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A surgical instrument can comprise a handle, a shaft extending from the handle, and an end effector rotatably coupled to the shaft by an articulation joint. The surgical instrument can further include a staple cartridge positioned within the end effector and a firing drive operably coupled with a trigger wherein the operation of the trigger can advance and/or retract a firing member of the firing drive relative to the end effector. The surgical instrument can further comprise an articulation drive which is selectively engageable with the firing drive. When the articulation drive is engaged with the firing drive, the operation of the firing drive can operate the articulation drive and articulate the end effector. When the articulation drive is not engaged with the firing drive, the firing drive can be operated independently of the articulation drive.

Title
Articulatable surgical instrument comprising a firing drive
Application Number
13/524049
Publication Number
9101358 (B2)
Application Date
June 15, 2012
Publication Date
August 11, 2015
Inventor
Kevin D Sackett
Independence
KY, US
Richard L Leimbach
Cincinnati
OH, US
Brett E Swensgard
West Chester
OH, US
Mark D Overmyer
Cincinnati
OH, US
Thomas W Lytle IV
Liberty Township
OH, US
Wendy A Kerr
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/00
A61B 17/072
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