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Ultrasonic surgical blade with improved heel portion

An ultrasonic surgical blade with an improved heel portion is disclosed. The blade includes a solid body, a longitudinal portion having a proximal end configured to couple to an ultrasonic transmission waveguide and a transverse portion extending crosswise from the distal end of the longitudinal portion. At least one dissection... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Methods and systems for advanced harmonic energy

Aspects of the present disclosure are presented for a medical instrument configured to adjust the power level for sealing procedures to account for changes in tissue impedance levels over time. In some aspects, a medical instrument may be configured to apply power according to a power algorithm to seal tissue... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Articulation joint having an inner guide

Devices and methods for articulating a distal end of a surgical device are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, the device includes an articulation joint that includes both an inner guide and an outer sleeve. The inner guide includes one channel extending therethrough that receives both a cutting mechanism and a... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Apparatus for hydraulic assisted fracture of liver parenchyma

A surgical instrument and method of operating on a tissue includes a shaft assembly and an end effector. The end effector extends in a longitudinal direction from the shaft assembly and has a first jaw, a second jaw, and a deformable hydraulic member. The second jaw is movably mounted relative... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Ultrasonic surgical instrument with ad hoc formed blade

A method of forming a component of an ultrasonic surgical instrument includes accessing a file including a digital model representing the component. The component includes a proximal portion and a distal portion. The proximal portion includes a contact portion. The distal portion includes an ultrasonic blade. The contact portion is... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Ultrasonic assembly for use with ultrasonic surgical instruments

A surgical instrument includes an ultrasonic transducer assembly comprising a coupling portion laterally movable at an ultrasonic frequency. In addition, the surgical instrument includes an ultrasonic transmission waveguide extending from the coupling portion and an ultrasonic treatment element defining a cutting surface, wherein the ultrasonic treatment element extends from the... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Ultrasonic surgical instruments having offset blades

Ultrasonic surgical instruments having angularly and/or linearly off-set blades are described. The angularly and/or linearly off-set blades may facilitate increased surgical site access, visibility, and manipulability.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Paired device and generator codes

A medical device energy source may comprise an energy supply, a power interface, a computing device, a networking interface, and a data interface. The power interface and the data interface may communicate with a medical device and the networking interface may communicate with a data server. The energy source may... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Ultrasonic surgical instrument with clamp arm deflection feature

An apparatus includes a shaft assembly and an end effector. The shaft assembly includes a first tube, a second tube, and a distally projecting tongue. The second tube is coaxially disposed within the first tube. One of the first tube or the second tube is configured to translate relative to... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Methods, systems, and devices for initializing a surgical tool

Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for initializing a surgical tool are provided. In general, a surgical tool can include an end effector, an elongate shaft, and a wrist that couples the end effector to a distal end of the shaft. The wrist can be configured to facilitate movement of... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Staple cartridge comprising wire staples and stamped staples

A staple cartridge assembly is disclosed comprising one or more wire staples and one or more staples formed from a sheet of material.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Stapling system for use with wire staples and stamped staples

A staple cartridge system is disclosed which can be interchangeably used with a staple cartridge comprising wire staples and a staple cartridge comprising stamped staples.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Staple cartridge comprising offset longitudinal staple rows

A staple cartridge assembly is disclosed which comprises offset staple rows.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Staple cartridge comprising overdriven staples

A staple cartridge assembly is disclosed which comprises staples formed from one or more sheets of material. The staples are removably stored in a cartridge body comprising a deck configured to support the tissue of a patient. The staple cartridge assembly further comprises a sled configured to sequentially engage the... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Stamped staples and staple cartridges using the same

A staple cartridge assembly is disclosed which comprises staples including a crown, a cam surface extending from the crown, one or more staple legs, and one or more connectors which connect the staple legs to the crown. The staple cartridge assembly further comprises a sled configured to engage the cam... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Surgical instrument with latching trigger lockout

Instruments and methods for providing selective surgical instrument trigger lockout are provided herein. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument can include a distal end effector, a proximal actuator portion, a first trigger, a second trigger, and a lock arm. The lock arm can be configured to move between a first... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Ultrasonic surgical instrument blade with heat reduction feature

