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A ratchet release mechanism for a medical device. The release mechanism permits both a smooth and a stepped actuation of a grasper on a distal end of the medial device. The medical device has a fixed handle and a movable handle. The release mechanism comprises an elongated toothed plate arrangement supported in a release housing and an elongated smooth plate arranged adjacent the toothed plate arrangement in the release housing. The release housing is pivotably supported between the handles to permit the handles to move in a stepped or a smooth manner to effect actuation of the grasper.

Title
Release mechanism for grasping device
Application Number
9/795808
Publication Number
6620184 (B2)
Application Date
February 28, 2001
Publication Date
September 16, 2003
Inventor
Henri F de Guillebok
Manchester
MA, US
Hughes I de Laforcade
Manchester
MA, US
Agent
Don Halgren
US
Assignee
Microline
MA, US
IPC
A61B 17/28
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