Articulatable surgical instrument comprising a firing drive

  • US 10,064,621 B2
  • Filed: 06/30/2015
  • Issued: 09/04/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/15/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument for treating tissue, comprising:

  • a handle comprising a trigger;

    a shaft extending from said handle;

    an end effector;

    an articulation joint, wherein said end effector is rotatably coupled to said shaft by said articulation joint;

    a firing member operably coupled with said trigger, wherein the operation of said trigger is configured to advance said firing member toward said end effector; and

    an articulation member operably coupled with said end effector, wherein said articulation member is selectively engageable with said firing member such that said articulation member is operably engaged with said firing member in an engaged configuration and such that said articulation member is operably disengaged from said firing member in a disengaged configuration, and wherein said firing member is configured to move said articulation member relative to said end effector to rotate said end effector about said articulation joint when said articulation member and said firing member are in said engaged configuration.

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