08161977 is referenced by 317 patents and cites 1973 patents.

A process and system are disclosed for downloading sensor data, stored in a memory device of a surgical cutting and fastening instrument, to an external or remote computer device. The process may involve storing data from one or more sensors of a surgical cutting and fastening instrument in a memory device of a control unit of the surgical cutting and fastening instrument during a surgical procedure involving the surgical cutting and fastening instrument. Next, after the surgical procedure, a data link between the control unit and the remote computer device is established. Then, the sensor data can be downloaded from the control unit to the remote computer device.

Title
Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument
Application Number
12/236277
Publication Number
8161977 (B2)
Application Date
September 23, 2008
Publication Date
April 24, 2012
Inventor
David C Yates
West Chester
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/32
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