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A surgical device includes a housing and a hollow shaft extending from the housing. The hollow shaft includes one or more drive shafts disposed within the hollow shaft. Each drive shaft is detachably coupled to a surgical instrument and is operable to control moving parts on the surgical instrument. A method for performing a surgical procedure includes the steps of inserting a hollow shaft containing one or more drive shafts into the body via a first orifice; inserting a surgical instrument into the body via a second orifice, the surgical instrument being configured to couple with the hollow shaft to connect the surgical instrument with one or more drive shafts; and coupling the hollow shaft and the surgical instrument after the hollow shaft and surgical instrument are inserted into the body.

Title
Electro-mechanical surgical device
Application Number
9/887789
Publication Number
7032798 (B2)
Application Date
June 22, 2001
Publication Date
April 25, 2006
Inventor
David A Zeichner
Oxford
CT, US
John E Burbank
Ridgefield
CT, US
Michael P Whitman
New Hope
PA, US
Agent
Dann Dorfman Herrell & Skillman
Donald R Piper Jr
Assignee
Power Medical Interventions
PA, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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