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Wendy A Kerr, Thomas W Lytle IV, Mark D Overmyer, Brett E Swensgard, Richard L Leimbach, Kevin D Sackett: Articulatable surgical instrument comprising a firing drive. Ethicon Endo Surgery, August 11, 2015: US09101358 (165 worldwide citation)

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 tr ...


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Richard L Leimbach, Thomas W Lytle IV, Kevin D Sackett, Mark D Overmyer: Drive train control arrangements for modular surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 31, 2016: US09351727 (67 worldwide citation)

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 exa ...


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Thomas W Lytle IV, Richard L Leimbach, Wendy A Kerr, Brett E Swensgard, Kevin D Sackett, Mark D Overmyer: Drive system lockout arrangements for modular surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 25, 2017: US09629623 (11 worldwide citation)

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 ...


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