Surgical instrument comprising a removable battery

  • US 10,595,835 B2
  • Filed: 11/24/2014
  • Issued: 03/24/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/17/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical stapling instrument, comprising:

  • a handle, comprising;

    a housing comprising a battery dock cavity;

    a proximal end;

    a distal end;

    a pistol grip comprising a proximal side and a distal side; and

    an electric motor positioned in said housing;

    a shaft extending distally from said distal end of said handle;

    a staple cartridge extending distally from said shaft, wherein said staple cartridge comprises a plurality of staples removably stored therein;

    a firing drive configured to eject said staples from said staple cartridge, wherein said firing drive is operated by said electric motor; and

    a battery extending proximally with respect to said proximal side of said pistol grip when said battery is removably seated in said battery dock cavity, wherein said battery comprises a counterbalance to said shaft and said staple cartridge about said pistol grip, wherein said battery is configured to supply electrical power to said electric motor, and wherein said battery is positioned proximally with respect to said distal side of said pistol grip.

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