Surgical staple and driver arrangements for staple cartridges

  • US 10,206,677 B2
  • Filed: 09/26/2014
  • Issued: 02/19/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/26/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A staple cartridge, comprising:

  • a cartridge body comprising a deck, wherein a longitudinal slot is defined at least partially through the cartridge body, wherein a plurality of staple cavities are defined into the cartridge body, and wherein the plurality of staple cavities comprises;

    a first staple cavity comprising a first opening in the deck on a first side of the longitudinal slot; and

    a second staple cavity comprising a second opening in the deck on the first side of the longitudinal slot;

    a plurality of staples, comprising;

    a first staple removably positioned in the first staple cavity, wherein the first staple comprises a first base; and

    a second staple removably positioned in the second staple cavity, wherein the second staple comprises a second base; and

    a driver movably positioned relative to the cartridge body, wherein the driver comprises;

    a first trough, wherein the first base is aligned with the first trough, wherein the first trough pushes the first base to push the first staple out of the first staple cavity during a firing stroke; and

    a second trough, wherein the second base is aligned with the second trough, wherein the second trough pushes the second base to push the second staple out of the second staple cavity during the firing stroke, wherein the driver remains in the cartridge body after the firing stroke, and wherein the second trough is angularly-oriented relative to, and not parallel to, the first trough.

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