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A surgical instrument is provided for use in endoscopic or laparoscopic procedures. The instrument includes a handle portion, an endoscopic portion extending from the handle portion, an articulating section pivotably connected to a distal end of the endoscopic portion, and a bladed retractor assembly operatively associated with the articulating section. Structure is provided for maintaining spacing between the blades of the retractor assembly and for controlling actuation of the retractor assembly.

Title
Articulating endoscopic surgical apparatus
Application Number
740443
Publication Number
5391180
Application Date
April 21, 1993
Publication Date
February 21, 1995
Inventor
Brian G Russell
Monroe
CT, US
H Jonathan Tovey
Milford
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/28
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