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Programmable motor driven swaging presses for attaching surgical needles to sutures

A swaging system for attaching surgical needles to sutures and testing the attachment strength includes a frame, a bottom swaging die mounted on the frame, and a top swaging die mounted on the frame and being moveable up and down along a swaging axis that is aligned with the bottom swaging die. The bottom swaging die includes a hinge mechanism with a bottom plate mounted to the frame and a top plate overlying the bottom plate. ... Ethicon Inc

Skin closure systems and devices of improved flexibility and stretchability for bendable joints

A system or device for skin closure comprises an elastic flat flexible tape elongated along a longitudinal axis and having a lower side and an opposing upper side, said tape having a pressure sensitive adhesive on at least a portion of the lower side, said tape having a plurality of openings arranged side-by-side with spaces between said openings oriented across the longitudinal axis.. . ... Ethicon Inc

Jaw assemblies having electrically isolated jaws and consistent spacing between the jaws at full closure

Surgical access devices are provided having jaw assemblies that maintain a uniform spacing between the jaws and are electrically isolated from each other in a closed configuration. The devices provided for generally include one or more electrically insulative stops associated with a tissue engaging surface of one of the jaws, with the stops being configured to engage the tissue engaging surface of the opposed jaw. ... Ethicon Inc

Surgical instrument with articulating and rotating end effector and flexible coaxial drive

Surgical instruments having articulating and rotating end effectors utilizing a flexible coaxial drive are described herein. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument is provided that includes a shaft and an end effector coupled to a distal end of the shaft by an articulation joint such that the end effector can articulate relative to a longitudinal axis of the shaft and can rotate about a longitudinal axis of the end effector. ... Ethicon Inc

Tissue thickness compensator comprising at least one medicament

In various embodiments, a tissue thickness compensator can comprise one or more capsules and/or pockets comprising at least one medicament therein. In at least one embodiment, staples can be fired through the tissue thickness compensator to rupture the capsules. ... Ethicon Inc

Swaging systems for attaching surgical needles to sutures having on-press testing of suture attachment strength

A swaging system for attaching surgical needles to sutures and testing the attachment strength includes a frame, a bottom swaging die mounted on the frame, and a top swaging die mounted on the frame and being moveable up and down along a swaging axis that is aligned with the bottom swaging die. The bottom swaging die includes a hinge mechanism with a bottom plate mounted to the frame and a top plate overlying the bottom plate. ... Ethicon Inc

Scaffolds for joining layers of tissue at discrete points

A device for joining two layers of tissue, comprises a substantially flat and flexible scaffold having an upper surface, a lower surface and sidewalls; a plurality of first passages penetrating said scaffold from said upper surface to said lower surface; a plurality of second passages penetrating said scaffold from said upper surface to said lower surface; a substantially flat and flexible top cover releasably attached to said upper surface and covering all of said upper surface; said top cover having a plurality of top cover passages aligned with said first plurality of passages.. . ... Ethicon Inc

Electrosurgical instrument with textured jaws

An electrosurgical system includes an rf current generator, a handle body, and an end effector in mechanical communication with the handle body. The end effector has a first jaw including a first electrode having a first electrode surface in electrical communication with a first terminal of the generator. ... Ethicon Inc

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. ... Ethicon Inc

Devices and methods for manually retracting a drive shaft, drive beam, and associated components of a surgical fastening

A surgical fastening device provides a mechanism for manually retracting the drive shaft, drive beam, and associated components in the event of a jamming or misfiring condition. The device includes a handle housing from which an elongate shaft extends and an end effector at a distal end of the shaft. ... Ethicon Inc

Circular needle applier with articulating and rotating shaft

A surgical suturing device has an elongate shaft has a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis between the proximal and distal ends. An actuator is connected to the proximal end of the elongate shaft. ... Ethicon Inc

Anvil layer attached to a proximal end of an end effector

An anvil-attachable layer for use with a surgical stapler, or fastening instrument, wherein a proximal end portion of the layer is attached to a staple cartridge assembly, for example. The layer may be attached to the staple cartridge assembly by an adhesive, weld, or a staple-cartridge-based clamp, wherein the attachment is weak enough to allow the layer to pull away from the staple cartridge assembly with stapled tissue. ... Ethicon Inc

Powered surgical stapler

A surgical instrument can comprise a handle, a motor, and a shaft extending from the handle. The handle and/or the shaft can define a longitudinal axis. ... Ethicon Inc

Needle cartridge with moveable cover

A needle cartridge is adapted to be attached to a receiver on a surgical suturing device. The cartridge comprises an arced needle having a leading end, a trailing end, and a length of suture. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180237821

Apparatus and method to read biological indicator

A method for detecting biological activity in a biological indicator comprises the steps of providing a known quantity of spores containing a fixed number of copies of an enzyme and a liquid growth medium comprising substrates of the enzyme. The enzyme substrates have a first emission spectrum, and are configured to be converted by the enzyme to substrate derivatives having a second emission spectrum. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235691

Software algorithms for electrosurgical instruments

A surgical system includes a module for compiling a plurality of operational parameters of the surgical system during a plurality of treatment cycles performed by the surgical system. The module includes a processor and a memory unit, the processor configured to store in the memory unit values of the plurality of operational parameters associated with each of the plurality of treatment cycles, wherein the processor is configured to identify a subset of the stored values of the plurality of operational parameters temporally proximate to an intervening event.. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235630

Hybrid mechanism for attachment of an adjunct to a surgical instrument

A hybrid attachment mechanism is provided to attach an adjunct to an end effector jaw of a surgical instrument, such as a surgical stapler. The hybrid attachment mechanism can include at least two attachment mechanisms, each configured to inhibit at least one manner of detachment from the end effector jaw. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235629

Adjunct material with mating features

An adjunct material for use with an end effector for a surgical instrument is provided that has different types of features for mating with the end effector. The adjunct is configured to be releasably retained on a jaw, such as a cartridge or anvil, using a plurality of female features formed thereon. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235626

