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Robert W Mericle: Plastic surgical staple. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, January 31, 1984: US04428376 (472 worldwide citation)

A one-piece, self-locking, molded plastic staple useful as a tissue fixation device in surgical procedures. The staple has opposed, pointed, L-shaped legs hinged to a horizontal bridging member having expanding cam surfaces on each end. Each leg has an extending cam follower which traverses the cam ...


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Robert W Mericle: Split ring type tissue fastener. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, June 17, 1986: US04595007 (327 worldwide citation)

A sterile, surgical, unitary fastener having a generally circular shape and with its free ends disposed laterally with respect to each other. Methods and instruments for forming and placing such fasteners to join tissue together.


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Curtis W Thornton, Robert W Mericle, Mark T Everett, Robert S Lynch: Automatic hemostatic clip applicator. Edward Weck Incorporated, Gene Warzecha, April 14, 1992: US05104395 (148 worldwide citation)

An automatic hemostatic clip applicator is disclosed wherein the jaws, cartridge assembly and jaw housing move together in a single direction to crimp a clip resulting in a perception of little or no motion by the jaws when the applicator is activated. Camming surfaces in the jaws are brought into c ...


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Robert J Cerwin, Madhusudan Joshi, John R Menges, Robert W Mericle, William J Zwaskis: Non-metallic, bio-compatible hemostatic clips with interlocking latch means. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, February 12, 1985: US04498476 (115 worldwide citation)

Sterile, non-metallic, bio-compatible hemostatic clips of absorbable and non-absorbable materials comprising two leg members joined with a resilient hinge. The distal ends of said leg members include latch means to lock the clip in a closed position. Each leg member has a vessel clamping inner face ...


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Robert W Mericle: Anastomotic coupling device. Ethicon, July 29, 1980: US04214586 (114 worldwide citation)

A three-piece anastomotic coupling device for end-to-end anastomosis of tubular members consisting of two open bore cylindrical adaptors and an open bore cylindrical connector. Each end of a tubular member is passed through the axial bore of an adaptor and everted over the end thereof. The adaptors ...


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Robert J Cerwin, Madhusudan Joshi, John R Menges, Robert W Mericle, William J Zwaskis: Non-metallic, bio-compatible hemostatic clips with interlocking latch means. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, May 22, 1984: US04449531 (101 worldwide citation)

Sterile, non-metallic, bio-compatible hemostatic clips of absorbable and non-absorbable materials comprising two leg members joined with a resilient hinge. The distal ends of said leg members include latch means to lock the clip in a closed position. Each leg member has a vessel clamping inner face ...


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Robert W Mericle: Surgical knot pusher with flattened spatulated tip. John S Hale, Gipple & Hale, May 19, 1998: US05752964 (93 worldwide citation)

A surgical knot pusher for pushing a suture knot along a suture strand, comprising an elongated tube with a flattened tip formed on the distal end of the elongated tube. The flattened tip is provided with opposing resilient jaws defining a slot therebetween which leads to an eyelet defined by the fl ...


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Robert W Mericle, Malcolm D Heaven: Surgical knot pusher. Advanced Surgical, Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis, June 13, 1995: US05423837 (84 worldwide citation)

A surgical knot pusher, including a body shaft, a tip arranged on one end of the body shaft, and a slot in a sidewall of the tip for manipulating suture material extending through an opening in an endwall of the tip. A notched slit is connected to the opening and the opening has a diameter which is ...


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Howard Beroff, Darrell R Thompson, Robert W Mericle, William C Travis Jr: Molding process for polydioxanone polymers. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, December 25, 1984: US04490326 (52 worldwide citation)

A process for molding surgical clips having improved in vivo performance characteristics from polymers of p-dioxanone. The polymers are heated to a temperature above their melt temperature and the molten polymer injected into a mold maintained at a temperature of 35.degree. C. or less.


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Robert W Mericle, Arthur A Gertzman: Thread forming machine for bone material. Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, John S Gipple & Hale Hale, December 5, 2000: US06155756 (47 worldwide citation)

A machine for forming threads in a cylindrical bone dowel made of bone material, comprising a planar surfaced base provided with a threaded guide member having an externally threaded portion. A holding and rotating assembly is mounted on the base to rotatably hold the bone dowel so that the central ...