TODAY’S PATENT – SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING DEVICE
The invention pertains to the field of medical devices, specifically surgical stapling instruments that can apply staple lines to tissue while cutting the tissue between those lines. More specifically, the invention relates to improvements in stapler instruments and processes for forming various components of such instruments that include an articulating shaft. This device is particularly useful for stapling and cutting tissue during endoscopic or laparoscopic surgical procedures.
The inventors of this device are Kevin W. Smith, Matthew A. Palmer, Korey Robert Kline, and Derek Dee Deville. The European Patent Office granted the patent for this invention on July 14th, 2010, with the serial number EP1909652B1. The present invention represents an improvement in the field of surgical stapling instruments and offers a more efficient and precise way of cutting tissue during surgical procedures. The articulating shaft of the stapler allows for greater flexibility in accessing and stapling tissue, making it particularly useful for minimally invasive procedures.