A bone cutting surgical instrument includes features to mitigate heat generation during use. Excessive heat can be detrimental to bone health as well as to the instrument itself. In one example a liquid dispensing feature provides a flow of cooling liquid to an ultrasonic blade via a lumen in a... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Ultrasonic surgical instrument with cooling conduit

An apparatus includes a body assembly, an acoustic waveguide, an ultrasonic blade, and a liquid dispensing feature. The ultrasonic blade is positioned distally relative to the body assembly. The ultrasonic blade is in acoustic communication with the acoustic waveguide. The liquid dispensing feature is positioned distally relative to the body... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Features and methods to control delivery of cooling fluid to end effector of ultrasonic surgical instrument

An apparatus includes a body assembly, an acoustic waveguide, an ultrasonic blade, a liquid dispensing feature, and a control module. The liquid dispensing feature is positioned distally relative to the body assembly. The liquid dispensing feature is positioned adjacent to the ultrasonic blade. The liquid dispensing feature is configured to... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Passive dissection features for ultrasonic surgical instrument

An apparatus for operating on tissue includes a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, and an end effector. The end effector includes an ultrasonic blade, a clamp arm, and a blade guard. The ultrasonic blade is in acoustic communication with the waveguide. The clamp arm is configured to pivot... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Jaw structure with distal post for electrosurgical instruments

An end effector for an electrosurgical instrument is disclosed which includes a first jaw, a first energy delivery surface, a first distal end, and a first proximal end. A second jaw of the end effector includes a second energy delivery surface, a second distal end, and a second proximal end.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Non-linear jaw gap for electrosurgical instruments

An end effector for an electrosurgical instrument is disclosed which comprises a first jaw comprising a first energy delivery surface, a first distal end, and a first proximal end; and a second jaw comprising a second energy delivery surface, a second distal end, and a second proximal end, wherein the... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Jaw structure with distal closure for electrosurgical instruments

An electrosurgical instrument includes an end effector having first and second jaws defining an electrically conductive gap setting member configured to maintain a gap between energy delivery surfaces of the first and second jaws. The first jaw comprises a first energy delivery surface, a first body, a first distal end,... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Electrosurgical instrument with electrically conductive gap setting member and electrically insulative tissue engaging members

An end effector includes a first and second jaw member each comprising a first and second electrode. The first and second jaw members are movable relative to the other between an open position and a closed position. An electrically conductive member is located at the distal end of the first... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Electrosurgical instrument with conductive gap setting member and insulative tissue engaging member having variable dimensions and stiffness

An end effector has a first jaw member that includes a first electrode, and second jaw member that includes a second electrode, an electrically conductive member located at the distal end of either the first jaw member or the second jaw member, and an electrically insulative member located either on... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Electrosurgical instrument with electrically conductive gap setting and tissue engaging members

An end effector includes a grasping portion that includes a first jaw member having a first electrode, a second jaw member having a second electrode, a first electrically conductive member located either on the first jaw member or the second jaw member, and a gap setting portion having a second... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Compliant compensation features for end effector of surgical stapling instrument

An apparatus includes a body assembly, a shaft extending distally from the body assembly, an end effector attached to the shaft, and a cartridge. The end effector includes a jaw and an anvil pivotable relative to the jaw. The cartridge includes a deck, a plurality of staples, a compressible buttress,... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Surgical staple cartridge with hydraulic staple deployment

A surgical instrument includes a body assembly, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The end effector has first and second jaws that are configured to receive a tissue therebetween. The end effector also includes a staple cartridge including a plurality of staples and a hydraulic expandable member that is... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Surgical stapler with hydraulic deck control

A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft assembly, and an end effector. The end effector a first jaw, a second jaw, and a staple cartridge. The first jaw has an anvil that is configured to form a plurality of staples. The first jaw is movable relative to the second... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Surgical staple cartridge with severed tissue edge adjunct

An apparatus includes a body assembly, a shaft, an end effector, and a cartridge. The end effector includes a jaw, a pivotable anvil, and a knife member. The cartridge includes a deck, a buttress assembly, and a folding sled. A first portion of the buttress assembly is positioned on top... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Ultrasonic cleaning of surgical instrument

