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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket. Ethicon Endo Surgery, October 21, 2008: US07438209 (619 worldwide citation)

An anvil of a surgical stapler including releasable pocket elements that can capture ends of fired staples. In various embodiments, the pocket elements can be released from the anvil such that the pocket elements remain with the staples and stapled tissue after the stapler has been fired. When deplo ...


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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features. Ethicon Endo Surgery, October 20, 2009: US07604151 (584 worldwide citation)

A surgical staple having at least one projection formed thereon. In various embodiments, the projection is formed on a crown of the surgical staple. In one various embodiment, the projection surrounds, or is positioned adjacent to, at least one deformable member of the surgical staple. In one embodi ...


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William B Weisenburgh II, Christopher J Hess: Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 2, 2010: US07669747 (487 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler including a “breakaway” washer that is inserted into an anvil. The washer can include a circular inner portion and a circular outer portion. The outer portion may include a number of staple guide sections that define openings through which staple ends of surgical staples are drive ...


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Christopher J Hess, Jerome R Morgan, William B Weisenburgh II, James W Voegele, Mark S Ortiz, Michael J Stokes, Carl Shurtleff, Frederick E Shelton IV, Jeffrey S Swayze: Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same. Ethicon Endo Surgery, September 14, 2010: US07794475 (474 worldwide citation)

A staple having a crown, a deformable leg extending from the crown, and a spring 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 thicknesses while still comp ...


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Kyle P Moore, Frederick E Shelton IV, William B Weisenburgh II, Jerome R Morgan, Mark H Ransick, Eugene L Timperman: Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus. Ethicon Endo Surgery, September 14, 2010: US07793812 (426 worldwide citation)

A self contained motor-powered disposable loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus. The disposable loading unit may contain a battery that is retained in a disconnected position when the disposable loading unit is not in use and is moved to a connected position when the di ...


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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II, Carl J Shurlleff: Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 9, 2010: US07673782 (419 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler including an anvil, a staple cartridge, and a buttress material removably retained to the anvil and/or staple cartridge. In various embodiments, the staple cartridge can include at least one staple removably stored therein which can, when deployed, or fired, therefrom, contact the ...


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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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Jerome R Morgan, Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II: Re-loadable surgical stapling instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 15, 2010: US07735703 (392 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapler including an elongate shaft having a first end and a second end. In one various embodiment, an anvil is situated at the second end of the elongate shaft. In one embodiment, a staple cartridge, configured to removably store at least one staple, is movable relative to the anvil. In ...


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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 ...