Fastener cartridge assembly comprising a fixed anvil

  • US 10,070,863 B2
  • Filed: 03/12/2015
  • Issued: 09/11/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/31/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical stapling system, comprising:

  • an elongated shaft assembly; and

    an end effector comprising an open configuration and a closed configuration, wherein said end effector is operably coupled to said elongated shaft assembly, said end effector comprising;

    an anvil; and

    a staple cartridge, comprising;

    a cartridge body, wherein said cartridge body and said anvil are in a confronting relationship when said end effector is in said closed configuration;

    a plurality of first staple drivers movably supported within said cartridge body and being movable from an unactuated position to an actuated position upon application of a firing motion thereto that is transmitted by said elongated shaft assembly, each said first staple driver defining a first staple support cradle therein for supporting a staple thereon, each said first staple support cradle located a first staple forming distance from a corresponding portion of said anvil when said end effector is in said closed configuration; and

    a plurality of second staple drivers movably supported within said cartridge body and being laterally positioned with respect to said first staple drivers, each said second staple driver defining a second staple support cradle therein for supporting a staple thereon, each said second staple support cradle located a second staple forming distance from another portion of said anvil that corresponds to said second staple support cradle when said end effector is in said closed configuration, and wherein said second staple forming distance differs in magnitude from said first staple forming distance.

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