1806103-A1 is referenced by 142 patents and cites 5 patents.

An articulating surgical instrument is shown, which comprises a shaft and an end effector. The shaft has a longitudinal axis, and the end effector is operationally coupled, preferably mechanically coupled, to the shaft at an articulation pivot. The instrument also comprises a first band, and in some embodiments, a second band, each operationally connected to the end effector and extending through at least a portion of the shaft.; An articulation control applies a force in a direction substantially transverse to the longitudinal axis, wherein the force, when applied in one direction, is translated through the first band to the end effector to effect rotation of the end effector relative to the shaft about the articulation pivot in a first rotational direction, and when the force is applied in the opposite direction, is translated through the second band to the end effector to effect rotation of the end effector relative to the shaft about the articulation pivot in a second rotational direction.

Title
Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector
Application Number
EP20070250077 20070109
Publication Number
1806103 (A1)
Application Date
January 9, 2007
Publication Date
July 11, 2007
Inventor
Siebenaler Douglas Jon
US
Gillum Christopher Lewis
US
Hogue Kenneth Edward
US
Hueil Joseph Charles
US
Hueil Geoffrey C
US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
US
IPC
A61B 17/068
A61B 17/072
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