Stapling adjunct attachment

Methods for applying one or more adjuncts to tissue are provided. In one embodiment, the method can include positioning an adjunct, e.g., using an adhesive, on one of first and second jaws of an end effector of a surgical stapler. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235625

End effector with adjunct materials

An end effector for a surgical instrument is provided that has different types of features for releasably retaining at least one adjunct material. The end effector has a first jaw having a cartridge and a second jaw having an anvil. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235624

Systems for coupling adjuncts to an end effector

An adjunct loading system is provided that can include at least one adjunct material configured to be transferred from an adjunct loading member to first and second jaws of an end effector. The loading system can also include a supporting member configured to releasably retain the adjunct material. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235623

Systems for release of adjunct in a surgical stapling device

Systems and methods for separating an adjunct from a jaw of an end effector of a surgical stapling device are provided. The end effector, including first and second jaws configured to clamp tissue therebetween, include an adjunct material releasably retained on at least one of the jaws. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235622

Surgical end effector adjunct attachment

Various embodiments of a frame for attaching an adjunct to an end effector of a surgical device are provided. In one embodiment, the end effector can include upper and lower jaws, and the frame can include features for releasably engaging one or the jaws. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235621

End effector having extension features for mating with adjuncts

An end effector for a surgical instrument is provided that has a first jaw, such as a cartridge body, having on a tissue-contacting surface thereof a plurality of staple cavities configured to seat staples therein, and a second jaw, such as an anvil, with a plurality of staple forming cavities formed on a tissue-contacting surface thereof. The first jaw has a generally rectangular nominal perimeter defining a regular perimeter around outer rows of the plurality of staple cavities. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235620

Methods and systems for mating constrictable adjunct materials with end effectors

Systems and methods for releasably coupling an adjunct material to an end effector for a surgical instrument are provided. The adjunct can be configured to be releasably retained on a jaw, such as a cartridge or anvil, using a contractible attachment feature configured to be transitioned from an original, non-contracted configuration to a contracted configuration under application of heat. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235619

Surgical stapler with bent anvil tip, angled staple cartridge tip, and tissue gripping features

A surgical instrument includes a body portion, a shaft, and an end effector that is operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The end effector includes an anvil and a staple cartridge. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235617

Buttress loader for surgical staplers

Various buttress loaders are provided for cleaning and affixing one or more buttresses to an end effector of a surgical stapler. In an exemplary embodiment, a buttress loader can be configured to clean at least one tissue-engaging surface of an end effector on a surgical stapler, and the buttress loader can be configured to attach a buttress to the at least one tissue-engaging surface of the end effector. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235616

End effector configured to mate with adjunct materials

An adjunct material for use with an end effector in a surgical instrument is provided that has at least one projection configured to mate with a corresponding recess formed in at least one jaw, such as a cartridge or anvil, of the end effector. The at least one projection can be one or more discrete projections or longitudinal projection(s) extending between distal and proximal ends of the adjunct material. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235615

Suction attachment of an adjunct to a surgical instrument

Adjuncts for use with surgical instruments, such as staplers, are provided. In one embodiment, an adjunct can include a plurality of suction members configured to attach the adjunct to an end effector jaw of a surgical stapler using a suction force. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235614

Adjunct release for surgical staplers

Various adjunct releasing mechanisms are provided herein that can be incorporated into surgical devices, such as an end effector of a surgical stapler. For example, an adjunct releasing mechanism can act to release an adjunct attached to an end effector of a surgical stapler upon deployment of staples retained within the end effector. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235613

Surgical end effector adjunct attachment

Various embodiments of a surgical end effector are provided. The end effector can include upper and lower jaws, and an anvil assembly configured to be releasably coupled to the upper and/or lower jaws. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235612

Surgical adjunct retaining mechanisms

An adjunct can be releasably retained on an end effector of a surgical tool, such as a surgical stapler, using a plurality of retaining elements. The retaining elements can be configured to retain the adjunct to the end effector with a mechanical force until a force is applied to the adjunct that overcomes the mechanical force, thereby allowing release of the adjunct from the end effector and into a patient's body.. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235611

Surgical stapler with cooperating distal tip features on anvil and staple cartridge

A surgical instrument includes a body portion, a shaft, and an end effector that is operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The end effector includes and anvil and a staple cartridge. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235610

Surgical stapler with insertable distal anvil tip

A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, and an end effector that is operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The end effector includes and anvil and a cartridge. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235609

Surgical stapler with elastically deformable tip

A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, and an end effector that is operable to compress, staple, and cut tissue. The end effector includes an anvil and a cartridge. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235606

Surgical needle coatings and methods

The present invention provides novel medical devices for use in surgical procedures and methods for manufacturing novel medical devices. In some embodiments, the novel medical devices can include surgical needles that are capable of being repeatedly passed through tissue using minimal force. ... Ethicon Inc

08/23/18 / #20180235591

Methods and devices for delivering and securing adjunct materials to a treatment site

Devices and methods for placing an adjunct at a tissue treatment site prior to delivering staples through the tissue and adjunct are provided. In one embodiment, a flowable adjunct precursor can be deposited on the surface of the tissue at the tissue treatment site. ... Ethicon Inc

08/16/18 / #20180228632

Devices and methods for anchoring an endoluminal sleeve in the gi tract

An endoluminal sleeve device for internally lining a section of the gi tract, comprises a sleeve configured for deployment inside a duodenum, the sleeve having walls of a flexible material defining a sleeve lumen, a proximal end defining a proximal lumen opening, and a distal end defining a distal lumen opening, an anchoring component having a slender transport configuration and a bulky deployed configuration, wherein the anchoring component is locatable at a distance from the proximal sleeve end and connected thereto by an elongated tether.. . ... Ethicon Inc

