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Frederick E Shelton IV, Kevin Ross Doll, Jerry R Morgan, Michael Earl Setser: Articulating surgical stapling instrument incorporating a two-piece E-beam firing mechanism. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, June 3, 2008: US07380696 (754 worldwide citation)

A surgical severing and stapling instrument, suitable for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures, clamps tissue within an end effector of an elongate channel pivotally opposed by an anvil. An E-beam firing bar moves distally through the clamped end effector to sever tissue and to drive stap ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Michael E Setser, William B Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling instrument configured to apply a compressive pressure to tissue. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 7, 2017: US09585663 (4 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling assembly. The surgical stapling assembly comprises a frame, a distal end, a first jaw comprising a channel, and a second jaw extending from the frame. The surgical stapling assembly comprises a channel retainer, wherein the channel is slidably attachable to the channel retainer. ...


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Barry C Worrell, Jason R Lesko: Surgical instrument with contained dual helix actuator assembly. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, January 17, 2017: US09545253 (4 worldwide citation)

An apparatus comprises an end effector, an elongate shaft, and a handle assembly. The shaft includes an articulation section that is operable to deflect the end effector away from the longitudinal axis of the shaft. The handle assembly includes a rotary member positioned within an intermediate secti ...


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Rebecca J Gettinger, Robert J Simms, Frederick E Shelton IV: Pivotable articulation joint unlocking feature for surgical stapler. Ethicon, Frost Brown Todd, July 4, 2017: US09693774 (3 worldwide citation)

An apparatus comprises a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, and an articulation joint. The end effector is operable to manipulate (e.g., staple) tissue. The articulation joint couples the end effector with the shaft assembly and permits the end effector to deflect away from the longitudinal ax ...


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Jeffrey S Swayze, Chester O Baxter III, Frederick E Shelton IV, Gregory W Johnson: Circular stapler with selectable motorized and manual control, including a control ring. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, January 3, 2017: US09532783 (3 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for stapling tissue comprises a stapling head assembly, a rotary drive shaft, and a mode selector. The stapling head assembly comprises a closure assembly and a firing assembly. The closure assembly is operable to clamp tissue against an anvil. The firing assembly is operable to drive a ...


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Barry C Worrell, Zhifan F Huang, Jason R Lesko, Matthew C Miller, Geoffrey S Strobl, Gregory A Trees, Charles S Black, William E Clem, Emron Henry, Kevin M Montgomery: Control features for articulating surgical device. Ethicon, Frost Brown Todd, January 30, 2018: US09877720 (2 worldwide citation)

An electrosurgical device includes a body, an end effector, a cutting member, and a shaft. The end effector comprises a pair of jaws and at least one electrode that is operable to deliver RF energy to tissue clamped between the jaws. The cutting member is operable to cut tissue clamped between the j ...


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Jason E Zerkle, Douglas B Hoffman, William J White, Robert J Simms: Lockout feature for movable cutting member of surgical instrument. Ethicon, Frost Brown Todd, August 1, 2017: US09717497 (2 worldwide citation)

An end effector for use with a surgical instrument includes a first jaw, a second jaw, a blade assembly, and a lockout assembly. The first jaw removably couples with a staple cartridge. The second jaw is movably coupled with the first jaw. The blade assembly translates relative to the first jaw and ...


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Robert J Simms, Douglas B Hoffman, Rebecca J Gettinger, Timothy S Bedard, Dean L Garner, Glen A Armstrong, Janna B Volz: Distal tip features for end effector of surgical instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, April 18, 2017: US09622746 (2 worldwide citation)

An apparatus comprises a body, a shaft, and an end effector that is operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The end effector comprises and anvil and a cartridge. A longitudinal axis intersects the distal tip of the anvil when the anvil is in a closed position. The cartridge defines a sight lin ...


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Aaron C Voegele, Paul T Franer, Geoffrey S Strobl, Catherine A Corbett: Electrosurgical instrument end effector with compliant electrode. Ethicon, Frost Brown Todd, January 30, 2018: US09877782 (1 worldwide citation)

An end effector for operating on tissue comprises an upper jaw, a lower jaw, a flexible member, and a pair of conductive members. The upper jaw and the lower jaw are configured to receive tissue when in an open position and the upper jaw is movable toward the lower jaw. The flexible member is couple ...


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Barry C Worrell, David K Norvell, Charles J Scheib, Frederick E Shelton IV, Geoffrey S Strobl, Jeffrey S Swayze, Gregory A Trees, Jason E Zerkle, Kevin M Montgomery: Articulation joint features for articulating surgical device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, August 15, 2017: US09730753

An electrosurgical device comprises a body, an end effector, a cutting member, and a shaft. The end effector includes a pair of jaws that are operable to deliver RF energy to tissue that is clamped between the jaws. The cutting member is operable to sever tissue that is clamped between the jaws. The ...