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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 having recording capabilities
Application Number
13/21105
Publication Number
8172124 (B2)
Application Date
February 4, 2011
Publication Date
May 8, 2012
Inventor
Eugene L Timperman
Cincinnati
OH, US
John N Ouwerkerk
Cincinnati
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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