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METHOD FOR PASSING CLIPS THROUGH DUAL PLANE ARTICULATING CLIP APPLIER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250313D
Publication Date: 2017-Jun-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 374K

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Abstract

Current articulating clip appliers have no way or feeding clips to the end effector through the articulation joint. This results in the articulation joint having to be proximal to the stored clips, which lengthens the region being articulated. A mobile clip feeder assembly eliminates need to store clips distal from dual plane joint.

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METHOD FOR PASSING CLIPS THROUGH DUAL PLANE ARTICULATING CLIP APPLIER

SUMMARY

Current articulating clip appliers have no way or feeding clips to the end effector through the articulation joint.

This results in the articulation joint having to be proximal to the stored clips, which lengthens the region being

articulated. A mobile clip feeder assembly eliminates need to store clips distal from dual plane joint.

DESCRIPTION

A mobile clip feeder can pass through an articulated joint while it is in a neutral position to load a clip into the

jaws, and then retract to allow the end effector full range of motion. This enables dual plan articulating clip

appliers with a shortened articulating region while retaining multi-clip storage.

Clip Loading Steps:

1. Dual plane joint resets to neutral position (A) 2. Clip feeder extends distally through ID of dual plane joint so ramps align with intake of jaws (B) 3. Single clip is pushed from clip feeder into jaws 4. Clip feeder retracts proximally allowing dual plane joint full freedom of movement (A)

This process repeats between each firing.

A B

A

B

Proximal Distal

Dual Plane Joint

Jaws

Clip feeder aligned with intake

Clip Feeder

0.350” OD 0.192” Wide