Surgical instrument

  • US 7,364,582 B2
  • Filed: 05/08/2006
  • Issued: 04/29/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/30/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument comprising:

  • an elongated instrument shaft having proximal and distal ends;

    a tool disposed from the distal end of the instrument shaft;

    a control handle disposed from the proximal end of the instrument shaft;

    a distal motion member for coupling the distal end of said elongated instrument shaft to said tool;

    a proximal bendable member that is bendable into a curved configuration for coupling the proximal end of said elongated instrument shaft to said handle;

    actuation means extending between said distal motion member and said proximal bendable member for coupling motion of said proximal bendable member to said distal motion member for controlling the positioning of said tool; and

    a rolling-motion wheel adjacent the control handle and rotatable relative to the control handle for causing a corresponding rotation of the tool about a distal tool roll axis.

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