A cleaning system includes a first container. The first container includes an interior surface and an opening. The interior surface and the opening define a volume. The opening extends along a plane. The interior surface defines at least a portion of a curved surface. The curved surface defines a first... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Systems and methods for controlling a surgical stapling and cutting instrument

Various examples are directed to systems and methods for operating a surgical instrument comprising a firing member translatable proximally and distally along a longitudinal axis between a stroke begin position to a stroke end position distal of the stroke begin position; a knife coupled to the firing member; and a... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Cartridge lockout arrangements for rotary powered surgical cutting and stapling instruments

A surgical cutting and stapling end effector. Various embodiments comprise a channel that is configured to operably support a removable staple cartridge. A rotary end effector drive shaft is supported within the channel and is configured to move a firing assembly longitudinally within the end effector to cause the sled... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Surgical instrument comprising a primary firing lockout and a secondary firing lockout

A surgical stapling system is disclosed. The system comprises a distal end, an unspent staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples removably stored therein, a channel configured to receive the unspent staple cartridge, and an anvil configured to deform said staples. The system further comprises a firing drive movable through... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

Surgical instrument comprising a lockout

A surgical stapling system comprising a lockout is disclosed. The lockout is configured to prevent the stapling system from performing a stapling firing function if an unspent staple cartridge is not fully seated in the stapling system. In various instances, the lockout is configured to permit the stapling system to... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296173

Method for operating a surgical instrument

A surgical instrument is configured to compensate for battery pack and drivetrain failures. One method includes generating a firing sequence, determining whether a subset of rechargeable battery cells is damaged during the firing sequence, and stepping-up an output voltage of the battery pack to complete the firing sequence in response... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296177

Surgical instrument with multiple program responses during a firing motion

A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes an elongated channel configured to support a staple cartridge, an anvil pivotably connected to the elongated channel, a knife mechanically coupled to the staple cartridge, an electric motor and a control circuit electrically connected to the electric motor. The control circuit is configured... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296178

Surgical instrument with detection sensors

Aspects of the present disclosure are presented for a surgical instrument having one or more sensors at or a near an end effector and configured to aide in the detection of tissues and other materials and structures at a surgical site. The detections may then be used to aide in... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296179

Surgical instrument with improved stop/start control during a firing motion

A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes an elongated channel, an anvil pivotably connected to the elongated channel, a closure member mechanically coupled to the anvil, an electric motor mechanically coupled to the closure member, a motor controller electrically coupled to the electric motor and a control circuit electrically connected... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296180

Surgical instrument with adjustable stop/start control during a firing motion

A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes an elongated channel configured to support a staple cartridge, an anvil pivotably connected to the elongated channel, a knife mechanically coupled to the staple cartridge, an electric motor mechanically coupled to the knife and a control circuit electrically connected to the electric motor.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296183

Surgical instrument with multiple program responses during a firing motion

A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes an elongated channel configured to support a staple cartridge, an anvil pivotably connected to the elongated channel, a knife mechanically coupled to the staple cartridge, an electric motor and a control circuit electrically connected to the electric motor. The control circuit is configured... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296184

Modular surgical instrument with configurable operating mode

Various examples are directed to systems and methods for operating and controlling a modular surgical instrument comprising an operating mode. A controller may receive electrical signal associated with an activation of at least one user-actuated input device electrically coupled to the controller and override the operating mode of the surgical... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296189

Staple formation detection mechanisms

A medical instrument has an elongated channel configured to support a staple cartridge, the staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples. The medical instrument also has an anvil mechanically coupled to the elongated channel, wherein the anvil comprises an exterior surface extending between a proximal end and a distal end.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296190

Surgical instrument system comprising a magnetic lockout

Surgical instrument systems comprising lockouts are disclosed. The systems comprise a firing member, a staple cartridge assembly, and a lockout member. The lockout member, movable between an unlocked position and a locked position, is configured to prevent the firing member from being advanced through the staple cartridge assembly when the... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296191

