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A reusable surgical stapling apparatus that is configured for use with disposable loading units. Various embodiments include a first handle segment and a second handle segment that is detachably coupled to the first handle segment to form a handle housing. A firing assembly may be removably supported in the handle housing as a lift out removable unit for sterilization purposes. Various sterilization methods are disclosed.

Title
Surgical stapling apparatus with reprocessible handle assembly
Application Number
12/30980
Publication Number
7819297 (B2)
Application Date
February 14, 2008
Publication Date
October 26, 2010
Inventor
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Charles J Scheib
Loveland
OH, US
Joshua R Uth
Mason
OH, US
William D Kelly
Mason
OH, US
Bret W Smith
Kings Mills
OH, US
Kevin R Doll
Mason
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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