Stapling instrument including a sensing system

  • US 10,463,383 B2
  • Filed: 04/08/2016
  • Issued: 11/05/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A stapling instrument, comprising:

  • a staple cartridge jaw comprising staples removably stored therein;

    an anvil configurable in an unclamped condition and a clamped condition;

    a closing member configured to move the anvil to the clamped condition;

    a firing member movable to eject the staples from the staple cartridge jaw during a staple firing stroke;

    a rotatable drive member coupled to the firing member, wherein the closing member is operably isolated from the rotatable drive member;

    an electric motor operably engaged with the firing member;

    a battery electrically couplable to the electric motor;

    a handle, wherein the electric motor and the battery are positioned in the handle; and

    a sensing system responsive to the clamped condition of the anvil and the movement of the firing member, wherein the sensing system comprises a lockout configured to prevent a function of the stapling instrument.

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