Surgical instrument with firing lockout

  • US 10,485,539 B2
  • Filed: 09/20/2016
  • Issued: 11/26/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical instrument system, comprising:

  • an end effector comprising a distal end, wherein said end effector is movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration when a closing motion is applied thereto;

    a firing member movable toward said distal end when a firing motion is applied thereto;

    a handle, comprising;

    a closure actuator operable to generate said closing motion; and

    a firing actuator;

    a motor configured to generate said firing motion, wherein said firing actuator is operable to operate said motor; and

    means for preventing said firing actuator from being operated prior to sensing the actuation of said closure actuator, wherein said means comprises a switch, wherein said firing actuator is configured to close said switch when said firing actuator is operated, and wherein said firing actuator cannot close said switch until said closure actuator is operated.

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