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Closure systems for applying a closure motion to an anvil assembly of a surgical instrument. In various embodiments, the surgical instrument includes a cable drive knife assembly and the anvil assembly thereof is moved to a closed position when contacted by a closure tube assembly that has a pushing force applied thereto. Other embodiments include closure systems that may be actuated by rotary motion. Various lockable articulation joints are also disclosed.

Title
Surgical cutting instrument with improved closure system
Application Number
11/820119
Publication Number
7588176 (B2)
Application Date
June 18, 2007
Publication Date
September 15, 2009
Inventor
Leslie M Fugikawa
Cincinnati
OH, US
Eugene L Timperman
Cincinnati
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Richard W Timm
Cincinnati
OH, US
Agent
Dean Garner
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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