Surgical instrument comprising a replaceable cartridge jaw

A surgical instrument system comprising a completely replaceable cartridge jaw is disclosed.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296213

Systems and methods for controlling a surgical stapling and cutting instrument

Various examples are directed to systems and methods for operating a surgical instrument comprising a firing member translatable proximally and distally along a longitudinal axis between a stroke begin position to a stroke end position distal of the stroke begin position; a knife coupled to the firing member; and a... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296218

Ultrasonic surgical instrument with sliding blade sheath

A surgical instrument includes a gripping assembly, a shaft assembly, an end effector, and a pivoting member. The gripping assembly defines a first opening for receiving a finger or a thumb of a user. The gripping assembly includes a first deformable feature that is configured to be moved in order... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281154

Surgical access devices with integrated wound closure features

Surgical access devices having wound closure features incorporated as part of the device are provided. The devices allow suture to be inserted directly into the device and operated to close an opening through which the device is disposed as or shortly after the device is removed from the surgical site.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281155

Surgical stapling instrument comprising multiple lockouts

A surgical stapling attachment is disclosed. The surgical stapling attachment comprises an attachment portion, a shaft assembly, an articulation joint, and an end effector assembly. The end effector assembly comprises a drive system comprising a main drive and a lockout drive driven by a single rotary input. The main drive... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281161

Rotary powered surgical instrument with manually actuatable bailout system

A motor-driven surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument comprises a motor that is supported in a housing and includes at least one rotary drive system that is configured for selective operable engagement and disengagement with the motor assembly. A bailout drive train is supported by the housing assembly and... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281162

Surgical stapling system configured to provide selective cutting of tissue

A surgical instrument assembly is disclosed which comprises a shaft, an articulation joint, and an end effector rotatably connected to the shaft about the articulation joint. The end effector comprises a first jaw, a second jaw movable relative to the first jaw, a staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281163

Modular surgical stapling system comprising a display

A surgical stapling system kit is disclosed which comprises a first module comprising, one, a first display system configured to display a first set of data regarding the operation of the first module and, two, a first attachment portion. The kit further comprises, one, a second module comprising a second... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281164

Staple cartridges with atraumatic features

A staple cartridge comprises an outer tissue-contacting surface comprising at least one first staple cavity. The at least one first staple cavity is configured to receive at least one first staple that includes a first staple leg with a first tip protruding beyond the outer tissue-contacting surface when the at... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281165

Surgical instrument handle assembly with reconfigurable grip portion

A handle assembly for a surgical instrument is disclosed. In at least one form, the handle assembly comprises a primary housing portion that is configured to be operably coupled to a portion of a surgical tool assembly. At least one drive system is operably supported by the handle assembly and... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281166

Surgical cutting and stapling end effector with anvil concentric drive member

A surgical end effector for use with a surgical instrument that includes an elongate shaft assembly that includes a rotary output drive shaft is disclosed. An elongate channel is attached to the elongate shaft assembly. An anvil frame that comprises a proximal end and a distal end is selectively movable... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281167

Closure system arrangements for surgical cutting and stapling devices with separate and distinct firing shafts

A surgical instrument. In one form, the surgical instrument comprises a first jaw and a second jaw that is movably supported relative to the first jaw for selective movement between open and closed positions relative to the first jaw. A firing drive shaft is rotatably supported in one of the... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281168

Interchangeable surgical tool assembly with a surgical end effector that is selectively rotatable about a shaft axis

A surgical instrument is disclosed. In one form, the surgical instrument comprises an elongate shaft assembly and an end effector that is configured for selective rotation relative to the axis of the elongate shaft assembly. The surgical instrument can include a rotary locking system for locking the surgical end effector... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281169

Circular stapling system comprising rotary firing system

An end effector for use with a surgical stapler is disclosed, the end effector comprises a cartridge body comprising a longitudinal axis and a plurality of staple cavities defined in the cartridge body. The staple cavities comprise a first annular row of staple cavities extending around the longitudinal axis and... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281170

