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A surgical instrument including an end effector that has a selectively reciprocatable implement movably supported therein. The implement is selectively advanceable in a distal direction upon application of a rotary actuation motion thereto and retractable in a proximal direction upon application of a rotary retraction motion thereto. An elongate shaft assembly is coupled to the end effector and is configured to transmit the rotary actuation motion and rotary retraction motion to the reciprocatable implement from a robotic system that is configured to generate the rotary actuation motion and said rotary retraction motion.

Title
Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool
Application Number
13/369578
Publication Number
8616431 (B2)
Application Date
February 9, 2012
Publication Date
December 31, 2013
Inventor
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Richard W Timm
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
B25J 19/00
A61B 19/00
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