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Apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue which includes a body having a proximal portion defining a central longitudinal axis and an articulating distal portion; a fastener cartridge containing at least one surgical fastener therein and positionable in the articulating distal portion; an anvil mounted adjacent the fastener cartridge and defining a fastener forming surface against which surgical fasteners are formed when ejected from the fastener cartridge; a fastener driving mechanism operatively associated with the fastener cartridge and actuatable from the handle to eject the at least one fastener from the fastener cartridge; a link member having a distal portion offset from the body central longitudinal axis and pivotably connected to the articulating distal portion at a point spaced from the body central longitudinal axis, the link member being movable between a proximal-most position to move the distal portion to an articulated condition away from the central longitudinal axis on a first side of the body and a distal-most position to move the distal portion to an articulated condition away from the central longitudinal axis on a second side of the body; and a control lever connected to the link member and pivotable about a point located along the body central longitudinal axis between a first position corresponding to the proximal-most position of the link member and a second position corresponding to the distal-most position of the link member.

Title
Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue
Application Number
318593
Publication Number
5901895
Application Date
October 4, 1996
Publication Date
May 11, 1999
Inventor
Alan B Bachman
Hamden
CT, US
Richard C McClure
Claremont
CA, US
Keith L Milliman
Bethel
CT, US
Mitchell J Palmer
New Milford
CT, US
Lisa W Heaton
Norwalk
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B
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