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A surgical stapling apparatus may comprise a handle assembly, a shaft, an end effector, an articulation joint, and an articulation actuator. The handle assembly comprises a first portion and a second portion moveable relative to the first portion. The end effector, connected to the shaft by the articulation joint, is configured to perform an end effector function when the second portion is actuated. The articulation actuator, which is configured to move the end effector relative to the shaft, and the second portion may be moveable in an actuation plane.

Title
Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand
Application Number
12/878574
Publication Number
8973803 (B2)
Application Date
September 9, 2010
Publication Date
March 10, 2015
Inventor
Gregory B Blair
Cincinnati
OH, US
Dean B Bruewer
Fairfield
OH, US
Patrick A Weizman
Liberty Township
OH, US
Douglas B Hoffman
Harrison
OH, US
Mark S Ortiz
Milford
OH, US
Geoffrey C Hueil
Mason
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Andrew M Zwolinski
Cincinnati
OH, US
Galen C Robertson
Cincinnati
OH, US
Jeffrey D Messerly
Cincinnati
OH, US
Randall J Tanguay
Lebanon
OH, US
Steven G Hall
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/32
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/00
A61B 19/00
A61B 19/02
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/068
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