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A surgical instrument for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures simultaneously severs and staples tissue clamped in an end effector comprising an elongate channel, which holds a staple cartridge, and a pivotally attached anvil. An E-beam firing bar engages the channel and selectively engages the anvil during distal firing movements, wherein the tissue is severed and stapled driven upward from the staple cartridge to form against the anvil. In particular, a wedge integral to the staple cartridge is driven distally by a middle pin of the firing bar to effect stapling. A lockout mechanism of the staple cartridge responds to the presence of the wedge sled in its unfired position to allow the firing bar to fire. Otherwise, the lockout mechanism prevents firing when the staple cartridge is spent.

Title
Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout
Application Number
10/441565
Publication Number
6988649 (B2)
Application Date
May 20, 2003
Publication Date
January 24, 2006
Inventor
William Bruce Weisenburgh II
Maineville
OH, US
Michael Earl Setser
Burlington
KY, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Agent
Dean Garner
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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