Surgical stapling apparatus comprising a tissue stop

  • US 10,076,325 B2
  • Filed: 10/13/2014
  • Issued: 09/18/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/13/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical stapling apparatus, comprising:

  • a cartridge body, comprising;

    a proximal end;

    a distal end;

    a deck comprising a tissue-supporting surface;

    a slot defined in said deck, wherein said slot extends from said proximal end toward said distal end; and

    a plurality of staple cavities;

    a plurality of staples removably stored in said staple cavities which are arranged in a staple pattern; and

    a tissue stop positioned in said slot, wherein said tissue stop extends above said deck, wherein said tissue stop is configured to be displaced into said cartridge body from an undisplaced position to a displaced position, wherein said tissue stop is positioned within said staple pattern, wherein said tissue stop is configured to inhibit the distal flow of tissue relative to said deck when said tissue stop is positioned in said undisplaced position, wherein said tissue stop comprises a detent releasably engaged with said cartridge body, and wherein said detent is configured to release from said cartridge body to permit said tissue stop to move from said undisplaced position to said displaced position.

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