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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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.CINCINNATI, OH1611

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Shelton,, IV Frederick E - 653 27859
Swayze, Jeffrey S Hamilton, OH 215 14364

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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (163)
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5,415,335 Surgical stapler cartridge containing lockout mechanism 265 1994
5,529,235 Identification device for surgical instrument 448 1994
5,709,680 Electrosurgical hemostatic device 496 1994
5,688,270 Electrosurgical hemostatic device with recessed and/or offset electrodes 463 1995
5,535,934 Identification device for surgical instrument 335 1995
5,713,505 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 342 1996
5,823,066 Articulation transmission mechanism for surgical instruments 290 1996
5,577,654 Surgical instrument 417 1996
5,702,408 Articulating surgical instrument 288 1996
5,704,534 Articulation assembly for surgical instruments 427 1996
5,673,840 Surgical instrument 422 1996
5,692,668 Surgical instrument 441 1996
5,826,776 Surgical instrument 435 1996
5,673,841 Surgical instrument 478 1996
5,878,938 Surgical stapler with improved locking mechanism 219 1997
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6,773,438 Surgical instrument having a rotary lockout mechanism 261 2000
6,978,921 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating an E-beam firing mechanism 353 2003
6,988,649 Surgical stapling instrument having a spent cartridge lockout 314 2003
7,044,352 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 306 2003
7,055,731 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a tapered firing bar for increased flexibility around the articulation joint 330 2003
6,905,057 Surgical stapling instrument incorporating a firing mechanism having a linked rack transmission 440 2003
7,380,695 Surgical stapling instrument having a single lockout mechanism for prevention of firing 290 2003
7,083,075 Multi-stroke mechanism with automatic end of stroke retraction 294 2005
2006/0190,028 Surgical instrument incorporating a fluid transfer controlled articulation mechanism 71 2005
2006/0226,196 Surgical instrument with guided laterally moving articulation member 289 2005
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2007/0102,452 Surgical stapling instruments structured for pump-assisted delivery of medical agents 116 2005
2007/0102,453 Surgical stapling instruments structured for delivery of medical agents 137 2005
2007/0102,472 Electrosurgical stapling instrument with disposable severing / stapling unit 267 2005
7,328,828 Lockout mechanisms and surgical instruments including same 239 2005
2007/0106,317 Hydraulically and electrically actuated articulation joints for surgical instruments 279 2005
7,354,447 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 201 2005
2007/0114,261 Surgical stapler with a bendable end effector 224 2005
7,246,734 Rotary hydraulic pump actuated multi-stroke surgical instrument 372 2005
2007/0158,385 Surgical instrument having an articulating end effector 158 2006
2007/0175,949 Surgical instrument having a feedback system 273 2006
2007/0175,950 Disposable staple cartridge having an anvil with tissue locator for use with a surgical cutting and fastening instrument and modular end effector system therefor 300 2006
2007/0175,951 Gearing selector for a powered surgical cutting and fastening instrument 271 2006
2007/0175,953 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with mechanical closure system 237 2006
2007/0175,955 Surgical cutting and fastening instrument with closure trigger locking mechanism 273 2006
2007/0175,956 Electronic lockouts and surgical instrument including same 181 2006
2007/0175,957 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with adaptive user feedback 170 2006
2007/0175,958 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with user feedback system 174 2006
2007/0175,959 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with articulatable end effector 162 2006
2007/0175,964 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 200 2006
2007/0179,476 Endoscopic surgical instrument with a handle that can articulate with respect to the shaft 121 2006
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2008/0078,805 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical mechanism for limiting maximum tissue compression 112 2006
2008/0078,806 Surgical stapling instrument with mechanical indicator to show levels of tissue compression 212 2006
