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 new patent  Layer arrangements for surgical staple cartridges

A staple cartridge assembly includes, one, a plurality of staples movable between unfired positions and fired positions and, two, a layer, such as a tissue thickness compensator and/or a buttress material, for example, wherein the staples are configured to at least partially capture the layer when the staples are moved... Ethicon Llc

 new patent  Electrosurgical (rf) medical instruments for cutting and coagulating tissue

An electrosurgical device is disclosed. The electrosurgical device includes a handle, a shaft extending distally from the handle, and an end effector coupled to a distal end of the shaft. The end effector comprises a first electrode and a second electrode. The second electrode includes a first position and a... Ethicon Llc

 new patent  Electrosurgical system energy source

An energy source for use with an electrosurgical system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the energy source includes a power supply, one or more capacitors coupled to the power supply, and a switching component coupled to the one or more capacitors. The switching component is configured to output pulses of... Ethicon Llc

Controlling impedance rise in electrosurgical medical devices

Various embodiments are directed to electrosurgical systems for providing an electrosurgical signal to a patient. A control circuit may, for a first application period, apply the electrosurgical signal to first and second electrodes according to a first mode. In the first mode, the control circuit may limit the electrosurgical signal... Ethicon Llc

Surgical instrument with selectable integral or external power source

A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, and an end effector. The shaft extends distally from the body. The end effector is located at a distal end of the shaft. The end effector includes an active feature configured to operate on tissue. The body includes a drive feature operable... Ethicon Llc

Articulating surgical stapling instrument incorporating a two-piece e-beam firing mechanism

A surgical severing and stapling instrument, 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 drive staples on each side of... Ethicon Llc

Articulating surgical stapling instrument incorporating a two-piece e-beam firing mechanism

A surgical severing and stapling instrument, 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 drive staples on each side of... Ethicon Llc

Laparoscopic instrument with attachable end effector

A laparoscopic surgical device comprises an elongate shaft defining a longitudinal axis, the shaft comprising a distal end and a proximal end. A plurality of arms project distally from the distal end of the elongate shaft, the arms each comprising a lateral notch. The arms are axially slideable relative the... Ethicon Llc

Harvesting energy from a surgical generator

Various embodiments are directed to methods for use with a surgical device to harvest energy from a surgical generator. The surgical device in use in conjunction with the surgical generator may comprise an energy storage device in electrical communication with a surgical generator to provide energy to charge the energy... Ethicon Llc

Methods and devices for controlling motorized surgical devices

Methods and devices for controlling motorized surgical devices are provided. In general, the methods and devices can allow a surgical device to grasp and cut tissue. In some embodiments, the device's motor can begin providing power for grasping and/or cutting tissue in response to an output from the device's sensor,... Ethicon Llc

Surgical devices having controlled tissue cutting and sealing

Various surgical devices and methods are provided for monitoring and regulating tissue compression and cutting to improve tissue effect. In general, these devices include a handle portion, an elongate shaft, and an effector disposed at a distal end of the shaft and configured to engage tissue. In one embodiment, one... Ethicon Llc

Method and fabricating self-retaining sutures with calibration

An apparatus and method for improved cutting of self-retaining elements on a suture material, including the use of an improved calibration system. The calibration system includes a light emitting source and light receiving source, emitting light through a blade housing where the blade edge is within the light emitted pathway.... Ethicon Llc

Ultrasonic surgical instrument with piezoelectric central lumen transducer

A surgical instrument includes a transducer assembly with a housing having a conduit section and a base portion. A fluid passageway is defined through the conduit and base portion, an ultrasonic transducer including a plurality of piezoelectric elements and a plurality of electrodes are arranged in a stack configuration, where... Ethicon Llc

Surgical stapling instrument

A surgical stapler can comprise an anvil comprising a staple pocket formed in a tissue contacting surface. The staple pocket can comprise a midline or centerline, a first forming cup, and a second forming cup. The first forming cup can comprise a first interior sidewall comprising a first vertical portion... Ethicon Llc

