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A surgical stapler is disclosed including a first body portion supporting an anvil plate defining a fastener forming surface, and a second body portion releasably mating with the first body portion. A disposable loading unit is removably supported in the second body portion and includes a cartridge defining a plurality of slots, a plurality of surgical fasteners disposed in the slots, a plurality of ejectors positioned adjacent the surgical fasteners, and a wedged actuator for sequentially interacting with the ejectors. An elongated actuation member is mounted for longitudinal movement within the second body portion and is releasably engageable with the wedged actuator. A locking mechanism having a locking member and a biasing member is included in the second body portion.

Title
Surgical stapler
Application Number
10/714733
Publication Number
6817509 (B2)
Application Date
November 17, 2003
Publication Date
November 16, 2004
Inventor
Jon Wilson
Fairfield
CT, US
Robert C Savage
Stratford
CT, US
Lisa W Heaton
Norwalk
CT, US
Mitchell J Palmer
New Milford
CT, US
Robert J Geiste
Milford
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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