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A surgical stapling device particularly suited for endoscopic procedures is described. The device includes a handle assembly and an elongated body extending distally from the handle assembly. The distal end of the elongated body is adapted to engage a disposable loading unit. A control rod having a proximal end operatively connected to the handle assembly includes a distal end extending through the elongated body. A control rod locking member is provided to prevent movement of the control rod until the disposable loading unit is fully secured to the elongated body of the stapling device.

Title
Surgical stapling apparatus
Application Number
12/200004
Publication Number
7624902 (B2)
Application Date
August 28, 2008
Publication Date
December 1, 2009
Inventor
Frank C Maffei
Shelton
CT, US
Kenneth Cappola
Monroe
CT, US
Stanislaw Marczyk
Stratford
CT, US
Assignee
Tyco Healthcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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