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2008/0078,808 Surgical staples having dissolvable, bioabsorbable or biofragmentable portions and stapling instruments for deploying the same 211 2006
2008/0082,124 Surgical staples having compressible or crushable members for securing tissue therein and stapling instruments for deploying the same 134 2006
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2008/0164,296 Prevention of cartridge reuse in a surgical instrument 156 2007
2008/0167,522 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and sensor transponders 220 2007
2008/0167,644 Surgical instrument with enhanced battery performance 129 2007
2008/0167,670 Interlock and surgical instrument including same 96 2007
2008/0167,671 Surgical instrument with elements to communicate between control unit and end effector 133 2007
2008/0167,672 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 204 2007
2008/0167,736 Post-sterilization programming of surgical instruments 99 2007
2008/0169,328 Buttress material for use with a surgical stapler 300 2007
2008/0169,329 Curved end effector for a surgical stapling device 318 2007
2008/0169,330 Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector 284 2007
2008/0169,331 Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism 295 2007
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2007/0194,079 Surgical stapling device with staple drivers of different height 244 2007
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2008/0237,298 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with manually retractable firing member 58 2007
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2007/0170,225 Disposable loading unit and surgical instruments including same 248 2007
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2008/0296,347 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 120 2007
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2008/0308,601 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved anvil opening features 98 2007
2008/0308,602 Surgical stapling and cutting instruments 219 2007
2008/0308,603 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved cable attachment arrangements 220 2007
2008/0308,604 Cable driven surgical stapling and cutting instrument with apparatus for preventing inadvertant cable disengagement 53 2007
2008/0308,606 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved firing system 86 2007
2008/0308,607 Surgical stapling and cutting instrument with improved closure system 113 2007
2008/0314,955 Surgical stapling instruments 104 2007
2008/0314,956 Surgical stapling instrument with an artculating end effector 56 2007
2008/0314,961 End effector closure system for a surgical stapling instrument 86 2007
2008/0314,962 Surgical stapling instrument with an anti-back up mechanism 87 2007
7,441,685 Surgical stapling instrument with a return mechanism 203 2007
2008/0082,115 Method of manufacturing staples 142 2007
2008/0082,125 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 202 2007
2008/0082,126 Surgical staple having a deformable member with a non-circular cross-sectional geometry 262 2007
2009/0001,121 Surgical staple having an expandable portion 274 2007
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2009/0001,124 Staple cartridge cavity configurations 267 2007
2009/0001,125 Surgical stapling instrument having a releasable buttress material 147 2007
2009/0001,126 Surgical staples with improved tissue compression features 142 2007
2009/0001,128 Washer for use with a surgical stapling instrument 127 2007
2009/0001,130 Surgical procedure using a cutting and stapling instrument having releasable staple-forming pockets 272 2007
2009/0005,807 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 193 2007
2009/0005,808 Staple cartridge cavity configuration with cooperative surgical staple 283 2007
2009/0005,809 Surgical staple having a slidable crown 193 2007
7,438,209 Surgical stapling instruments having a releasable staple-forming pocket 275 2007
2008/0314,954 Surgical stapling instrument with a geared return mechanism 92 2008
2008/0314,957 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 149 2008
2009/0200,355 SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED FIRING TRIGGER ARRANGEMENT 56 2008
2008/0296,343 SURGICAL INSTRUMENT ARTICULATION JOINT COVER 106 2008
2009/0206,123 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH REPROCESSIBLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY 66 2008
2009/0206,124 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FEATURES OPERABLE WITH ONE HAND 67 2008