08/16/18 / #20180228561

Methods, systems, and devices for limiting torque in robotic surgical tools

Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for limiting torque in robotic surgical tools are provided. In general, a surgical tool can be configured to releasably and removably couple to a robotic surgical system. ... Ethicon Inc

08/16/18 / #20180228530

Electrosurgical instrument with telescoping suction port and debris cleaner

An end effector of an electrosurgical device may include one or more electrodes and a movable electrode scraper having a plurality of features in mechanical communication with a surface of the one or more electrodes and configured to move across the surface of the electrodes thereby removing biological debris adhering to the surface of the electrodes. The electrosurgical device may include a diverter in mechanical communication with the one or more electrodes. ... Ethicon Inc

08/09/18 / #20180221099

Methods, systems, and devices for controlling a motor of a robotic surgical system

Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for controlling a motor of a robotic surgical system are provided.. . ... Ethicon Inc

08/09/18 / #20180221096

Methods, systems, and devices for causing end effector motion with a robotic surgical system

Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for causing end effector motion with a robotic surgical system are provided. In general, a surgical tool can be configured to releasably and removably couple to a robotic surgical system. ... Ethicon Inc

08/09/18 / #20180221049

Actuation mechanism for use with an ultrasonic surgical instrument

An ultrasonic clamp coagulator assembly that is configured to permit selective cutting, coagulation and clamping of tissue during surgical procedures. An elongated portion of the instrument can be configured for endoscopic applications and has an outside diameter of less than 6 mm. ... Ethicon Inc

08/09/18 / #20180221044

Surgical devices with intracorporeal elbow joint

Surgical devices are disclosed herein that generally include an intracorporeal elbow joint to facilitate translational movement of an end effector while allowing a body portion of the surgical device and a trocar or working channel through which the device is inserted to be maintained in a fixed angular orientation relative to the patient. This allows a plurality of such devices to be used effectively with a single incision or access device. ... Ethicon Inc

08/09/18 / #20180221021

Braided suture with filament containing a medicant

An implantable medical device and method of making it, including a collection of filaments, including a plurality of first variety filaments made of a first polymeric material and at least one second variety filament, and optionally at least one third variety of filament, wherein the second variety filament is coated or impregnated with a first biomedically useful agent and, if present, the third variety of filament is coated or impregnated with a second biomedically useful agent different from the first biomedically useful agent.. . ... Ethicon Inc

08/09/18 / #20180221018

Control features for motorized surgical stapling instrument

An apparatus includes a body, a motorized end effector, and a control system. The end effector extends distally from the body and comprises a stapling assembly operable to drive staples into tissue. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180216881

Apparatus and method for detecting moisture in a vacuum chamber

A method of using a vacuum chamber to assist in detecting moisture on an instrument, removing moisture from the instrument, and confirming dryness of the instrument is disclosed. The method may include the steps of opening a vacuum chamber; placing an instrument into the chamber, closing the chamber, withdrawing a first volume of air from the chamber; changing a volume of liquid water into vapor, introducing a second volume of air into the chamber, withdrawing the second volume of air from the chamber, changing a second volume of liquid water into vapor, introducing a third volume of air into the chamber, opening the chamber, and removing the instrument from the chamber in a dry state. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214224

Locking articulating robotic surgical tools

Various exemplary systems, devices, and methods are provided for locking articulating surgical tools. In general, a surgical tool can include an elongate shaft having at a distal end thereof an end effector configured to engage tissue. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214219

Robotic surgical system and methods for articulation calibration

Systems and methods for articulation calibration of a surgical tool configured to be coupled to a robotic surgical system are provided. The tool including a tool shaft with an end effector has at least one linkage member extending along the shaft and operably coupled to the end effector such that force selectively applied to the linkage member is able to cause articulation of the end effector. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214218

Surgical tool rotation measurement

Methods and devices are provided for robotic surgery, and in particular for measuring a rotational position of elongate shafts of surgical tools. For example, a surgical tool is provided with an elongate shaft having an end effector at a distal end thereof. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214199

Electrosurgical instrument with passive articulation and thermal insulation

Electrosurgical instruments with passive articulation and thermal insulation are described herein. Such instruments can provide the advantages associated with passive articulation while protecting tissue and other structures from unintentional thermal damage when an end effector is pressed thereagainst to effect articulation while at an elevated temperature due to use. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214168

Resisting torque in articulating surgical tools

Various exemplary systems, devices, and methods are provided for resisting torque in articulating surgical tools. In general, a surgical tool can include an elongate shaft having at a distal end thereof an end effector configured to engage tissue. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214167

Calibration of a robotic surgical tool

Systems and methods for calibration of a shaft of a surgical tool are provided. The tool includes an elongate shaft configured to be coupled to an electromechanical arm of a robotic surgical system and having an end effector coupled to a distal end thereof, the shaft being rotatable about its longitudinal axis. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214154

Non-magnetic fragmentable tissue compression devices

Devices are used to modify a metabolic pathway of a digestive system by creating a pathway within the intestinal tract through an anastomosis between a proximal location within the intestinal tract and a distal location within the intestinal tract. An anastomosis compression assembly includes a first portion and a second portion, each including two or more segments securely fixed together by a pair of degradable joining members, and each further including interlocking mechanisms. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214153

Tissue compression assemblies with biodegradable interlinks

Devices are used to modify a metabolic pathway of a digestive system by creating a pathway within the intestinal tract through an anastomosis between a proximal location within the intestinal tract and a distal location within the intestinal tract. A magnetic anastomosis compression device includes a first arm, a second arm, a resilient member, and a pair of magnets. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214152

Tissue compression device with features to contain needles and suture during packaging and placement in body

An exemplary tissue compression device for forming an anastomosis includes a first device portion having a first mating surface, a first base wall recessed from the first mating surface so as to define a first inner recess, and a first set of suture bores extending through the first base wall and opening to an outer periphery of the first device portion. A second device portion of the device has a second mating surface, a second base wall recessed from the second mating surface so as to define a second inner recess, and a second set of suture bores extending through the second base wall and opening to an outer periphery of the second device portion. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214151

