Surgical instrument comprising a lockout

  • US 10,368,867 B2
  • Filed: 04/18/2016
  • Issued: 08/06/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/18/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument system, comprising:

  • an unspent staple cartridge comprising staples removably stored therein;

    a firing drive comprising a firing member movable between a proximal position and a distal position to eject said staples from said unspent staple cartridge during a firing stroke;

    an end effector, comprising;

    a first jaw configured to receive said unspent staple cartridge; and

    a second jaw comprising an anvil configured to deform said staples;

    a sensor system configured to detect whether said unspent staple cartridge is seated in said first jaw;

    a firing drive lockout configurable in;

    a locked configuration in which said firing drive lockout is engaged with said firing member and prevents said firing member from being moved through said firing stroke; and

    an unlocked configuration in which said firing drive lockout is disengaged from said firing member;

    a biasing member configured to bias said firing drive lockout into said locked configuration; and

    a controller, wherein said sensor system and said firing drive lockout are in communication with said controller, and wherein said controller is configured to place said firing drive lockout in said unlocked configuration when said sensor system detects that said unspent staple cartridge is seated in said first jaw.

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