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Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan, Taylor W Aronhalt, Gregory W Johnson, Chester O Baxter III, Joseph E Young, Barry C Worrell, Christopher J Schall, Mark S Ortiz, Jason K Rupert, Steven G Hall, Daniel J Mumaw, Aron O Zingman, Katherine J Schmid, Jacob S Gee, Richard W Timm: Modular surgical tool systems. Ethicon Endo Surgery, August 25, 2015: US09113884 (129 worldwide citation)

Modular surgical instruments are disclosed. In various embodiments, a modular surgical instrument t is disclosed for use with a plurality of interchangeable surgical tool heads that are configured to perform different surgical actions. The instrument is configured to apply a plurality of different r ...


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Tamara Widenhouse, Andrew Yoo, Frederick E Shelton IV, Katherine J Schmid, Aron O Zingman, Richard W Timm, Jacob S Gee, Steven G Hall, Daniel J Mumaw, Taylor W Aronhalt, Gregory W Johnson, Michael J Vendely, Andrew T Beckman, James R Janszen: Surgical bowel retractor devices. Ethicon Endo Surgery, July 28, 2015: US09089330 (118 worldwide citation)

Bowel retractor devices. In various forms, the bowel retractor devices are configurable from a collapsed position wherein the retractor may be inserted through a trocar cannula or other opening in a patient's body to a second expanded position wherein at least a portion of the patient's bowel may be ...


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Katherine J Schmid, Frederick E Shelton IV, Chester O Baxter III, Taylor W Aronhalt, Joseph E Young: Staple cartridge including collapsible deck. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 16, 2015: US09055941 (115 worldwide citation)

A staple cartridge for use with a surgical stapler can comprise a cartridge deck and a plurality of staples at least partially positioned within the cartridge deck. In use, the staples can be supported by a first jaw of the surgical stapler and deformed by a second jaw. As the staples are being defo ...


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Katherine J Schmid, Chester O Baxter III, Taylor W Aronhalt, Joseph E Young, Frederick E Shelton IV: Staple cartridge including collapsible deck arrangement. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 9, 2015: US09050084 (111 worldwide citation)

A staple cartridge for use with a surgical stapler can comprise a cartridge deck and a plurality of staples at least partially positioned within the cartridge deck. In various embodiments, the staples can comprise legs which extend upwardly from the deck wherein the deck can further include supports ...


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Chester O Baxter III, Frederick E Shelton IV, Jeffrey S Swayze, Taylor W Aronhalt, Katherine J Schmid: Tissue thickness compensator comprising capsules defining a low pressure environment. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 8, 2015: US09204880 (84 worldwide citation)

A tissue thickness compensator can comprise a compensator body and at least one vessel contained in the compensator body. The vessel can define an inner cavity which can comprise an inner atmosphere having a pressure which is lower than the atmospheric pressure of the atmosphere surrounding the tiss ...


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Katherine J Schmid, Chester O Baxter III, Taylor W Aronhalt, Joseph E Young, Frederick E Shelton IV: Surgical stapler with stationary staple drivers. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 22, 2015: US09216019 (77 worldwide citation)

A staple cartridge for use with a surgical stapler can comprise a cartridge deck and a plurality of staples at least partially positioned within the cartridge deck. In various embodiments, the staples can be supported by a support jaw of the surgical stapler and can comprise legs which can extend up ...


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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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Katherine J Schmid, Frederick E Shelton IV, Bret W Smith: Adhesive film laminate. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 15, 2016: US09282962 (71 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler, or fastening instrument, may generally comprise a layer, such as a tissue thickness compensator, for example, releasably attached to a fastener cartridge and/or anvil by a flowable attachment portion. The flowable attachment portion may be indefinitely flowable. The flowable atta ...


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Mark D Timmer, Joseph H Contiliano, Taylor W Aronhalt, Chunlin Yang, Charles J Scheib, Katherine J Schmid, Frederick E Shelton IV: Tissue thickness compensator comprising fibers to produce a resilient load. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 8, 2016: US09277919 (69 worldwide citation)

A nonwoven compensator for an end effector of a surgical instrument can comprise a plurality of spring fibers dispersed throughout the nonwoven compensator. The nonwoven compensator can be positioned in the end effector such as adjacent to a deck surface of a fastener cartridge that is positioned in ...