United States Patent  [ii] Patent Number: 4,566,620
Green et al.  Date of Patent: Jan. 28, 1986
4,488,523 12/1984 Shichman 128/334 R
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Primary Examiner—Anton O. Oechsle
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Robert R. Jackson; John E.
In apparatus including a distal surgical fastener applying assembly operatively connected to a proximal actuator assembly by a longitudinal shaft assembly, the shaft assembly includes an articulation for allowing the fastener applying assembly to be placed in any of a wide range of rotational orientations relative to the actuator assembly.
32 Claims, 14 Drawing Figures