ApplicationNo. 07/018662 filed on 02/25/1987
US Classes:227/175.1, SURGICAL STAPLER227/19WITH MEANS TO ASSEMBLE PLURAL PIECES OF WORK
ExaminersPrimary: Pinkham, Richard C.
Assistant: Jackson, Gary
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesA61B 17/12 (20060101)
A61B 17/122 (20060101)
A61B 17/064 (20060101)
A61B 17/072 (20060101)
A61B 17/068 (20060101)
AbstractA tissue suturing assembly (10) and method involves C-shaped suturing staples (16) embedded in a cartridge (14) formed of a carrier (18) and opposite cartridge jaws (20 and 22). The opposite cartridge jaws are moved linearly along a track in the carrier to bend the C-shaped staples into spiraling overlapping loops by a separate elongated pliers-like clamping tool (12). The cartridge jaws selectively engage the pliers-like tool jaws (90) so that a loaded cartridge can be mounted on the pliers-like tool, the suturing staples mounted therein can be rolled up from their ends to thereby pass through tissues positioned in mouths of the staples, the cartridge can be removed from the pliers-like tool jaws, and a new loaded cartridge can be mounted on the pliers-like tool jaws to repeat this process. An equalizer mechanism (84) is included on the pliers-like tool to cause opposite jaws of the pliers-like tool to move correspondingly uniformed distances.