Detachable motor powered surgical instrument

A detachable motor-powered surgical instrument. The instrument may include a housing that includes at least one engagement member for removably attaching the housing to an actuator arrangement. A motor is supported within the housing for supplying actuation motions to various portions of a surgical end effector coupled to the housing.... Ethicon Llc

Detachable motor powered surgical instrument

A detachable motor-powered surgical instrument. The instrument may include a housing that includes at least one engagement member for removably attaching the housing to an actuator arrangement. A motor is supported within the housing for supplying actuation motions to various portions of a surgical end effector coupled to the housing.... Ethicon Llc

Detachable motor powered surgical instrument

A detachable motor-powered surgical instrument. The instrument may include a housing that includes at least one engagement member for removably attaching the housing to an actuator arrangement. A motor is supported within the housing for supplying actuation motions to various portions of a surgical end effector coupled to the housing.... Ethicon Llc

Bipolar electrosurgical hand shears

An apparatus comprises a first jaw, a second jaw, a first handle, and a second handle. The second jaw is pivotally coupled with the first jaw. The first jaw and the second jaw are configured to grasp tissue. The jaws provide offset electrode surfaces that are operable to deliver bipolar... Ethicon Llc

Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor

A surgical instrument for use with a robotic system that has a control unit and a shaft portion that includes an electrically conductive elongated member that is attached to a portion of the robotic system. The elongated member is configured to transmit control motions from the robotic system to an... Ethicon Llc

Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor

A surgical instrument for use with a robotic system that has a control unit and a shaft portion that includes an electrically conductive elongated member that is attached to a portion of the robotic system. The elongated member is configured to transmit control motions from the robotic system to an... Ethicon Llc

Devices and methods for facilitating ejection of surgical fasteners from cartridges

Devices and methods are provided for stabilizing fasteners post-deployment. Devices and methods are also provided for facilitating ejection of surgical fasteners from a cartridge. Devices and methods are also provided for guiding surgical fasteners. Devices and methods are also provided for facilitating closing and clamping of an end effector of... Ethicon Llc

Surgical instrument having a power control circuit

Various embodiments are directed to a powered surgical instrument for cutting and fastening tissue. The instrument may comprise an end effector comprising a first jaw member and a second jaw member. The second jaw member may be coupled to move relative to the first jaw member from an open position,... Ethicon Llc

Circular anvil introduction system with alignment feature

An apparatus is provided for stapling tissue. The apparatus includes an anvil and a trocar selectively coupled with the anvil. The anvil may have an inner opening and a plurality of staple pockets aligned around a surface of the anvil. The anvil may be inserted trans-orally through an esophagus prior... Ethicon Llc

Articulation joint features for articulating surgical device

An electrosurgical device comprises a body, an end effector, a cutting member, and a shaft. The end effector includes a pair of jaws that are operable to deliver RF energy to tissue that is clamped between the jaws. The cutting member is operable to sever tissue that is clamped between... Ethicon Llc

Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor

A surgical instrument for use with a robotic system that has a control unit and a shaft portion that includes an electrically conductive elongated member that is attached to a portion of the robotic system. The elongated member is configured to transmit control motions from the robotic system to an... Ethicon Llc

Electrosurgical device with disposable shaft having rack and pinion drive

An apparatus comprises an end effector, a shaft assembly, and an interface assembly. The end effector is coupled with the shaft assembly. The shaft assembly comprises a translating member extending through the shaft assembly. The interface assembly is operable to engage the shaft assembly and comprises a plurality of drive... Ethicon Llc

Tissue ingrowth materials and using the same

Implantable materials for use with end effectors like surgical stapling devices, and methods for using the same, are generally provided. In some embodiments, adjunct materials for use with surgical staplers are provided. For example, a kit for stapling tissue is provided that can include a surgical stapler having an end... Ethicon Llc

