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Viola Frank J, Alesi Daniel E, Mastri Dominick L, Young Wayne P, Granger Richard N, Toso Kenneth E: Self-contained powered surgical apparatus. United States Surgical, April 10, 1996: EP0705571-A1 (741 worldwide citation)

A self-contained powered surgical apparatus (10) for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue is disclosed which includes a handle assembly (12), a gear motor assembly (24) disposed within the handle assembly, a power source (45) disposed within the handle assembly for energizing the motor assembl ...


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Green David T, Blewett Jeffrey J, Bolanos Henry, Ratcliff Keith, Viola Frank J, Sherts Charles R: Approximating apparatus for surgical jaw structure.. United States Surgical, September 16, 1992: EP0503662-A1 (599 worldwide citation)

Approximating apparatus for surgical jaw structure is provided which effects substantially parallel approximation of first 22 and second 28 surgical jaw structure to permit substantially parallel working interaction therebetween. The approximating apparatus includes camming structure 50 for engaging ...


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Green David T, Bolanos Henry, Viola Frank J: A locking device for an apparatus for applying surgical fasteners.. United States Surgical, April 21, 1993: EP0537572-A2 (599 worldwide citation)

A locking device 27, 28, 46 for a surgical stapling or fastening instrument for applying surgical fasteners to tissue. The locking device is positioned on the jaw mechanism 10 of the fastening instrument and engages a cartridge 14 when the cartridge includes fasteners, and pivots through the cartrid ...


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Bettuchi Michael, Fowler David N, Viola Frank J, Criscuolo Christopher J, Tarinelli Danyel J, Capella Robert, Sniffin Kevin, Hadba Ahmad Robert: Annular adhesive structure. Tyco Healthcare Group, Bettuchi Michael, Fowler David N, Viola Frank J, Criscuolo Christopher J, Tarinelli Danyel J, Capella Robert, Sniffin Kevin, Hadba Ahmad Robert, FARBER Mark, April 27, 2006: WO/2006/044490 (550 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for forming an anastomosis between adjacent intestinal sections of tissue is provided. The apparatus includes a circular surgical stapler having an anvil assembly with an anvil shaft and an anvil, the circular surgical stapler further having a tubular body portion with an annular knife ...


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Mastri Dominick L, Viola Frank J, Alesi Thomas W Jr, Geiste Robert J, Wilson Johanthan E: Surgical stapler. United States Surgical, March 5, 1997: EP0760230-A1 (539 worldwide citation)

A surgical device (10) is described herein that can be used to fire different types and sizes of disposable loading units (30, 45, 60). In a preferred embodiment, the device applies parallel rows of surgical fasteners to body tissue and concomitantly forms an incision between the rows of staples dur ...


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Viola Frank J: Tool assembly for surgical stapling device. Tyco Healthcare Group, Viola Frank J, AUDET Paul R, April 22, 2004: WO/2004/032754 (498 worldwide citation)

A tool assembly having a pair of jaws is disclosed. Each of the jaws has a proximal end and a distal end and the first jaw is movable in relation to the second jaw between a spaced position and an approximated position. First and second cam followers are supported on the first jaw. An approximation ...


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Viola Frank J, Blier Kenneth, Hadba Ahmad R, Heinrich Russell: Expandable backspan staple. Tyco Healthcare, December 6, 2006: EP1728473-A1 (473 worldwide citation)

A staple (10) having an expandable backspan (12) and a pair of spaced legs (14,16) is described. The expandable backspan is configured to expand or deform to accommodate tissues of varying thicknesses. In one embodiment, the backspan is non-linear and defines a recess. In another embodiment, the bac ...


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Holsten Henry E, Viola Frank J, Emmons Clifford L: Surgical stapling instruments including a cartridge having multiple staple sizes. Tyco Healthcare, February 21, 2007: EP1754445-A2 (449 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling apparatus (100) includes a staple cartridge (118) and an anvil member (112). The staple cartridge includes a plurality of surgical fasteners (125) disposed in rows of retention slots (123). The staple cartridge may have an annular or linear configuration of retention slots. The t ...


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Viola Frank J, Krehel Gregg, Pedros Guido: Battery powered surgical instrument. Tyco Healthcare Group, Viola Frank J, Krehel Gregg, Pedros Guido, TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP, December 14, 2006: WO/2006/132992 (447 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler has a handle assembly including a stationary handle and a trigger. The stapler also has a drive assembly with a body having a working end and a cam member supported on the working end. The cam member is positioned to translate relative to the anvil to maintain the anvil in the clo ...


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Viola Frank J: Energy stored in spring with controlled release. Tyco Healthcare Group, Viola Frank J, MOYLES Lisa J, October 14, 2004: WO/2004/086987 (428 worldwide citation)

There is provided a surgical instrument including a handle having an elongated tubular member extending distally from the handle and one or more end effectors mounted on the distal end of the elongate tubular member. A driver is movably mounted within the handle and elongate tubular member in order ...