Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft

  • US 10,499,890 B2
  • Filed: 03/10/2016
  • Issued: 12/10/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A stapling assembly, comprising:

  • a first jaw;

    a second jaw, wherein said second jaw is rotatable relative to said first jaw between an unclamped position and a fully-clamped position;

    a staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples removably stored therein;

    a closure member;

    a first motor-driven rotary shaft comprising a first thread configured to drive said closure member proximally relative to said second jaw to rotate said second jaw into said fully-clamped position;

    a firing member; and

    a second motor-driven rotary shaft comprising a second thread configured to drive said firing member relative to said staple cartridge to eject said staples from said staple cartridge, wherein rotation of said second motor-driven rotary shaft is only enabled after said closure member has placed said second jaw in said fully-clamped position.

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