Battery powered electromagnetic tissue compression device

An exemplary tissue compression device for forming an anastomosis between first and second anatomical structures includes a first device portion and a second device portion configured to mate with the first device portion. The first and second device portions are configured to magnetically draw together to compress tissue positioned therebetween. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214150

Magnetic tissue compression device with backup mechanical latch

A tissue compression device for forming an anastomosis between first and second anatomical structures may include a first device portion having a first magnetic member and a second device portion having a second magnetic member. The magnetic members are configured to magnetically draw together the first and second device portions to compress tissue positioned therebetween. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214149

Elongated tissue compression device system with smooth outer contour and orthogonal curved aligning surfaces

An exemplary tissue compression device for forming an anastomosis between first and second anatomical structures includes a first device portion having a first mating surface, and a second device portion having a second mating surface configured to mate with the first mating surface to compress tissue positioned therebetween. Each of the first and second mating surfaces includes a contoured portion, and the contoured portions are configured to mate with one another to facilitate alignment of the first and second device portions. ... Ethicon Inc

08/02/18 / #20180214077

Meal detection devices and methods

Devices and methods for detecting meal intake are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, one or more sensors can be used to detect or monitor physiological parameters of a user (e.g., heart rate, body movements, temperature, ph, impedance, gastric stretch, sound emissions, and the like). ... Ethicon Inc

07/26/18 / #20180207014

Modified apparatus for food extraction and obesity treatment

A device that is inserted through the abdominal wall and into the digestive tract of a human is disclosed. The device may be placed through a method such as percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (peg). ... Ethicon Inc

07/26/18 / #20180206904

Articulating electrosurgical tools

Various exemplary systems, devices, and methods for articulating electrosurgical tools are provided. In general, a surgical tool can be configured to articulate in two planes by selectively pivoting at first and second joints of the surgical tool. ... Ethicon Inc

07/26/18 / #20180206881

Ergonomic surgical instruments

A handle assembly for a handheld surgical instrument is disclosed. The handle assembly may include a body portion extending parallel to a longitudinal axis, a fixed handle interfaced with the body portion and extending downwardly from the body portion and away from the longitudinal axis, and a detachable handle portion. ... Ethicon Inc

07/26/18 / #20180206844

Surgical stapling buttresses and adjunct materials

A buttress material for use with a surgical staple cartridge. In various forms, the buttress material comprises a buttress body that is sized to be operably received on a deck of the surgical staple cartridge. ... Ethicon Inc

07/26/18 / #20180206843

Secondary battery arrangements for powered surgical instruments

A power system, for powering a surgical instrument including an end effector and a motor configured to generate at least one motion to effectuate the end effector, includes a primary power source configured to supply a first power to operate the surgical instrument, wherein the primary power source is detachable from the surgical instrument, a secondary power source configured to supply a second power to operate the surgical instrument when the primary power source is detached from the surgical instrument, wherein the secondary power source is rechargeable, and wherein the primary power source is configured to charge the secondary power system, and a power management circuit configured to selectively transmit the first power from the primary power source and the secondary power from the secondary power source to operate the surgical instrument.. . ... Ethicon Inc

07/19/18 / #20180200094

Passive caloric bypass device

A novel medical device for treating obesity is disclosed. The device is inserted through the oral cavity and into the digestive tract of a human. ... Ethicon Inc

07/19/18 / #20180200009

Surgical system and methods for mimicked motion

The present invention generally provides methods and devices for controlling movement of an end effector, and in particular for causing mimicked motion between an input tool and an end effector during a surgical procedure. In an exemplary embodiment, a surgical system is provided having a master assembly with an input tool and a slave assembly with an end effector. ... Ethicon Inc

07/19/18 / #20180199957

Dual purpose surgical instrument for cutting and coagulating tissue

An ultrasonic surgical instrument is disclosed. The ultrasonic surgical instrument may include: a housing, a motor assembly supported by the housing, a cutting blade, wherein a proximal end of the cutting blade is configured to be removably coupled to the motor assembly, an ultrasonic transducer assembly supported by the housing, an ultrasonic blade, wherein a proximal end of the ultrasonic blade is configured to be removably coupled to the ultrasonic transducer assembly, and an outer sheath configured to support the cutting blade and the ultrasonic blade, wherein a proximal end of the outer sheath is configured to be removably coupled to the housing.. ... Ethicon Inc

07/19/18 / #20180199934

Surgical suturing instrument cartridge with needle release feature

A surgical instrument includes a body, a shaft, a cartridge receiving assembly, a suture cartridge, and a cage securement. The suture cartridge is configured to be received within the cartridge receiving assembly and has a cartridge body, a needle, a drive assembly, and a cage. ... Ethicon Inc

07/19/18 / #20180199932

Suturing instrument with motorized needle drive

A surgical instrument includes a body, at least one user input feature, an elongate shaft, a needle applier, and a motor. The needle applier includes a needle and a drive assembly coupled to the needle. ... Ethicon Inc

07/12/18 / #20180193513

Apparatus and method for detecting moisture in a vacuum chamber

A method of operating a sterilization system having a vacuum chamber for sterilizing instruments, the chamber connected to a reservoir of sterilant by a valve in a closed state, is disclosed. The method may include taking a baseline humidity measurement while the pressure within the chamber is a first pressure, lowering the pressure within the chamber to a conditioning pressure, maintaining the conditioning pressure for a dwell time, increasing the pressure within the chamber, acquiring a second humidity measurement from within the chamber, and comparing the baseline humidity measurement to the second humidity measurement.. ... Ethicon Inc

07/12/18 / #20180193020

Surgical stapler with reversible polarity

A method for resetting a stapling apparatus includes providing an apparatus with a cam member in a fired position. A circuit of the apparatus is then changed from a first polarity state to a second polarity state. ... Ethicon Inc

