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In a surgical fastener applying instrument of the type in which the tissue is first clamped by operation of a lever mechanism, a releasable latch is included in the lever mechanism for releasably holding the tissue clamping elements at an intermediate latching position. In this position, the tissue to be fastened is enclosed but not fully clamped by the instrument so that the position of the instrument relative to the tissue can be adjusted without reopening the instrument.

Title
Surgical fastener applying apparatus
Application Number
6/538830
Publication Number
4530453
Application Date
October 4, 1983
Publication Date
July 23, 1985
Inventor
David T Green
Norwalk
CT, US
Agent
John E Nathan
Robert R Jackson
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/04
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