Staple cartridge comprising a tissue thickness compensator

  • US 10,052,104 B2
  • Filed: 12/31/2014
  • Issued: 08/21/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/16/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge, comprising:

  • a cartridge body, comprising;

    a deck and a bottom surface opposite the deck;

    a plurality of staple cavities, wherein each staple cavity extends into the cartridge body from the deck to the bottom surface; and

    a plurality of wells, wherein each well comprises sidewalls and a lowermost surface, wherein the sidewalls of each well extend into the cartridge body from the deck to the lowermost surface of the well, and wherein the plurality of wells comprises;

    a first well; and

    a second well laterally offset with respect to the first well;

    a plurality of staples removably positioned in the staple cavities; and

    a tissue thickness compensator releasably secured to the cartridge body, wherein the tissue thickness compensator comprises;

    a compensator body; and

    a plurality of extensions extending from the compensator body into the wells, wherein the plurality of extensions comprises a first extension compressed between the sidewalls of the first well.

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