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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06/21/18 / #20180168598

Staple forming pocket arrangements comprising zoned forming surface grooves

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 / #20180168597

Method for resetting a fuse of a surgical instrument shaft

Methods for resetting a fuse in a surgical instrument are disclosed.. . ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168596

Shaft assembly comprising first and second articulation lockouts

An end effector is disclosed which comprises a shaft, an end effector rotatably connected to the shaft about an articulation joint, and an articulation driver configured to rotate the end effector about the articulation joint. The end effector further comprises a first articulation lock configured to engage the end effector and a second articulation lock configured to engage the articulation driver which co-operatively prevent the end effector from rotating relative to the shaft, when actuated. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168595

Shaft assembly comprising a lockout

An end effector is disclosed comprising a cartridge channel, a staple cartridge positionable in the cartridge channel, and a firing assembly configured to lock itself if the staple cartridge is not positioned in the cartridge channel. Moreover, the firing assembly is configured to lock itself if the staple cartridge has been at least partially spent.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168594

Bilaterally asymmetric staple forming pocket pairs

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 / #20180168593

Surgical system comprising a firing member rotatable into an articulation state to articulate an end effector of the surgical system

A surgical instrument is disclosed comprising an end effector, a frame, an articulation system configured rotate the end effector relative to the frame, and a firing system configured to perform a firing stroke within the end effector. The firing system is selectively engageable with the articulation system to rotate the end effector. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168592

Shaft assembly comprising a clutch configured to adapt the output of a rotary firing member to two different systems

A shaft assembly is disclosed which is usable with a surgical system, such as a surgical robot and/or a handle of a surgical instrument, for example. The shaft assembly is configured to receive a rotary input motion from the surgical system and a transmission, or clutch, which is shiftable between a first operating mode and a second operating mode to selectively transmit the rotary input motion to a first drive system and a second drive system.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168591

Shaft assembly comprising separately actuatable and retractable systems

A shaft assembly is disclosed which comprises an end effector configurable in an open configuration and a closed configuration, a closure system configured to transition the end effector toward the closed configuration during a closure stroke, a firing member movable through a firing stroke, and a frame. In various instances, the shaft assembly comprises a first bailout configured to shift the frame in order to open the end effector and a second, independent, bailout configured to retract the firing member during and/or after the firing stroke. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168590

Shaft assembly comprising a manually-operable retraction system for use with a motorized surgical instrument system

A shaft assembly is disclosed which is selectively attachable to a variety of surgical systems, such as a handle of a surgical instrument and an arm of a robotic system, for example. The shaft assembly comprises, one, a firing member operably couplable with the surgical systems which is configured to perform a firing stroke and, two, a manually-operable crank for retracting the firing member after a portion of the firing stroke has been performed.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168589

Method for attaching a shaft assembly to a surgical instrument and, alternatively, to a surgical robot

Methods for selectively attaching a shaft assembly to a handle of a surgical instrument and an arm of a surgical robot are disclosed.. . ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168587

Cartridge assembly

The present utility model provides a cartridge assembly comprising a cartridge having a plurality of staple-containing slots for containing surgical staplers; a stapler driver with a plurality of tips for driving the surgical staplers; and a casing for housing the stapler driver, wherein the casing is provided with openings for delivering a medium in its side area corresponding to the plurality of tips.. . ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168586

Staple cartridge with deformable driver retention features

A staple cartridge assembly includes staple pockets, staples deployable from the staple pockets into tissue, and staple drivers movable from a starting position to deploy the staples into the tissue. The staple drivers comprise deformable retention features configured to maintain the staple drivers at the starting positions.. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168585

Stepped staple cartridge with asymmetrical staples

A surgical instrument includes a staple cartridge that defines a stepped deck. The surgical instrument further includes a staple comprised of seamless unitary structure. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168584

Surgical stapling instruments and staple-forming anvils

An anvil for a surgical end effector is disclosed. The anvil can include a staple-forming surface, wherein pockets are defined in the staple-forming surface. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168583

Articulatable surgical instruments with articulation stroke amplification features

A surgical tool assembly that includes an elongate shaft that has an end effector coupled thereto for selective articulation relative to the shaft. A first articulation link operably interfaces with a source of articulation motions configured to selectively axially move the first articulation link a first axial distance in a first articulation direction. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168582

