Interface systems for use with surgical instruments

  • US 10,004,497 B2
  • Filed: 03/26/2014
  • Issued: 06/26/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/26/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical instrument for use by an operator in a surgical procedure, said surgical instrument comprising:

  • a feedback generator;

    an elongate shaft;

    an end effector extending from said elongate shaft, wherein said end effector is articulatable relative to said elongate shaft between a home state position and an articulated position; and

    a control system, comprising;

    a processor in signal communication with said feedback generator; and

    a memory coupled to said processor to store program instructions, which when executed from said memory cause said processor to alert the operator via said feedback generator when said end effector reaches said home state position from said articulated position, wherein said program instructions, when executed from said memory, cause said processor to pause the articulation of said end effector when said end effector reaches said home state position from said articulated position and then continue past said home state position.

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