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Hanson S Gifford III, Lee R Bolduc, Jeffrey A Stein, Paul C DiCesare, Peter F Costa, William A Holmes: Devices and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. Heartport, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, December 9, 1997: US05695504 (934 worldwide citation)

A system for performing an end-to-side vascular anastomosis, including an anastomosis device, an application instrument and methods for performing a vascular anastomosis. The system is applicable for performing an anastomosis between a vascular graft and the ascending aorta in coronary artery bypass ...


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Wanda L McKean, Matthew Hain, Ilya S Koyfman: Surgical stapling apparatus with biocompatible surgical fabric. United States Surgical Corporation, April 4, 2000: US06045560 (807 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling apparatus having tissue bolstering material releasably attached thereto for application of the material and staples to body tisuse is disclosed. The tissue bolstering material is preferably releasably held to surfaces of the stapling apparatus through pins, clips or similar secur ...


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Henry Bolanos, Jeffrey J Blewett, Timothy O Van Leeuwen: Non-invasive apparatus for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. United States Surgical Corporation, April 27, 1999: US05897562 (798 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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Richard A Hillstead, Bryan D Knodel: Medical instrument. Cerebral Vascular Applications, Cook Alex McFarron Manzo Cummings & Mehler, December 14, 2004: US06830174 (768 worldwide citation)

A hydraulically actuated medical instrument includes an elongated shaft having proximal and distal ends, a hydraulically actuated end effector at the distal end of the shaft and a fluid flow path extending through the shaft to the end effector. The end effector may be directly manually operated by w ...


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Jeffrey R Oberlin, Mark A Penrod: Articulated surgical instrument with improved articulation control mechanism. Richard Allen Medical, Howard & Howard, March 10, 1998: US05725536 (756 worldwide citation)

This invention provides an articulated surgical instrument for use in laparoscopic surgical procedures including, in general; a handle, an elongated shaft, and an articulating tip. The instrument further includes a proximal rod, a desensitizing link, and a distal rod. The proximal rod is disposed in ...


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Jude S Sauer, Michael W Fitzsimmons, Mark A Bovard: System for endoscopic suturing. LSI Solutions, Kenneth J Lukacher, February 14, 2006: US06997931 (714 worldwide citation)

A system for endoscopic suturing is provided having an endoscope, such as a gastroscope, with a distal end locatable in the body of a patient and a flexible shaft extending to the distal end, a flexible accessory tube coupled to the endoscope to be movable relative to the endoscope's shaft, and a ti ...


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William D Fox, Rudolph H Nobis, Richard P Nuchols, Mark S Zeiner: Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, January 9, 1990: US04892244 (681 worldwide citation)

A lockout mechanism actuable upon the firing of staples in a surgical staple cartridge such that the lockout mechanism prevents the refiring of the spent staple cartridge when that cartridge remains loaded within the surgical stapler. In addition, the lockout mechanism will prevent reloading of a sp ...


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Juergen Andrew Kortenbach: Symbiosis Corporation, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, July 11, 2000: US06086600 (679 worldwide citation)

An endoscopic surgical instrument includes a flexible tube, a grasping and fastening end effector coupled to the distal end of the tube, and a manual actuator coupled to the proximal end of the tube. The manual actuator is coupled to the end effector by a plurality of flexible cables which extend th ...


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David A Dalessandro, Murty N Vyakarnam: Surgical bettress and surgical stapling apparatus. Ethicon, August 14, 2001: US06273897 (671 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a surgical stapling apparatus and a buttress, i.e. pledget, for use in the surgical stapling apparatus, which buttress provides sealing for hemostasis and pneumostasis, and which buttress includes a continuous projection, or a plurality of projections, for cooperation ...


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Shiro Bito, Isami Hirao, Kazuhiko Oozeki, Minoru Tsuruta, Akito Mukaizawa, Akio Nakada, Tsuyoshi Tsukagoshi, Shuichi Kimura, Toshihiko Suzuta, Seiji Kuramoto: Tissue fixing surgical instrument, tissue-fixing device, and method of fixing tissues. Olympus Optical, Frishauf Holtz Goodman Langer & Chick, August 19, 1997: US05658300 (636 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for fastening together opposing portions of a body organ. The instrument comprises a first support for supporting the first opposing portion of the body organ, a second support opposing the first support, for supporting the second opposing portion of the body organ, and a displ ...