Articulatable surgical instrument system

  • US 10,736,636 B2
  • Filed: 12/10/2014
  • Issued: 08/11/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/10/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument assembly, comprising:

  • a shaft comprising a first drive portion of a drive system;

    an end effector comprising a second drive portion of said drive system; and

    an articulation joint rotatably connecting said end effector to said shaft, wherein said end effector is rotatable between a first position comprising an unarticulated position and a second position comprising an articulated position about said articulation joint, wherein said first drive portion and said second drive portion are operably engageable and disengageable with each other as a result of the articulation of said end effector between said unarticulated position and said articulated position, wherein said first drive portion is separated from and not operably engaged with said second drive portion when said end effector is in said unarticulated position, and wherein said first drive portion is operably engaged with said second drive portion when said end effector is in said articulated position.

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