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A surgical apparatus has a clamp and a stapling mechanism. The clamp has a first jaw and a second jaw to clamp on a body tissue at a desired location for a stapling operation. The stapling mechanism is controlled by a trigger handle or a switch assembly. The surgical apparatus has a controller for providing a delay between clamping and actuating of the firing mechanism of the stapling mechanism. The delay provides for a desired amount of time for tissue compression producing a more uniform staple formation. The surgical apparatus also has an indicator. The indicator provides feedback about the status of the stapling mechanism and also displays a time of tissue compression by the clamp.

Title
Surgical stapler with timer and feedback display
Application Number
12/178681
Publication Number
7870989 (B2)
Application Date
July 24, 2008
Publication Date
January 18, 2011
Inventor
Russell Heinrich
Madison
CT, US
Henry E Holsten
Covington
GA, US
Robert J DeSantis
Redding
CT, US
Michael A Soltz
North Haven
CT, US
Gregg Krehel
Newtown
CT, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Assignee
Tyco Healthcare Group
CT, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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