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Surgical cutting and stapling methods

Surgical methods for cutting and fastening tissue are disclosed. The methods may include employing a surgical end effector that includes a pair of jaws wherein an upper jaw is movable relative to a lower jaw that supports a surgical fastener cartridge. The methods may include manipulating the end effector to... Ethicon Llc

Implantable layer assemblies

A fastener cartridge assembly for use with a surgical instrument is disclosed. The fastener cartridge assembly can include a cartridge body, a plurality of fasteners removably stored within the cartridge body, and an implantable layer. The fastener cartridge assembly and/or the surgical instrument can include a lockout system configured to... Ethicon Llc

Surgical stapler with floating anvil

A surgical instrument can include an anvil and, in addition, a staple cartridge support configured to support a staple cartridge. In various embodiments, the jaw can be moved toward the staple cartridge to deform staples contained within the staple cartridge. The anvil can be configured to be translated and/or rotated... Ethicon Llc

End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument

In various embodiments, a surgical stapling instrument can include a handle, a shaft extending from the handle, wherein the shaft defines an axis, and a disposable loading unit which is assembled to the shaft in a direction which is transverse to the shaft axis. Such a connection between the disposable... Ethicon Llc

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

Surgical access device

The present invention generally provides methods and devices for removing fluid from a surgical instrument. Surgical access devices and seal systems are generally provided having one or more valves or seal assemblies to create a closed system between the outside environment and the environment in which the surgical access device... Ethicon Llc

Surgical instrument

In one embodiment, a surgical instrument comprises an articulable waveguide. The articulable waveguide may be configured to transmit ultrasonic energy therealong. The articulable waveguide comprises a proximal drive section, an end effector and a first flexible. The proximal drive section is configured to couple to an ultrasonic transducer. The end... Ethicon Llc

Detecting short circuits in electrosurgical medical devices

A control circuit for use with an electrosurgical system is disclosed. The control circuit is programmed to provide an electrosurgical signal comprising a plurality of pulses to first and second electrodes and receive a first reading of an impedance between the first and second electrodes. The control circuit is programmed... Ethicon Llc

Surgical instruments

A surgical device. The surgical device may comprise a transducer configured to provide vibrations along a longitudinal axis and an end effector coupled to the transducer and extending from the transducer along the longitudinal axis. The surgical device also may comprise a lower jaw extending parallel to the end effector.... Ethicon Llc

Systems and methods for controlling a segmented circuit

The present disclosure provides a method for controlling a surgical instrument. The method includes connecting a power assembly to a control circuit, wherein the power assembly is configured to provide a source voltage, energizing, by the power assembly, a voltage boost convertor circuit configured to provide a set voltage greater... Ethicon Llc

Motorized surgical instrument

A surgical cutting and fastening instrument that is motorized. The instrument comprises in one embodiment a charge accumulator device, separate from a battery, that provides additional power to the motor under certain conditions. In addition, the motor may comprise multiple windings.... Ethicon Llc

Powered surgical instrument

A method of operating a surgical instrument is disclosed. The surgical instrument includes an electronic system comprising an electric motor coupled to the end effector; a motor controller coupled to the motor; a parameter threshold detection module configured to monitor multiple parameter thresholds; a sensing module configured to sense tissue... 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

Circular surgical staplers with isolating sleeves

The present invention relates to surgical instruments and methods for enhancing properties of tissue repaired or joined by surgical staples and, more particularly to surgical instruments and methods designed to enhance the properties of repaired or adjoined tissue at a target surgical site, especially when sealing an anastomosis between adjacent... Ethicon Llc

Circular surgical staplers with isolating sleeves stored inside anvil

The present invention relates to surgical instruments and methods for enhancing properties of tissue repaired or joined by surgical staples and, more particularly to surgical instruments and methods designed to enhance the properties of repaired or adjoined tissue at a target surgical site, especially when sealing an anastomosis between adjacent... Ethicon Llc

Interchangeable tools for surgical instruments

A surgical tool system. Various embodiments of the surgical tool system may comprise surgical instrument that has a handle assembly that operably supports a drive system therein for generating drive motions upon actuation of a movable handle portion operably coupled to the handle assembly. An elongated body protrudes from the... Ethicon Llc

Devices and methods for guiding surgical fasteners

Devices and methods are provided for guiding surgical fasteners. In general, the devices and methods can facilitate guidance of fasteners during deployment of the fasteners into tissue. In general, the surgical device can include one or more guidance features configured to facilitate guidance of the fasteners during ejection of the... Ethicon Llc

Tissue loading of a surgical instrument

Various ultrasonic instruments are disclosed. The ultrasonic instruments include structures configured to indicate the cutting length of the instruments, detect when grasped tissue has extended beyond the cutting length of the instrument, and prevent tissue from extending beyond the cutting length. Several techniques for each types of structures are disclosed.... Ethicon Llc

