09351754 is referenced by 34 patents and cites 1333 patents.

Various embodiments are directed to surgical instruments comprising an end effector, a shaft and a jaw assembly. The end effector may comprise an ultrasonic blade extending distally substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis. The shaft may extend proximally from the end effector along the longitudinal axis. The jaw assembly may comprise first and second jaw members. The jaw assembly may be pivotable about a first axis substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis from a first position where the first and second jaw members are substantially parallel to the ultrasonic blade to a second position. Additionally, the first and second jaw members may be pivotable about a second axis substantially perpendicular to the first axis.

Title
Ultrasonic surgical instruments with distally positioned jaw assemblies
Application Number
13/538711
Publication Number
9351754 (B2)
Application Date
June 29, 2012
Publication Date
May 31, 2016
Inventor
Steven P Smolik
West Chester
OH, US
David Stefanchik
Morrow
OH, US
Jeffrey D Messerly
Cincinnati
OH, US
Omar J Vakharia
Cincinnati
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
PR, US
IPC
A61B 18/00
A61B 18/14
A61B 19/00
A61B 17/32
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