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A stapler mechanism is described which contains a stapling assembly, and anvil assembly, firing means and knife means. These means are activated by a firing trigger. The anvil assembly is closed upon the stapling assembly by means of a closure trigger. The firing trigger is inoperable until the closure trigger has been activated. Another mechanism in the stapler is capable of locking the closure trigger after use so it does not spring open inadvertently before actuation of the firing trigger. Additionally, the stapler mechanism allows forward motion of both triggers and also is capable of allowing reverse motion of the closure trigger to open the mechanism. Furthermore, the stapler mechanism contains means for obstructing the flow of insufflation gasses or bodily fluid from the surgical site through the instrument during endoscopic surgery.

Title
Linear stapling mechanism with cutting means
Application Number
779436
Publication Number
5332142
Application Date
June 24, 1993
Publication Date
July 26, 1994
Inventor
Robert Cook
Mason
OH, US
Ralph Chen
Loveland
OH, US
Edward Rhad
Fairfield
OH, US
Thomas Knodell
Loveland
OH, US
Darrel Powell
Cincinnati
OH, US
Ronald VanOverloop
West Chester
OH, US
Matthew Otten
Cincinnati
OH, US
Eric Huffman
Loveland
OH, US
Gary Steed
Cleves
OH, US
Dan Meiser
Butler
KY, US
Todd Olson
Loveland
OH, US
Stephen C Robinson
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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