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An articulable assembly is provided for an endoscopic instrument along with a surgical fastener track therefor. The assembly includes a distal end portion for supporting an end effector to effect tissue manipulation while carrying out a surgical procedure within a body cavity. The assembly includes an articulable joint connecting an elongate support housing with the distal end portion. The joint includes a hollow socket and a convex member that is received in the socket. The convex member defines a passageway for accommodating an actuator extending from the housing through the joint to actuate the end effector. An operator is provided on the housing and extends to the socket or convex member for moving the distal end portion into and out of alignment with the housing. A flexible track is provided for guiding fasteners through the joint.

Title
Articulable socket joint assembly for an endoscopic instrument for surgical fastner track therefor
Application Number
8/130068
Publication Number
5405344
Application Date
September 30, 1993
Publication Date
April 11, 1995
Inventor
E David Allen
Okeana
OH, US
Mark Fogelberg
Loveland
OH, US
Jack E Smith
Dayton
OH, US
Steven Burnett
W. Chester
OH, US
Warren P Williamson
Loveland
OH, US
Agent
Paul A Coletti
Assignee
Ethicon
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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