US Patent No: 7,673,780

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Articulation joint with improved moment arm extension for articulating an end effector of a surgical instrument

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An articulation joint for use in connection with a surgical instrument that has a portion that must be passed through a trocar or similar structure and then articulated relative to another portion of the instrument received within the trocar. Various embodiments of the articulation joint provide structures for increasing the moment arm between the actuator and the pivot point between the proximal and distal tube segments interconnecting a handle assembly of the surgical instrument to a surgical implement such as an end effector of an endocutter.

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1783

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Shelton,, IV Frederick E Hillsboro, US 624 30612
Swayze, Jeffrey S Hamilton, US 180 13770

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2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 177 2006
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2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 101 2007
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2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 397 2007
2008/0169,329 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 391 2007
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2008/0169,333 Surgical stapler end effector with tapered distal end 393 2007
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2008/0308,604 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertant cable disengagement 61 2007
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2008/0308,607 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved closure system 132 2007
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2008/0314,956 Surgical stapling instrument with an artculating end effector 57 2007
2008/0314,961 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 95 2007
2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 96 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 370 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 152 2007
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2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 326 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 174 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 169 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 147 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 364 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 256 2007
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2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 167 2008
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2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 117 2008
2009/0206,123 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH REPROCESSIBLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY 71 2008
2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 72 2008
2009/0206,128 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEMS 71 2008
2009/0206,129 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH ARTICULATABLE COMPONENTS 83 2008
2009/0206,130 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 82 2008
2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 243 2008
2009/0206,134 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS 79 2008
2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 67 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 64 2008
2009/0206,144 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH USER FEEDBACK FEATURES AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR USE THEREWITH 102 2008
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2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 317 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 328 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 249 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 210 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 243 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 110 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 316 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 146 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 315 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 320 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 263 2008
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2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 229 2008
 
