Robert G Rothfuss, Federico Bilotti, Hector Chow, J Charles Hueil, Narinderjit S Sambi: Disposable linear surgical stapler. Senmed, Wood Herron & Evans, September 9, 1986: US04610383 (924 worldwide citation)

A disposable linear surgical stapler includes a handle, anvil, staple cartridge and flexible shaft attaching the handle to the cartridge and transmitting a firing force exerted at the handle to the distant cartridge for sequentially implanting, forming and clinching staples in two staggered staple l ...