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Thomas W Huitema, Anil K Nalagatla, Dale R Schulze: Articulation assembly for surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Matthew S Goodwin, January 6, 1998: US05704534 (965 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument which has an articulation transmission assembly for remotely articulating an end effector of the instrument is disclosed. Ratcheting rotation of a compressible deck within a detent housing of the assembly from a first locked position to a second locked position ca ...


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David T Green: Surgical instruments. United States Surgical Corporation, February 7, 1984: US04429695 (897 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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Jeffrey R Oberlin, Christopher L Johnson, David A Dunlap: Articulated surgical instrument with improved firing mechanism. Richard Allan Medical, Howard & Howard, August 25, 1998: US05797537 (882 worldwide citation)

This invention provides articulated surgical instruments for use in laparoscopic surgical procedures including, in general, a handle, an elongated shaft, and an articulated tip. A gap extends longitudinally between the shaft and the tip. The instruments further include a flexible compression drive m ...


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Lars R Chrisman, Scott H Heneveld, Stephen F Peters: Surgical instrument with improvement safety lockout mechanisms. Richard Allan Medical, Howard & Howard, June 9, 1998: US05762255 (778 worldwide citation)

This invention provides surgical instruments having improved lockout mechanisms. The surgical instruments are of the type which have an operating mechanism for repeatedly performing a surgical procedure and a control mechanism for manipulating the instrument between a neutral position and a ready po ...


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Ernest Akopov, Vytchesalv Astashov, Nikolai Tvorogov, Sergei Udalov: Endoscopic surgical instrument and staples for applying purse string sutures. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, January 16, 1996: US05484451 (767 worldwide citation)

A surgical staple for securing a purse string suture to human tissue comprises a staple body of deformable material formed into a loop through which the purse string suture is threaded. The staple body includes a pair of legs which are deformable into an overlapping configuration upon insertion into ...


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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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Yulun Wang, Darrin R Uecker, Charles S Jordan, James W Wright, Keith Phillip Laby, Jeff D Wilson: Method and apparatus for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures. Computer Motion, January 5, 1999: US05855583 (742 worldwide citation)

A system for performing minimally invasive cardiac procedures. The system includes a pair of surgical instruments that are coupled to a pair of robotic arms. The instruments have end effectors that can be manipulated to hold and suture tissue. The robotic arms are coupled to a pair of master handles ...


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David T Green: Surgical instruments. United States Surgical Corporation, John E Nathan, Robert R Jackson, Richard A Inz, June 4, 1985: US04520817 (682 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling instrument is disclosed, having upper and lower elongate jaws, one of which is adapted to receive a staple magazine, the other jaw being adapted to receive an anvil or to serve as one itself. A pusher bar and knife assembly including a pair of pusher bars and a central knife carr ...


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Thomas Huitema: Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Matthew S Goodwin, February 3, 1998: US05713505 (679 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument which has an articulation transmission assembly for remotely articulating an end effector of the instrument is disclosed. The articulation transmission assembly includes a detent housing mounted on the instrument with a plurality of detent teeth. A compressible de ...


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Todd Phillip Omaits, Bennie Thompson, Frederick E Shelton IV, Eugene L Timperman: Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 24, 2009: US07506791 (643 worldwide citation)

Various forms of surgical instruments are disclosed. In various embodiments, the instrument includes a cartridge supporting assembly for operably supporting a staple cartridge therein. The cartridge supporting assembly may be responsive to firing and retraction motions applied thereto from a firing ...