05478351 is referenced by 385 patents and cites 16 patents.

A surgical tool comprises a detachable tool assembly and tool actuating handle. The tool assembly comprises a tool such as scissors having jaws pivotably mounted via a pivot pin to an inner extension. An outer sleeve around the extension carries a drive pin which engages the tool. The actuating handle retains the inner extension in a fixed position but allows the tool to rotate. Moving a trigger on the actuating handle causes the outer sleeve to translate back and forth over the extension. As the sleeve moves, the drive pin engages the tool to open and close the jaws. The handle is available in a dual-port configuration in which the tool assembly may be inserted in one of two ports.

Title
Endoscopic surgical tool with handle and detachable tool assembly
Application Number
903162
Publication Number
5478351
Application Date
August 8, 1994
Publication Date
December 26, 1995
Inventor
Erie May
Norfolk
MA, US
Philip R Lichtman
Newton
MA, US
John C Meade
Walpole
MA, US
Agent
Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds
Assignee
Microsurge
MA, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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