07/12/18 / #20180193017

Methods, systems and devices for attaching surgical sutures to surgical needles and testing armed surgical needles

A method of attaching a surgical suture to a needle and testing the attachment includes dispensing a length of suture from a spool by using a first suture gripper, and using a surgical needle gripper for holding a surgical needle stationary. A leading end of the suture is inserted into and attached to a receiving end of the surgical needle. ... Ethicon Inc

07/12/18 / #20180193010

Scaffolds for implanting absorbable hemostats in field conditions

The present invention relates generally to agents and devices for promoting hemostasis and, more particularly, to bioresorbable hemostatic pads or patches releasably supported on non-resorbable scaffolds for ease of delivery in the field. A sealant and/or hemostat delivery device comprises a resorbable hemostatic pad having a wound facing side and an opposite back side, with a hemostatic and/or wound sealing agent disposed on the wound facing side; a non-resorbable scaffold having an attachment zone on said scaffold; wherein said hemostatic pad is releasably attached with the back side to the attachment zone. ... Ethicon Inc

07/05/18 / #20180187142

Self-contained biological indicator

A self contained biological indicator is disclosed having a housing and an ampule disposed within the housing, the ampule having a first dome, a second dome and a sidewall. A cap may be coupled to the housing. ... Ethicon Inc

07/05/18 / #20180186938

Silicone compositions rapidly cross-linkable at ambient temperatures and methods of making and using same

Provided are rapidly cross-linkable silicone compositions, systems, kits, and methods for filling implanted medical devices in situ, the implanted medical devices, including for example, body implants and tissue expanders, the compositions including a platinum divinyl disiloxane complex; a low viscosity vinyl terminated polydimethylsiloxane; a low viscosity hydride terminated polydimethylsiloxane; and a silicone cross-linker, where the rapidly cross-linkable silicone composition has a viscosity of ≤150 cps for ≥1 min. Post-preparation and ≤300 cps ≤5 min. ... Ethicon Inc

07/05/18 / #20180185137

Silicone foam compositions rapidly cross-linkable at ambient temperatures and methods of making and using same

Provided are rapidly cross-linkable silicone foam compositions, kits, and methods for filling implanted medical devices in situ or in vivo, the implanted medical devices, including for example, body implants and tissue expanders, the compositions including a platinum divinyl disiloxane complex; a low viscosity vinyl terminated polydimethylsiloxane; a low viscosity hydride terminated polydimethylsiloxane; a silicone cross-linker; and a gas and/or gas-filled microcapsules, where the rapidly cross-linkable silicone foam composition has a viscosity of ≤150 cps for ≥1 min. Post-preparation and ≤300 cps≤5 min. ... Ethicon Inc

06/28/18 / #20180177978

Rigid and flexible laparoscopic multiple component material dispensing devices and methods

A dispensing device to deliver a multiple component material to a location in vivo, the device including a manifold having proximal and distal ends and multiple separate lumens within it, connectable on its proximal end to multiple syringes for containing the multiple component material, a distal tip assembly comprising a tip connector having separate side-by-side lumens within the tip connector and optionally a dispensing tip, and multiple flexible side-by-side cannulae, each having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal ends of the cannulae each connected to a separate lumen at the distal end of the manifold, and the distal ends of the cannulae each connected to one of the side-by-side lumens of the tip connector, establishing a fluid communication between the manifold and the distal tip assembly, wherein said side-by-side cannulae are optionally partially connected along their length and are split at their proximal and distal ends.. . ... Ethicon Inc

06/28/18 / #20180177545

Electrosurgical devices

A surgical instrument including a handle assembly and an end effector, including a first jaw pivotably coupled to a second jaw, is disclosed. The handle assembly may comprise a jaw position sensor comprising a switch, a closure trigger, and a clamp spring actuatable by the closure trigger. ... Ethicon Inc

06/28/18 / #20180177521

Actuation mechanism for use with an ultrasonic surgical instrument

An ultrasonic clamp coagulator assembly that is configured to permit selective cutting, coagulation and clamping of tissue during surgical procedures. An elongated portion of the instrument can be configured for endoscopic applications and has an outside diameter of less than 6 mm. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168760

Methods and systems for coupling a surgical tool to a tool driver of a robotic surgical system

Systems and methods are provided for coupling a robotic surgical tool with a tool driver of a robotic surgical system via a sterile barrier disposed between the tool and the tool driver. The sterile barrier can have a housing configured to accommodate proximal portions of a plurality of actuation members of the tool driver when the sterile barrier is coupled to the tool driver. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168755

Surgical system with voice control

A surgical system includes a plurality of voice sensors located in a surgical environment and configured to detect sound and generate a first plurality of signals. The surgical system also includes a position indicator, in proximity to a designated user, configured to indicate a first position of the designated user and generate a second signal representative of the first position. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168754

Robotic surgical system with selective motion control decoupling

Robotic surgical systems are provided for control of an end effector in response to actuation of a user interface device based upon different control states. In each control state, selected movement directions of the user interface device are either coupled to or decoupled from corresponding movements directions of the end effector. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168746

Trocar attachment devices and methods

Methods and devices are provided for attaching a trocar to a surgical arm. For example, a surgical system is provided that has a trocar with a housing and a cannula extending distally from the housing. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168745

Robotic endocutter drivetrain with bailout and manual opening

Various embodiments of tool assemblies are provided having at least one rotary input coupling and at least one linear input coupling for allowing either a rotary output or a linear output (e.g., from a tool driver on a surgical robot) to activate at least one mechanism of the tool assembly. For example, mechanisms of the tool assembly can include a clamping assembly, a firing assembly, an articulation assembly, and a roll assembly. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168744

Methods and systems for coupling a surgical tool to a tool driver of a robotic surgical system

