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Ryan J Laurent, Brett E Swensgard, Bret W Smith, Craig S Smith, Cory G Kimball, Wendy A Kerr: Test device for a surgical tool. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 17, 2013: US08608046 (210 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, a surgical test device for a surgical tool, such as a severing and/or sealing tool (e.g., a surgical stapler), is provided. In at least one embodiment, the surgical tool can be configured to supply at least one actuation motion to an end effector. The actuation motion(s) may ...


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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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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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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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Ryan J Laurent, Brett E Swensgard, Bret W Smith, Craig S Smith, Cory G Kimball, Wendy A Kerr: Method for testing a surgical tool. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 7, 2017: US09585660 (4 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, a method is provided. The method comprises obtaining a surgical tool configured to perform a surgical function, wherein the surgical tool comprises a firing member and a lockout, wherein an actuation movement of the firing member is configured to generate the surgical functio ...


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Wendy A Kerr, Richard F Schwemberger, Richard L Leimbach, Brett E Swensgard, Frederick E Shelton IV, Bret W Smith, David C Yates, Daniel J Abbott: Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries. Ethicon, August 7, 2018: US10039529

A surgical system is disclosed. The surgical system comprises a surgical device comprising a battery dock. The surgical system further comprises a battery unit comprising at least one battery cell and a battery drain. In a first state, the battery drain is not electrically coupled to the at least on ...


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Jason A Habeger, Benny M Hillberry, Eric A Nauman, Wendy A Kerr, Megan M Mauck, Rita J Michlitsch, Haroun Soud Al Mishwit, Andrew D Schwinke, John G Nolfi: Device for fatigue testing an implantable medical device. Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, October 23, 2008: US20080257057-A1

A device for fatigue testing an implantable medical device having a compression assembly and a first bending assembly. The compression assembly supports first and second portions of the implantable medical device so as to apply a compression force to the implantable medical device along a compressio ...


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Ryan J Laurent, Brett E Swensgard, Bret W Smith, Craig S Smith, Cory G Kimball, Wendy A Kerr: Test device for a surgical tool. Ethicon Endo Surgery, July 7, 2011: US20110163147-A1

In various embodiments, a surgical test device for a surgical tool, such as a severing and/or sealing tool (e.g., a surgical stapler), is provided. In at least one embodiment, the surgical tool can be configured to supply at least one actuation motion to an end effector. The actuation motion(s) may ...


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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, March 22, 2012: US20120071866-A1

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 ...