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A surgical stapling device is disclosed for the treatment of internal hemorrhoids. The surgical stapling device includes a handle portion, an elongated body portion and a head portion including an anvil assembly and a shell assembly. The head portion includes an anvil assembly including a tiltable anvil which will tilt automatically after the device has been fired and unapproximated. The tiltable anvil provides a reduced anvil profile to reduce trauma during removal of the device after the anastomoses procedure has been performed. The anvil assembly of the stapling device may include an approximation mechanism having an anvil retainer including an elongated distal extension dimensioned to be telescopingly received within a longitudinal bore of an anvil center rod of the anvil assembly. The elongated distal extension is of a length to provide telescopic engagement with the anvil center rod without obstructing visualization of the surgical site. A kit including a surgical instrument having a removable anvil assembly and an anvil assembly insertion handle is also disclosed. The kit may also include a speculum, an anal dialator and/or an obturator.

Title
Surgical stapling device
Application Number
10/872747
Publication Number
7168604 (B2)
Application Date
June 21, 2004
Publication Date
January 30, 2007
Inventor
Russell Heinrich
Madison
CT, US
Keith L Milliman
Bethel
CT, US
Assignee
Tyco Healthcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/10
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