Control systems for surgical instruments

Surgical instruments and control systems therefor are disclosed. A surgical instrument can comprise: a power circuit comprising a power source and a switch, a microcontroller coupled to the power circuit, a handle comprising an attachment portion, and a control circuit in signal communication with the microcontroller. The attachment portion can... Ethicon Llc

Medical device

A medical device is described having a handle and an end effector coupled to the handle. The end effector has at least one electrode for providing electrical signals to a tissue or vessel to be treated. An RF drive circuit is provided for generating an RF drive signal that is... Ethicon Llc

Tissue thickness compensator configured to redistribute compressive forces

A tissue thickness compensator may generally comprise a compressible core comprising a plurality of movable particles, and a wrap surrounding the compressible core. The plurality of movable particles may comprise at least one medicament. A tissue thickness compensator may generally comprise a compressible core comprising a plurality of crushable particles,... Ethicon Llc

Multiple thickness implantable layers for surgical stapling devices

A staple cartridge assembly includes a stepped staple cartridge deck and an implantable layer, such as a tissue thickness compensator and/or a buttress material, for example, positioned thereon. The layer can include a first portion positioned over a first deck surface of the multi-step staple cartridge and a second portion... Ethicon Llc

Ultrasonic device for cutting and coagulating

Apparatus and method to permit selective cutting and coagulation required in fine and delicate surgical procedures. The apparatus includes two body members having proximal ends and distal ends with jaw members located adjacent the body member's distal ends. The body members are joined at a pivot located adjacent to the... Ethicon Llc

Surgical stapler with rotary cam drive

A surgical circular stapler has a handle assembly, a shaft, a stapling assembly, a motor, a drive assembly, and a firing assembly. The shaft extends distally from the handle assembly. The stapling assembly is secured to a distal end of the shaft. Longitudinal translation of the firing assembly causes the... Ethicon Llc

Electrosurgical device with disposable shaft having modular subassembly

An apparatus comprises an end effector, a shaft assembly, and an interface assembly. The end effector is operable to manipulate tissue, the shaft assembly is in communication with the end effector and a portion of the shaft assembly extends proximally from the end effector. The interface assembly is in communication... Ethicon Llc

Electrical surgical instrument with optimal tissue compression

A surgical device that comprises a tissue compression device that applies a compression force to tissue, a tissue-compression-measurement device having a mechanically-biased switching element disposed in line with the tissue compression device, wherein the tissue-compression-measurement device indicates when an amount of the compression force applied to the tissue reaches a... Ethicon Llc

12/07/17 / #20170348064

Closed feedback control for electrosurgical device

A robotic surgical system including a control circuit configured to: (i) generate an energy control signal to deliver an electrosurgical energy signal to a first electrode and a second electrode, (ii) measure a current supplied and a voltage applied to the first and second electrodes, (iii) calculate impedance based on... Ethicon Llc

11/23/17 / #20170333034

Robotically-controlled end effector

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... Ethicon Llc

11/23/17 / #20170333035

Robotically-controlled end effector

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... Ethicon Llc

11/23/17 / #20170333041

Detachable motor powered surgical instrument

A detachable motor-powered surgical instrument. The instrument may include a housing that includes at least one engagement member for removably attaching the housing to an actuator arrangement. A motor is supported within the housing for supplying actuation motions to various portions of a surgical end effector coupled to the housing.... Ethicon Llc

11/23/17 / #20170333070

Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly

A motor-driven surgical instrument that may comprise (i) a movable drive member that is driven in a first direction when the electric motor operates in a first direction and that is driven in a second direction when the electric motor operates in a second direction. Movement of the drive member... Ethicon Llc

11/23/17 / #20170333073

System and method to track usage of surgical instrument

Systems, devices, and methods are operable to track usage of a surgical instrument and modify the performance of the surgical instrument based on the prior usage of the surgical instrument. Some surgical instruments are designed to have a limited service life beginning at their first use, or a limit to... Ethicon Llc