2009/0206,128 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH RETRACTABLE FIRING SYSTEMS 66 2008
2009/0206,129 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH ARTICULATABLE COMPONENTS 76 2008
2009/0206,130 SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH INTERLOCKABLE FIRING SYSTEM 75 2008
2009/0206,133 ARTICULATABLE LOADING UNITS FOR SURGICAL STAPLING AND CUTTING INSTRUMENTS 179 2008
2009/0206,134 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS 74 2008
2009/0206,135 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH FIRING INDICATOR 63 2008
2009/0206,136 DISPOSABLE MOTOR-DRIVEN LOADING UNIT FOR USE WITH A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING APPARATUS 60 2008
2009/0206,144 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNIT WITH USER FEEDBACK FEATURES AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR USE THEREWITH 93 2008
2009/0209,946 INTERCHANGEABLE TOOLS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS 192 2008
2009/0206,125 PACKAGING FOR ATTACHING BUTTRESS MATERIAL TO A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 235 2008
2009/0206,126 BUTTRESS MATERIAL WITH ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION FEATURES FOR USE WITH SURGICAL END EFFECTORS 242 2008
2009/0206,131 END EFFECTOR COUPLING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 182 2008
2009/0206,132 FEEDBACK AND LOCKOUT MECHANISM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 175 2008
2009/0206,137 DISPOSABLE LOADING UNITS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 179 2008
2009/0206,138 CLOSURE SYSTEMS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 101 2008
2009/0206,139 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 235 2008
2009/0206,140 END EFFECTORS FOR A SURGICAL CUTTING AND STAPLING INSTRUMENT 128 2008
2009/0206,141 BUTTRESS MATERIAL HAVING AN ACTIVATABLE ADHESIVE 234 2008
2009/0206,142 BUTTRESS MATERIAL FOR A SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT 239 2008
2009/0206,143 SURGICAL END EFFECTOR HAVING BUTTRESS RETENTION FEATURES 214 2008
2008/0210,738 STAPLE CARTRIDGES FOR FORMING STAPLES HAVING DIFFERING FORMED STAPLE HEIGHTS 151 2008
2009/0076,534 ACCESSING DATA STORED IN A MEMORY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT 186 2008
 
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8,540,129 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 13 2010
8,453,907 Motor driven surgical fastener device with cutting member reversing mechanism 13 2010
8,444,036 Motor driven surgical fastener device with mechanisms for adjusting a tissue gap within the end effector 16 2010
8,801,734 Circular stapling instruments with secondary cutting arrangements and methods of using same 0 2010
8,801,735 Surgical circular stapler with tissue retention arrangements 0 2010
8,789,740 Linear cutting and stapling device with selectively disengageable cutting member 0 2010
8,783,543 Tissue acquisition arrangements and methods for surgical stapling devices 0 2010
8,672,207 Transwall visualization arrangements and methods for surgical circular staplers 0 2010
8,453,908 Surgical stapling instrument with improved firing trigger arrangement 13 2010
8,196,795 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 43 2010
8,360,296 Surgical stapling head assembly with firing lockout for a surgical stapler 40 2010
8,632,525 Power control arrangements for surgical instruments and batteries 2 2010
8,733,613 Staple cartridge 0 2010
8,814,024 Fastener system comprising a plurality of connected retention matrix elements 0 2010
8,783,542 Fasteners supported by a fastener cartridge support 0 2010
8,763,877 Surgical instruments with reconfigurable shaft segments 0 2010
8,757,465 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and an alignment matrix 0 2010
8,752,699 Implantable fastener cartridge comprising bioabsorbable layers 0 2010
8,740,034 Surgical stapling instrument with interchangeable staple cartridge arrangements 0 2010
8,740,037 Compressible fastener cartridge 0 2010
8,529,600 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix 16 2010
8,474,677 Fastener system comprising a retention matrix and a cover 18 2010
8,393,514 Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge 36 2010
8,695,866 Surgical instrument having a power control circuit 0 2010
D650074 Surgical instrument 115 2010
8,424,740 Surgical instrument having a directional switching mechanism 19 2010
8,167,185 Surgical instrument having recording capabilities 53 2010
8,636,187 Surgical stapling systems that produce formed staples having different lengths 0 2011
8,196,796 Shaft based rotary drive system for surgical instruments 52 2011
