0648476-A1 is referenced by 476 patents and cites 5 patents.

A self-contained gas powered endoscopic surgical apparatus so is provided for placing lateral lines of surgical fasteners into body tissue. The apparatus includes a frame portion 52, an elongated portion 54 extending from the frame portion, and an articulating fastener applying assembly 58 associated with a distal end of the elongated portion. The fastener applying assembly includes a base portion, a staple cartridge housing, and an anvil member 56 which has a forming surface thereon against which surgical fasteners are driven as they are ejected from the cartridge housing. A self-contained pneumatic system 68 is associated with the frame portion and is actuable to eject the surgical fasteners from the cartridge assembly.; A first mechanism is provided for effectuating the rotation of the fastener applying assembly about an axis defined by the body portion, a second mechanism 452 is provided for effectuating the articulation of the fastener applying assembly, and a third mechanism 562 is provided for independently rotating the cartridge housing and anvil member relative to a longitudinal axis defined by the base position to increase the range of operability of the apparatus.

Title
Self contained gas powered surgical apparatus.
Application Number
EP19940115676 19941005
Publication Number
0648476 (A1)
Application Date
October 5, 1994
Publication Date
April 19, 1995
Inventor
Heaton Lisa W
US
Savage Robert C
US
Palmer Michell J
US
Mcclure Richard C
US
Milliman Keith L
US
Green David T
US
Assignee
United States Surgical
US
IPC
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/068
A61B 17/072
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