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An anvil assembly for a surgical fastening instrument is disclosed. The anvil is constructed to pivot relative to an anvil shaft to facilitate movement of the anvil and instrument during use. The anvil also has an improved surface for severing structures and a sloped surface for guiding a knife during use.

Title
Anvil for circular stapler
Application Number
296218
Publication Number
5588579
Application Date
November 15, 1995
Publication Date
December 31, 1996
Inventor
David N Fowler
Trumbull
CT, US
Richard J Gallagher
Milford
CT, US
John C Robertson
Bloomfield
CT, US
Robert H Schnut
Carmel
NY, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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