Articulatable surgical device

  • US 10,070,861 B2
  • Filed: 12/09/2014
  • Issued: 09/11/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/23/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical device for stapling patient tissue, comprising:

  • a handle;

    a rotator operably supported in said handle;

    an elongate shaft operably coupled to and extending from said handle, wherein said elongate shaft defines a shaft axis and includes a flexible shaft portion;

    an end effector operably coupled to said flexible shaft portion, wherein said end effector comprises a staple cartridge and a firing member which is displaceable distally to staple the patient tissue in response to at least one actuation motion applied at said handle; and

    a flexible actuator extending along said shaft axis such that selective actuation of said flexible actuator causes articulation of said end effector, wherein said flexible actuator is operably coupled between said end effector and said rotator, and wherein said firing member extends through said elongate shaft.

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