ApplicationNo. 134402 filed on 10/08/1993
US Classes:227/176.1, With magazine227/19, WITH MEANS TO ASSEMBLE PLURAL PIECES OF WORK227/175.1SURGICAL STAPLER
ExaminersPrimary: Rada, Rinaldi I.
Assistant: Schrock, Allan M.
Foreign Patent References
International ClassA61B 017/068
AbstractApparatus is disclosed for applying at least one surgical fastener to body tissue, having a frame and a tubular member connected to the frame and extending distally therefrom. The tubular member has a generally longitudinal axis, a proximal end portion, and a distal end portion. At least one surgical fastener is supported by the tubular member, and a mechanism is provided for advancing the at least one surgical fastener distally for positioning adjacent the body tissue. An articulating structure is included for pivotally rotating the distal end portion to predetermined angles with respect to the generally longitudinal axis, where the articulating structure includes a rotatable mechanism rotatable about an axis generally transverse to the longitudinal axis.