Stapling systems

CAFC
  • US 9,585,658 B2
  • Filed: 04/07/2016
  • Issued: 03/07/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/04/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A stapling system, comprising:

  • a housing comprising a rotary drive member;

    an elongate shaft extending from said housing, wherein said elongate shaft defines a longitudinal axis;

    an end effector, comprising;

    a jaw configured to support a staple cartridge; and

    an anvil rotatable relative to said jaw between an open position and a fully-closed position, wherein said anvil comprises a cam surface;

    a closure cam operably coupled with said rotary drive member, wherein said closure cam is configured to move longitudinally to engage said cam surface and transmit a closing motion to said anvil to move said anvil into said fully-closed position; and

    an opening member configured to move longitudinally to apply an opening force to said anvil at a location other than said cam surface to move said anvil into said open position.

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