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A surgical instrument with articulated jaw structure includes a frame and two jaws. The jaws have proximal portions that are mounted to each other for movement in a substantially parallel relation between a fully open position wherein the jaws are separated for receiving tissue therebetween and an approximated position wherein the jaws are closer together. Preferably, the jaws are in the fully open position when the distal portion of at least one of the jaws is located in an extended position and are in the approximated position when the distal portion of the extended jaw or jaws is located in a retracted position. The surgical instrument may further include a detachable knife assembly and knife actuating mechanism.

Title
Surgical instrument having an articulated jaw structure and a detachable knife
Application Number
55824
Publication Number
5749893
Application Date
February 5, 1996
Publication Date
May 12, 1998
Inventor
Roger Lagerquist
Goleta
CA, US
Russell J Redmond
Goleta
CA, US
Alan K Plyley
Santa Barbara
CA, US
Claude A Vidal
Santa Barbara
CA, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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