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Robert B Duncan: Mesh tissue fasteners. Ethicon, Robert L Minier, October 22, 1985: US04548202 (1080 worldwide citation)

Various fasteners are provided to hold together portions of mammalian tissue. The fasteners include fastening members with spaced-apart legs adapted to be passed through the tissue portions. One embodiment of the fastener has a mesh-like receiver around each leg for engaging the legs of another iden ...


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Peer Lindemann, Victor M Haughton: Endoprosthesis for repairing a damaged vessel. Servetus Partnership, Andrus Sceales Starke & Sawall, November 7, 1989: US04878906 (934 worldwide citation)

A prosthesis consisting of a flexible thin-walled sleeve for reinforcing and repairing a damaged vessel and a process of placing the flexible sleeve in the vessel by collapsing the sleeve radially onto an expandable and contractable member and encasing the member and sleeve in a sheath; and then sli ...


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Henry Bolanos, Jeffrey J Blewett, Timothy O Van Leeuwen: Non-invasive treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. United States Surgical Corporation, November 5, 1996: US05571116 (919 worldwide citation)

Instrumentation for transoral treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, an instrument includes a remotely operable invagination device for atraumatically approximating the lower esophagus and fundus of the stomach and for invaginating the gastroeso ...


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David T Green: Surgical instruments. United States Surgical Corporation, February 7, 1984: US04429695 (891 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling instrument has upper and lower elongate jaws for receiving a staple cartridge and an anvil respectively. A pusher bar and knife assembly including a pair of pusher bars and a central knife carrier moves longitudinally relative to the jaws to eject staples sequentially from the ma ...


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InBae Yoon: Surgical stapling system and method of applying staples from multiple staple cartridges. November 10, 1998: US05833695 (866 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling system includes a staple cartridge having a pair of generally coextensive cartridge bodies adapted to fit within opposed jaws of a stapling instrument and one or more staples carried by a first of the cartridge bodies in opposed relation to apertures or anvils formed in a second ...


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Tetsuro Kamiya, Shigeyuki Echigo, Takehisa Matsuda, Ryuichiro Yoda, Nobuko Satoh: Closing plug of a defect for medical use and a closing plug device utilizing it. Nippon Zeon, Frishauf Holtz Goodman & Woodward, March 9, 1993: US05192301 (845 worldwide citation)

The closing plug and the closing plug device are used for closing a body defect percutaneously. During the insertion into the defect, the closing plug can be deformed to a smaller size to facilitate the insertion operation and recovered to its original larger shape after it is fitted to the defect, ...


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Christopher L Johnson, David A Dunlap: Linear stapling instrument with improved staple cartridge. Imagyn Medical Technologies, Howard & Howard, January 4, 2000: US06010054 (839 worldwide citation)

This invention provides a linear stapling instrument for use in surgical procedures including, inter alia, a staple housing. The housing includes a plurality of staple openings and a plurality of staples disposed in the staple openings. The housing further includes a plurality of staple drivers. The ...


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Hisao Ogiu, Hideki Shimonaka: Apparatus for suturing coeliac tissues. Olympus Optical, November 25, 1980: US04235238 (816 worldwide citation)

A coeliac tissue-suturing apparatus comprising a flexible tubular member having a passage extending therethrough and inserted into a channel of an endoscope, a needle having one end concentrically fixed to that end of the tubular member which is inserted into the endoscope and having the other end m ...


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John F Krumme: Shape-memory surgical staple apparatus and method for use in surgical suturing. Alchemia, Howard L Rose, December 4, 1984: US04485816 (797 worldwide citation)

The staples are made of a material having the intrinsic property of shape memory, such that heating the material above a certain temperature known as the transition temperature causes any deformation introduced at temperatures below the transition temperature to be reversed, and the staple recovers ...


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Gary L Rayburn, Rob G Riffle, Frederick J Walburn, Benjamin G Williams: Endoscopic device and method for reinforcing surgical staples. Gore Enterprise Holdings, David J Johns, September 22, 1998: US05810855 (793 worldwide citation)

A surgical staple line reinforcement device for use with a variety of surgical staplers having a pivoted connection between stapler arms or jaws, such as endoscopic stapler devices. The device comprises a pair of tubes of bio-implantable material connected together at a hinge. The device can be quic ...