Stapling system including an actuation system

  • US 10,149,682 B2
  • Filed: 06/29/2015
  • Issued: 12/11/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An end effector for stapling patient tissue, wherein said end effector comprises:

  • a proximal end;

    a distal end;

    a plurality of staples;

    a fixed jaw;

    a movable jaw, wherein said movable jaw is actuatable to clamp the patient tissue against said fixed jaw and to fire said staples; and

    a knife member configured to move from said proximal end toward said distal end, wherein said knife member comprises a first cam configured to engage said movable jaw and a second cam configured to engage said fixed jaw, and wherein said first cam and said second cam are configured to control the position of said movable jaw relative to said fixed jaw.

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