Surgical instrument with detection sensors

  • US 10,426,467 B2
  • Filed: 04/15/2016
  • Issued: 10/01/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/15/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument comprising:

  • a handle assembly;

    a shaft coupled to the handle assembly;

    an end effector communicatively coupled to the handle assembly through the shaft and comprising a first and second jaw, the handle assembly configured to manipulate the first and second jaws to define an open position and a closed position; and

    a sensor apparatus integrally coupled to a distal end of the shaft comprising at least one sensor configured to transmit sensor signals onto patient tissue at a surgical site to directly measure a characteristic of the patient tissue and at least one receiver configured to receive sensor data of the patient tissue based on the transmission of the sensor signals.

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