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Surgical staplers for use during open and/or laparoscopic surgical procedures are disclosed. Novel firing device trapping assemblies, pushers, staple lines and firing handles are described. Many of the novel devices reduce the overall firing force experienced by the surgeon.

Title
Surgical stapler with mechanisms for reducing the firing force
Application Number
8/236379
Publication Number
5489058
Application Date
May 2, 1994
Publication Date
February 6, 1996
Inventor
Alan J Solyntjes
Richfield
MN, US
John L Minck Jr
Santa Barbara
CA, US
Russell J Redmond
Goleta
CA, US
Claude A Vidal
Santa Barbara
CA, US
Alan K Plyley
Santa Barbara
CA, US
Agent
Jeffrey J Hohenshell
Walter N Kirn
Gary L Griswold
Assignee
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
MN, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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