Surgical stapling system comprising a control system

  • US 10,993,717 B2
  • Filed: 06/29/2018
  • Issued: 05/04/2021
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical stapling system, comprising:

  • an end effector configurable in an open configuration and a clamped configuration, comprising;

    a frame;

    a staple cartridge supported by said frame, wherein said staple cartridge comprises;

    a deck;

    staple cavities defined in said deck;

    staples removably stored within said staple cavities; and

    a firing member movable between a starting position and an ending position, wherein said firing member moves toward said ending position in response to a firing motion, and wherein said firing motion deploys said staples from said staple cartridge; and

    an anvil configured to deform said staples;

    a sensor configured to produce a signal corresponding to the configuration of said end effector;

    a clamping system configured to place said end effector in said clamped configuration, wherein said clamping system comprises a clamping actuator manually actuatable by a user;

    a firing system, comprising;

    an electric motor configured to generate rotary motion;

    a rotatable drive screw drivable by said electric motor, wherein said rotatable drive screw is threadably engaged with said firing member such that said rotary motion of said electric motor is converted to said firing motion of said firing member; and

    a firing actuator manually actuatable by a user, wherein said firing actuator and said clamping actuator are separately actuatable;

    a control system in operable communication with said sensor and said electric motor, wherein said control system is configured to evaluate said signal produced by said sensor to determine the configuration of said end effector, wherein said control system allows said electric motor to provide said firing motion to said firing member if said control system determines that said end effector is in said clamped configuration, and wherein said control system does not allow said electric motor to provide said firing motion to said firing member if said control system determines that said end effector is in said open configuration; and

    a remote user-controlled console electrically coupled to said control system.

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