Surgical system comprising a firing member rotatable into an articulation state to articulate an end effector of the surgical system

  • US 10,918,385 B2
  • Filed: 12/21/2016
  • Issued: 02/16/2021
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/21/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A shaft assembly for use with a surgical system, said shaft assembly comprising:

  • a frame attachable to the surgical system;

    an end effector, comprising;

    a first jaw;

    a second jaw, wherein said first jaw is rotatable relative to said second jaw; and

    a staple cartridge comprising staples removably stored therein;

    an articulation joint, wherein said end effector is rotatably connected to said frame about said articulation joint;

    a firing member extending proximally to terminate at a proximal end, wherein said proximal end of said firing member is translatable between an unfired position and a fired position during a firing stroke to eject said staples from said staple cartridge, and wherein said proximal end of said firing member is rotatable between a first orientation and a second orientation; and

    an articulation driver configured to rotate said end effector about said articulation joint, wherein said firing member is operably coupled with said articulation driver when said firing member is in said first orientation, wherein translational movement of said firing member is transmitted to said articulation driver when said firing member is in said first orientation, and wherein said firing member is operably decoupled from said articulation driver when said firing member is in said second orientation.

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