Powered surgical instrument having a transmission system

A powered surgical apparatus for engaging tissue includes a housing assembly and a movable portion operatively connected to the housing assembly. The movable portion is movable with respect to the housing assembly. In addition, the surgical apparatus includes a power source configured to supply electrical power, and a transmission system... Ethicon Llc

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

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

Ultrasonic surgical instrument with features for forming bubbles to enhance cavitation

An ultrasonic element comprises an ultrasonic transducer and a head or blade. The ultrasonic transducer is operable to convert electrical power into ultrasonic vibrations. The head or blade is in acoustic communication with the ultrasonic transducer such that the ultrasonic transducer is operable to drive the ultrasonic blade to vibrate... Ethicon Llc

Surgical instrument with tissue density sensing

An apparatus comprises an end effector, a body assembly, a power source, and a control module. The end effector is operable for use in a surgical procedure and can deliver energy to a surgical site. The end effector comprises at least one sensor. The sensor is able to measure at... Ethicon Llc

Systems and methods for controlling a segmented circuit

The present disclosure provides a method for controlling a surgical instrument. The method includes connecting a power assembly to a control circuit, wherein the power assembly is configured to provide a source voltage, energizing, by the power assembly, a voltage boost convertor circuit configured to provide a set voltage greater... Ethicon Llc

Surgical cutting and fastening instrument having rf electrodes

A surgical cutting and fastening instrument. The instrument comprises a handle and an end effector connected to the handle. The end effector comprises upper and lower opposing jaw members, wherein the upper jaw member comprises a plurality of co-linear, separately actuatable, RF electrodes.... Ethicon Llc

Tamper proof circuit for surgical instrument battery pack

A surgical instrument includes a shaft, an end effector extending distally from the shaft, and a housing extending proximally from the shaft. The housing includes a motor configured to generate at least one motion to effectuate the end effector, and a power source configured to supply power to the surgical... Ethicon Llc

Tamper proof circuit for surgical instrument battery pack

A surgical instrument includes a shaft, an end effector extending distally from the shaft, and a housing extending proximally from the shaft. The housing includes a motor configured to generate at least one motion to effectuate the end effector, and a power source configured to supply power to the surgical... Ethicon Llc

Tamper proof circuit for surgical instrument battery pack

A surgical instrument includes a shaft, an end effector extending distally from the shaft, and a housing extending proximally from the shaft. The housing includes a motor configured to generate at least one motion to effectuate the end effector, and a power source configured to supply power to the surgical... Ethicon Llc

Tamper proof circuit for surgical instrument battery pack

A surgical instrument includes a shaft, an end effector extending distally from the shaft, and a housing extending proximally from the shaft. The housing includes a motor configured to generate at least one motion to effectuate the end effector, and a power source configured to supply power to the surgical... Ethicon Llc

Ultrasonic surgical instruments

In one general aspect, various embodiments are directed to a surgical instrument that can supply mechanical energy and electrical energy to an end effector of the surgical instrument. The surgical instrument may be operated in a first operating mode in which a transducer of the surgical instrument produces mechanical energy,... Ethicon Llc

Retainer assembly including a tissue thickness compensator

A retainer for assembling tissue thickness compensators to a surgical stapler can comprise a grip, a first surface for supporting a first tissue thickness compensator, a second surface for supporting a second tissue thickness compensator, and clips for aligning and attaching the retainer to the surgical stapler. The clips may... Ethicon Llc

Surgical stapler

A surgical instrument can be provided as described herein. The surgical instrument can include a handle with first and second handle portions. One of the first and second housing portions can include a proximal latch and a proximal latch pin. The proximal latch and proximal latch pin can be configured... Ethicon Llc

Tamper proof circuit for surgical instrument battery pack

A surgical instrument includes a shaft, an end effector extending distally from the shaft, and a housing extending proximally from the shaft. The housing includes a motor configured to generate at least one motion to effectuate the end effector, and a power source configured to supply power to the surgical... Ethicon Llc

Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback

A surgical cutting and fastening instrument is disclosed. According to various embodiments, the instrument includes an end effector comprising an elongate channel, a clamping member pivotably connected to the channel, and a moveable cutting instrument for traversing the channel to cut an object clamped in the end effector by the... Ethicon Llc

Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback

A surgical cutting and fastening instrument is disclosed. According to various embodiments, the instrument includes an end effector comprising an elongate channel, a clamping member pivotably connected to the channel, and a moveable cutting instrument for traversing the channel to cut an object clamped in the end effector by the... Ethicon Llc

03/01/18 / #20180055526

Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback

A surgical cutting and fastening instrument is disclosed. According to various embodiments, the instrument includes an end effector comprising an elongate channel, a clamping member pivotably connected to the channel, and a moveable cutting instrument for traversing the channel to cut an object clamped in the end effector by the... Ethicon Llc

