Surgical staple cartridges with driver arrangements for establishing herringbone staple patterns

  • US 10,238,390 B2
  • Filed: 09/02/2015
  • Issued: 03/26/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/02/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical staple driver array for operable use in a surgical staple cartridge, said surgical staple driver array, comprising:

  • a plurality of first staple drivers configured to be slidably supported in the surgical staple cartridge, each said first staple driver being configured to operably support at least two first surgical staples thereon that are parallel to each other, each first surgical staple comprising a first crown and wherein the first crown of one of the first surgical staples supported on one of said first staple drivers is aligned on a first base axis; and

    at least one second staple driver configured to be slidably supported in the surgical staple cartridge, each said second staple driver supporting a single, second surgical staple thereon, the second surgical staple extending in a second direction that is transverse to each of the first surgical staples supported on at least one of said first staple drivers that is adjacent thereto, and wherein another crown of another first surgical staple that is supported on said one of said first staple drivers is aligned on a second base axis that is parallel to said first base axis and wherein said first and second staple drivers are oriented in a line in the surgical staple cartridge such that one of said first staple drivers is located on each axial side of each said second staple driver and wherein each of said first staple drivers comprises a first camming surface and a second camming surface spaced from said first camming surface, wherein each of said second staple drivers comprises a primary camming surface and a secondary camming surface spaced from said primary camming surface, said first camming surface and said primary camming surface being aligned on a first camming axis and said second camming surface and said secondary camming surface being aligned on a second camming axis.

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