07654431 is referenced by 451 patents and cites 132 patents.

A surgical instrument particularly suited to endoscopic use articulates an end effector by including a laterally sliding member in a proximal portion of a shaft that pivots the end effector to a selected side. Differentially opposing actuating forces (e.g., hydraulic, fluidic, mechanical) act against the laterally sliding member without binding by incorporating guidance mechanisms between the laterally sliding member and a frame of the shaft.

Title
Surgical instrument with guided laterally moving articulation member
Application Number
11/100847
Publication Number
7654431 (B2)
Application Date
April 7, 2005
Publication Date
February 2, 2010
Inventor
Chad P Boudreaux
Cincinnati
OH, US
Kenneth S Wales
Mason
OH, US
Joseph C Hueil
Loveland
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 1/00
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