Surgical instrument comprising a gap setting system

  • US 10,149,680 B2
  • Filed: 04/09/2014
  • Issued: 12/11/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/16/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument system, comprising:

  • a handle including an electric motor;

    a first end effector operably engageable with said handle, wherein said first end effector comprises;

    a first jaw comprising a first tissue supporting surface; and

    a second jaw comprising a second tissue supporting surface, wherein said second jaw is movable relative to said first jaw between an open position and a closed position by said electric motor, and wherein a first tissue gap is defined between said first tissue supporting surface and said second tissue supporting surface when said second jaw is in said closed position;

    a second end effector operably engageable with said handle in lieu of said first end effector, wherein said second end effector comprises;

    a third jaw comprising a third tissue supporting surface; and

    a fourth jaw comprising a fourth tissue supporting surface, wherein said fourth jaw is movable relative to said third jaw between an open position and a closed position by said electric motor, wherein a second tissue gap is defined between said third tissue supporting surface and said fourth tissue supporting surface when said fourth jaw is in said closed position, and wherein said second tissue gap is different than said first tissue gap; and

    a gap setting system configured to preset said first tissue gap and said second tissue gap.

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