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Circular stapling instruments for cutting and applying one or more surgical staples to tissue are disclosed. The instruments include various forms of feedback systems designed to provide at least one mode of feedback to the surgeon when the anvil has been attached to the device and/or when the anvil has been attached to the device and oriented in a firing position. Various types of feedback indicators are disclosed such as illumination devices, sound generating devices and vibration generation devices. In various embodiments, the feedback indicator comprises at least one illumination device mounted on the anvil which indicates that the anvil has been properly attached to the instrument and which can also serve to illuminate the surgical site.

Title
Surgical stapling instrument with apparatus for providing anvil position feedback
Application Number
12/252502
Publication Number
7918377 (B2)
Application Date
October 16, 2008
Publication Date
April 5, 2011
Inventor
Mark Tsonton
Loveland
OH, US
Bennie Thompson
Cincinnati
OH, US
Nicholas G Molitor
Milford
OH, US
Richard P Fuchs
Cincinnati
OH, US
Chester O Baxter III
Loveland
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
John P Measamer
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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