Staple cartridge assembly without a bottom cover

  • US 10,213,203 B2
  • Filed: 08/26/2015
  • Issued: 02/26/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/26/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, wherein said staple cartridge assembly comprises:

  • a cartridge body, comprising;

    a proximal end;

    a distal end;

    a deck;

    a longitudinal slot defined in said deck extending from said proximal end toward said distal end; and

    staple cavities, wherein said staple cavities are arranged in longitudinal rows, and wherein each said staple cavity comprises;

    a top opening defined in said deck;

    a bottom opening;

    a proximal end;

    a distal end; and

    a staple cavity sidewall extending between said proximal end and said distal end; and

    staples removably stored in said staple cavities, wherein each said staple comprises;

    a proximal leg;

    a distal leg;

    a base extending between said proximal leg and said distal leg; and

    a retention projection extending from said base,wherein said retention projections of said staples are engaged with said staple cavity sidewalls to prevent said staples from falling out of said bottom openings of said staple cavities.

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