Laterally actuatable articulation lock arrangements for locking an end effector of a surgical instrument in an articulated configuration

A surgical instrument that includes an elongate shaft that has an end effector coupled thereto for selective articulation relative to the shaft. At least one articulation link operably interfaces with a source of articulation motions and is coupled to the end effector for applying articulation motions thereto. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168581

Articulation lock arrangements for locking an end effector in an articulated position in response to actuation of a jaw closure system

A surgical instrument that includes a surgical end effector that is articulatable relative to an elongate shaft. The end effector includes a first jaw and a second jaw. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168580

Articulatable surgical instrument with independent pivotable linkage distal of an articulation lock

A surgical tool assembly that includes a elongate shaft assembly that defines a shaft axis. A surgical end effector is movably coupled to the elongate shaft assembly by a distal support link that is pivotally coupled to the surgical end effector to define an articulation axis that is transverse to the shaft axis. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168579

Surgical end effector with two separate cooperating opening features for opening and closing end effector jaws

A surgical tool assembly that includes first and second jaws. The second jaw includes a second jaw body portion and a second jaw mounting portion that is movably coupled to the first jaw. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168578

Protective cover arrangements for a joint interface between a movable jaw and actuator shaft of a surgical instrument

A surgical tool assembly that includes an axially movable closure member and an axially movable firing member that is movable between an unfired position and a fired position. The tool assembly includes a second jaw that has a mounting portion and mounting walls that are movably mounted to a first jaw. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168577

Axially movable closure system arrangements for applying closure motions to jaws of surgical instruments

A surgical tool assembly. The tool assembly includes a first jaw and a second jaw that is movably supported on the first jaw for selective movement relative to the first jaw between an open position and a closed position. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168576

Jaw actuated lock arrangements for preventing advancement of a firing member in a surgical end effector unless an unfired cartridge is installed in the end effector

A surgical end effector including a first jaw that is configured to operably support a surgical staple cartridge therein and a second jaw that is movably supported relative to the first jaw between open and closed positions. A firing member is supported for axial movement within the first jaw along a shaft axis between a starting position and an ending position. ... Ethicon Inc

06/21/18 / #20180168575

Surgical stapling systems

A method is disclosed. The method can comprise obtaining a first staple cartridge and obtaining a second staple cartridge, wherein the first staple cartridge and the second staple cartridge comprise the same length and the same width. ... Ethicon Inc

06/14/18 / #20180166237

Force switch

A method of creating a switch, comprising disposing a switching element movably within an interior cavity of the switch to define first and second positions along a switching axis of the switching element, disposing a biasing element about the switching element to impart a biasing force to the switching element to place the switching element in one of the first and second positions until an external force imparted to the switching element exceeds the biasing force to cause the switching element to move to the other position, disposing a biasing force-adjusting element in cooperative engagement with the biasing element such that a magnitude of the biasing force is adjustable, and coupling a conductive contact to the switching element to define a first switching state when the switching element is in the first position and a second switching state when the switching element is in the second position.. . ... Ethicon Inc

06/14/18 / #20180163090

Method of applying rapid cure silicone lubricious coatings

A silicone coating process that improves the durability of silicone coatings on the surfaces of surgical needles and other medical devices. The silicone coated surgical needles or medical devices produced by this process have both superior lubricity and durability for ease of repeated and successive passes through tissue. ... Ethicon Inc

06/14/18 / #20180161118

Surgical tool and robotic surgical system interfaces

Various exemplary surgical tool and robotic surgical system interfaces are provided. In general, a sterile barrier can be positioned between a robotic surgical system and a surgical tool releasably coupled to the robotic surgical system. ... Ethicon Inc

06/14/18 / #20180161111

Surgical tool and robotic surgical system interfaces

Various exemplary surgical tool and robotic surgical system interfaces are provided. In general, a sterile barrier can be positioned between a robotic surgical system and a surgical tool releasably coupled to the robotic surgical system. ... Ethicon Inc

06/14/18 / #20180161110

Surgical tool and robotic surgical system interfaces

Various exemplary surgical tool and robotic surgical system interfaces are provided. In general, a sterile barrier can be positioned between a robotic surgical system and a surgical tool releasably coupled to the robotic surgical system. ... Ethicon Inc

