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A surgical cutting and stapling instrument with an articulatable elongated shaft. The elongated shaft is operably coupled to a handle assembly and has an articulation joint therein. The distal end of the elongated shaft is couplable to and end effector that supports a staple cartridge therein. The end effector may be articulated relative to the elongated shaft by an articulation control system operably supported in the handle assembly.

Title
Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement
Application Number
12/894339
Publication Number
8840003 (B2)
Application Date
September 30, 2010
Publication Date
September 23, 2014
Inventor
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Jerome R Morgan
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/295
A61B 17/064
A61B 17/00
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/068
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