09629623 is referenced by 11 patents and cites 4605 patents.

A surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument may include at least one drive system that is configured to generate control motions upon actuation thereof. At least one drive system defines an actuation axis. The surgical instrument may further include at least one interchangeable shaft assembly that is configured to be removably coupled to the at least one drive system in a direction that is substantially transverse to the actuation axis and transmit the control motions from the at least one drive system to a surgical end effector operably coupled thereto. A lockout assembly may interface with the at least one drive system for preventing actuation of the drive system unless the at least one interchangeable shaft assembly has been operably coupled to the at least one drive system.

Title
Drive system lockout arrangements for modular surgical instruments
Application Number
13/803066
Publication Number
9629623 (B2)
Application Date
March 14, 2013
Publication Date
April 25, 2017
Inventor
Mark D Overmyer
Cincinnati
OH, US
Kevin D Sackett
Independence
KY, US
Brett E Swensgard
West Chester
OH, US
Wendy A Kerr
Cincinnati
OH, US
Richard L Leimbach
Cincinnati
OH, US
Thomas W Lytle IV
Liberty Township
OH, US
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
PR, US
IPC
A61B 17/00
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/29
A61B 17/068
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