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Chester O Baxter III, Frederick E Shelton IV, Katherine J Schmid, Taylor W Aronhalt, Gregory W Johnson, John L Stammen, Gary W Knight, Christopher W Widenhouse, William B Weisenburgh II, Stephanie A Mutchler, Timothy S Bedard: Tissue thickness compensators. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 29, 2015: US09220501 (75 worldwide citation)

A two-part tissue thickness compensator assembly can include a first tissue thickness compensator configured to be positioned relative to an anvil of a surgical stapler, a second tissue thickness compensator configured to be positioned relative to a staple cartridge of the surgical stapler, and a hi ...


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David Stefanchik, John L Stammen: Surgical anastomosis instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, March 14, 2000: US06036700 (75 worldwide citation)

A surgical device and method is described for facilitating the anastomosis of two hollow organs. The surgical device has two arms for holding one of the hollow organs, each arm having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween. Each arm also includes a holding surfa ...


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Jeffrey L Aldridge, Chunlin Yang, Charles J Scheib, Christopher W Widenhouse, William B Weisenburgh II, John L Stammen, Mark H Ransick, Stephanie A Mutchler, Gary W Knight: Expandable tissue thickness compensator. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 5, 2016: US09301753 (69 worldwide citation)

A tissue thickness compensator may generally comprise a biocompatible material, a first component, and a second component, wherein the first component and second component form a reaction product to expand the tissue thickness compensator. The first component may comprise a first hydrogel precursor, ...


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David T Martin, Michael S Cropper, John J Price, Richard F Schwemberger, John L Stammen: Suture anchor. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 9, 2010: US07674275 (53 worldwide citation)

A suture anchor comprises an elongate body having a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis extending between the first and second ends. The first end may have a flared geometry. A lateral suture relief is in the elongate body extending from the first end to an longitudinal position interme ...


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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 ...


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Jeffrey S Swayze, Joshua R Uth, Richard L Leimbach, John L Stammen, Samuel P Tidwell, Frederick E Shelton IV: Movable member for use with a tissue thickness compensator. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 13, 2016: US09517063 (4 worldwide citation)

A cutting blade for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument is disclosed therein. The cutting blade can include one or more features to direct or displace substances released from within the tissue thickness compensators used with the surgical instrument. The cutting blade may include a textured ...


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Chester O Baxter III, Frederick E Shelton IV, Charles J Scheib, Christopher W Widenhouse, William B Weisenburgh II, John L Stammen, Mark H Ransick, Stephanie A Mutchler, Gary W Knight, Michael S Cropper, Sean P Conlon, Jeffrey S Swayze: Tissue thickness compensator comprising controlled release and expansion. Ethicon, November 13, 2018: US10123798

A tissue thickness compensator may generally comprise a first layer comprising a first biocompatible material sealingly enclosed in a water impermeable material and a second layer comprising a second biocompatible material comprising at least one encapsulation, wherein the first biocompatible materi ...


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Gina M Szweda, Patrick A Weizman, Richard F Schwemberger, John L Randall Jr, John L Stammen, John P Measamer, Anil K Nalagatla: Endoscopic device and method of packaging. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Welsh Flaxman & Gitler, June 3, 2014: US08740853

A flexible endoscopic device including an elongate flexible member having opposite ends, an effector assembly mounted on one of the opposite ends of the flexible member, and a handle mounted on the end of the flexible member opposite the effector assembly. The handle includes a fastener for receivin ...


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Richard F Schwemberger, John L Stammen, Michael S Cropper, Jonathan A Coe, James W Miser: Loader for knotting element. Philip S Johnson, Johnson & Johnson, November 6, 2008: US20080275475-A1

A device for loading a surgical knotting element on an applicator tool. One embodiment of the device includes a channel dimensioned to receive an applicator tool comprising a coupling. A surgical knotting element comprises a coupling complementary to the coupling of an applicator tool and a suture p ...