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A surgical device is described herein that can be used to fire different types and sizes of disposable loading units. In a preferred embodiment, the device applies parallel rows of surgical fasteners to body tissue and concomitantly forms an incision between the rows of staples during an endoscopic or laparoscopic surgical procedure. The device can be utilized with disposable loading units configured to apply linear rows of staples measuring from about 15 mm in length to about 60 mm in length and can be used to fire disposable loading units containing surgical clips and individual staples.

Title
Surgical stapler
Application Number
9/625886
Publication Number
6986451 (B1)
Application Date
July 26, 2000
Publication Date
January 17, 2006
Inventor
Jon Wilson
Fairfield
CT, US
Robert J Geiste
Milford
CT, US
Thomas W Alesi Jr
New Fairfield
CT, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Dominick L Mastri
Bridgeport
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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