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A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument has an end effector and a trigger in communication with the end effector. The surgical instrument also has a first sensor and an externally accessible memory device in communication with the first sensor. The first sensor has an output that represents a first condition of either the trigger or the end effector. The memory device is configured to record the output of the first sensor. In various embodiments, memory device may include an output port and/or a removable storage medium.

Title
Surgical instrument with force-feedback capabilities
Application Number
13/21121
Publication Number
8157153 (B2)
Application Date
February 4, 2011
Publication Date
April 17, 2012
Inventor
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
John N Ouwerkerk
Staunton
VA, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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