Patents by Inventor Joseph G. Fortner

Joseph G. Fortner has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 4198982
    Abstract: A method and a surgical stapling instrument for the stapling together of the free ends of two hollow organs. The instrument comprises an elongated tubular body, a base unit concentrically connected to the body and a head unit mounted to the body and concentric therewith for relative movement with respect to the head unit over a range wherein the inner end thereof is spaced apart from the outer end of the base unit and wherein the inner end of the head unit is substantially adjacent to the outer end of the base unit. Holding elements are mounted on the base and head units and project outwardly from the outer and inner ends thereof respectively to extend between the base and head units and are disposed inwardly from the outer periphery of the ends of the base and head units for holding the free ends of the hollow organs inwardly of actuatable stapling and cutting mechanisms to maintain the free ends in position on the base and head portions while the base and head units are moved towards one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1980
    Assignee: Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases
    Inventors: Joseph G. Fortner, Dimitrios Papachristou