Kenneth S Wales: Surgical instrument with a lateral-moving articulation control. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, January 3, 2006: US06981628 (919 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument suited for endoscopic use includes a lateral articulation control into a handle portion that provides an intuitive visual and tactile indication to the clinician as to the amount and direction of articulation of an end effector at a distal end of a shaft. Lateral ...

Douglas B Hoffman: Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an articulation joint for a firing bar track. Ethicon Endo Surgery, September 7, 2004: US06786382 (806 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling and severing instrument particularly suited to endoscopic articulates an end effector by having a general articulation mechanism that converts rotational motion from a handle portion. A firing bar longitudinally translates between the handle portion and the end effector. The firi ...

Dale R Schulze, Jon A Sherman: Surgical stapler. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, July 14, 1992: US05129570 (791 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to an improved surgical stapler that prevents refiring of a spent staple cartridge. More specifically, this invention includes a simple, inexpensive mechanical locking mechanism which prevents refiring of a spent staple cartridge by blocking the path of the firing and/o ...

John Charles Robertson, Frank J Viola: Circular anastomosis device. United States Surgical Corporation, September 1, 1998: US05799857 (732 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument is disclosed which includes a housing having proximal and distal end portions, a shaft extending from the housing distal end portion, the shaft having proximal and distal end portions, a fastener carrying cartridge positioned at the shaft distal end portion, the cartridge havin ...

Mark Kelley, Phil McDuffie: Constant width, adjustable grip, staple apparatus and method. Tracor Incorporated, J Nevin Shaffer Jr, Shaffer & Culbertson, February 10, 1998: US05715987 (638 worldwide citation)

A staple and stapler for injecting the staple in a manner so that the staple maintains a near constant width upon penetration of material to be joined and during staple closure/forming such that material perturbation and staple to staple spacing may be minimized. The staple has a rectilinear bridge ...

Karl H Ehrenfels, David Ivanko, Randolph F Lehn, Roberto Pedros, Csaba L Rethy, Frank J Viola: Surgical fastener applying apparatus. Tyco Healthcare Group, November 28, 2006: US07140527 (556 worldwide citation)

An improved surgical fastener applying apparatus includes a cartridge half-section and an anvil half-section with the cartridge and anvil half-sections being relatively movable from an unclamped position to a fully clamped position. The apparatus includes a replaceable staple cartridge assembly havi ...

Melvin S Cook: Staples. Kaplan and Mugno, August 30, 1994: US05342396 (536 worldwide citation)

An improved surgical staple is disclosed wherein predetermined regions of the staple legs are weakened to cause bending and deformation of said legs in a controlled manner. The staple provides a uniform compression of a tissue into which it is inserted.

Frederick E Shelton IV, Michael Earl Setser, William Bruce Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling instrument having a firing lockout for an unclosed anvil. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, December 5, 2006: US07143923 (522 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 ...

James Coleman, Christy Cummins, Chris Martin, Thomas Anthony, Sean Morris: Surgical staples and methods for stapling. Nutter McClennen & Fish, September 9, 2003: US06616686 (497 worldwide citation)

A surgical staple is provided having a base portion and a respective leg extending from each end of the base portion and terminating at a free end. The base portion is deformable to bring the free ends of the legs together to penetrate a liquid-carrying vessel at the site of a puncture and hold the ...

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 ...