Surgical instrument comprising a shifting mechanism

A surgical stapling attachment is disclosed. The surgical stapling attachment comprises an attachment portion, a shaft assembly, an articulation joint, and an end effector assembly. The end effector assembly comprises a drive system comprising a closure drive and a firing drive configured to be selectively driven by a single input.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281171

Method for operating a surgical stapling system

A surgical instrument system is disclosed which comprises a distal end and a staple cartridge assembly comprising staples removably stored therein. The instrument system further comprises a firing drive including an electric motor and a firing member operably couplable with the electric motor. The electric motor is operable to advance... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281172

Surgical stapling system comprising a display including a re-orientable display field

A surgical instrument, comprising a handle and an end effector configured to perform a tissue-treating function. The end effector comprises a distal head comprising a rotatable jaw and an end effector frame comprising a longitudinal end effector axis. The surgical instrument further comprises means for rotating the distal head relative... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281173

Surgical stapling instrument

A surgical stapling attachment configured to clamp, staple, and cut tissue is disclosed. The surgical stapling attachment comprises an attachment portion, a shaft assembly, an articulation joint, and an end effector assembly. The end effector assembly comprises a firing system configured to cut tissue only after the tissue has been... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281174

Circular stapling system comprising load control

An end effector for use with a surgical stapler is disclosed, the end effector comprises a cartridge body comprising a longitudinal axis and a plurality of staple cavities defined in the cartridge body. The staple cavities comprise a first annular row of staple cavities extending around the longitudinal axis and... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281177

Surgical stapling system configured to apply annular rows of staples having different heights

Circular and curved surgical stapling instruments are disclosed comprising circular and curved stapling configurations. A circular staple cartridge comprises a plurality of staples arranged in an inner row, an intermediate row, and an outer row. Staples in certain rows can have different unformed heights. Some arrangements include deck features that... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281178

Surgical stapling system comprising a shiftable transmission

A stapling instrument system is disclosed that comprises an instrument comprising a handle and an output and, in addition, an interchangeable tool assembly attachable to the instrument. The interchangeable tool assembly comprises a housing, a drive input operably engageable with the output, and an end effector comprising a first rotatable... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

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10/05/17 / #20170281179

Surgical stapling system comprising an unclamping lockout

A surgical stapling assembly is disclosed. The stapling instrument comprises a staple cartridge configured to staple the tissue of a patient and a cutting member configure to incise the tissue. The stapling instrument further comprises an anvil movable between an open position and a closed position to clamp tissue against... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281180

Anvil modification members for surgical staplers

A surgical system includes an anvil that has, one, an elongate slot extending longitudinally along a length of the anvil and, two, a plurality of first staple-forming pockets. The surgical system further includes an anvil modification member releasably attachable to the anvil, wherein the anvil modification member comprises a plurality... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281183

Surgical stapling system comprising a jaw closure lockout

A surgical stapling instrument is disclosed. The stapling instrument comprises an end effector including a staple cartridge comprising a circular array of staple cavities and staples removably stored in the staple cavities and, in addition, an anvil configured to deform the staples which is movable toward the staple cartridge to... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281184

Surgical stapling system comprising a jaw attachment lockout

A surgical stapling instrument is disclosed. The stapling instrument comprises a staple cartridge including a circular array of staple cavities defined therein and an anvil configured to deform the staples. The stapling instrument further comprises a closure drive configured to position the anvil relative to the staple cartridge and a... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281185

Surgical stapling system comprising a spent cartridge lockout

A circular stapling instrument is disclosed which comprises a replaceable staple cartridge. The circular stapling instrument and/or staple cartridge comprises a lockout configured to prevent a previously-fired staple cartridge from being re-used.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281186

Surgical stapling system comprising a contourable shaft

A surgical instrument configured to deploy an array of circular staples is disclosed which comprises a contourable frame.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281187

Surgical stapling system comprising a tissue compression lockout

A surgical instrument comprising a lockout is disclosed.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281188

Surgical stapling system comprising a grooved forming pocket

An end effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument is disclosed which comprises a staple cartridge and an anvil. The staple cartridge comprises a cartridge body including a deck and, in addition, fasteners removably stored in the cartridge body, wherein each fastener comprises a base and a leg extending... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281189