Systems and methods are provided for coupling a robotic surgical tool with a tool driver of a robotic surgical system via a sterile barrier disposed between the tool and the driver. The tool has an elongate shaft and an end effector coupled thereto, as well as a mating interface member having a plurality of independently movable portions and a plurality of coupling features disposed about a perimeter of an outer wall of the mating interface member. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168743

Trocar simulation

Methods and devices are provided for supporting an elongate shaft on a surgical tool during robotic surgery. For example, a tool holder is provided with an elongate carrier arm configured to couple to a distal end of a surgical robotic arm. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168741

Surgical system with augmented reality display

A surgical system includes a detector that includes an array of pixels configured to detect light reflected by a surgical device and generate a first signal. The first signal includes a first dataset representative of a visible image of the surgical device. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168734

Hot device indication of video display

A surgical system includes a first detector that includes a first array of pixels configured to detect light reflected by a surgical instrument and generate a first signal comprising a first dataset representative of a visible image of the surgical instrument. The surgical system also includes a second detector, comprising a second array of pixels configured to detect infrared radiation produced by the surgical instrument during a procedure using the surgical instrument and generate a second signal comprising a second dataset representative of an infrared image of the surgical instrument. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168733

Robotic surgical system with virtual control panel for tool actuation

A surgical system includes a detector, comprising an array of pixels configured to detect light reflected by a surgical instrument and generate a first signal comprising a first dataset representative of a visible image of the surgical instrument. The surgical system also includes a processor configured to receive the first signal, generate a modified image of the surgical instrument that includes a control panel. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168715

Visual displays of electrical pathways

Surgical tools are provided herein that have a housing and an elongate tool shaft extending from the housing with an end effector on a distal end thereof. The end effectors deliver electrical energy onto and/or through tissue, and the end effectors are configured to display at least one location of one or more paths of the electrical energy through the end effector.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168689

Trocar support

Various trocars and trocar supports are provided for allowing an insufflation port on the trocar to be coupled through the trocar support to an insufflation fluid. In one embodiment, the trocar includes a housing, a cannula extending through the housing, and an insufflation port projecting from the housing. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168688

Trocar with reduced profile

Methods and devices are provided for various insufflation sealing approaches for a trocar. For example, a trocar is provided that has a housing and a cannula extending therefrom. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168681

Ultrasonic robotic tool actuation

Described herein include various embodiments of a tool assembly for performing endoscopic surgery that can be used manually and/or with a robotic surgical system. The tool assembly can include a shaft assembly that extends from a housing of the tool assembly. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168680

Surgical instruments

A surgical instrument that may include a housing, a transducer engaged with the housing which can produce vibrations, and an end-effector engaged with the transducer. The surgical instrument can further include an adjustable sheath extending from the housing where the sheath is movable relative to the distal tip of the end-effector and where the distance between the distal tip of the sheath and the distal tip of the end-effector can be set such that the sheath can act as a depth stop. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168677

Robotic endocutter drivetrain with bailout and manual opening

Various embodiments of tool assemblies are provided having at least one rotary input coupling and at least one linear input coupling for allowing either a rotary output or a linear output (e.g., from a tool driver on a surgical robot) to activate at least one mechanism of the tool assembly. For example, mechanisms of the tool assembly can include a clamping assembly, a firing assembly, an articulation assembly, and a roll assembly. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168671

Robotic endocutter drivetrain with bailout and manual opening

Various embodiments of tool assemblies are provided having at least one rotary input coupling and at least one linear input coupling for allowing either a rotary output or a linear output (e.g., from a tool driver on a surgical robot) to activate at least one mechanism of the tool assembly. For example, mechanisms of the tool assembly can include a clamping assembly, a firing assembly, an articulation assembly, and a roll assembly. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168651

Surgical end effectors and adaptable firing members therefor

Surgical end effectors are disclosed. The surgical end effectors can include a first jaw, a second jaw, and a firing member configured to translate relative to the first jaw and the second jaw during a firing stroke. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168650

Connection portions for disposable loading units for surgical stapling instruments

A disposable loading unit includes an end effector that has an anvil, an elongate channel, and a staple cartridge removably coupled to the elongate channel, wherein at least one of the anvil and the elongate channel is movable to capture tissue between the anvil and the staple cartridge. A connector portion extends proximally from the end effector, wherein the connector portion comprises a hollow body defining a longitudinal axis therethrough. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168649

Articulatable surgical stapling instruments

A surgical instrument that includes a shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis and includes a proximal articulation joint that defines a first articulation axis that is transverse to the shaft axis and a distal articulation joint that defines a second articulation axis that is transverse to the shaft axis and the first articulation axis. The instrument further includes an anvil that is non-removably attached to the shaft assembly and a channel that is removably attachable to the shaft assembly and configured to operably support a surgical staple cartridge.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168648

Durability features for end effectors and firing assemblies of surgical stapling instruments

A surgical instrument includes an end effector that has a staple cartridge having staples, and an anvil including staple forming pockets. The surgical instrument further includes a firing assembly movable to cause the staples to be deformed against the forming pockets. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168647

Surgical stapling instruments having end effectors with positive opening features

A surgical end effector includes a shaft portion, an anvil extending distally from the shaft portion, and a staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples. The surgical end effector also includes an elongate channel configured to receive the staple cartridge, wherein the elongate channel is movable relative to the anvil between an open configuration and a closed configuration to capture tissue between the anvil and the staple cartridge. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168646

Lockout arrangements for surgical end effectors

Surgical end effectors having an empty and missing cartridge lockout are disclosed. The surgical end effectors can comprise a first jaw, a second jaw rotatably coupled to the first jaw, and a multi-function firing member configured to translate during a firing stroke, wherein the firing member comprises a notch. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168645

Surgical end effectors and firing members thereof

Surgical end effectors are disclosed. The surgical end effectors can include a first jaw and a second jaw comprising a closure surface and an opening surface. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168644

