Surgical stapling instruments with rotatable staple deployment arrangements

  • US 9,775,614 B2
  • Filed: 01/25/2016
  • Issued: 10/03/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/27/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical stapling instrument, comprising:

  • an actuation system for selectively generating a plurality of control motions; and

    a surgical end effector operably coupled to said actuation system, said surgical end effector comprising;

    a surgical staple cartridge operably supporting a plurality of surgical staples arranged in at least two spaced staple lines; and

    an actuation member operably interfacing with said actuation system such that upon application of said control motions thereto, said actuation member is axially driven within said surgical staple cartridge between a starting position and an ending position, said actuation member having rotatable staple camming members thereon corresponding to each one of said at least two staple lines such that as said actuation member is driven from said starting to said ending position, each said rotatable camming member is rotated into camming driving engagement with said surgical staples in said corresponding staple lines,wherein said surgical stapling instrument comprises a portion of a robotic surgical system configured to automatically extract the surgical staple cartridge from said surgical end effector and load an unfired surgical staple cartridge in said surgical end effector.

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