11/16/17 / #20170325878

Suction and irrigation sealing grasper

Aspects of the present disclosure are presented for a single surgical instrument configured for performing sealing procedures on tissues using electrosurgical or ultrasonic energy, irrigating tissue at the sealing site, and evacuating material from the sealing site. An end effector of the surgical instrument may include multiple members arranged in... Ethicon Llc

11/09/17 / #20170319201

Robotically-controlled end effector

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... Ethicon Llc

11/09/17 / #20170319207

Surgical instrument system including replaceable end effectors

A surgical instrument system that includes a housing and a rotatable drive shaft, a motor operably coupled to the drive shaft, and a plurality of replaceable end effectors that can be connected to the housing. Each replaceable end effector includes a drive screw that is turned a fixed number of... Ethicon Llc

11/09/17 / #20170319209

Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with determining cartridge and firing motion status

Sensor arrangements for determining the position of a firing element in an end effector of a surgical instrument. In various forms, the sensor arrangement comprises a resistive element supported in the end effector. As the firing element translates within the end effector, it movingly contacts the resistive element to generate... Ethicon Llc

11/09/17 / #20170319210

Detachable motor powered surgical instrument

A detachable motor-powered surgical instrument. The instrument may include a housing that includes at least one engagement member for removably attaching the housing to an actuator arrangement. A motor is supported within the housing for supplying actuation motions to various portions of a surgical end effector coupled to the housing.... Ethicon Llc

11/09/17 / #20170319211

Detachable motor powered surgical instrument

A detachable motor-powered surgical instrument. The instrument may include a housing that includes at least one engagement member for removably attaching the housing to an actuator arrangement. A motor is supported within the housing for supplying actuation motions to various portions of a surgical end effector coupled to the housing.... Ethicon Llc

11/09/17 / #20170319213

Surgical clip applier methods

A surgical clip applier and methods for applying surgical clips to a vessel, duct, shunt, etc., during a surgical procedure are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a surgical clip applier is provided having a housing with a trigger movably coupled thereto and an elongate shaft extending therefrom with opposed jaws... Ethicon Llc

11/09/17 / #20170319227

Ultrasonic forceps

An ultrasonic forceps comprises a housing, an acoustic assembly, and a tine. The housing joins the acoustic assembly and the tine to the forceps and permits the tine to pivot relative to the acoustic assembly. The acoustic assembly comprises a transducer, a waveguide, and ultrasonic blade, and a waveguide sheath.... Ethicon Llc

11/09/17 / #20170319228

Haptic feedback devices for surgical robot

A control system for a surgical robot is disclosed. The control system includes a controller, a sensor, a feedback device, a first socket, and a stand-alone input device. The handheld user interface may control a function of a robotic surgical system and is coupled to the sensor and the controller.... Ethicon Llc

11/09/17 / #20170319265

Medical device with a bilateral jaw configuration for nerve stimulation

Aspects of the present disclosure are presented for a single surgical instrument configured to grasp, seal, and/or cut tissue through application of therapeutic energy, and also detect nerves through application of non-therapeutic electrical energy. A medical device may include two jaws at an end effector, used to apply therapeutic energy... Ethicon Llc

11/09/17 / #20170319777

Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser

An end effector for use with a surgical instrument includes a plurality of staples, an agent reservoir comprising a medical agent, a dispensing passage configured to convey the medical agent from the agent reservoir to tissue, and a firing system which includes a cutting member, a movable member, and a... Ethicon Llc

11/02/17 / #20170311944

Robotically-controlled end effector

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... Ethicon Llc

11/02/17 / #20170311945

Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments

A surgical instrument including an end effector that has a selectively reciprocatable implement movably supported therein. The implement is selectively advanceable in a distal direction upon application of a rotary actuation motion thereto and retractable in a proximal direction upon application of a rotary retraction motion thereto. An elongate shaft... Ethicon Llc

