Surgical staple cartridge

  • US 10,172,616 B2
  • Filed: 12/08/2014
  • Issued: 01/08/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/29/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapling instrument, said staple cartridge assembly comprising:

  • a plurality of staples; and

    a cartridge body, comprising;

    a proximal end;

    a distal end;

    an elongate slot extending along a first longitudinal axis between said proximal end and said distal end, wherein said first longitudinal axis defines a first side and a second side of said cartridge body;

    a plurality of first staple cavities arranged in a first row, wherein said first side of said cartridge body includes said first row, wherein each said first staple cavity defines a first axis, and wherein each said first staple cavity comprises;

    a first proximal end portion, wherein said first axis extends through said first proximal end portion; and

    a first distal end portion, wherein said first axis extends through said first distal end portion;

    a plurality of second staple cavities arranged in a second row, wherein said first side of said cartridge body includes said second row, wherein each said second staple cavity defines a second axis, wherein each said second staple cavity is spatially separate from each said first staple cavity, and wherein each said second staple cavity comprises;

    a second proximal end portion, wherein said second axis extends through said second proximal end portion; and

    a second distal end portion, wherein said second axis extends through said second distal end portion; and

    wherein each said first axis and each said second axis are transverse to said first longitudinal axis, wherein each said first axis is transverse to each said second axis,wherein said first row and said second row overlap such that said first distal end portions are positioned at least partially between said second end distal portions, wherein a second longitudinal axis transects said first distal end portions and said second distal end portions, and wherein said second longitudinal axis is parallel to said first longitudinal axis.

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