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Geoffrey C Hueil, Joseph Charles Hueil, Kenneth Edward Hogue, Douglas Jon Siebenaler: Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Gamer, March 2, 2010: US07670334 (556 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument is shown, which comprises a shaft and an end effector. The shaft has a longitudinal axis, and the end effector is operationally coupled, preferably mechanically coupled, to the shaft at an articulation pivot. The instrument also comprises a first band, and in some ...


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Kenneth S Wales, Joseph Charles Hueil: Surgical stapling instrument having articulation joint support plates for supporting a firing bar. Frost Brown Todd, January 13, 2005: US20050006429-A1

A surgical stapling and severing instrument particularly suited to endoscopic articulates an end effector by having a geared articulation mechanism that converts rotational motion from a handle portion. A firing bar longitudinally translates between the handle portion and the end effector. The firin ...


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Geoffrey C Hueil, Joseph Charles Hueil, Kenneth Edward Hogue, Christoph Lewis Gillum, Douglas Jon Siebenaler: Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, July 12, 2007: US20070158385-A1

An articulating surgical instrument is shown, which comprises a shaft and an end effector. The shaft has a longitudinal axis, and the end effector is operationally coupled, preferably mechanically coupled, to the shaft at an articulation pivot. The instrument also comprises a first band, and in some ...


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Mark S Ortiz, Frederick E Shelton, Joseph Charles Hueil, Jeffrey S Swayze: Electroactive polymer-based articulation mechanism for multi-fire surgical fastening instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Nutter Mcclennen & Fish, March 2, 2006: US20060047305-A1

Methods and devices are provided for effecting movement of one or more components of a multifire device, such as a clip applier, hernia tacker, or skin stapler. In one exemplary embodiment, a surgical fastening instrument is provided having an elongate shaft with an end effector coupled thereto and ...


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Mark S Ortiz, Frederick E Shelton, Joseph Charles Hueil, Jeffrey S Swayze: Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for multi-fire surgical fastening instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Nutter Mcclennen & Fish, March 2, 2006: US20060047306-A1

Methods and devices are provided for effecting movement of one or more components of a multifire device, such as a clip applier, hernia tacker, or skin stapler. In one exemplary embodiment, a surgical fastening instrument is provided having an elongate shaft with an end effector coupled thereto and ...


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Mark S Ortiz, Frederick E Shelton, Joseph Charles Hueil, Jeffrey S Swayze: Electroactive polymer-based articulation mechanism for circular stapler. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Nutter Mcclennen & Fish, March 2, 2006: US20060047307-A1

Methods and devices are provided for actuating and/or articulating a circular stapler. In one exemplary embodiment, a circular stapler is provided having an elongate shaft with a stapling apparatus coupled thereto. An electrically expandable and contractible actuator, such as an electroactive polyme ...


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Mark S Ortiz, Frederick E Shelton, Joseph Charles Hueil, Jeffrey S Swayze: Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for circular stapler. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Nutter Mcclennen & Fish, March 2, 2006: US20060047308-A1

Methods and devices are provided for actuating and/or articulating a circular stapler. In one exemplary embodiment, a circular stapler is provided having an elongate shaft with a stapling apparatus coupled thereto. An electrically expandable and contractible actuator, such as an electroactive polyme ...


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Mark S Ortiz, Frederick E Shelton, Joseph Charles Hueil, Jeffrey S Swayze: Electroactive polymer-based actuation mechanism for linear surgical stapler. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Nutter Mcclennen & Fish, February 23, 2006: US20060041273-A1

Methods and devices are provided for actuating and/or articulating a surgical stapler. In one embodiment, a surgical stapler is provided having a stapling mechanism or end effector that is movably coupled to a distal end of an elongate shaft. An electrically expandable and contractible actuator, suc ...