11/02/17 / #20170311949

Robotically-controlled surgical stapling devices that produce formed staples having different lengths

A surgical stapling device that comprises an end effector that is configured to receive various control motions from a robotic system.... Ethicon Llc

11/02/17 / #20170311950

Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion

A fastener cartridge can comprise a support portion, a tissue thickness compensator positioned relative to the support portion, and a plurality of fasteners positioned within the support portion and/or the tissue thickness compensator which can be utilized to fasten tissue. In use, the fastener cartridge can be positioned in a... Ethicon Llc

11/02/17 / #20170311951

Surgical stapling instruments with rotatable staple deployment arrangements

A surgical stapling instrument. Various embodiments include an actuation system for selectively generating a plurality of control motions. A surgical end effector is operably coupled to the actuation system. The actuation system interfaces with an actuation member configured to operably engage rotatable camming members to fire staples within the end... Ethicon Llc

11/02/17 / #20170312040

Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor

A surgical instrument for use with a robotic system that has a control unit and a shaft portion that includes an electrically conductive elongated member that is attached to a portion of the robotic system. The elongated member is configured to transmit control motions from the robotic system to an... Ethicon Llc

11/02/17 / #20170312041

Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor

A surgical instrument for use with a robotic system that has a control unit and a shaft portion that includes an electrically conductive elongated member that is attached to a portion of the robotic system. The elongated member is configured to transmit control motions from the robotic system to an... Ethicon Llc

11/02/17 / #20170312042

Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor

A surgical instrument for use with a robotic system that has a control unit and a shaft portion that includes an electrically conductive elongated member that is attached to a portion of the robotic system. The elongated member is configured to transmit control motions from the robotic system to an... Ethicon Llc

11/02/17 / #20170312044

Lifecycle monitoring features for surgical instrument

An apparatus includes a housing, a processing circuit, a user feedback feature, and a surgical instrument interface feature. The user feedback feature is in communication with the processing circuit. The surgical instrument interface feature includes a structural interface feature and an electrical interface feature. The structural interface feature is configured... Ethicon Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296185

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 Llc

10/19/17 / #20170296257

Surgical end effector jaw and electrode configurations

A surgical end effector may comprise first and second jaw members. The second jaw member may comprise an offset proximal supply electrode that is positioned to contact an opposing member of the first jaw member when the first and second jaw members are in the closed position. The second jaw... Ethicon Llc

10/12/17 / #20170290585

Firing system lockout arrangements for surgical instruments

Surgical end effectors and fastener cartridges having firing lockout arrangements for preventing or limit a firing stroke when a cartridge has not been operably installed in the end effector or a spent cartridge has not been replaced.... Ethicon Llc

10/05/17 / #20170281211

Lockout mechanisms for surgical devices

Various surgical devices are provided having mechanisms for preventing premature actuation of a cutting mechanism. These devices generally include a handle having one or more actuators and an effector disposed at a distal end of the device and configured to grasp tissue. When the end effector is in an open... Ethicon Llc

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09/28/17 / #20170273689

Clip applier with clip follower

A surgical clip applier and methods for applying surgical clips to a vessel, duct, shunt, etc., during a surgical procedure are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a surgical clip applier is provided having a housing with a trigger movably coupled thereto and a shaft extending therefrom with opposed jaws formed... Ethicon Llc

09/21/17 / #20170265856

Staple cartridge comprising a variable thickness compressible portion

A fastener cartridge can comprise a support portion, a tissue thickness compensator positioned relative to the support portion, and a plurality of fasteners positioned within the support portion and/or the tissue thickness compensator which can be utilized to fasten tissue. In use, the fastener cartridge can be positioned in a... Ethicon Llc

09/21/17 / #20170265862

Adjustable compression staple and stapling with adjustable compression

A substantially U-shaped staple has a bridge, legs, and an internally disposed compression device with a bias portion having a compression surface movably disposed between the legs and a compression resistor connected to the bridge and to the compression surface and is formed to resist movement of the compression surface... Ethicon Llc