06/14/18 / #20180161109

Surgical tool and robotic surgical system interfaces

Various exemplary surgical tool and robotic surgical system interfaces are provided. In general, a sterile barrier can be positioned between a robotic surgical system and a surgical tool releasably coupled to the robotic surgical system. ... Ethicon Inc

06/14/18 / #20180161060

Ultrasonic surgical instrument with transducer locking feature

A surgical instrument includes a body, an ultrasonic transducer assembly, and a transducer lock having a lock member configured to move between unlocked and locked positions. The transducer assembly is rotatably mounted along a longitudinal axis within the body such that the transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate about the longitudinal axis. ... Ethicon Inc

06/14/18 / #20180161059

Ultrasonic surgical instrument with integral shaft assembly torque wrench

A surgical instrument includes an end effector, a shaft assembly, and a torque wrench integrally connected with the shaft assembly. The shaft assembly has an acoustic waveguide extending therethrough and the end effector projects distally from the shaft assembly. ... Ethicon Inc

06/14/18 / #20180161058

Ultrasonic surgical instrument with integral torque wrench and transverse engagement

A surgical instrument includes an instrument body, an ultrasonic transducer assembly, and a slip lock having a lock member configured to move between unlocked and locked positions and an arrester. The transducer assembly is rotatably mounted along a longitudinal axis within the body such that the transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate. ... Ethicon Inc

06/14/18 / #20180161057

Ultrasonic surgical instrument with integral torque wrench and longitudinal engagement

A surgical instrument includes an instrument body, an ultrasonic transducer assembly, and a slip lock having an arrester. The transducer assembly is rotatably mounted along a longitudinal axis within the body such that the transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate. ... Ethicon Inc

06/14/18 / #20180161034

Deliverable surgical instrument

In various embodiments, a shaftless end effector is disclosed. The end effector can comprise an anvil assembly including a staple forming surface. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153627

Surgical tool wrists

Various exemplary surgical tool wrists are provided. In general, a surgical tool can include an elongate shaft and a wrist that couples an end effector to a distal end of the shaft. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153575

Ultrasonic surgical shears with clamping feature

An apparatus for operating on tissue comprises a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, and an end effector. The acoustic waveguide extends along the shaft and is configured to transmit ultrasonic vibration. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153574

Handpiece and blade configurations for ultrasonic surgical instrument

A surgical apparatus comprises a body, an ultrasonic transducer, a shaft, and an end effector. The ultrasonic transducer is operable to convert electrical power into ultrasonic vibrations. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153573

Surgical instrument with articulating portion

Surgical instruments having articulating portions or joints are described herein. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument can include a distal end effector, a proximal actuating portion, and an articulating portion disposed between the end effector and the actuating portion. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153551

Surgical fasteners for mesh and tissue fixation

A surgical fastener includes a first leg having a first distal barb and a first proximal barb that extend inwardly, and a second leg having a second distal barb and a second proximal barb that extend inwardly. A bridge interconnects proximal ends of the first and second legs. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153550

Methods of using applicator instruments having insertable, changeable cartridges for dispensing surgical fasteners

A method of dispensing surgical fasteners includes providing an applicator instrument having a housing with a cartridge opening, an elongated shaft extending from the housing, a firing system disposed within the housing for dispensing surgical fasteners, and an actuator for activating the firing system. The method includes forming a surgical opening in tissue, inserting a distal end of the elongated shaft into the surgical opening, inserting a cartridge containing a plurality of first surgical fasteners into the cartridge opening, and engaging the actuator for dispensing one of the first surgical fasteners from the distal end of the elongated shaft. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153549

Applicator instruments having surgical fastener insertion tools for dispensing surgical fasteners

An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners includes a housing, an elongated shaft, and an elongated conduit extending through the elongated shaft. A firing system is disposed within the housing. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153548

Applicator instruments having articulating shafts for dispensing surgical fasteners

