System for detecting the mis-insertion of a staple cartridge into a surgical stapler

  • US 10,617,412 B2
  • Filed: 03/06/2015
  • Issued: 04/14/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/06/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical stapling assembly, comprising:

  • a staple cartridge, comprising;

    a cartridge body, comprising;

    a proximal end; and

    a distal end;

    staples removably stored in said cartridge body; and

    a sled configured to eject said staples from said cartridge body, wherein said sled is movable between an unfired position in said proximal end of said cartridge body and a fired position in said distal end of said cartridge body; and

    an end effector, comprising;

    a staple cartridge support configured to receive said cartridge body at a proper insertion depth in a longitudinal direction and at a proper seating depth in a direction transverse to said longitudinal direction; and

    a system of sensors positioned in said staple cartridge support, wherein said system of sensors comprises a first sensor and a second sensor, and wherein said system of sensors is configured to;

    detect whether said staple cartridge has been fully seated in said staple cartridge support at said proper seating depth; and

    detect whether said staple cartridge has been fully inserted in said staple cartridge support at said proper insertion depth, wherein said sled is configured to interact with said first sensor when said staple cartridge is fully inserted into said staple cartridge support at said proper insertion depth, and wherein said sled is further configured to interact with said second sensor when said staple cartridge is fully seated into said staple cartridge support at said proper seating depth.

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