09/14/17 / #20170258469

Robotically-driven surgical instrument with e-beam driver

A surgical severing and stapling instrument, suitable for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures, clamps tissue within an end effector of an elongate channel pivotally opposed by an anvil. Various embodiments are configured to be operably attached to a robotic system to receive actuation/control motions therefrom.... Ethicon Llc

09/14/17 / #20170258471

Methods and systems for performing circular stapling

An apparatus includes a body, a shaft, a stapling head assembly, and an anvil. The body includes a motor, a first user input feature, and a second user input feature. The first user input feature is operable to activate the motor. The shaft extends distally from the body. The stapling... Ethicon Llc

09/07/17 / #20170252096

Robotic bi-polar instruments

Various exemplary systems, devices, and methods for robotic bi-polar instruments are provided. In general, a surgical tool can include an elongate shaft, an end effector, a wrist that couples the end effector to the shaft at a distal end of the shaft, and a tool housing coupled to a proximal... Ethicon Llc

08/31/17 / #20170245856

Modular surgical instruments

A surgical instrument equipped with a coupler arrangement for coupling end effectors to an elongated shaft assembly of the surgical instrument. The end effectors may include a pair of jaws in the form of a carrier supporting a surgical staple cartridge and an anvil. The anvil is movable relative to... Ethicon Llc

08/31/17 / #20170245857

Surgical staples, staple cartridges and surgical end effectors

A surgical staple is disclosed. The staple can define a seamless unitary piece. In various instances, the staple can be formed and/or stamped from a sheet of material. The staple can include a base and staple legs. A staple drive surface can be integrally formed in the base, and a... Ethicon Llc

08/31/17 / #20170245859

Motor driven rotary input circular stapler with modular end effector

A surgical stapling device comprises a handle assembly, a shaft assembly, and a stapling head assembly. The shaft assembly comprises a rotary drive shaft that translates between two longitudinal positions to alternate between a tissue clamping mode and a tissue cutting/stapling mode. The stapling head assembly includes a first set... Ethicon Llc

08/31/17 / #20170245875

Ultrasonic surgical instruments with distally positioned transducers

Various embodiments are direct to a surgical instrument comprising and end effector, an articulating shaft and an ultrasonic transducer assembly. The end effector may comprise an ultrasonic blade. The articulating shaft may extend proximally from the end effector along a longitudinal axis and may comprise a proximal shaft member and... Ethicon Llc

08/31/17 / #20170245882

Ultrasonic surgical system and method

An ultrasonic surgical system has an ultrasonic unit including an instrument operatively connected to an ultrasonic generator, wherein the instrument has an ultrasonic end effector on the distal end of a shaft. The system further includes a positioning unit including a movable arm adapted for releasably holding the instrument, whereby... Ethicon Llc

08/31/17 / #20170245913

Surgical instrument with charging devices

A surgical instrument includes a first power source and a second power source. The first power source is configured to deliver power to a surgical instrument at a first rate of discharge. The second power source is configured to deliver power to the first power source at a second rate... Ethicon Llc

08/31/17 / #20170245952

Surgical system comprising drive systems

A surgical stapling instrument. Various embodiments include an actuation system for selectively generating a plurality of control motions. A surgical end effector is operably coupled to the actuation system. The actuation system interfaces with an actuation member configured to operably engage rotatable camming members to fire staples within the end... Ethicon Llc

08/31/17 / #20170245953

Surgical stapling instruments with rotatable staple deployment arrangements

A surgical stapling instrument. Various embodiments include an actuation system for selectively generating a plurality of control motions. A surgical end effector is operably coupled to the actuation system. The actuation system interfaces with an actuation member configured to operably engage rotatable camming members to fire staples within the end... Ethicon Llc

