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1. (WO2019003008) SURGICAL SYSTEM COUPLABLE WITH STAPLE CARTRIDGE AND RADIO FREQUENCY CARTRIDGE, AND METHOD OF USING SAME
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CLAIMS

1. A method, comprising:

delivering staples from a surgical staple cartridge of a surgical instrument to a first tissue during a first procedure;

removing the surgical staple cartridge from the surgical instrument; and

delivering radio-frequency energy from a radio-frequency cartridge of the surgical instrument to a second tissue during a second procedure.

2. The method of Claim 1 , wherein the delivering of the radio-frequency energy from the radio-frequency cartridge occurs before the delivering of the staples from the surgical staple cartridge.

3. The method of Claim 1 , wherein the second procedure is different from the first procedure.

4. The method of Claim 1 , further comprising inserting the surgical staple cartridge into the surgical instrument prior to the delivering of the staples.

5. The method of Claim 4, wherein inserting the surgical staple cartridge into the surgical instrument comprises inserting the surgical staple cartridge into an interchangeable tool assembly.

6. The method of Claim 1 , further comprising, prior to the delivering of the radio-frequency energy, inserting a second surgical staple cartridge into the surgical instrument.

7. The method of Claim 1 , further comprising, prior to the delivering of the radio-frequency energy:

inserting the radio-frequency cartridge into the surgical instrument; and

coupling the radio-frequency cartridge to a radio-frequency generator.

8. The method of Claim 7, wherein inserting the radio-frequency cartridge into the surgical instrument comprises inserting the radio-frequency cartridge into an interchangeable tool assembly.

9. The method of Claim 1 , further comprising removing the radio-frequency cartridge from the surgical instrument.

10. The method of Claim 9, further comprising inserting a second radio-frequency cartridge into the surgical instrument.

1 1 . The method of Claim 9, further comprising inserting a second surgical staple cartridge into the surgical instrument.

12. A method of utilizing an interchangeable tool assembly, the method comprising:

utilizing a staple cartridge coupled to the interchangeable tool assembly to deliver staples to seal a first tissue during the first period of time;

replacing the staple cartridge; and

utilizing a radio-frequency cartridge coupled to the interchangeable tool assembly to deliver radio-frequency energy to seal a second tissue during the second period of time.

13. The method of Claim 12, wherein replacing the staple cartridge comprises:

uncoupling the staple cartridge from the interchangeable tool assembly; and coupling the radio-frequency cartridge to the interchangeable tool assembly.

14. The method of Claim 13, wherein coupling the radio-frequency cartridge to the interchangeable tool assembly comprises coupling the radio-frequency cartridge to an end effector of the interchangeable tool assembly.

15. The method of Claim 12, further comprising, prior to the utilizing of the staple cartridge, coupling the staple cartridge to an end effector of the interchangeable tool assembly.

16. The method of Claim 12, further comprising, prior to utilizing the radio-frequency cartridge:

coupling the radio-frequency cartridge to the interchangeable tool assembly; and coupling the interchangeable tool assembly to a radio-frequency generator.

17. The method of Claim 12, further comprising coupling a second staple cartridge to the interchangeable tool assembly.

18. The method of Claim 12, further comprising coupling a second radio-frequency cartridge to the interchangeable tool assembly.

19. A method, comprising:

sealing a first tissue with staples from a removable staple cartridge of a surgical instrument;

sterilizing the surgical instrument; and

sealing a second tissue with radio-frequency energy delivered by a removable radio-frequency cartridge of the surgical instrument.