An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners includes a housing, an elongated shaft having a proximal shaft section and an articulating distal shaft section extending from the housing, a firing system disposed within the housing, an actuator that is engageable for commencing a firing cycle of the firing system, and an articulation lever provided on the housing for selectively articulating the articulating distal shaft section of the elongated shaft. The applicator instrument includes a cam plate disposed within the housing that is linked with the articulating distal shaft section and that coupled with the articulation lever for being rotated by the articulation lever between a first or horizontal position for straightening the articulating distal shaft section and a second or vertical position for articulating the articulating distal shaft section. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153547

Applicator instruments having insertable, changeable cartridges for dispensing surgical fasteners

An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners includes a housing having a cartridge opening, an elongated shaft extending from the housing, and a cartridge insertable into the cartridge opening, the cartridge having a plurality of surgical fasteners pre-loaded into the cartridge. The applicator instrument has a firing system disposed within the housing, and an actuator for activating the firing system to commence a firing cycle for removing one of the surgical fasteners from the cartridge and driving the removed surgical fastener from the housing to a distal end of the elongated shaft. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153546

Applicator instruments having drive systems with flexible members for dispensing surgical fasteners

An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners includes an elongated shaft, a housing connected with the elongated shaft, a trigger, a gear train, and a firing system disposed in the housing. The trigger is squeezed for commencing a firing cycle. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153543

Applicator instruments with reconfigurable handles for dispensing surgical fasteners

An applicator instrument having a reconfigurable handle for dispensing surgical fasteners includes a housing having a proximal end and a distal end, an elongated shaft extending from the housing, a handle coupled with the proximal end of the housing, and a trigger coupled with the handle. The applicator instrument has a firing system including an energy storing assembly that is disposed within the housing, and a gear train disposed within the handle and coupled with the trigger. ... Ethicon Inc

06/07/18 / #20180153542

Torque optimization for surgical instruments

A control system having speed management control. The control system can be in signal communication with a battery, and the battery can be coupled to a motor. ... Ethicon Inc

05/31/18 / #20180147309

Sterilization system with independent vacuum chambers

A sterilization system includes a first chamber, a second chamber, a sterilization module, and a pump assembly. The first chamber includes a first venting valve. ... Ethicon Inc

05/31/18 / #20180146977

Ultrasonic surgical instrument with modular end effector

A surgical instrument having a transmission assembly, a transducer, and a handle assembly is configured for coupling the transmission assembly to the handle assembly using a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is operable to restrict the rotational movement of an actuator coupling member and the transducer relative to the handle assembly. ... Ethicon Inc

05/31/18 / #20180146976

End effector control and calibration

Methods and apparatus for end effector control and calibration are described. The method may include detecting a signal in response to movement of a first tube relative to a second tube, the first tube driving movement of a clamp arm of the end effector. ... Ethicon Inc

05/31/18 / #20180146975

Ultrasonic transducer

In an aspect, an ultrasonic horn includes a proximal flange, a first cylindrical portion having a first diameter and positioned distal to the proximal flange, a second cylindrical portion including a second diameter and a distal end, in which the second cylindrical portion is at a position located distal to the first cylindrical portion and in which the second diameter is smaller than the first diameter, a tapered portion disposed between the first cylindrical portion and the second cylindrical portion, and a cylindrical mass disposed about the horn at a position located between the flange and the distal end of the second cylindrical portion. In another aspect, an ultrasonic system comprising an end-bell, an ultrasonic horn as disclosed above, a transducer portion disposed between the end-bell and the ultrasonic horn, and an ultrasonic power source to supply an electrical signal to actuate the transducer portion.. ... Ethicon Inc

05/31/18 / #20180146960

Torque optimization for surgical instruments

A control system having speed management control. The control system can be in signal communication with a battery, and the battery can be coupled to a motor. ... Ethicon Inc

05/24/18 / #20180140731

Apparatus and method for detecting improper positioning of removable component of sterilizing system

A sterilization system includes a sterilization chamber, a processor, and a sterilization module. The sterilization module includes a frame assembly, an extraction assembly, and a carriage assembly. ... Ethicon Inc

05/24/18 / #20180140370

Methods, systems, and devices for control of surgical tools in a robotic surgical system

Techniques for a surgical system are provided that allow controlling a force applied by an electromechanical surgical tool coupled to an electromechanical surgical arm. A force limiter can be associated with at least one of the surgical arm and the tool and is used to limit the force applied by jaws of the tool to tissue when the tissue is engaged therebetween or when the tissue is otherwise manipulated. ... Ethicon Inc