Circular stapling system comprising an incisable tissue support

A surgical instrument comprising an end effector is disclosed. The end effector comprises a staple cartridge including a cartridge body comprising an annular array of staple cavities, staples removably stored in the staple cavities, a firing drive configured to eject the staples from the staple cavities, and a cutting member... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281217

Surgical instrument with dual mode articulation drive

A surgical instrument includes a shaft assembly and an articulation control assembly. The shaft assembly includes an articulation section. The distal end of the shaft assembly is configured to receive an end effector. The articulation section is configured to deflect the end effector from the longitudinal axis. The articulation control... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281218

Surgical instrument with motorized articulation drive in shaft rotation knob

An apparatus includes a body assembly, a shaft defining a longitudinal axis extending from the body assembly, an acoustic waveguide having a flexible portion, and an articulation section coupled with the shaft. A portion of the articulation section encompasses the flexible portion of the waveguide. The articulation section has a... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281219

Surgical instrument with locking articulation drive wheel

A surgical instrument includes a shaft assembly and an articulation control assembly. The shaft assembly includes an articulation section that is configured to deflect a distal end portion from the longitudinal axis. The articulation control assembly includes an articulation control member and a transmission assembly. The articulation control member is... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281220

Surgical instrument with selectively locked articulation assembly

An apparatus for operating on tissue includes a body assembly, a shaft assembly, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an articulation control assembly, an end effector, and an articulation lock. A portion of the articulation section encompasses a flexible portion of the waveguide. The articulation includes a first member and... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281221

Articulation joint for surgical instrument

A surgical apparatus includes a body, an ultrasonic transducer, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, and a restricting member. The ultrasonic transducer is operable to convert electrical power into ultrasonic vibrations. The shaft couples the end effector and the body together. The acoustic waveguide is... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281226

Surgical access devices having adjustable suture paths

Surgical access devices having wound closure features incorporated as part of the device are provided. The devices allow suture to be inserted directly into the device and operated to close an opening through which the device is disposed as or shortly after the device is removed from the surgical site.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

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10/05/17 / #20170281227

Surgical access devices having a variable tissue approach angle

Surgical access devices having wound closure features incorporated as part of the device are provided. The devices allow suture to be inserted directly into the device and operated to close an opening through which the device is disposed as or shortly after the device is removed from the surgical site.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281228

Surgical access devices having a cannula sidewall seal with a variable cross-sectional thickness

Surgical access devices having wound closure features incorporated as part of the device are provided. The devices allow suture to be inserted directly into the device and operated to close an opening through which the device is disposed as or shortly after the device is removed from the surgical site.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281229

Surgical access devices that include an elongate opening with an adjustable entry port disposed in the opening

Surgical access devices having wound closure features incorporated as part of the device are provided. The devices allow suture to be inserted directly into the device and operated to close an opening through which the device is disposed as or shortly after the device is removed from the surgical site.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

10/05/17 / #20170284860

System and method to enable re-use of surgical instrument

Some surgical instruments become partially or fully disabled at a device firmware level after being used in a surgical procedure in order to prevent overuse or abuse of the surgical instrument that could create patient safety concerns. A reconditioning device may be used by the end user of such a... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

09/21/17 / #20170265933

Surgical end effectors with increased stiffness

Surgical end effectors with increased stiffness are described herein. Increased stiffness can be accomplished in a variety of manners, including by increasing a height of each jaw member of an end effector. For example, end effector jaw members can include tapered heights that decrease from a proximal end of the... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

09/07/17 / #20170255479

System and method to establish current setpoint for ultrasonic transducer

Systems, devices and methods manage surgical instruments throughout their lifecycle by reprogramming a device to account for operational displacement of ultrasonic components based upon a diagnostic test. A diagnostic test tip is used with a surgical instrument to simulate device usage and capture capacitance and phase margin of the device.... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/24/17 / #20170238933

Electrical surgical instrument with minimum closure distance for staple firing control

A surgical instrument comprised of a stapling end effector having a staple-applying assembly with opposing stapling surfaces defining a closure distance therebetween, wherein at least one stapling surface is movable, and a handle connected to the stapling end effector and comprising a staple-firing assembly that causes the staple-applying assembly to... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/24/17 / #20170238991

