Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector

  • US 8,444,036 B2
  • Filed: 07/29/2010
  • Issued: 05/21/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/06/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical fastener apparatus comprising:

  • a handle;

    an elongated shaft including a proximal end attached to said handle and a distal end extending therefrom;

    an end effector comprising;

    a pair of jaws pivoted at one end of the end effector and being pivotally movable between an open and closed position; and

    a cartridge containing a plurality of surgical fastenersoperably supported by said end effector and wherein said surgical fastener apparatus further comprises;

    an electrically powered actuator for deploying said surgical fasteners, said actuator comprising a power source and a motor; and

    means for adjusting an amount of spacing between said jaws when said jaws are in said closed position in response to an application of electrical current from the power source to the means for adjusting.

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