07832408 is referenced by 452 patents and cites 627 patents.

A surgical instrument including a switching mechanism which allows a surgeon to selectively advance or retract a staple driver and/or cutting member within a staple cartridge. In various embodiments, the surgical instrument can include a handle, a trigger operatively coupled to the handle, a firing drive, and an end effector. The firing drive can include a first ratchet assembly configured to advance a cutting member in the end effector and a second ratchet assembly configured to retract the cutting member. The trigger can include first and second pawls pivotably mounted thereon which are configured to be selectively engaged with the first and second ratchet assemblies, respectively. In at least one embodiment, the trigger can be configured to slide between a first position in which the first pawl is engaged with the first ratchet assembly and a second position in which the second pawl is engaged with the second ratchet assembly.

Title
Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism
Application Number
11/810016
Publication Number
7832408 (B2)
Application Date
June 4, 2007
Publication Date
November 16, 2010
Inventor
Richard W Timm
Cincinnati
OH, US
Chad P Boudreaux
Cincinnati
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 19/00
A61B 17/072
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