Actuator for releasing a tissue thickness compensator from a fastener cartridge

  • US 10,213,198 B2
  • Filed: 02/08/2013
  • Issued: 02/26/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A fastener cartridge assembly, comprising:

  • a cartridge body comprising a plurality of fastener cavities;

    a plurality of fasteners, wherein each said fastener is removably positioned in a said fastener cavity;

    a tissue thickness compensator releasably secured relative to said cartridge body;

    a connector, wherein said connector secures said tissue thickness compensator to said cartridge body at a location, and wherein the location is distal to at least one said fastener cavity;

    an actuator configured to overcome said connector when actuated, wherein said actuator overcomes said connector prior to the removal of said fasteners from said fastener cavities; and

    a firing element configured to remove said fasteners from said fastener cavities during a firing stroke, wherein said firing element is configured to actuate said actuator during the firing stroke.

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