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US8201721: Powered surgical instrument

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Inventor(s) Michael A. Zemlok · David C. Racenet ·
Assignee(s) Tyco Healthcare Group LP ·
Primary Examiner Lindsay Low ·
Application Number US13043687
Filing date 03/09/2011
Issue date 06/19/2012
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 10/16/2028
U.S. Classifications 227/176.1  · 606/219  · 227/19  · 227/175.1  ·
International Classifications A61B17068  ·
Kind CodeB2
Related U.S. Application DataCROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
The present application is a Continuation of, and claims the benefits of and priority to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/252,427, which was filed on Oct. 16, 2008 now U.S. Pat. No. 7,922,063. The present application also claims the benefits of and priority to U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/001,241 filed on Oct. 31, 2007. The entire contents of each of which are incorporated herein by reference.
30 Claims, 23 Drawings


Abstract

A surgical instrument including a handle assembly, a first endoscopic portion, a motor, and a first end effector is disclosed. The first endoscopic portion is selectively connectable to a distal portion of the handle assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The first endoscopic portion includes a housing adjacent its proximal portion and includes an actuation member. The motor is disposed in mechanical cooperation with the housing of the first endoscopic portion and is operatively connected to the actuation member for moving the actuation member substantially along the longitudinal axis. The first end effector is selectively connectable to a distal portion of the first endoscopic portion and is configured to perform a first stapling function.

Independent Claims | See all claims (30)

  1. 1. A surgical stapling instrument, comprising: a handle assembly including a first detector; an endoscopic portion disposed in mechanical cooperation with a portion of the handle assembly and defining a longitudinal axis, the endoscopic portion including; a contact for communicating electrical power with a conductive portion of the handle assembly, and a knob for allowing rotation of the endoscopic portion with respect to the handle assembly, the conductive portion of the handle assembly being circular for allowing substantially continuous contact between the conductive portion and the contact during rotation of the endoscopic portion with respect to the handle assembly; a first end effector selectively connectable with a distal portion of the endoscopic portion, the first end effector configured to perform a first stapling function; and a second detector disposed on the first end effector, the second detector being configured to communicate with the first detector to determine the type of end effector that is engaged with the endoscopic portion.
  2. 16. A surgical stapling instrument, comprising: a handle assembly including a first detector; an endoscopic portion disposed in mechanical cooperation with a portion of the handle assembly and defining a longitudinal axis; a first end effector selectively connectable with a distal portion of the endoscopic portion, the first end effector configured to perform a first stapling function; a second detector disposed on the first end effector, the second detector being configured to communicate with the first detector to determine the type of end effector that is engaged with the endoscopic portion; and a third detector included on the endoscopic portion, the third detector being configured to communicate with at least one of the first detector and the second detector to determine the type of endoscopic portion that is engaged with the handle assembly.

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