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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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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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John V Hunt, Daniel W Price, Mark S Ortiz, Frederick E Shelton IV, Christopher W Widenhouse, Ronald J Kolata, James W Voegele: Adhesive and mechanical fastener. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, August 24, 2010: US07780685 (341 worldwide citation)

Provided is a two-piece anastomosis fastener that can be used to join two tissue sections together in accordance with Natural Orifice Transendoscopic Surgery (NOTES). The fastener may be releasably attached to a fastener applying instrument for delivery in accordance with such procedures. The fasten ...


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Michael A Murray, Douglas J Turner, John V Hunt, Mark S Ortiz, David N Plescia, Frederick E Shelton IV, Ronald J Kolata, Robert H McKenna, Craig N Faller, James W Voegele: Surgical fastening device with initiator impregnation of a matrix or buttress to improve adhesive application. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, May 4, 2010: US07708180 (313 worldwide citation)

A material comprising a matrix or a buttress is impregnated with an adhesive initiator and is used with a surgical stapling device and an adhesive. The tissue and material are stapled together, and a knife in the surgical stapling device cuts the tissue and the material. The adhesive is applied acro ...


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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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Ronald J Kolata, Bennie Thompson, Jason C Bertin: Surgical instrument and method for endoscopic tissue dissection. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, March 27, 2001: US06206823 (77 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument and method is provided for optically penetrating bodily tissue for creating an initial body cavity such as during a vessel harvesting procedure. The surgical instrument comprises an elongated shaft having a longitudinal axis, a proximal end, and a distal end. The surgical instr ...


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Ronald J Kolata, William D Fox, Craig B Berky, Gary W Knight, David L Hamann: Device used with a surgical retractor to elevate body parts. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, March 9, 1999: US05879291 (57 worldwide citation)

In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a device for pivoting a surgical retractor with respect to a patient it is being used on. The device includes a bridge having distal and proximal ends wherein a distal coupling is attached to the distal end of the bridge and a proximal coup ...


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Scott A Nield, Ronald J Kolata, Martin A Reynolds, Paul G Ritchie, Julianne M Siegel: Method of treating intervertebral discs using optical energy and optical temperature feedback. January 7, 2003: US06503269 (47 worldwide citation)

A method of controllably heating the annulus of an intervertebral disc is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of forming an access channel through the annulus, inserting a light source into the intervertebral disc, activating the light source to emit diffuse light, optically measuring the temp ...