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A surgical instrument is disclosed. The instrument includes an end effector comprising a moveable cutting instrument to cut an object and a motor coupled to the end effector. The motor actuates the cutting instrument in response to a current therethrough, causing the cutting instrument to move between a proximal-most position and a distal-most position. The instrument includes an interlock coupled to the end effector and to the motor to prevent actuation of the cutting instrument based on the current through the motor.

Title
Interlock and surgical instrument including same
Application Number
11/651788
Publication Number
7721936 (B2)
Application Date
January 10, 2007
Publication Date
May 25, 2010
Inventor
James R Giordano
Milford
OH, US
Frederick E Shalton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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