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A surgical cutter, basically designed for but not limited to laparoscopic surgery, contains a slotted housing and a linearly reciprocating blade which moves parallel to the longitudinal axis of the housing within the slot. The housing also contains a shaped opening near the distal end, the surfaces of this opening being generally perpendicular to the plane of the slot in the housing. Portions of the shaped opening surfaces co-act with the cutting edge of the blade to confine the material to be cut so that it is confined, supported, and cleaved as the blade moves through the plane of the co-acting supporting surface in the opening. The cutting edge of the blade is enveloped by the housing at both ends of the cutting stroke so that the instrument can be safely inserted into and used within the patients body without spurious cutting or damage to the blade.

Title
Surgical cutting means
Application Number
7/726978
Publication Number
5176695
Application Date
July 8, 1991
Publication Date
January 5, 1993
Inventor
David H Dulebohn
Tonka Bay
MN, US
Agent
Zarley McKee Thomte Voorhees & Sease
Assignee
Davinci Medical
MN, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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