ApplicationNo. 300700 filed on 09/02/1994
US Classes:600/201, Retractor600/204, Laproscopic600/210, With special blade or retracting surface structure600/214, Plural blades on single handle606/205, Forceps606/206Jaws biased to open or closed position
ExaminersPrimary: Apley, Richard J.
Assistant: Flanagan, Beverly M.
Foreign Patent References
International ClassA61B 017/02
AbstractA surgical instrument is provided for use in endoscopic or laparoscopic procedures. The instrument includes a handle portion, an endoscopic portion extending from the handle portion, an articulating section pivotably connected to a distal end of the endoscopic portion, and a retractor assembly operatively associated with the articulating section. Structure is provided for progressively manipulating the articulating section of the instrument relative to the longitudinal axis of the endoscopic portion within an angular sector of rotation.