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A surgical instrument for performing an anastomosis includes a housing having proximal and distal ends and a shaft extending from the distal end of the housing. The instrument also includes an actuator attached to the housing and a disposable loading unit configured for selective attachment to the shaft. The disposable loading unit includes a fastener support member configured and dimensioned to support an array of surgical fasteners thereon and a fastener pusher member which is movable through a firing stroke in response to movement of the actuator to deform the surgical fasteners.

Title
Anastomosis instrument and method
Application Number
10/191599
Publication Number
6726697 (B2)
Application Date
July 8, 2002
Publication Date
April 27, 2004
Inventor
Scott E Manzo
Shelton
CT, US
Robert C Smith
Hamden
CT, US
David A Nicholas
Trumbull
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/08
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