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Frederick E Shelton IV, Michael Earl Setser, William Bruce Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an E-beam firing mechanism. Ethicon Endo Surgery, Dean Garner, December 27, 2005: US06978921 (759 worldwide citation)

A surgical severing and stapling instrument clamps, suitable for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures, clamps tissue within an end effector of an elongate channel pivotally opposed by an anvil. An E-beam firing bar moves distally through the clamped end effector to sever tissue and to dri ...


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Emily A Schellin, Frederick E Shelton IV, Jason L Harris: Fastener cartridge comprising tissue control features. Ethicon, January 30, 2018: US09877721 (8 worldwide citation)

A fastener cartridge can include, one, a cartridge body comprising a deck and a plurality of fastener cavities and, two, a plurality of fasteners positioned in the fastener cavities. The deck can comprise features for controlling the flow of tissue relative thereto. In some instances, the features c ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan: Surgical instrument comprising an adjustable system configured to accommodate different jaw heights. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 28, 2017: US09603595 (5 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument can comprise a first jaw, a second jaw, and a firing system configured to be advanced relative to the first jaw and the second jaw. The firing system can comprise a firing member including a first portion configured to engage the first jaw and a second portion configured to eng ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan, Kevin R Doll, Jeffrey S Swayze, Eugene L Timperman: Surgical instrument having a feedback system. Ethicon Endo Surgery, August 29, 2017: US09743928 (5 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument comprises an articulable end effector; a drive shaft connected to the end effector that drives the end effector; an electric motor connected to the drive shaft that drives the drive shaft; a battery unit for supplying power to the electric motor; at least one sensor for sensing ...


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Christopher J Hess, William B Weisenburgh II, Frederick E Shelton IV, Jerome R Morgan: Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material. Ethicon, January 23, 2018: US09872682 (4 worldwide citation)

An end effector for use with a surgical instrument is disclosed. The end effector comprises an anvil including a staple forming portion, a cutting member, and a staple cartridge. The staple cartridge comprises a cartridge body, an elongate slot, and a deck. The deck comprises a first deck surface an ...


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Jerome R Morgan, Frederick E Shelton IV: Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with apparatus for determining cartridge and firing motion status. Ethicon Endo Surgery, August 15, 2017: US09730697 (4 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, a fastener cartridge is disclosed. The fastener cartridge comprises a cartridge body comprising a plurality of fasteners, a longitudinal knife slot defined in the cartridge body, and a circuit comprising a plurality of frangible resistors extending across the longitudinal kni ...


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Frederick E Shelton IV, Michael E Setser, William B Weisenburgh II: Surgical stapling instrument configured to apply a compressive pressure to tissue. Ethicon Endo Surgery, March 7, 2017: US09585663 (4 worldwide citation)

A surgical stapling assembly. The surgical stapling assembly comprises a frame, a distal end, a first jaw comprising a channel, and a second jaw extending from the frame. The surgical stapling assembly comprises a channel retainer, wherein the channel is slidably attachable to the channel retainer. ...


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Brett E Swensgard, David C Yates, Frederick E Shelton IV: Robotically-controlled motorized surgical instrument with an end effector. Ethicon Endo Surgery, May 23, 2017: US09655614 (4 worldwide citation)

A surgical tool configured for operation in connection with a robotic system. The surgical tool includes a shaft and an end effector extending distally from the shaft. The end effector comprises a first jaw member and a second jaw member movable relative to the first jaw member from a closed positio ...


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David C Yates, Frederick E Shelton IV, Bret W Smith, Brett E Swensgard, Ryan J Laurent: Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument. Ethicon Endo Surgery, January 24, 2017: US09549732 (4 worldwide citation)

In various embodiments, a surgical stapler is disclosed. The stapler comprises a handle, a shaft, and a surgical end effector extending from the shaft. The stapler further comprises a firing member configured to move through a plurality of positions during a firing stroke, an electric motor configur ...


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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 ...