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A surgical stapling and severing instrument particularly suited to endoscopic procedures incorporates a handle that produces separate closing and firing motions to actuate an end effector. In particular, the handle produces multiple firing strokes in order to reduce the required amount of force required to fire (i.e., staple and sever) the end effector. A linked transmission reduces the required handle longitudinal length, yet achieves a rigid, strong configuration when straightened for firing. A traction biased firing mechanism avoids binding in driving this straightened linked rack in cooperation with an anti-backup mechanism, with a lockout mechanism that prevents releasing the closure trigger during firing. Furthermore, an external indicator gives feedback to the surgeon as to how far firing has progressed, as well as providing a manual retraction capability.

Title
Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a multistroke firing position indicator and retraction mechanism
Application Number
10/674026
Publication Number
7364061 (B2)
Application Date
September 29, 2003
Publication Date
April 29, 2008
Inventor
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/072
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