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A surgical instrument, such as an endoscopic or laparoscopic instrument, includes a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end. The shaft includes a first sensor element. An end effector is coupled to the distal end of the shaft. The end effector includes a second sensor element. A handle is connected to the proximate end of the shaft. The handle includes a control unit. The control unit is in communication with the first sensor element and the first sensor element is in wireless communication with the second sensor element.

Title
Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector
Application Number
11/651806
Publication Number
7954682 (B2)
Application Date
January 10, 2007
Publication Date
June 7, 2011
Inventor
Frederick E Shelton IV
New Vienna
OH, US
James R Giordano
Milford
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/32
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