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Shelton Iv Frederick E, Swayze Jeffrey S: Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 16, 2007: EP1785097-A2 (441 worldwide citation)

Articulation joints for use in connection with a surgical instrument that has a portion that must be passed through a trocar or similar structure and then articulated relative to another portion of the instrument received within the trocar. Various embodiments of the articulation joint include at le ...


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Shelton Iv Frederick E, Setzer Michael E, Weisenburgh William B: Surgical stapling instrument having a firing lockout for an unclosed anvil. Ethicon Endo Surgery, November 24, 2004: EP1479347-A1 (433 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures simultaneously severs and staples tissue clamped in an end effector comprising an elongate channel, which holds a staple cartridge, and a pivotally attached anvil. An E-beam firing bar engages the channel and selectively engag ...


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Shelton Iv Frederick E: Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 7, 2007: EP1759812-A1 (413 worldwide citation)

A staple cartridge (300) for use with a stapling device (10) that has an actuator (12) that is selectively actuatable in an axial direction and an anvil portion (18) that is selectively movable between open and closed positions is disclosed. Various embodiments of the present invention include a car ...


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Shelton Iv Frederick E, Ross Kevin Doll, Morgan Jerry R, Setser Michael Earl: Articulating surgical stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, February 1, 2006: EP1621139-A2 (411 worldwide citation)

A surgical severing and stapling instrument, suitable for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures, clamps tissue within an end effector of an elongate channel pivotally opposed by an anvil. An E-beam firing bar moves distally through the clamped end effector to sever tissue and to drive stap ...


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Swayze Jeffrey S, Shelton Iv Frederick E: Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a firing mechanism having a linked rack transmission. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 6, 2005: EP1520521-A1 (411 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling and severing instrument particularly suited to endoscopic procedures incorporates a handle that produces separate closing and firing motions to actuate an end effector. In particular, the handle produces multiple firing strokes in order to reduce the required amount of force requ ...


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Shelton Iv Frederick E, Timperman Eugene L: Surgical instrument incorporating eap blocking lockout mechanism. Ethicon Endo Surgery, February 1, 2006: EP1621138-A2 (410 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling and severing instrument particularly suited to endoscopic procedures incorporates a handle that produces separate closing and firing motions to actuate an end effector. The handle produces multiple firing strokes to reduce the required amount of force required to fire (i.e., stap ...


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Shelton Iv Frederick E, Ouwerkerk John N, Morgan Jerome R, Swayze Jeffrey S, Timperman Eugene L, Fugikawa Leslie M: Manually driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 2, 2008: EP1872727-A1 (406 worldwide citation)

A surgical cutting and fastening instrument that includes an elongate channel that is attached to a handle assembly by an elongate shaft assembly. The elongate channel is configured to receive a cartridge and has a pivotally translatable anvil attached thereto and a knife bar supported therein. The ...


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Shelton Iv Frederick E, Giordano James R, Swayze Jeffrey S, Siebenaler Douglas J: Surgical instrument with enhaqnced battery performance. Ethicon Endo Surgery, July 16, 2008: EP1943976-A2 (397 worldwide citation)

An assembly including a component of a surgical instrument, such as an endoscopic or laparoscopic instrument. The assembly may comprise a package; a surgical instrument component within the package; and a power source within the package. The power source may be configured to be placed in electrical ...


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Ortiz Mark S, Shelton Iv Frederick E, Hueil Joseph C, Swayze Jeffrey S: Electroactive polymer-based articulation mechanism for surgical circular stapler. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 4, 2007: EP1769758-A1 (392 worldwide citation)

Methods and devices are provided for actuating and/or articulating a circular stapler. In one exemplary embodiment, a circular stapler is provided having an elongate shaft with a stapling apparatus coupled thereto. An electrically expandable and contractible actuator, such as an electroactive polyme ...


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Hess Christopher J, Morgan Jerome R, Weisenburgh Ii William B, Voegele James W, Ortiz Mark, Stokes Michael, Shurtleff Carl, Shelton Iv Frederick E, Swayze Jeffrey S: Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Hess Christopher J, Morgan Jerome R, Weisenburgh Ii William B, Voegele James W, Ortiz Mark, Stokes Michael, Shurtleff Carl, Shelton Iv Frederick E, Swayze Jeffrey S, GEISLER Brian T, April 3, 2008: WO/2008/039270 (392 worldwide citation)

A staple having a crown (1302), a deformable leg (1344) extending from the crown, and a spring (1352) 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 thickne ...