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A cutting and stapling device for use as an attachment to an electromechanical device driver comprises an upper jaw and a lower jaw which separate and close against one another in a continuously parallel alignment. The upper jaw includes a series of staple guides corresponding to one or more staples in a removable staple tray disposed within a lower jaw, whereby a blade and wedge having a threaded bore travel upon a matching threaded shaft in a channel disposed in the lower jaw below the staple tray, such that rotation of the threaded shaft causes movement of the wedge through the channel while a sloped surface of the wedge contacts the staples to push the staples against the staples guides, closing the staples.

Title
Expanding parallel jaw device for use with an electromechanical driver device
Application Number
10/341234
Publication Number
6698643 (B2)
Application Date
January 13, 2003
Publication Date
March 2, 2004
Inventor
Michael P Whitman
New Hope
PA, US
Agent
Kenyon & Kenyon
US
Assignee
Power Medical Interventions
PA, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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