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Apparatus is disclosed for applying at least one surgical fastener to body tissue, having a frame and a tubular member connected to the frame and extending distally therefrom. The tubular member has a generally longitudinal axis, a proximal end portion, and a distal end portion. At least one surgical fastener is supported by the tubular member, and a mechanism is provided for advancing the at least one surgical fastener distally for positioning adjacent the body tissue. An articulating structure is included for pivotally rotating the distal end portion to predetermined angles with respect to the generally longitudinal axis, where the articulating structure includes a rotatable mechanism rotatable about an axis generally transverse to the longitudinal axis.

Title
Apparatus and method for applying surgical staples to body tissue
Application Number
8/134402
Publication Number
5560532
Application Date
October 8, 1993
Publication Date
October 1, 1996
Inventor
Andrew Komlosi
Fairfield
CT, US
Samson L Pennatto
Danbury
CT, US
Stephan A DeFonzo
Bridgeport
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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