(19)
(11)EP 3 123 957 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
08.03.2017 Bulletin 2017/10

(43)Date of publication A2:
01.02.2017 Bulletin 2017/05

(21)Application number: 16181970.1

(22)Date of filing:  29.07.2016
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A61B 17/072  (2006.01)
A61B 90/00  (2016.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
MA MD

(30)Priority: 30.07.2015 US 201514813266

(71)Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
00969 Guaynabo (PR)

(72)Inventors:
  • NALAGATLA, Anil K.
    Cincinnati, OH 45242 (US)
  • SHELTON, IV, Frederick E.
    Cincinnati, OH 45242 (US)
  • PATEL, Sudhir B.
    Cincinnati, OH 45242 (US)

(74)Representative: Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
One Southampton Row
London WC1B 5HA
London WC1B 5HA (GB)

  


(54)SURGICAL INSTRUMENT COMPRISING SYSTEMS FOR PERMITTING THE OPTIONAL TRANSECTION OF TISSUE


(57) A surgical instrument is disclosed which comprises a staple firing system and a tissue cutting system. The surgical instrument is configured to permit a surgeon to elect whether to actuate the tissue cutting system after the staple firing system has been actuated.