Surgical end effectors with firing element monitoring arrangements

  • US 9,844,369 B2
  • Filed: 06/30/2014
  • Issued: 12/19/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/16/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical end effector, comprising:

  • an elongate channel including a bottom including a proximal end and a distal end, the elongate channel being configured to operably support a staple cartridge therein;

    a firing element configured to translate between a starting position adjacent the proximal end of the bottom of the elongate channel and an ending position adjacent the distal end of the bottom of the elongate channel;

    a proximal channel opening through the proximal end of the bottom of the elongate channel to facilitate viewing of the firing element therethrough when the firing element is in the starting position; and

    a distal channel opening through the distal end of the bottom of the elongate channel to facilitate viewing of the firing element therethrough when the firing element is in the ending position, and wherein a portion of the bottom of the elongate channel extending between the proximal channel opening and the distal channel opening is closed and has no other openings therethrough.

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