Taylor W Aronhalt, Jeffrey L Aldridge, Charles J Scheib, Chunlin Yang, Christopher J Schall, Chester O Baxter III, Iksoo Chun, Rao S Bezwada, Sean P Conlon, Michael S Cropper, Joshua R Uth, Richard L Leimbach, Donna L Korvick: Tissue thickness compensator comprising a plurality of capsules. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 5, 2016: US09301752 (68 worldwide citation)

A tissue thickness compensator can comprise a plurality of layers. Various embodiments are disclosed herein for manufacturing a tissue thickness compensator. In certain embodiments, a tissue thickness compensator can comprise at least one medicament tube, capsule, and/or packet contained therein.


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Katherine J Schmid, Jerome R Morgan, Donna L Korvick: End effector layer including holding features. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 7, 2016: US09358005 (64 worldwide citation)

An end effector is disclosed which comprises a first jaw, a second jaw, a staple cartridge, an anvil, and at least one layer positioned intermediate the first jaw and the second jaw. The layer may include a pattern of holding features defined on a tissue contacting surface of the layer. The pattern ...


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Katherine J Schmid, Jerome R Morgan, Donna L Korvick, Frederick E Shelton IV: Tissue thickness compensator comprising channels. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 31, 2016: US09351730 (62 worldwide citation)

A tissue thickness compensator can comprise a tissue contacting surface and a network of channels defined in the tissue contacting surface. In at least one embodiment, the channels can be configured to store at least one medicament therein. In certain embodiments, the channels can define gripping su ...


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David C Yates, Frederick E Shelton IV, Kevin L Houser, Aron O Zingman, Donna L Korvick, Ashvani K Madan, John W Willis: Surgical instrument with feedback at end effector. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, June 9, 2015: US09050100 (60 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for operating on tissue includes a body, a lip in communication with the body, and at least one electrode also in communication with the body. The body is able to mechanically couple with a portion of an end effector, which may be controlled by a user through a handpiece. The lip is con ...