05/24/18 / #20180140368

Surgical end effectors having angled tissue-contacting surfaces

Surgical end effectors are disclosed having angled tissue-contacting surfaces. The end effectors may have a first jaw member that is movable relative to a second jaw member between an open position and a closed position. ... Ethicon Inc

05/24/18 / #20180140299

Fastener cartridge comprising a tissue thickness compensator and a gap setting element

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 arranged in a first jaw of a surgical fastening device, wherein a second jaw, or anvil, can be positioned opposite the first jaw. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180133856

Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system

A surgical instrument. The surgical instrument includes an end effector that comprises a staple channel and an anvil that is movably translatable relative to the staple channel. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132952

Robotically-controlled surgical instrument with selectively articulatable end effector

Devices and systems are provided for controlling movement of a working end of a surgical device by means of a robotic system. In one embodiment, systems and devices are provided for moving an end effector on a distal end of a surgical fastening device. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132926

Surgical instrument with spot coagulation control and algorithm

A surgical instrument includes an end effector that has an ultrasonic blade and a clamp arm that is movable relative to the ultrasonic blade from an opened position toward a closed position. The ultrasonic blade and the clamp arm are able to receive tissue in the opened position, and the clamp arm is able to clamp tissue against the ultrasonic blade in the closed position. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132888

Surgical instrument with selectively actuated gap-setting features for end effector

A surgical instrument, has an end effector that includes an ultrasonic blade, and a clamp arm that moves relative to the ultrasonic blade from an opened position toward an intermediate position and a closed position. The clamp arm is offset from the ultrasonic blade to define a predetermined gap in the intermediate position between the opened position and the closed position. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132887

Surgical instrument with removable end effector components

A surgical instrument includes an ultrasonic waveguide extending through a body assembly. An ultrasonic blade connects to the ultrasonic waveguide. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132884

Surgical instrument with removable portion to facilitate cleaning

A surgical instrument has an ultrasonic blade that connects to a distal end of an ultrasonic waveguide. A clamp arm assembly is moveable from an opened position for receiving a tissue, toward a closed position for clamping the tissue. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132883

Surgical instrument with removable clamp arm assembly

A surgical instrument has a first modular assembly and a second modular assembly. The first modular assembly has a body, an ultrasonic waveguide, an ultrasonic blade connected to a distal end of the ultrasonic waveguide, and a coupling member that movably couples with the body. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132854

Circular surgical stapler with angularly asymmetric deck features

An apparatus includes a body, a shaft assembly, a stapling head assembly, and an anvil. The stapling head assembly includes a deck member, a plurality of staples, and a driver. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132853

Circular surgical stapler with recessed deck

An apparatus includes a body, a shaft assembly, a stapling head assembly, and an anvil. The stapling head assembly includes a deck member, a plurality of staples, and a driver. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132851

Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand

A surgical stapling apparatus. Various embodiments include a rotatable elongated body that extends from a rotatable shroud on handle assembly and has a distal end configured for attachment to a disposable loading unit. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132850

Surgical instrument comprising a sensor system

A surgical instrument configured for use in a surgical procedure is disclosed herein. The surgical instrument comprises a housing, a first sensor configured to detect a condition of the surgical instrument, and a second sensor configured to detect the condition of the surgical instrument. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132849

Staple forming pocket configurations for circular surgical stapler anvil

An anvil for a circular surgical stapler includes an anvil surface and an anvil shaft. The anvil surface defines an inner annular array of staple forming pockets and an outer annular array of staple forming pockets. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132848

Atraumatic stapling head features for circular surgical stapler

An apparatus includes a body, a shaft assembly, a stapling head assembly, and an anvil. The stapling head assembly includes an annular deck member, a plurality of staples, and a driver. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132845

Layer of material for a surgical end effector

In various embodiments, a layer of material can comprise a body, a proximal end portion, and a distal end portion. The proximal end portion can be releasably secured to a staple cartridge of a surgical end effector, and the distal end portion can be releasably secured to an anvil of the surgical end effector. ... Ethicon Inc

05/17/18 / #20180132834

Electrosurgical device with drum-driven articulation

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








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