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Christopher J Schall, Joshua R Uth, Gary S Jaworek, Jason E Zerkle: Surgical instrument articulation joint cover. Ethicon Endo Surgery, September 21, 2010: US07798386 (521 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument including a shaft, an end effector, and a joint, wherein the end effector can be moved relative to the shaft about the joint. In various embodiments, the joint can include a cover configured to be positioned intermediate the end effector and the shaft. In at least one embodimen ...


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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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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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Kevin R Doll, Joshua R Uth, Charles J Scheib, Geoffrey C Hueil, Mark S Ortiz, Douglas B Hoffman, Patrick A Weizman, Dean B Bruewer, Gregory B Blair, Frederick E Shelton IV: Disposable loading unit with user feedback features and surgical instrument for use therewith. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 29, 2011: US07913891 (353 worldwide citation)

A disposable loading unit for operable attachment to a surgical stapling apparatus. The disposable loading unit may have a spent cartridge indication system for providing an indication of whether the loading unit has been previously fired. Other embodiments are disclosed that employ a blade monitori ...


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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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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II, Jerome R Morgan, James W Voegele, Frederick E Shelton IV, Joshua R Uth: Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 10, 2015: US08973804 (172 worldwide citation)

A staple cartridge assembly includes a cartridge body. The cartridge body includes a deck and a plurality of staples deployable into tissue. The staple cartridge assembly also includes a buttressing member removably attached to the deck and a firing member movable relative to the cartridge body duri ...


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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 ...