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An articulation joint for use in connection with a surgical instrument that has a portion that must be passed through a trocar or similar structure and then articulated relative to another portion of the instrument received within the trocar. Various embodiments of the articulation joint provide structures for increasing the moment arm between the actuator and the pivot point between the proximal and distal tube segments interconnecting a handle assembly of the surgical instrument to a surgical implement such as an end effector of an endocutter.

Title
Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument
Application Number
11/270305
Publication Number
7673780 (B2)
Application Date
November 9, 2005
Publication Date
March 9, 2010
Inventor
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Agent
Dean Garner
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
F16L 27/02
A61B 17/068
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