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A surgical instrument with a programmable control unit and methods for programming the control unit while the surgical instrument is in a sterile container. The method may comprise packaging the surgical instrument in the container and then sterilizing the surgical instrument while the surgical instrument is in the container. The method may further comprise programming the surgical instrument while the surgical instrument is in the container with a programming device positioned outside of the container.

Title
Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments
Application Number
11/651771
Publication Number
7738971 (B2)
Application Date
January 10, 2007
Publication Date
June 15, 2010
Inventor
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61N 5/00
G05B 15/00
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