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A self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue is disclosed which includes a handle assembly, a gear motor assembly disposed within the handle assembly, a power source disposed within the handle assembly for energizing the motor assembly, an elongated body extending distally from the handle assembly, a cartridge assembly detachably connected to a distal end portion of the elongated body, and an elongated drive shaft extending through the elongated body and detachably coupling the motor assembly to the cartridge assembly.

Title
Self-contained powered surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners
Application Number
287455
Publication Number
5954259
Application Date
June 27, 1997
Publication Date
September 21, 1999
Inventor
Kenneth E Toso
Wilton
CT, US
Richard N Granger
Huntington
CT, US
Wayne P Young
Brewster
CT, US
Dominick L Mastri
Bridgeport
CT, US
Daniel E Alesi
Sherman
CT, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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