Surgical instrument drive systems

  • US 9,968,356 B2
  • Filed: 04/06/2015
  • Issued: 05/15/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/09/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument for stapling the tissue of a patient, comprising:

  • a shaft;

    an end effector, comprising;

    a staple cartridge body including staple cavities defined therein;

    staples removably positioned in said staple cavities;

    an anvil configured to deform said staples; and

    a knife configured to cut tissue positioned intermediate said staple cartridge body and said anvil;

    a staple drive system configured to eject said staples from said staple cavities;

    a knife drive system configured to move said knife relative to said staple cartridge body; and

    a control system configured to selectively operate said staple drive system and said knife drive system independently of one another.

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