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A surgical instrument for performing endoscopic surgical procedures. In one embodiment, the instrument includes a knife that remains unexposed until initiation of a cutting sequence, and returns to an unexposed position at the conclusion of the cutting sequence, minimizing the risk of injury to the person handling the instrument. In another embodiment, the instrument includes a flexible neck for articulating a surgical head assembly with respect to the shaft of the instrument. In another embodiment, a device for locking the articulated head at an angle of articulation is provided. In yet another embodiment, a mechanism for opening and closing an anvil assembly is disclosed.

Title
Surgical instrument
Application Number
359107
Publication Number
5680982
Application Date
October 2, 1996
Publication Date
October 28, 1997
Inventor
Mark S Zeiner
Milford
OH, US
Kenneth S Wales
Mason
OH, US
Michael E Setser
Burlington
KY, US
William D Fox
New Richmond
OH, US
Joseph Paraschac
Cincinnati
OH, US
Dale R Schulze
Lebanon
OH, US
Agent
Paul A Coletti
Assignee
Ethicon ENdo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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