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Frederick E Shelton IV, Stephen J Balek, Eugene L Timperman: Electro-mechanical surgical instrument with closure system and anvil alignment components. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 16, 2008: US07464849 (556 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument. Various embodiments relate to a surgical cutting and fastening instrument that has an end effector with an anvil that can pivot between open and closed positions relative to an elongate channel that can support a staple cartridge therein. The anvil may be opened and closed by ...


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Chad P Boudreaux, Stephen J Balek: End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, October 6, 2009: US07597229 (446 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument including a closure system configured to move an anvil of an end effector between an open position, a partially closed position, and a closed position. The surgical instrument can further include a lock member configured to selectively engage and lock the closure system when th ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan, Stephen J Balek: Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector. Ethicon Endo Surgery, September 24, 2013: US08540128 (236 worldwide citation)

The present invention includes a surgical stapler having a staple cartridge, an anvil, and a cutting member having a cutting surface, wherein the cutting member is relatively movable with respect to the anvil and the staple cartridge. In at least one embodiment, one of the anvil and the staple cartr ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan, Stephen J Balek, Douglas J Siebenaler: Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 22, 2014: US08701958 (193 worldwide citation)

The present invention includes a surgical stapler having a curved end-effector which is configured to deploy staples in at least one curved staple line. In various embodiments, the surgical stapler includes a staple cartridge, an anvil, and a cutting member having a cutting surface wherein the cutti ...


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John B Schulte, Rebecca J Mollere, Patrick D Dugan, Michael D Cronin, Jerome R Morgan, Stuart K Morgan, Gary B McAlister, Tamara S Vetro Widenhouse, Stephen J Balek, Joseph P Schowalter, David A Witt, Prasanna Malaviya, Frederick E Shelton IV: Methods and apparatus for delivering tissue treatment compositions to stapled tissue. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, February 11, 2014: US08646674 (32 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler includes first and second tissue clamping members and a knife member. The first tissue clamping member is configured to receive a plurality of staples. The second tissue clamping member comprises an anvil configured to form the staples. A tissue treatment member is positionable be ...


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Gary B McAlister, Tamara S Vetro Widenhouse, Stephen J Balek, Frederick E Shelton IV: Fistula repair plug having multiple layers. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, July 16, 2013: US08486155 (11 worldwide citation)

A surgical device is operable to coextrude a multilayered biocompatible tissue repair plug in situ within a lumen in a patient. The device comprises a handle, a shaft extending from the handle, a plurality of conduits extending through the shaft, a plurality of media chambers, and an actuator. At le ...


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Kevin L Houser, Barry C Worrell, Stephen J Balek, Galen C Robertson, Frederick E Shelton IV, Richard W Timm, Kyle P Moore, Gregory W Johnson, John B Schulte, Daniel J Mumaw: Surgical instrument handpiece with resiliently biased coupling to modular shaft and end effector. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 28, 2016: US09375255 (7 worldwide citation)

An ultrasonic surgical instrument includes a reusable handle assembly and a removable and disposable transmission assembly. The handle assembly includes a trigger, a housing having a distal aperture formed in a distal end of the housing, a button disposed on a top surface of the housing, and a biasi ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan, Stephen J Balek: Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 28, 2017: US09603598 (6 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, an end effector for use with a surgical instrument is disclosed. The end effector comprises a first jaw and a second jaw moveable relative to the first jaw, wherein one of the first jaw and the second jaw comprises a plurality of staple cavities arranged in a plurality of cur ...


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Stephen J Balek, Chad P Boudreaux, Matthew D Holcomb, Edward A Rhad: Anvil cartridge for surgical fastening device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 1, 2015: US09198644 (5 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument includes a handle portion, a shaft housing a firing bar, an end effector comprising an anvil, a lower jaw, and a stapling and severing assembly responsive to a longitudinal closing motion produced by the handle portion and the shaft. The lower jaw is configured to receive a rem ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan, Stephen J Balek: Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector. Ethicon, May 23, 2017: US09655624 (4 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, an end effector for cutting and stapling tissue is disclosed. The end effector comprises a first jaw and a second jaw, wherein one of the first jaw and the second jaw comprises a plurality of staple cavities arranged in a plurality of curved staple cavity rows, wherein the se ...