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A surgical stapler is disclosed which includes a first body portion supporting an anvil plate defining a fastener forming surface, and a second body portion configured to releasably mate with the first body portion. A disposable loading unit is removably supported in the second body portion and includes a cartridge defining a plurality of slots, a plurality of surgical fasteners disposed in the slots, a plurality of ejectors positioned adjacent the surgical fasteners, and a wedged actuator configured to enter into and translate through the cartridge to sequentially interact with the ejectors. An elongated actuation member is mounted for longitudinal movement within the second body portion and is releasably engagable with the wedged actuator, whereby longitudinal movement of the actuation member causes the wedged actuator to interact with the ejectors, driving the surgical fasteners from the cartridge to be formed against the anvil plate.

Title
Surgical stapler
Application Number
9/366583
Publication Number
6202914 (B1)
Application Date
August 4, 1999
Publication Date
March 20, 2001
Inventor
Jon Wilson
Fairfield
CT, US
Robert C Savage
Stratford
CT, US
Lisa W Heaton
Norwalk
CT, US
Mitchell J Palmer
New Milford
CT, US
Robert J Geiste
Milford
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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