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Richard W Timm, Frederick E Shelton IV, Eugene L Timperman, Leslie M Fugikawa: Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, September 15, 2009: US07588176 (568 worldwide citation)

Closure systems for applying a closure motion to an anvil assembly of a surgical instrument. In various embodiments, the surgical instrument includes a cable drive knife assembly and the anvil assembly thereof is moved to a closed position when contacted by a closure tube assembly that has a pushing ...


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Richard W Timm, Frederick E Shelton IV: Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertent cable disengagement. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 31, 2009: US07510107 (559 worldwide citation)

A cable driven surgical instrument that has an elongate channel assembly that is constructed to operably support a staple cartridge assembly therein. The instrument may have a knife assembly that is oriented for travel within the elongate channel assembly and at least one cable transition support th ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan, Michael A Murray, Richard W Timm, James T Spivey, James W Voegele, Leslie M Fugikawa, Eugene L Timperman: Surgical stapling instruments having flexible channel and anvil features for adjustable staple heights. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 23, 2008: US07467740 (465 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for being endoscopically or laparoscopically inserted into a surgical site for simultaneous stapling and severing of tissue includes force adjusted spacing between an upper jaw (anvil) and a lower jaw (staple cartridge engaged to an elongate staple channel) so that the height o ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Chad P Boudreaux, Richard W Timm: Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism. Ethicon Endo Surgery, November 16, 2010: US07832408 (452 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument including a switching mechanism which allows a surgeon to selectively advance or retract a staple driver and/or cutting member within a staple cartridge. In various embodiments, the surgical instrument can include a handle, a trigger operatively coupled to the handle, a firing ...


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Richard W Timm, Frederick E Shelton IV, Eugene L Timperman, Leslie M Fugikawa: Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system. Ethicon Endo Surgery, September 15, 2009: US07588175 (442 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument comprising an elongate channel assembly that has a distal end and a proximal end and is constructed to operably support a staple cartridge assembly therein. The instrument may further include a knife assembly that is oriented for travel within the elongate channel assembly. At ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Richard W Timm: Surgical instrument having a common trigger for actuating an end effector closing system and a staple firing system. Ethicon Endo Surgery, October 26, 2010: US07819299 (414 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument including a trigger which can be configured to close a jaw member upon a first actuation of the trigger and advance a staple driver and/or cutting member upon a subsequent, or second, actuation of the trigger. Such a surgical instrument can allow a surgeon to position the surgi ...


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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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Richard W Timm, Frederick E Shelton IV, Jeffrey S Swayze: Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 8, 2010: US07731072 (388 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument that has an elongate channel assembly configured to operably support a staple cartridge therein. An anvil assembly may be movably and detachably coupled to the elongate channel assembly. In various embodiments, the anvil assembly may have a pair of trunnions pivotally received ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Richard W Timm: Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 15, 2011: US07905380 (383 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument including a drive mechanism configured to advance a staple driver and/or cutting member at a first rate and retract the staple driver and/or cutting member at a different rate. In at least one embodiment, the rate at which the driver and cutting member is advanced and/or retrac ...