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A surgical instrument, such as an endoscopic or laparoscopic instrument. The surgical instrument may comprise an end effector comprising at least one sensor. The surgical instrument may also comprise an electrically conductive shaft having a distal end connected to the end effector wherein the sensor is electrically insulated from the shaft. The surgical instrument may also comprise a handle connected to a proximate end of the shaft. The handle may comprise a control unit electrically coupled to the shaft such that the shaft radiates signals as an antenna from the control unit to the sensor and receives radiated signals from the sensor. Other components electrically coupled to the shaft may also radiate the signals.

Title
Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor
Application Number
13/26493
Publication Number
8517243 (B2)
Application Date
February 14, 2011
Publication Date
August 27, 2013
Inventor
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Jeffrey S Swayze
Hamilton
OH, US
James R Giordano
Milford
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/32
A61B 17/94
A61B 17/068
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