05562702 is referenced by 355 patents and cites 14 patents.

A jaw assembly is provided with a pair of jaws which are closed with a flexible, tension member that is pulled by the operator of the instrument. In a preferred embodiment, one of the jaws is pivotally mounted in a slot to the other jaw. A cord, having a loop configuration, is attached to the pivoting jaw and can be pulled to pivot the jaw closed. A second cord can be provided to initially hold the proximal end of the pivoting jaw away from the other jaw until the distal ends of the jaws are closer together. In another embodiment, jaws can be closed in a parallel orientation by rotating two pulleys with threaded shafts engaged with the jaws.

Title
Cable-actuated jaw assembly for surgical instruments
Application Number
198939
Publication Number
5562702
Application Date
May 9, 1995
Publication Date
October 8, 1996
Inventor
James H Chambers
Milford
OH, US
Mark Fogelberg
Wilsonville
OR, US
Kenneth S Wales
Mason
OH, US
Matthew Otten
Cincinnati
OH, US
Warren P Williamson
Loveland
OH, US
Thomas W Huitema
Cincinnati
OH, US
Agent
Paul A Coletti
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
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