Surgical stapling instrument system

  • US 9,750,499 B2
  • Filed: 03/26/2014
  • Issued: 09/05/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/26/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical instrument assembly, comprising:

  • a first modular component comprising a plurality of tissue thickness sensors;

    a second modular component comprising a jaw defining a channel;

    a fastener cartridge removably positionable in said channel, wherein said fastener cartridge comprises;

    a plurality of fasteners; and

    a drivable element configured to translate relative to said channel, wherein said drivable element comprises a magnetic element configured to move along a path opposing said plurality of tissue thickness sensors; and

    a microcontroller in signal communication with said plurality of tissue thickness sensors, wherein said plurality of tissue thickness sensors is configured to detect variations to the thickness of tissue along the path of said magnetic element.

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