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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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Louis A Campbell, Joseph A Sauter, Thomas W Lytle IV: Flexible valve rotator. Sulzer Carbomedics, Timothy L Scott, Philip S Lyren, Kenneth S Barrow, July 25, 2000: US06093184 (9 worldwide citation)

A heart valve prosthesis rotator having a flexible drive for flexibly turning a heart valve. One embodiment has a shaft constructed from elastically deformable metal alloy such as super elastic nickel-titanium alloy. Another embodiment has a shaft constructed of surgical tubing. Yet another embodime ...


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Thomas W Lytle IV, Mark D Overmyer, Shane R Adams, Richard L Leimbach, Frederick E Shelton IV, Brett E Swensgard, Kevin L Houser: Surgical instrument comprising interactive systems. Ethicon, November 21, 2017: US09820738 (7 worldwide citation)

In various instances, the surgical instrument can include a data storage protocol and/or at least one security feature. The surgical instrument can include a locking circuit, for example. In various instances, the surgical instrument can include sensors and/or magnets for detecting various character ...


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Richard L Leimbach, Shane R Adams, Mark D Overmyer, Brett E Swensgard, Thomas W Lytle IV, Frederick E Shelton IV, Kevin L Houser: Surgical stapling instrument system. Ethicon, September 5, 2017: US09750499 (7 worldwide citation)

A surgical system can include an electric motor, a sensor and a microcontroller in signal communication with the electric motor and the sensor. In various instances, the microcontroller can adjust the velocity of a firing element when the sensor detects a change in current drawn by the electric moto ...


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Richard L Leimbach, Shane R Adams, Mark D Overmyer, Brett E Swensgard, Thomas W Lytle IV, Frederick E Shelton IV, Kevin L Houser: Surgical instrument control circuit having a safety processor. Ethicon, June 27, 2017: US09690362 (7 worldwide citation)

The present disclosure provides a surgical instrument control circuit. The control circuit includes a primary processor, a safety processor in signal communication with the primary processor, the safety processor, and a segmented circuit. The segmented circuit includes a plurality of circuit segment ...


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Richard L Leimbach, Shane R Adams, Mark D Overmyer, Brett E Swensgard, Thomas W Lytle IV, Frederick E Shelton IV, Kevin L Houser: Systems and methods for controlling a segmented circuit. Ethicon, October 31, 2017: US09804618 (7 worldwide citation)

The present disclosure provides a method for controlling a surgical instrument. The method includes connecting a power assembly to a control circuit, wherein the power assembly is configured to provide a source voltage, energizing, by the power assembly, a voltage boost convertor circuit configured ...


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Brian W Bear, Thu Anh Le, Thomas W Lytle IV, Mark D Overmyer, Michael Setser, Bret W Smith, Joseph Zavatsky, Kreena Modi: Device for applying adjunct in endoscopic procedure. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, November 15, 2016: US09492170 (3 worldwide citation)

A modular end effector delivers a therapeutic agent onto tissue that has been severed and/or stapled. The end effector is removably attached to a device. The device applies force to a piston of the end effector. The force causes a distal movement of a piston along a wall disposed within the end effe ...


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Bret W Smith, Thomas W Lytle IV, Matthew C Miller, Yi Lan Wang, Joseph Zavatsky, Kreena Modi, Aron O Zingman: Surgical staple cartridge with self-dispensing staple buttress. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, August 11, 2015: US09101359 (1 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument includes a handle portion, a shaft housing a firing bar, an end effector comprising an anvil, a lower jaw, and a stapling and severing assembly responsive to a longitudinal closing motion produced by the handle portion and the shaft. The lower jaw is configured to receive a rem ...