Surgical instrument

  • US 8,221,450 B2
  • Filed: 03/03/2008
  • Issued: 07/17/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/30/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A manually operated medical instrument having an instrument shaft that couples with an operating handle at a proximal end thereof and a tool at a distal end thereof, further comprising a proximal bendable member at the proximal end of the instrument shaft that is bendable into a curved configuration, a distal bendable member at the distal end of the instrument shaft that is bendable into a curved configuration, and one or more actuating elements intercoupling the proximal and distal bendable members responsive to a manually initiated bending at the proximal bendable member to cause a corresponding bending into a curved configuration of the distal bendable member so as to control, via the handle, the positioning of the tool.

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