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Title:
ROTARY DRIVE SHAFT ASSEMBLIES FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH ARTICULATABLE END EFFECTORS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2014/004292
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
Drive shaft assemblies for a surgical instrument. Various forms include a plurality of movably interlocking joint segments that are interconnected to form a flexible hollow tube. A flexible secondary constraining member is configured in flexible constraining engagement with the plurality of movably interlocking joint segments to retain the interlocking joint segments in movable interlocking engagement while facilitating flexing of the drive shaft assembly.

Inventors:
SHELTON, Frederick E., IV (245 East Main Street, Hillsboro, Ohio, 45133, US)
SWAYZE, Jeffrey S. (7047 Birchley Drive, Hamilton, Ohio, 45011, US)
MORGAN, Jerome R. (3275 S. Whitetree Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236, US)
STAMMEN, John L. (8238 Glenhaven Court, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45241, US)
BAXTER, Chester O., III (6375 Pawnee Ridge, Loveland, Ohio, 45140, US)
Application Number:
US2013/047049
Publication Date:
December 24, 2014
Filing Date:
June 21, 2013
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (4545 Creek Road, #97Cincinnati, Ohio, 45242, US)
International Classes:
A61B17/29; F16C1/04
Foreign References:
US20090240274A12009-09-24
US20090018567A12009-01-15
US20020038129A12002-03-28
US20030220641A12003-11-27
US5851208A1998-12-22
EP0764423A11997-03-26
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
JOHNSON, Philip S. et al. (Johnson & Johnson, One Johnson & Johnson PlazaNew Brunswick, New Jersey, 08933, US)
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