Lockout arrangements for surgical end effectors and replaceable tool assemblies

Surgical end effectors are disclosed. The surgical end effectors can include a first jaw, a second jaw rotatably coupled to the first jaw, and a lockout arrangement configured to prevent rotational movement of the second jaw toward the first jaw unless an unfired staple cartridge is positioned in the first jaw. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168643

Stepped staple cartridge with tissue retention and gap setting features

A staple cartridge includes a stepped cartridge deck. The staple cartridge further includes tissue retention features configured to resist tissue slippage while tissue is captured between the staple cartridge and an anvil.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168642

Surgical stapling instruments and replaceable tool assemblies thereof

Interchangeable surgical tool assemblies are disclosed. The interchangeable surgical tool assemblies can include an end effector including a first jaw, a second jaw, and a sled configured to translate relative to the first jaw and the second jaw. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168641

Surgical instruments with lockout arrangements for preventing firing system actuation unless an unspent staple cartridge is present

A surgical end effector that includes a first jaw that is configured to operably support a surgical staple cartridge therein and a second jaw. The first and second jaws are supported for selective movement between an open position and a closed position relative to each other. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168640

Surgical instruments with positive jaw opening features

A surgical instrument that includes first and second jaws that are movable about a fixed jaw axis between a fully open position and a fully closed position relative to each other. A closure member is configured to move the first and second jaws from the fully open position to the fully closed position when the closure member is moved in a first direction. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168639

Surgical end effectors with expandable tissue stop arrangements

A surgical end effector that includes first and second jaws that are selectively movable between a fully open position and a fully closed position relative to each other. At least one expandable tissue stop is located on one of the first and second jaws and is configured to extend between first and second jaw surfaces on the first and second jaws as the first and second jaws move between the fully open and the fully closed positions.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168638

Firing members with non-parallel jaw engagement features for surgical end effectors

A surgical instrument that includes a shaft axis and first and second jaws that are configured to move relative to each other about a fixed jaw axis between a fully open position and a fully closed position. A firing member is configured to move between a starting position and an ending position. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168637

Methods of stapling tissue

A method of stapling tissue is disclosed. The method can include obtaining a staple cartridge including a plurality of staples, wherein each staple has a base and a leg extending from the base. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168636

Surgical instruments with jaw opening features for increasing a jaw opening distance

A surgical instrument that includes a first jaw and a second jaw that is pivotally coupled to the first jaw. The second jaw is configured to pivot about a pivot axis that is constrained to only move along a vertical axis and is selectively movable between a fully open position and a fully closed position relative to the first jaw. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168635

Surgical tool assemblies with closure stroke reduction features

A surgical tool assembly that includes a surgical end effector that has first and second jaws that are movable between a fully open position and a fully closed position relative to each other. A proximal closure member is configured to move through a first closure stroke distance upon application of a closure input motion thereto. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168634

Staple cartridges and arrangements of staples and staple cavities therein

A staple cartridge is disclosed. The staple cartridge can include a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities defined therein. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168633

Surgical stapling instruments and staple-forming anvils

An adaptor for an end effector is disclosed. The adaptor can include a staple cartridge having a plurality of staple cavities and a plurality of staples positioned in the staple cavities. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168632

Staple cartridges and arrangements of staples and staple cavities therein

A staple cartridge is disclosed. The staple cartridge can include a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities defined therein. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168631

Surgical stapling instruments and staple-forming anvils

An anvil for a surgical end effector is disclosed. The anvil can have a staple-forming surface having a plurality of pockets defined therein. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168630

Surgical tool assemblies with clutching arrangements for shifting between closure systems with closure stroke reduction features and articulation and firing systems

A tool assembly for use with a closure actuator that is configured to move a first axial closure distance upon actuation thereof. A surgical end effector is operably coupled to a shaft assembly. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168629

Staple cartridges and arrangements of staples and staple cavities therein

A staple cartridge is disclosed. The staple cartridge can have a longitudinal axis and a cartridge body having a deck, wherein a plurality of staple cavities can be defined in the cartridge body. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168628

Articulatable surgical end effector with asymmetric shaft arrangement

A surgical tool assembly. A surgical end effector is movably coupled to a shaft assembly by an articulation joint that is configured to facilitate selective articulation of the surgical end effector relative to the shaft assembly. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168627

No-cartridge and spent cartridge lockout arrangements for surgical staplers

A surgical end effector. A first jaw is configured to operably support a surgical staple cartridge. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168626

Closure members with cam surface arrangements for surgical instruments with separate and distinct closure and firing systems

A surgical instrument with separate closure and firing systems for applying closure and firing motions. In one form, the surgical instrument includes a hollow closure member and a firing member. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168625

Surgical stapling instruments with smart staple cartridges

A surgical instrument includes an anvil and an elongate channel. The elongate channel includes a plurality of first electrical contacts and a plurality of electrical connectors comprising a plurality of second electrical contacts, wherein the electrical connectors are spring-biased such that a gap is maintained between the first electrical contacts and the second electrical contacts. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168624

Surgical instrument with primary and safety processors

A surgical instrument includes a motor operably coupled to a firing member, wherein the motor is configured to generate at least one rotational motion to motivate the firing member to cause staples to be deployed during a firing stroke. The surgical instrument includes a primary processor configured to determine a first acceleration of the firing member during the firing stroke, and compare the first acceleration to predetermined threshold acceleration. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168623

Surgical stapling systems

A system is disclosed. The system can comprise an end effector configured to receive a compatible replaceable staple cartridge, wherein the end effector comprises a first outer surface, and wherein a classifying identification of the end effector is inscribed on the first outer surface. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168622

Surgical instrument with multiple failure response modes

A surgical instrument includes a failure response system with a first circuit configured to detect a first operational error of the powered surgical stapling and cutting instrument, and a control circuit configured to activate a first failure response mode if the first operational error is detected.. . ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168621

