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A surgical stapling instrument includes first and second body members pivotally and detachably connected to each other, each having an elongated jaw to grip tissue therebetween to be stapled together. The instrument further includes a toggle joint pivotally connected on one of said body members and adapted to engage the other body member to lock the body members together. Various latching mechanisms are provided to releasably latch the proximal ends of the body members together prior to locking the jaws about the tissue to be stapled.

Title
Surgical stapling instrument
Application Number
7/300523
Publication Number
4991764
Application Date
January 23, 1989
Publication Date
February 12, 1991
Inventor
Robert Mericle
Raleigh
NC, US
Agent
Gene Warzecha
Robert E Lee
Assignee
Edward Weck Incorporated
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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