Articulatable surgical instrument comprising a firing drive

  • US 10,758,233 B2
  • Filed: 03/23/2016
  • Issued: 09/01/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/05/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical stapler, comprising:

  • a shaft;

    an actuator;

    a first magnetic element operably coupled with said actuator;

    an end effector movably coupled to said shaft, said end effector comprising;

    a staple cartridge channel configured to receive a staple cartridge; and

    an anvil movably coupled to said staple cartridge channel; and

    a second magnetic element positioned on said end effector, wherein said first magnetic element is configured to apply a magnetic force to said second magnetic element upon an actuation of said actuator, and wherein said magnetic force is sufficient to articulate said end effector relative to said shaft.

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