Surgical instrument having a feedback system

  • US 9,743,928 B2
  • Filed: 03/25/2014
  • Issued: 08/29/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument comprising:

  • an articulable end effector that comprises;

    first and second opposing jaw member for clamping tissue therebetween;

    a cutting instrument that is for, when fired, cutting tissue clamped in the end effector, wherein, when fired, the cutting instrument moves from a first position in the end effector to a second position in the end effector to cut the tissue clamped in the end effector; and

    a removable cartridge;

    a drive shaft connected to the end effector that drives the cutting instrument;

    an electric motor connected to the drive shaft that drives the drive shaft;

    a battery unit for supplying power to the electric motor;

    at least one sensor for sensing a status of the instrument;

    a handle housing at least a portion of the battery; and

    an alphanumeric display on the handle and in communication with the at least one sensor, wherein the alphanumeric display is for displaying alphanumeric characters that display visually to a user of the instrument a status of the instrument based on an input from the at least one sensor, wherein the alphanumeric display visually displays at least the following status to the user;

    whether the removable cartridge is loaded; and

    an articulation angle of the end effector.

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