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A surgical stapling device particularly suited for endoscopic procedures is described. The device includes a handle assembly and an elongated body extending distally from the handle assembly. The distal end of the elongated body is adapted to engage a disposable loading unit. A control rod having a proximal end operatively connected to the handle assembly includes a distal end extending through the elongated body. A control rod locking member is provided to prevent movement of the control rod until the disposable loading unit is fully secured to the elongated body of the stapling device.

Title
Surgical stapling apparatus
Application Number
10/983288
Publication Number
6953139 (B2)
Application Date
November 5, 2004
Publication Date
October 11, 2005
Inventor
Randolph F Lehn
Stratford
CT, US
Joseph Orban III
Norwalk
CT, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Keith L Milliman
Bethel
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 017/068
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