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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 including a drive beam
Application Number
14/144921
Publication Number
8939343 (B2)
Application Date
December 31, 2013
Publication Date
January 27, 2015
Inventor
Randolph F Lehn
Stratford
CT, US
Joseph P Orban
Norwalk
CT, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Keith L Milliman
Bethel
CT, US
Assignee
Covidien
MA, US
IPC
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/00
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/068
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