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Alexandre Koukline: Stapling device. Alpha Surgical Technologies, Steven M Hoffberg, July 21, 1998: US05782397 (751 worldwide citation)


The stapler includes a staple advancing system for applying an advancing force to a plurality of "U" shaped staples (19); a guide (16) for maintaining said plurality of "U" shaped staples (19) parallel to each other along a feed axis, said guide (35) having a channel cross section (33) including a h ...


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Dominick L Mastri, Frank J Viola, Thomas W Alesi Jr, Robert J Geiste, Jon Wilson: Surgical stapler. United States Surgical Corporation, July 21, 1998: US05782396 (723 worldwide citation)


A surgical device is described herein that can be used to fire different types and sizes of disposable loading units. In a preferred embodiment, the device applies parallel rows of surgical fasteners to body tissue and concomitantly forms an incision between the rows of staples during an endoscopic ...


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Mohamed Diab, Massi E Kiani, David R Tobler, Thomas J Gerhardt, Eugene M Mason, Mike A Mills: Low-noise optical probes. Masimo Corporation, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, July 21, 1998: US05782757 (580 worldwide citation)


An optical probe, which is particularly suited to reduce noise in measurements taken on an easily compressible material, such as a finger, a toe, a forehead, an earlobe, or a lip, measures characteristics of the material. A neonatal and adult disposable embodiment of the probe include adhesive coate ...


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Scott W Larsen, Oleg Shikhman: Spinal fusion implant and method of insertion thereof. Surgical Dynamics, July 21, 1998: US05782832 (573 worldwide citation)


A spinal fusion implant includes lower and upper plate members dimensioned for at least partial insertion within the intervertebral space defined between adjacent vertebrae. The lower and upper plate members have contacting surfaces for engaging respective vertebral end faces of the adjacent vertebr ...


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David A Nicholas, Ernie Aranyi, Boris Zvenyatsky, Paul A Matula, Stanley H Remiszewski, David T Green, Henry Bolanos: Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus. United States Surgical Corporation, July 21, 1998: US05782859 (465 worldwide citation)


A surgical instrument is provided for use in endoscopic or laparoscopic procedures. The instrument includes a handle portion, an endoscopic portion extending from the handle portion, an articulating section pivotably connected to a distal end portion of the endoscopic portion, and a retractor assemb ...


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Robert A Farris: Implant insertion device. SDGI Holdings, Woodard Emhardt Naughton Moriarty & McNett, July 21, 1998: US05782830 (413 worldwide citation)


One embodiment of an implant insertion device includes a handle, a shaft having a proximal end attached to the handle and a distal end and a pair of jaws each having a first end attached to the distal end of the shaft, a free second end and a gripping element at the second end. The free ends of the ...


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Jose E Lizardi: Knotless suture system and method. Mitek Surgical Products, Nutter McClennen & Fish, July 21, 1998: US05782864 (397 worldwide citation)


A system for anchoring tissue to bone includes a suture anchor, a first loop of suture thread attached to the suture anchor, a suture needle and a second loop of suture thread which is attached to the suture needle, the first and second suture loops are interlocked with one another. The suture needl ...


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InBae Yoon, Samuel C Yoon: Suture spring device applicator. InBae Yoon, July 21, 1998: US05782844 (395 worldwide citation)


A suture spring device applicator includes a storage portion configured to hold one or more suture spring devices in a substantially relaxed, contracted state and a guide disposed distally of the storage portion to receive a suture spring device in an elastically deformed, expanded state for positio ...


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Gordon H Epstein, Todd E Lempert: Closure device for percutaneous occlusion of puncture sites and tracts in the human body and method. BioInterventional Corporation, Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert, July 21, 1998: US05782860 (388 worldwide citation)


A closure device for percutaneously forming a closure of a puncture in the tissue of human body. The device comprises a flexible elongate tubular member having proximal and distal extremities and a longitudinal axis. The flexible elongate tubular member has a first lumen extending from the proximal ...


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Thomas T Haider: Pedicle screw system for osteosynthesis. Harold L Jackson, July 21, 1998: US05782833 (362 worldwide citation)


A pedicle screw assembly 10 for use with a rod 11 for the immobilization of bone segments. The assembly is composed of a screw 12, a polyaxial housing 20, a washer 34, a set screw 48, and a cup-shaped cap 40. When the screw is placed inside the polyaxial housing 20, the head of the screw 18 comes in ...



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