08/31/17 / #20170249431

Firing trigger lockout arrangements for surgical instruments

A surgical instrument system can comprise, one, a surgical instrument including a handle, a shaft comprising a distal end, and a trigger and, two, an end effector attachable to the shaft. The instrument can further include a firing member and a motor configured to move the firing member toward the... Ethicon Llc

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08/24/17 / #20170238927

Linear stapler with a multi-functional retaining pin subassembly

The present invention provides a linear stapler having a multi-functional retaining pin subassembly. The linear stapler comprises a handle stem connecting an anvil to a handle, and the retaining pin subassembly is movably supported on the handle stem and comprises a connecting cover having a retaining pin extending from the... Ethicon Llc

08/24/17 / #20170238928

Robotically-controlled end effector

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... Ethicon Llc

08/24/17 / #20170238929

Robotically-controlled motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument

A surgical cutting and fastening instrument comprises an end effector that has a shaft coupled thereto that is coupled to a robotic system. A tool mounting portion includes an electric, DC motor connected to a drive train in the shaft for powering the drive train. A power pack that comprises... Ethicon Llc

08/10/17 / #20170224339

Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector

In various embodiments, a surgical instrument can comprise an end effector including a staple cartridge and a datum portion positioned proximal to the staple cartridge. The surgical instrument can further comprise a shaft and an articulation joint configured to articulate the end effector relative to the shaft. In addition, the... Ethicon Llc

08/10/17 / #20170224409

Bipolar electrosurgical hand shears

An apparatus comprises a first jaw, a second jaw, a first handle, and a second handle. The second jaw is pivotally coupled with the first jaw. The first jaw and the second jaw are configured to grasp tissue. The jaws provide offset electrode surfaces that are operable to deliver bipolar... Ethicon Llc

08/03/17 / #20170215881

Firing system lockout arrangements for surgical instruments

Surgical end effectors and fastener cartridges having firing lockout arrangements for preventing or limit a firing stroke when a cartridge has not been operably installed in the end effector or a spent cartridge has not been replaced.... Ethicon Llc

08/03/17 / #20170215883

Feature to reengage safety switch of tissue stapler

A surgical instrument includes an anvil selectively coupleable to a stapling head assembly and a trigger operable to fire staples into tissue compressed between the anvil and the stapling head assembly. In some versions, a lockout member may engage a securing feature to prevent actuation of the anvil relative to... Ethicon Llc

08/03/17 / #20170215919

Access device

Various devices and methods are provided with respect to inserting multiple surgical instruments through a single surgical access device. A medical device including a flexible tissue retractor a releasable insert having multiple instrument openings, and a member such as a sleeve is disclosed. The insert can be in the form... Ethicon Llc

07/27/17 / #20170209144

Lockout feature for movable cutting member of surgical instrument

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... Ethicon Llc

07/27/17 / #20170209145

Powered medical device including measurement of closure state of jaws

A powered surgical instrument including an end effector, which includes jaws that are configured to transition between various closure states. The surgical instrument includes a sensor configured to measure the closure state of the jaws and a display configured to display information indicative to the detected closure state. The surgical... Ethicon Llc

07/27/17 / #20170209146

Robotically-controlled motorized surgical cutting and fastening instrument

A surgical cutting and fastening instrument comprises an end effector that has a shaft coupled thereto that is coupled to a robotic system. A tool mounting portion includes an electric, DC motor connected to a drive train in the shaft for powering the drive train. A power pack that comprises... Ethicon Llc

07/27/17 / #20170209150

Surgical clip having compliant portion

A clip is provided that can be used for ligating tissue, such as vessels, other tubular ducts, and the like. The clip has opposed first and second leg members having proximal and distal ends. The proximal end of each leg member is connected by an apex. The clip has a... Ethicon Llc

07/27/17 / #20170209167

Coupling arrangements and methods for attaching tools to ultrasonic surgical instruments