Surgical staple cartridge with movable camming member configured to disengage firing member lockout features

A surgical staple cartridge for use with a surgical end effector that includes a lock member that is movable between a locked configuration wherein a firing member is prevented from axial travel through the surgical end effector and an unlocked configuration wherein the firing member is axially advanceable. The staple cartridge includes a cartridge body that supports a cam assembly therein that is movable between a starting position and an ending position. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168620

Staple forming pocket arrangements

In various embodiments, a stapling assembly is disclosed. The stapling assembly comprises, among other things, an anvil configured to deform staples. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168619

Surgical stapling systems

A system is disclosed. The system can comprise a replaceable staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples, a proximal laterally-protruding lug, and a distal laterally-protruding lug. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168618

Surgical stapling systems

A system for stapling tissue is disclosed. The system can include a channel and a compatible staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168617

Staple cartridge comprising staples with different clamping breadths

A staple cartridge assembly is disclosed which comprises first staples including a drive portion and a clenching portion offset from the drive portion by a first distance and, in addition, second staples including a drive portion and a clenching portion offset from the drive portion by a second distance which is different than the first distance.. . ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168616

Firing member pin angle

A surgical instrument comprising a first jaw, a second jaw, and a firing member is disclosed. The firing member comprises one or more cams configured to position the first jaw relative to the second jaw. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168615

Method of deforming staples from two different types of staple cartridges with the same surgical stapling instrument

Methods for providing and using a surgical instrument system are disclosed.. . ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168614

Anvil arrangements for surgical staplers

An anvil for a surgical stapler. In at least one form, the anvil includes an elongate anvil body portion that has an upper portion and a staple forming undersurface. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168613

Surgical instruments with jaws that are pivotable about a fixed axis and include separate and distinct closure and firing systems

A surgical instrument with first and second jaws that are pivotally supported relative to each other for pivotal travel about a fixed pivot axis between open and closed positions. A firing member is movably supported for selective axial travel between starting and ending positions within at least one the jaws and is configured to engage both jaws when the jaws are in a closed position. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168612

Surgical staplers with independently actuatable closing and firing systems

A surgical instrument with separate actuatable closure and firing systems for closing a movable jaw and actuating a firing member. In one form, the surgical instrument comprises an elastic spine assembly that includes a proximal spine portion and a distal spine portion that is elastically coupled to the proximal spine portion for axial movement relative thereto between a neutral position and an elongated position such that during actuation of the firing system results in an increased application of closure motions to the movable jaw without actuating the closure system.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168611

Anvil having a knife slot width

A surgical instrument comprising an anvil and a firing member is disclosed. The anvil comprises longitudinal rows of staple forming pockets including inner rows of forming pockets, outer rows of forming pockets, and intermediate rows of forming pockets positioned between the inner rows of forming pockets and the outer rows of forming pockets. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168610

Firing assembly comprising a multiple failed-state fuse

Surgical instruments are disclosed comprising a firing assembly including a fuse having a plurality of operating states.. . ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168609

Firing assembly comprising a fuse

Surgical instruments are disclosed which comprise a firing assembly configured to apply a firing load to an end effector of the surgical instrument during a firing stroke. The firing assembly comprises a fuse configured to interrupt the firing stroke and/or prevent the firing load from being applied to the end effector.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168608

Surgical instrument system comprising an end effector lockout and a firing assembly lockout

Surgical stapling instruments are disclosed comprising a staple cartridge, a firing member, and a cartridge lockout configured to prevent the firing member from being advanced through the staple cartridge if the staple cartridge has been already spent. The stapling instruments further comprise a lockout in the shaft that responds to the cartridge lockout blocking the firing member.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168607

Firing member pin configurations

A surgical instrument comprising a first jaw, a second jaw, and a firing member is disclosed. The firing member comprises one or more cams configured to position the first jaw relative to the second jaw. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168606

Firing assembly comprising a lockout

Surgical instruments are disclosed which comprise a firing assembly configured to apply a firing force to an end effector. The surgical instruments further comprise a firing force lockout configured to stop and/or prevent a firing stroke of the firing assembly.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168605

Staple firing member comprising a missing cartridge and/or spent cartridge lockout

Surgical stapling instruments are disclosed comprising missing staple cartridge and/or spent cartridge lockouts. In various instances, such lockouts are positioned in a shaft of the surgical stapling instruments.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168604

Closure member arrangements for surgical instruments

A closure member for applying a closure motion to a movable jaw of a surgical instrument. In at least one form, the closure member comprises a closure body that defines an outer surface and an inner surface. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168603

Surgical instrument comprising a cutting member

Surgical instruments are disclosed which comprise an improved staple firing and/or tissue cutting member.. . ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168602

Staple cartridge and staple cartridge channel comprising windows defined therein

A surgical instrument is disclosed comprising a cartridge jaw and a series of windows in the cartridge jaw configured to permit a clinician to observe the firing progress of the surgical instrument.. . ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168601

Staple forming pocket arrangements comprising primary sidewalls and pocket sidewalls

In various embodiments, a stapling assembly is disclosed. The stapling assembly comprises, among other things, an anvil configured to deform staples. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168600

Surgical instrument comprising improved jaw control

Surgical instruments are disclosed which comprise improved jaw control. In at least one instance, a surgical instrument is configured to apply an increased clamping force at a distal tip of the instrument. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168599

Staple forming pocket arrangement to accommodate different types of staples

A surgical stapling system is disclosed. In various embodiments, the system comprises a staple cartridge attachment portion, a first staple cartridge configured to be operably attached to the cartridge attachment portion, wherein the first cartridge comprises a plurality of first staples comprising first staple legs, and a second staple cartridge configured to be operably attached to the cartridge attachment portion in lieu of the first cartridge, wherein the second cartridge comprises a plurality of second staples comprising second staple legs, and wherein the second staples are different than the first staples. ... Ethicon Inc








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