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David C Yates, Jesse J Kuhns, Steven H Mersch: Electrosurgical stapling device. Ethicon, April 7, 1998: US05735848 (883 worldwide citation)

An surgical stapling instrument is provided which uses a thermogenic energy preferably bipolar radiofrequency energy for cauterization and/or welding tissue. The instrument compresses tissue between one pole of a bipolar energy sources contained on a first interfacing surface and a second pole of a ...


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David T Green: Surgical instruments. United States Surgical Corporation, February 7, 1984: US04429695 (881 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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Frederick E Shelton IV, Michael Earl Setser, Brian J Hemmelgarn: Surgical stapling instrument having separate distinct closing and firing systems. Ethicon Endo Surger, February 21, 2006: US07000818 (819 worldwide citation)

A surgical severing and stapling instrument clamps tissue within an end effector of an elongate channel pivotally opposed by an anvil. An E-beam firing bar affirmatively maintains a desired spacing while severing and stapling tissue by longitudinally engaging the anvil and elongate channel. Separate ...


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Jeffrey S Swayze, Frederick E Shelton IV: Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a firing mechanism having a linked rack transmission. Ethicon Endo Surgery, June 14, 2005: US06905057 (812 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling and severing instrument particularly suited to endoscopic procedures incorporates a handle that produces separate closing and firing motions to actuate an end effector. In particular, the handle produces multiple firing strokes in order to reduce the required amount of force requ ...


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Douglas B Hoffman: Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an articulation joint for a firing bar track. Ethicon Endo Surgery, September 7, 2004: US06786382 (787 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 ...


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Anthony A Boiarski, Mark T Byrne, Warren P Williamson: Identification device for surgical instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Susan M Schmidt, June 25, 1996: US05529235 (762 worldwide citation)

A device is provided for identifying certain characteristics of an end piece or end effector of a surgical instrument. A preferred embodiment provides a surgical stapling instrument having an electrical circuit contained on the stapling cartridge which is capable of indicating cartridge type and/or ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV: Surgical stapling instrument having an electroactive polymer actuated buttress deployment mechanism. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 12, 2006: US07147138 (747 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for being endoscopically or laparoscopically inserted to a surgical site for simultaneous stapling and severing of tissue includes electrically actuated deployment of buttress pads held on inner surfaces of upper and lower jaws of a staple applying assembly. Thereby, thick or t ...


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Ronald J Brinkerhoff, Rudolph H Nobis, Helmut Wolf, Federico Bilotti, William Fox, Mark S Zeiner, E David Allen: Surgical anastomosis stapling instrument. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, Charles P Boukus, April 27, 1993: US05205459 (746 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling instrument for performing a circular anastomosis stapling operation is provided. The surgical instrument includes a stapling head assembly mounted by a curved shaft to an actuator handle assembly and incorporates an improved actuator mechanism for transmitting the required operat ...


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Kenneth S Wales, Joseph Charles Heuil: Surgical stapling instrument having articulation joint support plates for supporting a firing bar. Ethicon Endo Surgery, November 15, 2005: US06964363 (741 worldwide citation)

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


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Michael Earl Setser, William Bruce Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an E-beam firing mechanism. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, December 27, 2005: US06978921 (735 worldwide citation)

A surgical severing and stapling instrument clamps, 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 dri ...