An ultrasonic surgical instrument that has a waveguide that protrudes distally from the handpiece and a surgical tool that is configured to be coupled to the waveguide. The waveguide may have a distal end that is sized to be inserted into a cavity in a proximal end of the surgical... Ethicon Llc

07/27/17 / #20170209226

Surgical instrument displaying subsequent step of use

A surgical instrument including a shaft, an end effector extending distally from the shaft, a display, and a system or sensor configured to monitor a status of the surgical instrument. The display is configured to display information pertaining to the detected status of the surgical instrument. In one embodiment, the... Ethicon Llc

07/20/17 / #20170202573

Ultrasonic surgical blades

An ultrasonic surgical blade includes a body having a proximal end, a distal end, and an outer surface. The distal end is movable relative to a longitudinal axis in accordance with ultrasonic vibrations applied to the proximal end. At least a portion of the outer surface of the body comprises... Ethicon Llc

07/20/17 / #20170202610

Bipolar electrosurgical features for targeted hemostasis

An apparatus is configured to operate on tissue. The apparatus includes an end effector with an upper jaw and a lower jaw. The upper jaw is configured to pivot relative to the lower jaw. The apparatus also includes an electrode cap coupled to either the upper or lower jaw. The... Ethicon Llc

07/13/17 / #20170196558

Robotically-controlled end effector

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... Ethicon Llc

07/13/17 / #20170196560

End effector detection and firing rate modulation systems for surgical instruments

A surgical instrument system can comprise a surgical instrument for use with a loading unit comprising an end effector, wherein the loading unit is releasably attachable to the surgical instrument. The surgical instrument comprises a motor configured to drive a firing member and is configured to determine whether the loading... Ethicon Llc

07/13/17 / #20170196561

Powered surgical instrument including speed display

A surgical instrument comprising an end effector configured to grasp tissue. The end effector comprises at least one sensor configured to measure a parameter corresponding to a thickness of the grasped tissue. The surgical instrument further includes a firing member movable during a firing stroke to cause a motion at... Ethicon Llc

07/13/17 / #20170196562

Powered surgical instrument with parameter-based firing rate

A surgical instrument comprising an end effector, which comprises a sensor configured to measure a parameter associated with a tissue grasped between the first jaw member and the second jaw member of the end effector. The surgical instrument further comprises a firing member to effect motion at the end effector,... Ethicon Llc

07/13/17 / #20170196585

Surgical instrument with orientation sensing

A surgical instrument comprises a body assembly and an end effector. The body assembly includes a control module, an orientation sensor communicatively coupled to the control module, and an energy component. The energy component is operable to activate the end effector at a plurality of energy settings. A storage device... Ethicon Llc

07/13/17 / #20170196586

Ultrasonic surgical blades

An ultrasonic surgical blade includes a body having a proximal end, a distal end, and an outer surface. The distal end is movable relative to a longitudinal axis in accordance with ultrasonic vibrations applied to the proximal end. At least a portion of the outer surface of the body comprises... Ethicon Llc

07/13/17 / #20170196587

Ultrasonic surgical blades

An ultrasonic surgical blade includes a body having a proximal end, a distal end, and an outer surface. The distal end is movable relative to a longitudinal axis in accordance with ultrasonic vibrations applied to the proximal end. At least a portion of the outer surface of the body comprises... Ethicon Llc

07/13/17 / #20170196637

Multi-functional powered surgical device with external dissection features

A surgical end effector can comprise a first jaw member and a second jaw member. The first jaw member may define an exterior surface on a distal portion thereof. The second jaw member may define an exterior surface on a distal portion thereof. The first jaw member may be moveable... Ethicon Llc

07/13/17 / #20170196649

Error detection and diagnostics for surgical instrument assemblies

A surgical system comprising a surgical instrument for use with a loading unit, which comprises an end effector, that is releasably attachable the shaft of the surgical instrument. The surgical instrument is configured to establish a connection with the loading unit, authenticate the loading unit or determine if the signal... Ethicon Llc








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