A surgical instrument has a shaft, an end effector comprising at least one movably mounted tool element and defining a longitudinal axis, and a force transmitting member mounted in the shaft for movement in the distal and proximal directions for transmitting an actuating force introduced at a proximal end of the instrument onto the end effector in order to move the at least one tool element from a first tool element position to a second tool element position and/or vice versa. The at least one tool element is pivotably mounted on a bearing shaft held on the shaft. The at least one tool element is connected by at least one articulation member, at least a section of which is flexible, to the force transmitting member in order to transmit the actuating force from the force transmitting member onto the at least one tool element.
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