Surgical instrument comprising a control system

  • US 10,238,387 B2
  • Filed: 09/23/2015
  • Issued: 03/26/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/14/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument, comprising:

  • a first jaw;

    a second jaw, wherein the first jaw is movable relative to the second jaw to capture tissue between the first jaw and the second jaw;

    a staple cartridge supported by the second jaw, wherein the staple cartridge comprises staples removably stored therein;

    a firing system configured to drive the staples toward the first jaw;

    an electric motor mechanically coupled to the firing system;

    a power source electrically couplable to the electric motor; and

    a control system electrically connected to the power source, wherein the control system is configured to;

    determine a first level of power supplied by the power source; and

    apply a second level of power to the electric motor if the first level of power exceeds a predetermined threshold, wherein the second level of power is lower than the first level of power.

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