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Thomas W Huitema, Anil K Nalagatla, Dale R Schulze: Articulation assembly for surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Matthew S Goodwin, January 6, 1998: US05704534 (965 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument which has an articulation transmission assembly for remotely articulating an end effector of the instrument is disclosed. Ratcheting rotation of a compressible deck within a detent housing of the assembly from a first locked position to a second locked position ca ...


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Huitema Thomas, Schulze Dale R: Articulation assembly for surgical instruments. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 1, 1998: EP0832605-A1 (239 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument which has an articulation transmission assembly for remotely articulating an end effector of the instrument is disclosed. Ratcheting rotation of a compressible deck within a detent housing of the assembly from a first locked position to a second locked position ca ...


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Shailendra K Parihar, John A Hibner: Surgical instrument comprising a closing drive and a firing drive operated from the same rotatable output. Ethicon, May 16, 2017: US09649110 (7 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument can comprise an end effector, a first drive configured to perform a first end effector function, a second drive configured to perform a second end effector function, and a rotatable shaft. The rotatable shaft can comprise a first thread, wherein the first drive is engageable wi ...


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Shailendra K Parihar, Robert L Koch Jr, Chester O Baxter III, Frederick E Shelton IV: Powered surgical stapler. Ethicon, January 16, 2018: US09867612 (5 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument can comprise a handle, a motor, and a shaft extending from the handle. The handle and/or the shaft can define a longitudinal axis. The surgical instrument can further comprise a fastener cartridge comprising a plurality of fasteners removably stored therein, an anvil configured ...


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Chester O Baxter III, Frederick E Shelton IV, John R Dugan: Surgical cutting and stapling instruments with articulatable end effectors. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 9, 2017: US09642620 (5 worldwide citation)

Surgical instruments and end effectors therefor are disclosed. In various implementations, the surgical instrument includes an elongated shaft assembly that defines a longitudinal tool axis. An elongated channel of an end effector is movably coupled to the elongated shaft assembly for selective pivo ...


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Rebecca J Gettinger, Robert J Simms, Frederick E Shelton IV: Pivotable articulation joint unlocking feature for surgical stapler. Ethicon, Frost Brown Todd, July 4, 2017: US09693774 (3 worldwide citation)

An apparatus comprises a body, a shaft assembly, an end effector, and an articulation joint. The end effector is operable to manipulate (e.g., staple) tissue. The articulation joint couples the end effector with the shaft assembly and permits the end effector to deflect away from the longitudinal ax ...


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Jeffrey S Swayze, Chester O Baxter III, Frederick E Shelton IV, Gregory W Johnson: Circular stapler with selectable motorized and manual control, including a control ring. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, January 3, 2017: US09532783 (3 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for stapling tissue comprises a stapling head assembly, a rotary drive shaft, and a mode selector. The stapling head assembly comprises a closure assembly and a firing assembly. The closure assembly is operable to clamp tissue against an anvil. The firing assembly is operable to drive a ...


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Jason E Zerkle, Douglas B Hoffman, William J White, Robert J Simms: Lockout feature for movable cutting member of surgical instrument. Ethicon, Frost Brown Todd, August 1, 2017: US09717497 (2 worldwide citation)

An end effector for use with a surgical instrument includes a first jaw, a second jaw, a blade assembly, and a lockout assembly. The first jaw removably couples with a staple cartridge. The second jaw is movably coupled with the first jaw. The blade assembly translates relative to the first jaw and ...


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Robert J Simms, Douglas B Hoffman, Rebecca J Gettinger, Timothy S Bedard, Dean L Garner, Glen A Armstrong, Janna B Volz: Distal tip features for end effector of surgical instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Frost Brown Todd, April 18, 2017: US09622746 (2 worldwide citation)

An apparatus comprises a body, a shaft, and an end effector that is operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The end effector comprises and anvil and a cartridge. A longitudinal axis intersects the distal tip of the anvil when the anvil is in a closed position. The cartridge defines a sight lin ...


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Aaron C Voegele, Paul T Franer, Geoffrey S Strobl, Catherine A Corbett: Electrosurgical instrument end effector with compliant electrode. Ethicon, Frost Brown Todd, January 30, 2018: US09877782 (1 worldwide citation)

An end effector for operating on tissue comprises an upper jaw, a lower jaw, a flexible member, and a pair of conductive members. The upper jaw and the lower jaw are configured to receive tissue when in an open position and the upper jaw is movable toward the lower jaw. The flexible member is couple ...