07207472 is referenced by 375 patents and cites 7 patents.

A surgical instrument adapted for applying a plurality of surgical fasteners to body tissue includes a cartridge module having a cartridge housing containing a plurality of surgical fasteners and a knife. The cartridge module includes a driver disposed to push surgical fasteners out of the cartridge housing. The instrument also includes a firing mechanism associated with the cartridge housing for ejecting the surgical fasteners and the knife from the cartridge housing. The knife includes a detent disposed to contact a mating detent of the cartridge module during longitudinal travel of the knife thereby preventing undesired forward and rearward motion of the knife. The driver includes a detent disposed to contact at least one mating detent formed on the cartridge module.

Title
Cartridge with locking knife for a curved cutter stapler
Application Number
11/14896
Publication Number
7207472 (B2)
Application Date
December 20, 2004
Publication Date
April 24, 2007
Inventor
Richard F Schwemberger
Cincinnati
OH, US
Peter Michael Wukusick
Batesville
IN, US
Agent
Welsh & Flaxman
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/11
A61B 17/04
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