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An introducer assembly for use with a surgical stapler is provided. The introducer assembly includes an elongated main body portion, one or more mounting mechanisms associated with the main body portion, and a plurality of petals or fingers positioned at a distal end of the elongated main body portion. The one or more mounting mechanisms are adapted to detachably mount with respect to the surgical stapler. The plurality of petals or fingers define a distal junction and a proximally-directed mounting member that is adapted to detachably engage a distal portion of the surgical stapler. The plurality of petals or fingers define an inner region that accommodates a distal end of the surgical stapler. The distal junction and the proximally-directed mounting member associated with the plurality of petals or fingers are adapted to disengage upon application of a requisite proximally-directed force to the elongated body portion. Methods and combinations that utilize the introducer are also disclosed.

Title
Introducer system and assembly for surgical staplers
Application Number
12/756713
Publication Number
8662370 (B2)
Application Date
April 8, 2010
Publication Date
March 4, 2014
Inventor
Hidehisa Thomas Takei
Riverside
CA, US
Agent
McCarter & English
IPC
A61B 17/04
A61B 17/10
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