Surgical Devices Having Controlled Tissue Cutting and Sealing

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15724696

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Various surgical devices and methods are provided for monitoring and regulating tissue compression and cutting to improve tissue effect. In general, these devices include a handle portion, an elongate shaft, and an effector disposed at a distal end of the shaft and configured to engage tissue. In one embodiment, one or more sensors can be positioned at various locations on the device and can determine a force applied to tissue engaged by the end effector. When the force exceeds a threshold, a notification signal can be issued to a user. In another embodiment, a sensor can determine an amount of current moving between jaws of the end effector and a controller can slow a speed of the cutting element when the sensed current exceeds a threshold amount.

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ETHICON LLCTHE UNITED STATES GUAYNABO IN PUERTO RICO

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hibner, John A Mason, US 238 25150
Houser, Kevin L Cincinnati, US 276 34318
Strobl, Geoffrey S Williamsburg, US 101 5145
Yates, David C West Chester, US 475 88819

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