03/01/18 / #20180055529

Ultrasonic transducer techniques for ultrasonic surgical instrument

Disclosed is a method of fabricating an ultrasonic medical device. The method includes machining a surgical tool from a flat metal stock, contacting a face of a first transducer with a first face of the surgical tool, and contacting a face of a second transducer with an opposing face of... Ethicon Llc

03/01/18 / #20180055530

Ultrasonic transducer for surgical instrument

Disclosed is an ultrasonic medical device that may include a surgical tool having a proximal end, an end effector, and a waveguide between them, a first transducer in mechanical communication with a first face of the surgical tool, and a second transducer in mechanical communication with an opposing face of... Ethicon Llc

03/01/18 / #20180055531

Electrical and thermal connections for ultrasonic transducer

Disclosed is an ultrasonic surgical instrument comprising a transducer base plate, first and second piezoelectric elements positioned on opposite faces of the transducer base plate. The transducer base plate is coupled to a waveguide. The waveguide is electrically coupled to the first and second piezoelectric elements by a conductive adhesive.... Ethicon Llc

03/01/18 / #20180055532

Ultrasonic transducer to waveguide joining

Various ultrasonic surgical instruments are disclosed. At least one disclosed surgical instrument includes a waveguide including a blade and a transducer base plate. The transducer base plate coupled to the waveguide to define a joint at an interface between the waveguide and the transducer base plate. The transducer base plate... Ethicon Llc

03/01/18 / #20180055534

Rotation features for ultrasonic surgical instrument

An apparatus comprises a shaft assembly, an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp assembly. The shaft assembly comprises an acoustic waveguide operable to transmit ultrasonic vibrations to the blade. The clamp assembly comprises a clamp arm pivotable toward and away from the blade about a pivot axis, to clamp tissue between... Ethicon Llc

03/01/18 / #20180055559

Surgical instrument with sensor and powered control

A surgical instrument includes a temperature sensor and a control unit that is operable to deactivate an end effector of the surgical instrument. In some versions the temperature sensor detects the temperature of a transducer, while in others the temperature sensor detects the temperature of the end effector. The surgical... Ethicon Llc

03/01/18 / #20180055560

Electrosurgical device with disposable shaft having clamshell coupling

A surgical device for operating on tissue comprises an end effector, a disposable shaft assembly, and an interface assembly. The shaft assembly comprises an articulation section operable to provide deflection of the end effector relative to the longitudinal axis of the shaft. The interface assembly comprises a plurality of pivotable... Ethicon Llc

03/01/18 / #20180056095

Ultrasonic transducer to waveguide acoustic coupling, connections, and configurations

Various ultrasonic instruments are disclosed. The ultrasonic instruments include an ultrasonic waveguide acoustically coupled to an ultrasonic transducer. Several techniques for acoustically coupling the ultrasonic transducer to the ultrasonic waveguide are disclosed.... Ethicon Llc

02/22/18 / #20180049740

Method for forming a staple

A method for deforming a staple comprising a base, a first staple leg, and a second staple leg, wherein the base, the first staple leg, and the second staple leg are positioned within a common plane prior to being deformed, the method comprising positioning the first staple leg within a... Ethicon Llc

02/22/18 / #20180049767

Ultrasonic surgical instruments with control mechanisms

A surgical instrument including a shaft including a distal portion and an articulatable portion is disclosed. The articulatable portion, positioned proximal to the distal portion, includes a plurality of joint members. A first articulation cable extends through each first channel of each of the plurality of joint members and a... Ethicon Llc

02/15/18 / #20180042611

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

02/15/18 / #20180042658

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

02/15/18 / #20180042661

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

02/08/18 / #20180036061

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

02/01/18 / #20180028182

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

02/01/18 / #20180028184

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

02/01/18 / #20180028185

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

02/01/18 / #20180028210

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

02/01/18 / #20180028257

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

01/25/18 / #20180021082

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

01/25/18 / #20180021562

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

01/18/18 / #20180014827

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

01/18/18 / #20180014846

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

01/11/18 / #20180008260

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

01/11/18 / #20180008269

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

01/11/18 / #20180008270

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

01/11/18 / #20180008271

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

01/11/18 / #20180008337

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

01/11/18 / #20180008356

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

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01/11/18 / #20180008357

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

01/04/18 / #20180000479

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

01/04/18 / #20180000483

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

01/04/18 / #20180000484

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

01/04/18 / #20180000539

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

01/04/18 / #20180000545

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

12/28/17 / #20170367702

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

12/28/17 / #20170367694

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

12/28/17 / #20170367700

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

12/28/17 / #20170367751

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

12/28/17 / #20170367991

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

12/21/17 / #20170360442

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

12/21/17 / #20170360468

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

12/14/17 / #20170354409

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

12/14/17 / #20170354460

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

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12/07/17 / #20170348001

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








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