Flexible circuits for electrosurgical instrument

The disclosure provides a method of manufacturing a flexible circuit electrode assembly and an apparatus manufactured by said method. According to the method, an electrically conductive sheet is laminated to an electrically insulative sheet. An electrode is formed on the electrically conductive sheet. An electrically insulative layer is formed on... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/17/17 / #20170231623

Mechanisms for compensating for drivetrain failure in powered surgical instruments

An apparatus for affecting tissue includes an end effector configured to interact with a tissue. The apparatus further includes a surgical instrument that includes one or more drivetrains configured to drive a plurality of gear components in order to perform operations of the surgical instrument, and one or more vibration... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/17/17 / #20170231626

Mechanisms for compensating for drivetrain failure in powered surgical instruments

A surgical apparatus includes an end effector configured to interact with a tissue and a surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes at least one drive mechanism operable to effect at least one motion in the end effector. The surgical instrument further includes one or more vibration sensors configured to record... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/17/17 / #20170231627

Mechanisms for compensating for drivetrain failure in powered surgical instruments

A surgical apparatus includes an end effector configured to interact with a tissue during a plurality of zones of operation. The surgical apparatus further includes at least one drive mechanism operable to effect at least one motion in the end effector during each of the zones of operation. The surgical... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/17/17 / #20170231628

Mechanisms for compensating for drivetrain failure in powered surgical instruments

A surgical instrument couplable to an end effector, wherein the surgical instrument includes at least one drive mechanism operable to effect at least one motion in the end effector. The surgical instrument further includes one or more vibration sensors configured to record vibrations generated by the at least one drive... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/10/17 / #20170224330

Surgical instrument articulation mechanism with slotted secondary constraint

A surgical instrument that comprises an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly for selective pivotal travel about an articulation axis that extends transversely relative to the shaft axis. First and second articulation drivers are supported for... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/10/17 / #20170224331

Surgical instruments with an end effector that is highly articulatable relative to an elongate shaft assembly

A surgical instrument that comprises an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly for selective pivotal travel about an articulation axis that extends transversely relative to the shaft axis. An articulation driver is supported for selective longitudinal... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/10/17 / #20170224332

Surgical instruments with non-symmetrical articulation arrangements

A surgical instrument that comprises an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly for selective pivotal travel relative thereto about an articulation axis that is laterally offset from the shaft axis and extends transversely relative thereto. An... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/10/17 / #20170224333

Surgical instrument with articulating and axially translatable end effector

A surgical instrument comprising an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. The surgical instrument includes a surgical end effector that has a distal end and a proximal end. The proximal end is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly for selective pivotal travel about an articulation axis that... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/10/17 / #20170224334

Articulatable surgical instruments with single articulation link arrangements

A surgical instrument that comprises an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly for selective pivotal travel about an articulation axis that extends transversely relative to the shaft axis. The surgical instrument further includes an articulation system... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/10/17 / #20170224335

Articulatable surgical instruments with off-axis firing beam arrangements

A surgical instrument that comprises an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly such that the surgical end effector is selectively movable between an unarticulated position and a fully articulated position relative to the shaft axis. A... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/10/17 / #20170224336

Surgical instruments with tensioning arrangements for cable driven articulation systems

A surgical instrument comprising an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly for selective articulation relative to the elongate shaft assembly about an articulation axis that is transverse to the shaft axis. An articulation cable is coupled... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/10/17 / #20170224342

Surgical instruments with multiple link articulation arrangements

A surgical instrument comprising an elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft assembly for selective pivotal travel about an articulation axis that extends transversely relative to the shaft axis. An articulation driver is supported for selective longitudinal travel... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc

08/10/17 / #20170224343

Surgical instruments with closure stroke reduction arrangements

A surgical instrument comprising a surgical end effector that includes a first jaw and a second jaw, wherein one of the first and second jaws is selectively movable relative to the other of the first and second jaws upon application of a closure motion to the surgical end effector. In... Ethicon Endo surgery Llc








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