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Surgical fastener applying apparatus having an articulated shaft assembly intermediate a proximal actuator assembly and a distal fastener applying assembly. The rotational axis of the articulation is transverse to the proximal-distal axis of the shaft assembly. The apparatus is fully operational at any rotational position of the articulation. A detent mechanism may be included to releasably hold the articulation in any of its rotational positions. A locking mechanism may also be provided for locking the articulation in any of its rotational positions. The shaft assembly may also include a second articulation whose rotational axis is the proximal-distal axis. The apparatus is fully operational at any rotational position of the second articulation, and detent and locking mechanisms may also be associated with the second articulation.

Title
Articulated surgical fastener applying apparatus
Application Number
771845
Publication Number
4869414
Application Date
February 29, 1988
Publication Date
September 26, 1989
Inventor
Ernie Aranyi
Shelton
CT, US
David T Green
Norwalk
CT, US
Agent
Kenyon & Kenyon
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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