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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
Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments
Application Number
13/118223
Publication Number
8931682 (B2)
Application Date
May 27, 2011
Publication Date
January 13, 2015
Inventor
Frederick E Shelton IV
Hillsboro
OH, US
Richard W Timm
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/068
A61B 19/02
A61B 17/00
A61B 19/00
A61B 17/32
A61B 17/072
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