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Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc. | Date: 2017-04-05

Devices and methods for positioning a surgical instrument are described herein. A positioning device includes a base that can be placed against tissue and a shuttle including a lumen that can receive a surgical instrument. The lumen can be translated in at least two directions relative to the base and an orientation of the lumen relative to the base can be polyaxially adjusted. Further, the device includes a locking mechanism that, upon actuation, prevents both translational movement and polyaxial movement of the lumen relative to the base.


Patent
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc. | Date: 2017-01-18

An end effector for use with a surgical instrument includes a first jaw, a second jaw, a blade assembly, and a lockout assembly. The first jaw removably couples with a staple cartridge. The second jaw is movably coupled with the first jaw. The blade assembly translates relative to the first jaw and includes a first tab. The lockout assembly includes a resilient member that biases the blade assembly to a lockout position. The lockout assembly engages the first tab of the blade assembly in the lockout position to prevent the blade assembly from translating distally relative to the first jaw when a staple cartridge is absent from the first jaw or when a spent staple cartridge is disposed in the first jaw.


Patent
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc. | Date: 2017-02-15

In various embodiments of the present invention, a piece of buttress material can be configured to match a curved profile of the anvil and/or staple cartridge of a surgical stapler. In at least one embodiment, the piece of buttress material can include first and second edges extending between first and second ends. In these embodiments, the first edge can be defined by a first radius of curvature and the second edge can be defined by a second radius of curvature wherein the second radius of curvature is larger than the first radius of curvature. In at least one embodiment, the anvil and/or staple cartridge can include a surface configured for receiving a piece of buttress material thereon and a lip which at least partially extends along the periphery thereof wherein the lip can be configured to reduce relative movement between the piece of buttress material and the surface.


Patent
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc. | Date: 2017-01-11

A compression-self-adjusting staple includes a substantially U-shaped staple body and a compression device. The staple body has a bridge and two legs extending from the bridge at an angle thereto. Each of the legs has a base end integral with the bridge and a deformable distal end defining a stapling point shaped to pierce material to be stapled. The compression device is at least partly disposed between the legs and has a bias portion with a compression surface movably disposed between the legs and a compression resistor connected to the bridge and to the compression surface and formed to resist movement of the compression surface towards the bridge with a force.


Patent
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc. | Date: 2017-02-08

In one general aspect, various embodiments are directed to an ultrasonic surgical instrument that comprises a transducer configured to produce vibrations along a longitudinal axis at a predetermined frequency. In various embodiments, an ultrasonic blade extends along the longitudinal axis and is coupled to the transducer. In various embodiments, the ultrasonic blade includes a body having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the distal end is movable relative to the longitudinal axis by the vibrations produced by the transducer.


A surgical cutting and fastening instrument is disclosed. According to various embodiments, the instrument may include a handle assembly that has an elongate shaft attached thereto. An end effector that is configured to support a staple cartridge may be pivotally coupled to the elongate shaft. The handle assembly may support a generator of rotary motion that interfaces with a rotary drive system that may include a flexible drive shaft. The flexible drive shaft may be configured to impart a driving motion to a knife supporting assembly supported within the end effector. Such arrangement enables the end effector to be fired while being articulated relative to the elongate shaft.


Patent
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc. | Date: 2017-01-25

A surgical stapling instrument that is configured to be used in connection with different sizes of interchangeable end effectors. The end effectors are removably couplable to an elongated shaft assembly that protrudes from a handle assembly. The end effectors are configured to support different sizes of implantable staple cartridges therein. The staples within the staple cartridge are formed as an anvil portion of the end effector is compressed into the staple cartridge. The surgical stapling instrument further includes removable adapters that facilitate attachment of different sizes of end effectors to the elongated shaft assembly.


Patent
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc. | Date: 2017-04-05

A staple cartridge assembly comprising an implantable layer is disclosed. The implantable layer comprises a top portion, a bottom portion, and structural walls interwoven between the top portion and the bottom portion.


Patent
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc. | Date: 2017-04-12

A surgical suturing device comprises a cartridge having a needle and suture. An elongate shaft has a proximal end and a distal end. An actuator is connected to the proximal end of the elongate shaft. A pair of jaws is connected to the distal end of the elongate shaft. The jaws have a closed position adapted to receive and retain the cartridge, and wherein the jaws are latched in the closed position. The jaws also have a partially opened position adapted to release the cartridge wherein the jaws are biased by a spring from the first opened position towards the closed position. The jaws also have and a fully opened position spaced apart further than the partially opened position, wherein spring does not bias the jaws towards the closed position.


Patent
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc. | Date: 2016-08-22

A surgical staple including a crown and a deformable member extending from the crown, the deformable member having a notch configured to cause the deformable member to bend at the notch when the staple is deformed from a first shape into a second shape. The crown of the surgical staple, in various embodiments, further includes a forming surface, or anvil, which is configured to deform the deformable member and/or guide a distal end of the deformable member when the distal end contacts the crown.

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