09351727 is referenced by 67 patents and cites 4235 patents.

A surgical instrument comprises an end effector, a shaft, and a housing extending proximally from the shaft. The surgical instrument includes an articulation assembly configured to articulate the end effector relative to the shaft, a firing assembly configured to fire a plurality of staples, for example, and a locking member movable between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration. The housing is removably couplable to the shaft when the locking member is in the unlocked configuration and the housing includes a motor configured to drive at least one of the firing assembly and the articulation assembly. The housing also includes a controller in communication with the motor, wherein the controller is configured to activate the motor to reset at least one of the firing assembly and the articulation assembly to a home state when the locking member is moved between the locked configuration and the unlocked configuration.

Title
Drive train control arrangements for modular surgical instruments
Application Number
13/803130
Publication Number
9351727 (B2)
Application Date
March 14, 2013
Publication Date
May 31, 2016
Inventor
Mark D Overmyer
Cincinnati
OH, US
Kevin D Sackett
Independence
KY, US
Thomas W Lytle IV
Liberty Township
OH, US
Richard L Leimbach
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
PR, US
IPC
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/00
A61B 17/068
A61B 17/072
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