Staple cartridge comprising staples with different unformed heights

  • US 10,028,742 B2
  • Filed: 04/06/2015
  • Issued: 07/24/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/09/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge, comprising:

  • a cartridge body including a tissue supporting deck, wherein said deck comprises a first longitudinal step and a second longitudinal step;

    staple cavities defined in said cartridge body, wherein said staple cavities are arranged in;

    a first longitudinal row of staple cavities defined in said first longitudinal step;

    a second longitudinal row of staple cavities defined in said second longitudinal step; and

    a third longitudinal row of staple cavities;

    staples removably positioned in said staple cavities, wherein said staples are arranged in;

    a first longitudinal row of staples positioned in said first longitudinal row of staple cavities, wherein a first staple in said first longitudinal row of staples is defined by a first unformed height;

    a second longitudinal row of staples positioned in said second longitudinal row of staple cavities, wherein a second staple in said second longitudinal row of staples is defined by a second unformed height which is different than said first unformed height; and

    a third longitudinal row of staples positioned in said third longitudinal row of staple cavities, wherein said third longitudinal row of staples comprises a third staple; and

    a staple driver configured to eject said first staple, said second staple, and said third staple simultaneously,wherein said first staple is formed to a first deformed height against an anvil, and wherein said second staple is formed to a second deformed height against the anvil independent of said first staple.

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