08991678 is referenced by 8 patents and cites 31 patents.

A surgical instrument with a stowing knife blade includes an elongated shaft, an end effector coupled to the shaft and including two opposed jaws, a housing included in one of the jaws, a first member mounted in the housing and movable distally, a knife pivotally coupled with the first member, and a second member. The knife is configured to cut when advanced distally. The first and second members are moved distally at the same rate during a cutting motion of the knife and the second member blocks a rotation of the knife relative to the first member during the cutting motion of the knife. After moving through the first distance, relative movement between the first and second members occurs so as to permit or induce the previously blocked rotation of the knife so that the knife can be stowed.

Title
Surgical instrument with stowing knife blade
Application Number
13/662382
Publication Number
8991678 (B2)
Application Date
October 26, 2012
Publication Date
March 31, 2015
Inventor
Patrick Flanagan
Santa Clara
CA, US
Grant Duque
San Jose
CA, US
William Burbank
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Ashley Wellman
Cupertino
CA, US
Assignee
Intuitive Surgical Operations
CA, US
IPC
A61B 19/02
A61B 19/00
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/068
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