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A surgical stapler including a stapling assembly, an actuator assembly remote from the stapling assembly, and a longitudinal shaft assembly having a longitudinally flexible section for connecting the actuator assembly to the stapling assembly and for transmitting the forces and motions required to operate the stapling assembly from the actuator assembly to the stapling assembly.

Title
Surgical stapler apparatus with flexible shaft
Application Number
6/383144
Publication Number
4473077
Application Date
May 28, 1982
Publication Date
September 25, 1984
Inventor
Alfred F DeCarlo
Stamford
CT, US
Douglas Noiles
New Canaan
CT, US
Agent
Richard A Inz
Robert E Jackson
John E Nathan
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/11
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