04485817 is referenced by 367 patents and cites 13 patents.

A surgical stapler comprising a stapling section, an actuator section remote from the stapling section, and a longitudinally flexible shaft connecting the stapling and actuating assemblies is disclosed. The stapling section generates a force to staple tissue responsive to a much smaller force transmitted hydraulically from the actuator section via the flexible shaft.

Title
Surgical stapler apparatus with flexible shaft
Application Number
6/383129
Publication Number
4485817
Application Date
May 28, 1982
Publication Date
December 4, 1984
Inventor
Brian E Swiggett
Oyster Bay
NY, US
Agent
Richard A Inz
Robert R Jackson
John E Nathan
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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