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1. (WO2018017495) ARTICULATION JOINT HAVING AN INNER GUIDE

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/017495    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/042440
Publication Date: Fri Jan 26 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Jul 18 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: A61B 17/29
Applicants: ETHICON LLC
Inventors: WORRELL, Barry C.
STEWART, Randolph C.
STROBL, Geoffrey S.
Title: ARTICULATION JOINT HAVING AN INNER GUIDE
Abstract:
Devices and methods for articulating a distal end of a surgical device are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, the device includes an articulation joint that includes both an inner guide and an outer sleeve. The inner guide includes one channel extending therethrough that receives both a cutting mechanism and a closure band. Further, an outer surface of the inner guide, in conjunction with the outer sleeve, can define two additional channels that each receive an articulation band for articulating an end effector coupled to the articulation joint. The outer surface of the inner guide can include a plurality of ribs that also help define the two additional channels. Further, the outer sleeve can include a plurality of slots formed in it to improve flexibility and stability. Additional configurations of articulation joints, and configurations of components of a surgical device, are also provided, as are methods for using the same.