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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 (474 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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Stephen J Failla, Michael J Stokes, Daniel W Price, Charles M Rarey, Bennie Thompson: Endoscopic instrument having articulating element. Ethicon, Dressler Goldsmith Shore & Milnamow, March 26, 1996: US05501654 (441 worldwide citation)

An elastically deformable element having multiple stacked strips for articulation in an endoscopic surgical instrument. The deformable element is usable in a variable retractor and an instrument having an articulating housing. The working section of the retractor variably moves from a curved configu ...


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Eitan T Wiener, Foster B Stulen, Michael J Stokes, Karen K Isaacs: Ultrasonic surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 30, 2013: US08430898 (217 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument may comprise a transducer and an end effector. The transducer may be configured to provide vibrations along a longitudinal axis at a predetermined frequency and may comprise a piezoelectric stack positioned along the longitudinal axis. The transducer al ...


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Stephen J Failla, Charles M Rarey, Michael J Stokes: Percutaneous suture externalizer. Ethicon, Dressler Goldsmith Shore & Milnamow, November 15, 1994: US05364410 (138 worldwide citation)

Percutaneous suture externalizer devices are disclosed which grasp, secure and externalize sutures from within an abdominal or thoracic cavity. The suture externalizer devices include a thin tubular sheath with a penetrating point and a hook rod slidable within the sheath. The hook rod is slidable b ...


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Mark S Ortiz, Robert Hugh McKenna, William J Kraimer, Michael J Stokes, Foster B Stulen: Single lumen anastomosis applier for self-deploying fastener. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, December 18, 2007: US07309341 (98 worldwide citation)

A surgical tool or applier facilitates laparoscopic or endoscopic implantation through a single bodily tissue lumen of an anastomotic ring device for forming a hollow rivet type of attachment between tissue lumens. In addition to forming a puncture between apposite tissue walls at the anastomosis si ...


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Ashvani K Madan, Foster B Stulen, Eitan T Wiener, Karen M Kowalski, Michael J Stokes, Mark E Tebbe, Mark D Mihal, Michael R Lamping: Medical ultrasound system and handpiece and methods for making and tuning. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Thompson Hine, April 10, 2012: US08152825 (92 worldwide citation)

Several embodiments of medical ultrasound handpieces are described each including a medical ultrasound transducer assembly. An embodiment of a medical ultrasound system is described, wherein the medical ultrasound system includes a medical ultrasound handpiece having a medical ultrasound transducer ...


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Mark S Ortiz, Michael J Stokes: Method and apparatus for endoscopically performing gastric reduction surgery in a single pass. Ethicon Endo Surgery, August 10, 2010: US07771440 (74 worldwide citation)

A gastric reduction apparatus provides for the secure attachment of multiple fasteners into the gastric wall, the fasteners being linked with a flexible member in a manner permitting the reduction of the effective size of an individual's stomach. The apparatus includes an applicator head including a ...


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Daniel F Dlugos Jr, Mark S Ortiz, David N Plescia, Michael J Stokes: Powering implantable restriction systems using light. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Nutter McClennen & Fish, November 30, 2010: US07844342 (65 worldwide citation)

Various powering devices are provided for transferring and/or generating energy from numerous sources to a communicating member implanted in a patient. The energy transferred to or generated by the communicating member can be used to provide power to an implantable restriction system configured to f ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, James J Bedi, Chester O Baxter III, Michael J Stokes, Mark S Ortiz: Surgical suturing apparatus with anti-backup system. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Welsh & Flaxman, December 8, 2009: US07628796 (52 worldwide citation)

A surgical suturing apparatus includes a suture housing, a needle mounted within the suture housing for movement about an arcuate path, a drive assembly operably associated with the needle for controlling movement of the needle with a suture secured thereto about an arcuate path in a first direction ...


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Michael J Stokes, Mark S Zeiner, Frederick E Shelton IV, Mark S Ortiz: Surgical suturing apparatus with needle release system. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Welsh Flaxman & Gitler, November 9, 2010: US07828812 (47 worldwide citation)

A surgical suturing apparatus includes a suture housing, a needle mounted within the suture housing for movement about an arcuate path, and a drive assembly operably associated with the needle for controlling movement of the needle with a suture secured thereto about the arcuate path in a manner fac ...