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A surgical stapling instrument including first and second jaw members which can be pivotably connected to each other and secured in position relative to each other by a latch. The first and second jaw members can include first and second locking members which can allow the first and second jaw members to be rotated relative to one another but prevent, or at least inhibit, the first and second jaw members from being separated from one another. Such embodiments may be particularly useful in circumstances when the latch is in a partially-closed position and the first and second jaw members are being manipulated to position tissue therebetween. The first and second jaw members can be sufficiently connected together in order to prevent, or at least reduce the possibility of, the first and second jaw members from becoming detached from one another and exposing a cutting member.

Title
Surgical stapler having an intermediate closing position
Application Number
12/234143
Publication Number
7857186 (B2)
Application Date
September 19, 2008
Publication Date
December 28, 2010
Inventor
James J Bedi
Cincinnati
OH, US
Chester O Baxter III
Loveland
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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