Surgical instrument with coupler assembly

  • US 10,575,868 B2
  • Filed: 03/18/2016
  • Issued: 03/03/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/01/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument, comprising:

  • a housing;

    an elongate shaft assembly extending distally from the housing;

    an articulation joint extending distally from the elongate shaft assembly, wherein the articulation joint comprises;

    a proximal joint portion coupled to the elongate shaft assembly; and

    a distal joint portion movably coupled to the proximal joint portion;

    an end effector, comprising;

    an anvil; and

    a staple cartridge, wherein at least one of the anvil and the staple cartridge is movable relative to the other one of the anvil and the staple cartridge to capture tissue therebetween;

    a first interface extending distally from the distal joint portion, wherein the first interface is distal to the articulation joint; and

    a second interface extending proximally from the end effector, wherein the second interface is configured to replaceably attach the end effector to the first interface.

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