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The Covidien Lp patent solves the following problem:
The present disclosure relates generally to the field of reposable or reusable opera. In particular, the disclosure relates to instruments with separable and replaceable components to provide clean, sterile or renovated over time.
Our analysis of this patent is as follows:
Covidien Lp’s patent US 9456873 B2 deals with System and method for performing surgical procedures with a reusable instrument module.
A surgical instrument includes an outer housing shell defining a cavity. The outer housing shell defines an upper outer housing half and a lower outer housing of the half. The upper outer housing half defines a longitudinal axis. An instrument module is selectively insertable into the hole in the outer housing shell. The instrument module includes an inner housing shell, at least one motor disposed in the housing shell, a control board in electrical communication with at least one motor, and an energy source in electrical communication with at least one motor and the control board. The instrument module is inserted into the hole in the outer housing shell in such a way that the operative axis at least one motor that substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis on the outer half of the housing.
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