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A flexible clip applier includes a flat wire wound tubular coil, a pair of jaws at the end of the coil, end effector wires extending through the coil and coupled to the jaws, and a clip-advancing wire extending through the coil. A clip chamber is defined in the distal end of the coil. The clip-advancing wire includes a clip pusher which advances a clip into the jaws when the clip-advancing wire is moved distally. The jaws include channels in which a distalmost clip rides when the jaws are closed and the pusher is advanced, thereby causing the distalmost clip to be pushed over the tissue, and a distal anvil which operate to bend a portion of the clip to facilitate its retention on the clamped tissue. Rotation of the clip-advancing wire effects rotation of the jaws are rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the device.

Title
Flexible surgical device having a rotatable end effector assembly
Application Number
10/10904
Publication Number
6743240 (B2)
Application Date
December 6, 2001
Publication Date
June 1, 2004
Inventor
Juergen A Kortenbach
Miami Springs
FL, US
Robert Sixto Jr
Miami
FL, US
Kevin W Smith
Coral Gables
FL, US
Agent
Gordon & Jacobson P C
US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/10
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