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A surgical stapler for placing lateral lines of staples and making an incision, all through an endoscopic tube, includes an anvil member which is mounted to the distal end of an elongated housing. A tubular collar disposed around the arm of the anvil member is movable to a distal position to bias the anvil member and a cartridge assembly into cooperative alignment, thereby clamping body tissue to be fastened between the anvil member and cartridge assembly.

Title
Apparatus and method for placing staples in laparoscopic or endoscopic procedures
Application Number
7/358646
Publication Number
5040715
Application Date
May 26, 1989
Publication Date
August 20, 1991
Inventor
Charles R Sherts
Southport
CT, US
Keith Ratcliff
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Daniel E Alesi
New Fairfield
CT, US
Henry Bolanos
East Norwalk
CT, US
David T Green
Westport
CT, US
Agent
Thomas R Bremer
Rocco S Barrese
Peter G Dilworth
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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