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The present invention includes a surgical stapler having a staple cartridge, an anvil, and a cutting member having a cutting surface, wherein the cutting member is relatively movable with respect to the anvil and the staple cartridge. In at least one embodiment, the anvil is movable between an open position and a partially-closed position. When the anvil is in its partially-closed position, the anvil and the staple cartridge can be configured to capture tissue therebetween without fully compressing the tissue. In at least one embodiment, the anvil includes a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a middle portion intermediate the proximal portion and the distal portion. In these embodiments, the tissue can be captured between the proximal and distal portions of the anvil before the middle portion of the anvil is brought into contact with the tissue.

Title
Apparatus for closing a curved anvil of a surgical stapling device
Application Number
11/652188
Publication Number
7434717 (B2)
Application Date
January 11, 2007
Publication Date
October 14, 2008
Inventor
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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