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A locking device for a surgical stapling or fastening instrument for applying surgical fasteners to tissue. The locking device is positioned on the jaw mechanism of the fastening instrument and engages a cartridge when the cartridge includes fasteners, and pivots through the cartridge after the fasteners have been fired to prevent the cartridge carrying jaw from being approximated into a firing position when the cartridge is empty.

Title
Locking device for an apparatus for applying surgical fasteners
Application Number
780861
Publication Number
5462215
Application Date
December 9, 1994
Publication Date
October 31, 1995
Inventor
Henry Bolanos
East Norwalk
CT, US
David T Green
Westport
CT, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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