8,540,130 Disposable motor-driven loading unit for use with a surgical cutting and stapling apparatus 13 2011
8,113,410 Surgical stapling apparatus with control features 64 2011
8,517,243 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 14 2011
8,561,870 Surgical stapling instrument 7 2011
8,534,528 Surgical instrument having a multiple rate directional switching mechanism 7 2011
8,800,841 Surgical staple cartridges 0 2011
8,540,131 Surgical staple cartridges with tissue tethers for manipulating divided tissue and methods of using same 15 2011
8,567,656 Staple cartridges for forming staples having differing formed staple heights 8 2011
8,777,004 Compressible staple cartridge comprising alignment members 0 2011
8,746,535 Tissue thickness compensator comprising detachable portions 0 2011
8,740,038 Staple cartridge comprising a releasable portion 0 2011
8,657,176 Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler 0 2011
8,752,749 Robotically-controlled disposable motor-driven loading unit 0 2011
8,684,253 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between a control unit of a robotic system and remote sensor 0 2011
8,292,155 Motor-driven surgical cutting and fastening instrument with tactile position feedback 61 2011
8,333,313 Surgical stapling instrument with a firing member return mechanism 44 2011
8,205,781 Surgical stapler with apparatus for adjusting staple height 65 2011
8,827,903 Modular tool heads for use with circular surgical instruments 0 2011
8,734,478 Rectal manipulation devices 0 2011
8,632,462 Trans-rectum universal ports 2 2011
8,789,739 Continuous stapling instrument 0 2011
8,789,741 Surgical instrument with trigger assembly for generating multiple actuation motions 0 2011
8,746,529 Accessing data stored in a memory of a surgical instrument 0 2011
8,820,605 Robotically-controlled surgical instruments 0 2012
8,800,838 Robotically-controlled cable-based surgical end effectors 0 2012
8,783,541 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system 0 2012
8,616,431 Shiftable drive interface for robotically-controlled surgical tool 3 2012
8,602,288 Robotically-controlled motorized surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems having variable actuation speeds 4 2012
8,573,461 Surgical stapling instruments with cam-driven staple deployment arrangements 8 2012
8,573,465 Robotically-controlled surgical end effector system with rotary actuated closure systems 8 2012
8,479,969 Drive interface for operably coupling a manipulatable surgical tool to a robot 17 2012
8,668,130 Surgical stapling systems and staple cartridges for deploying surgical staples with tissue compression features 0 2012
8,453,914 Motor-driven surgical cutting instrument with electric actuator directional control assembly 17 2012
8,602,287 Motor driven surgical cutting instrument 4 2012
8,747,238 Rotary drive shaft assemblies for surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors 0 2012
8,517,244 Surgical stapling instrument having a medical substance dispenser 14 2012
8,746,530 Surgical instrument with wireless communication between control unit and remote sensor 0 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 0 2012
8,657,178 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2013
8,763,875 End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument 0 2013
 
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8,701,959 Mechanically pivoting cartridge channel for surgical instrument 0 2008
8,113,409 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 1 2009
8,132,706 Surgical stapling apparatus having articulation mechanism 1 2009
8,074,859 Surgical instrument 1 2010
8,348,127 Surgical fastener applying apparatus 43 2010
8,342,378 One handed stapler 0 2010
8,360,299 Surgical stapling apparatus 9 2010
8,733,612 Safety method for powered surgical instruments 0 2010
8,418,907 Surgical stapler having cartridge with adjustable cam mechanism 0 2010
8,308,041 Staple formed over the wire wound closure procedure 0 2010
8,276,801 Surgical stapling apparatus 22 2011
8,763,876 Surgical instrument and cartridge for use therewith 0 2011
8,186,557 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 0 2011
8,657,177 Surgical apparatus and method for endoscopic surgery 0 2011
8,740,036 Surgical instrument with actuator spring arm 0 2011
8,550,325 Surgical stapling apparatus with clamping assembly 0 2012
8,419,768 Surgical stapling apparatus with powered articulation 1 2012
8,627,994 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2012
8,636,766 Surgical stapling apparatus including sensing mechanism 0 2012
8,636,190 Surgical stapling apparatus 0 2012
 
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