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Wendy A Kerr, Richard F Schwemberger, Richard L Leimbach, Brett E Swensgard: Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 21, 2014: US08632525 (204 worldwide citation)

Various embodiments are directed to battery unit for use with surgical instruments. The battery units may comprise a plurality of cells and include a translatable discharge drain. When attached to the surgical instrument, the discharge drain may electrically connect an anode of the battery unit to a ...


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Richard L Leimbach, Richard F Schwemberger, Brett E Swensgard: Surgical instrument having a power control circuit. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 15, 2014: US08695866 (194 worldwide citation)

Various embodiments are directed to a powered surgical instrument for cutting and fastening tissue. The instrument may comprise an end effector comprising a first jaw member and a second jaw member, a drive device, a clamping trigger, and a control circuit. The control circuit may comprise a power s ...


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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, Michael E Setser: Surgical stapling device with lockout system for preventing actuation in the absence of an installed staple cartridge. Ethicon Endo Surgery, July 14, 2015: US09078653 (139 worldwide citation)

Surgical stapling instruments surgical stapling cartridges are disclosed. At least one embodiment includes an end effector that has an elongate channel that is configured to operably support a surgical staple cartridge therein and an anvil that is movably supported on the elongate channel between an ...


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Steven G Hall, Daniel L Baber, Richard L Leimbach: Surgical instrument soft stop. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 12, 2016: US09307986 (98 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument includes a drive member movable by a drive motor between a home position and an end of stroke. A mechanical stop is disposed at or near the end of stroke and is structured to increase resistance to movement of the drive member from a first position to a second position. A contr ...


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Trevor J Barton, Michael J Vendely, Stephen M Torain, John V Hunt, Geoffrey C Hueil, Jacqueline A Anim, Pamela M Attenweiler, Frederick E Shelton IV, Richard L Leimbach, Donna L Korvick, Joshua R Uth, Samardh Onukuri: Tissue thickness compensator having improved visibility. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 1, 2015: US09198662 (74 worldwide citation)

A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler. The assembly has a cartridge body having a support portion with a plurality of staple cavities with openings. There is also a plurality of staples, wherein at least a portion of each the staple is removably stored within a the staple cavit ...


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Richard L Leimbach, Mark D Overmyer, Shane R Adams: Articulation control system for articulatable surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 31, 2016: US09351726 (69 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument comprises an end effector, a shaft, and a housing extending proximally from the shaft. The end effector is movable relative to the shaft between an articulation home state position and an articulated position and comprises a surgical stapler including a plurality of staples and ...


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Venkataramanan Mandakolathur Vasudevan, Taylor W Aronhalt, Jeffrey L Aldridge, Charles J Scheib, Chunlin Yang, Christopher J Schall, Chester O Baxter III, Iksoo Chun, Rao S Bezwada, Sean P Conlon, Michael S Cropper, Joshua R Uth, Richard L Leimbach, Donna L Korvick: Tissue thickness compensator comprising a plurality of capsules. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 5, 2016: US09301752 (68 worldwide citation)

A tissue thickness compensator can comprise a plurality of layers. Various embodiments are disclosed herein for manufacturing a tissue thickness compensator. In certain embodiments, a tissue thickness compensator can comprise at least one medicament tube, capsule, and/or packet contained therein.


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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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Richard L Leimbach, Mark D Overmyer, Shane R Adams, Brett E Swensgard: Control arrangements for a drive member of a surgical instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 10, 2016: US09332987 (65 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument may be operated compensating for the effect of splay in flexible knife bands on transection length of a powered surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes a processor and a memory. A relationship between articulation angle of an ...