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An electromechanical driver for use in gastrointestinal tract surgery, including a flexible sheath and a handle, is provided. Also dislosed are a series of surgical attachments which may be utilized in conjunction with the electromechanical driver. The handle of the driver includes at least one motor which is selectively engageable by the actuation of a trigger. The motor is coupled to a flexible drive shaft which extends through the flexible sheath. At a distal end of the flexible sheath, and correspondingly at the end of the drive shaft, the various surgical attachments may be coupled. The turning of the drive shaft provides the necessary power to actuate the surgical instrument.

Title
Electromechanical driver device for use with anastomosing, stapling, and resecting instruments
Application Number
9/324452
Publication Number
6443973 (B1)
Application Date
June 2, 1999
Publication Date
September 3, 2002
Inventor
Michael P Whitman
New Hope
PA, US
Agent
Dann Dorfman Herrell and Skillman P C
US
Assignee
Power Medical Interventions
PA, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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