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A surgical instrument can comprise a channel configured to support a staple cartridge and, in addition, an anvil pivotable between open and closed positions relative to the channel. The surgical instrument can further comprise a cutting member configured to incise tissue positioned captured between the staple cartridge and the anvil and, in addition, means for stopping the cutting member prior to a distal end datum, wherein the distal end datum can be defined by the distal-most staple cavity in the staple cartridge. In such embodiments, the incision within the tissue may not extend beyond the portion of the tissue that has been stapled.

Title
Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector
Application Number
12/765330
Publication Number
8308040 (B2)
Application Date
April 22, 2010
Publication Date
November 13, 2012
Inventor
Mark R Shaw
Mason
OH, US
Hector Chow
Cincinnati
OH, US
Geoffrey C Hueil
Mason
OH, US
David B Smith
Mason
OH, US
Aron O Zingman
Cincinnati
OH, US
Dean B Bruewer
Fairfield
OH, US
Joseph C Hueil
Loveland
OH, US
Chad P Boudreaux
Cincinnati
OH, US
Zhifan F Huang
Mason
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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