Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method which enable the performance of vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) without the use of staples. Further, a laparoscopic instrument which can be used in combination with the VBG apparatus and method is also disclosed.The laparoscopic instrument can also be used in combination with surgically functional elements other than the VBG apparatus. A particular advantage of the laparoscopic instrument is that surgically functional elements attached at the leading edge of levered jaws of the instrument can be rotated at least 180 degrees in a plane which is substantially parallel to a plane passing horizontally through the longitudinal centerline of the levered jaws.
March 6, 1995
Date of Patent:
August 27, 1996
Byron C. Sutherland, Hava Mattea Mintz, Conley, Rose & Tayon, P.C.
Marc Bessler, Max R. Mintz, Byron C. Sutherland