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In one general aspect, various embodiments of the present invention can include a motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument having a drive shaft, a motor selectively engageable with the drive shaft, and a manual return mechanism configured to operably disengage the motor from the drive shaft and retract the drive shaft. In at least one embodiment, a surgeon, or other operator of the surgical instrument, can utilize the manual return mechanism to retract the drive shaft after it has been advanced, especially when the motor, or a power source supplying the motor, has failed or is otherwise unable to provide a force sufficient to retract the drive shaft.

Title
Powered surgical cutting and stapling apparatus with manually retractable firing system
Application Number
12/249117
Publication Number
8608045 (B2)
Application Date
October 10, 2008
Publication Date
December 17, 2013
Inventor
Ryan J Laurent
Liberty Township
OH, US
Brelt E Swensgard
West Chester
OH, US
Chad P Boudreaux
Cincinnati
OH, US
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Richard F Schwemberger
Cincinnati
OH, US
Daniel J Abbott
Loveland
OH, US
Bret W Smith
Kings Mills
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Sugery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/068
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