Surgical staple driver arrays

  • US 10,172,619 B2
  • Filed: 09/02/2015
  • Issued: 01/08/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/02/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical staple driver array for operable use with a surgical staple cartridge, said surgical staple driver array comprising:

  • a distal staple driver configured to be slidably supported in the surgical staple cartridge and configured to operably support at least two distal surgical staples thereon that are each oriented in a distal direction;

    at least one first intermediate staple driver configured to be slidably supported in the surgical staple cartridge, each said at least one first intermediate staple driver configured to operably support at least two first intermediate surgical staples each oriented in a first direction and at least two second intermediate surgical staples each oriented in a second direction that is transverse to said first direction; and

    at least one second intermediate staple driver configured to be slidably supported adjacent said distal staple driver and a corresponding one of said at least one first intermediate staple drivers, each said at least one second intermediate staple driver configured to operably support five, secondary surgical staples thereon wherein at least two of the secondary surgical staples are each oriented in a primary direction and at least one other of the secondary surgical staples is oriented in a secondary direction that is transverse to the primary direction.

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