United States Patent  [ii] Patent Number: 5,578,048
Pasqualucci et al.  Date of Patent: Nov. 26,1996
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Primary Examiner—Michael Powell Buiz
Assistant Examiner—William W. Lewis
A surgical apparatus for manipulating bodily tissue includes a handle member, an elongated member connected to the handle member and extending distally therefrom, a fluid expandable member supported at a distal end portion of the elongated member and a fluid dispensing mechanism in fluid communication with the expandable member for selectively incrementally dispensing inflation fluid into the expandable member to selectively incrementally inflate the expandable member. The distal end portion of the elongated member is adapted to articulate relative to a longitudinal axis defined by the remaining portion of the elongated member such that the expandable member is pivotal therewith. A control mechanism is provided to selectively control articulation of the distal end portion of the elongated member.
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27 Claims, 11 Drawing Sheets