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Kenneth S Wales: Surgical instrument with a lateral-moving articulation control. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, January 3, 2006: US06981628 (919 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument suited for endoscopic use includes a lateral articulation control into a handle portion that provides an intuitive visual and tactile indication to the clinician as to the amount and direction of articulation of an end effector at a distal end of a shaft. Lateral ...


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Wales Kenneth S: A surgical instrument with a lateral-moving articulation control. Ethicon Endo Surgery, April 13, 2005: EP1522263-A1 (6 worldwide citation)

An articulating surgical instrument suited for endoscopic use includes a lateral articulation control into a handle portion that provides an intuitive visual and tactile indication to the clinician as to the amount and direction of articulation of an end effector at a distal end of a shaft. Lateral ...


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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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Kenneth S Wales: Surgical instrument with a lateral-moving articulation control. Frost Brown Todd, January 13, 2005: US20050006430-A1

An articulating surgical instrument suited for endoscopic use includes a lateral articulation control into a handle portion that provides an intuitive visual and tactile indication to the clinician as to the amount and direction of articulation of an end effector at a distal end of a shaft. Lateral ...


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Wales Kenneth S: Surgical instrument with a lateral-moving articulation control. Ethicon Endo Surgery, yang songling, March 23, 2005: CN200410064095

An articulating surgical instrument suited for endoscopic use includes a lateral articulation control into a handle portion that provides an intuitive visual and tactile indication to the clinician as to the amount and direction of articulation of an end effector at a distal end of a shaft. Lateral ...


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SURGICAL INSTRUMENT HAVING FORCE FEEDBACK CAPABILITIES. January 19, 2017: US20170014129-A1

A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument has a force delivery system which communicates a changing force to a user of the surgical instrument when a limit of a surgical function is reached. A sensor senses position of a moving element to communicate a signal to the force delivery system. In va ...


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ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT. January 12, 2017: US20170007250-A1

A process and system are disclosed for downloading sensor data, stored in a memory device of a surgical cutting and fastening instrument, to an external or remote computer device. The process may involve storing data from one or more sensors of a surgical cutting and fastening instrument in a memory ...


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SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH FIRING LOCKOUT. January 12, 2017: US20170007247-A1

A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument has an end effector and a trigger in communication with the end effector. The surgical instrument also has a first sensor and an externally accessible memory device in communication with the first sensor. The first sensor has an output that represents a ...


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ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED END EFFECTOR. July 13, 2017: US20170196558-A1

The present invention is directed to a surgical instrument with a robotics system, a memory device and an end effector having an elongate channel, knife position sensor(s) and a firing bar coupled to a knife. In response to drive motions initiated by the robotics system, the firing bar may translate ...