Surgical stapling system comprising a display including a re-orientable display field

  • US 10,433,849 B2
  • Filed: 04/01/2016
  • Issued: 10/08/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/01/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical instrument, comprising:

  • a handle;

    a shaft comprising a longitudinal shaft axis;

    an end effector configured to perform a tissue-treating function, wherein said end effector comprises;

    an end effector frame comprising a longitudinal end effector axis; and

    a jaw rotatably coupled to said end effector frame;

    an actuator configured to actuate said tissue-treating function;

    a rotation joint rotatably connecting said end effector to said shaft;

    an electric motor operably coupled to said end effector frame, wherein said electric motor is configured to rotate said end effector about said longitudinal end effector axis between a first end effector orientation and a second end effector orientation;

    a processor configured to evaluate the orientation of said end effector; and

    a display in communication with said processor, wherein said display is configured to;

    display information regarding said tissue-treating function in a first display orientation on said display when said end effector is in said first orientation; and

    display information regarding said tissue-treating function in a second display orientation on said display that differs from said first display orientation on said display when said end effector is in said second orientation.

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