Stapling system including an articulation system

  • US 10,743,849 B2
  • Filed: 03/11/2016
  • Issued: 08/18/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A stapling system, comprising:

  • an end effector, comprising;

    a first jaw; and

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

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

    a rigid shaft;

    an articulation joint, wherein said end effector is rotatable relative to said rigid shaft about said articulation joint;

    an articulation system configured to rotate said end effector relative to said rigid shaft about said articulation joint;

    a clamping member configured to rotate said second jaw into said clamped position;

    a firing system, comprising;

    a sled movable within said staple cartridge to eject said staples from said staple cartridge during a staple firing stroke;

    an electric motor operable to advance said sled relative to said staple cartridge to perform said staple firing stroke; and

    a firing actuator configured to electronically actuate said electric motor;

    a system responsive to the clamping of said second jaw which enables said staple firing stroke to be performed after said second jaw has been rotated into said clamped position; and

    a system configured to maintain an orientation of said end effector about said articulation joint during said staple firing stroke.

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