Drive system decoupling arrangement for a surgical instrument

  • US 10,136,887 B2
  • Filed: 04/09/2014
  • Issued: 11/27/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/16/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical end effector, comprising:

  • a drive system, comprising;

    a proximal assembly comprising a first translatable element, wherein a first aperture is defined in the first translatable element; and

    a distal assembly comprising a second translatable element, wherein the second translatable element is releasably coupled to the first translatable element, and wherein a second aperture is defined in the second translatable element;

    a pin removably positioned in the first aperture and the second aperture; and

    a housing, wherein the drive system is positioned within the housing, wherein the pin is accessible from outside of the housing, wherein the proximal assembly is configured to receive a drive motion from a motor, and wherein the pin is configured to transfer the drive motion from the proximal assembly to the distal assembly when the pin is positioned in the first aperture and the second aperture.

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