Replaceable clip cartridge for a clip applier

  • US 9,649,111 B2
  • Filed: 06/28/2012
  • Issued: 05/16/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/28/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A clip applier for clipping tissue, comprising:

  • a shaft, wherein said shaft defines a longitudinal axis, said shaft comprising;

    a distal portion;

    a distal opening defined in said distal portion; and

    a magazine opening;

    a magazine assembly removably positionable in said magazine opening, wherein said magazine assembly comprises;

    a housing comprising an enclosing wall;

    a storage chamber defined in said housing;

    a firing platform;

    a stack of clips removably positioned within said storage chamber, wherein each said clip comprises a drive end positioned adjacent to a drive end of another said clip, wherein each said clip comprises a biasing face, and wherein said stack of clips is stacked transverse to said longitudinal axis; and

    a biasing member configured to bias said clips toward said firing platform, wherein said biasing member is positioned intermediate said enclosing wall and said biasing faces of said clips, and wherein said biasing member is entirely contained within said storage chamber of said housing; and

    a firing drive configured to advance a said clip from said magazine assembly through said distal opening, wherein said firing drive is configured to sequentially engage said drive ends of said clips.

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