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A surgical stapling or fastening instrument for applying surgical fasteners to tissue having an adjustable closure mechanism to linearly approximate the distance between the jaw members of the instrument. The adjustable closure mechanism consists of a retaining mechanism and a linkage structure which is actuable to linearly urge the jaw members towards each other. A coupling arrangement is also provided which permits firing of the staples or fasteners only when the jaw members are approximated a predetermined distance towards each other.

Title
Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners
Application Number
779505
Publication Number
5878937
Application Date
September 29, 1997
Publication Date
March 9, 1999
Inventor
John C Robertson
Bloomfield
CT, US
Lisa M Heaton
Norwalk
CT, US
Keith Ratcliff
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Henry Bolanos
East Norwalk
CT, US
David T Green
Westport
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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