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5,680,983 Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge 234 1995
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5,630,539 Laparoscopic stapler with overload sensor and interlock 447 1995
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5,918,791 Surgical apparatus for applying surgical fasteners 451 1997
5,865,361 Surgical stapling apparatus 567 1997
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6,079,606 Surgical stapling apparatus 383 1998
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6,669,073 Surgical stapling apparatus 414 2001
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8,348,129 Surgical stapler having a closure mechanism 66 2009
8,141,762 Surgical stapler comprising a staple pocket 115 2009
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8,851,354 Surgical cutting instrument that analyzes tissue thickness 14 2009
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8,672,208 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 24 2010
8,540,133 Staple cartridge 44 2010
8,858,571 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 18 2010
8,408,439 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 54 2010
8,308,040 Surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector 63 2010
8,631,987 Pneumatically powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument with a variable control of the actuating rate of firing with mechanical power assist 30 2010
8,840,603 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 17 2010
8,632,535 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 30 2010
8,322,589 Surgical stapling instruments 64 2010
8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 44 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 47 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 50 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 19 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 20 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 19 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 19 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 23 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 47 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 84 2010
8,973,803 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features operable with one hand 3 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 79 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 30 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 20 2010
9,113,862 Surgical stapling instrument with a variable staple forming system 0 2010
9,113,864 Surgical cutting and fastening instruments with separate and distinct fastener deployment and tissue cutting systems 0 2010
9,044,227 Collapsible fastener cartridge 0 2010
9,044,228 Fastener system comprising a plurality of fastener cartridges 0 2010
9,033,203 Fastening instrument for deploying a fastener system comprising a retention matrix 0 2010
8,978,956 Jaw closure arrangements for surgical instruments 3 2010
8,925,782 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising multiple layers 9 2010
8,899,463 Surgical staple cartridges supporting non-linearly arranged staples and surgical stapling instruments with common staple-forming pockets 11 2010
8,864,007 Implantable fastener cartridge having a non-uniform arrangement 12 2010
8,840,003 Surgical stapling instrument with compact articulation control arrangement 15 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 18 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 17 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 18 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 18 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 18 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 17 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 18 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 64 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 71 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 95 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 23 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 172 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 53 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 91 2010
8,875,971 Surgical stapling apparatus with interlockable firing system 11 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 24 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 90 2011
9,028,519 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 44 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 110 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 45 2011
8,875,972 End effector coupling arrangements for a surgical cutting and stapling instrument 9 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 34 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 33 2011
9,044,229 Surgical fastener instruments 0 2011
8,926,598 Surgical instruments with articulatable and rotatable end effector 10 2011
8,857,693 Surgical instruments with lockable articulating end effector 14 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 19 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 65 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 38 2011
9,113,865 Staple cartridge comprising a layer 0 2011
9,016,542 Staple cartridge comprising compressible distortion resistant components 0 2011
8,978,954 Staple cartridge comprising an adjustable distal portion 3 2011
8,864,009 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler comprising an adjustable anvil 12 2011
8,857,694 Staple cartridge loading assembly 14 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 18 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 19 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 18 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 22 2011
9,072,535 Surgical stapling instruments with rotatable staple deployment arrangements 0 2011
9,060,770 Robotically-driven surgical instrument with E-beam driver 0 2011
8,992,422 Robotically-controlled endoscopic accessory channel 0 2011
8,931,682 Robotically-controlled shaft based rotary drive systems for surgical instruments 7 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 17 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 20 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 107 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 86 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 112 2011
9,113,883 Collapsible anvil plate assemblies for circular surgical stapling devices 0 2011
9,113,884 Modular surgical tool systems 0 2011
9,089,330 Surgical bowel retractor devices 0 2011
9,033,204 Circular stapling devices with tissue-puncturing anvil features 0 2011
8,978,955 Anvil assemblies with collapsible frames for circular staplers 3 2011
8,858,590 Tissue manipulation devices 14 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 18 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 20 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 26 2011
9,107,663 Stapling instrument comprising resettable staple drivers 0 2011
8,833,632 Firing member displacement system for a stapling instrument 15 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 19 2011
9,055,941 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck 0 2011
9,050,084 Staple cartridge including collapsible deck arrangement 0 2011
8,893,949 Surgical stapler with floating anvil 11 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 18 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 19 2011
8,844,789 Automated end effector component reloading system for use with a robotic system 17 2012
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 19 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 21 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 18 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 46 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 50 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 55 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 55 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 68 2012
9,044,230 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with apparatus for determining cartridge and firing motion status 0 2012
9,078,653 Surgical stapling device with lockout system for preventing actuation in the absence of an installed staple cartridge 0 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 27 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 55 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 34 2012
9,101,358 Articulatable surgical instrument comprising a firing drive 0 2012
9,101,385 Electrode connections for rotary driven surgical tools 0 2012
9,072,536 Differential locking arrangements for rotary powered surgical instruments 0 2012
9,028,494 Interchangeable end effector coupling arrangement 0 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 19 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 47 2012
8,911,471 Articulatable surgical device 9 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 19 2012
8,808,325 Surgical stapling instrument with staples having crown features for increasing formed staple footprint 0 2012
8,794,497 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 19 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 27 2013
9,005,230 Motorized surgical instrument 0 2013
8,899,465 Staple cartridge comprising drivers for deploying a plurality of staples 11 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 21 2013
9,084,601 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2013
8,925,788 End effectors for surgical stapling instruments 9 2014
8,973,804 Cartridge assembly having a buttressing member 3 2014
9,095,339 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,998,058 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
8,991,677 Detachable motor powered surgical instrument 0 2014
9,113,874 Surgical instrument system 0 2014
9,072,515 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2014
 
PARK, ADRIAN E. (1)
8,986,287 Adjustable laparoscopic instrument handle 0 2011
 
COVIDIEN LP (37)
8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 19 2008
* 8,113,409 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 4 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 23 2009
8,074,859 Surgical instrument 5 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 88 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 2 2010
8,360,299 Surgical stapling apparatus 40 2010
* 8,733,612 Safety method for powered surgical instruments 1 2010
* 2011/0036,890 Safety Method For Powered Surgical Instruments 70 2010
9,113,880 Internal backbone structural chassis for a surgical device 0 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 2 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 3 2010
8,276,801 Surgical stapling apparatus 55 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 1 2011
8,899,461 Tissue stop for surgical instrument 0 2011
8,186,557 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 2 2011
9,016,539 Multi-use loading unit 0 2011
8,899,462 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 1 2011
8,657,177 Surgical apparatus and method for endoscopic surgery 3 2011
9,010,607 Surgical instrument 0 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,864,010 Curved guide member for articulating instruments 0 2012
8,979,827 Surgical instrument with articulation mechanism 0 2012
8,955,732 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2012
8,550,325 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 0 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 3 2012
8,627,994 Surgical stapling apparatus 1 2012
8,893,950 Surgical apparatus for applying tissue fasteners 0 2012
9,113,863 Surgical fastening assembly 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 2 2012
8,636,190 Surgical stapling apparatus 1 2012
8,888,762 Flexible shaft extender and method of using same 0 2013
8,939,343 Surgical stapling apparatus including a drive beam 1 2013
8,851,355 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 4 2014
8,931,681 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2014
9,016,545 Apparatus for endoscopic procedures 0 2014
9,027,817 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2014
 
PARK, ADRIAN (1)
D685907 Handle for a surgical instrument 0 2012
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