Surgical instrument with an anvil that is selectively movable about a discrete non-movable axis relative to a staple cartridge

  • US 10,245,027 B2
  • Filed: 12/18/2014
  • Issued: 04/02/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/18/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical instrument, comprising:

  • an elongate channel configured to operably support a surgical staple cartridge therein;

    an anvil pivotally coupled to a proximal end of the elongate channel, the anvil being pivotable about a discrete, non-movable anvil axis defined by said elongate channel;

    a firing member configured for axial travel within the elongate channel in response to an application of firing motions thereto, the firing member being configured to movably engage the anvil and the elongate channel to space the anvil relative to the elongate channel at a desired spacing as the firing member is axially driven through the elongate channel; and

    a closure member configured to move the anvil between an open position and closed positions relative to the elongate channel upon application of closure motions to the closure member.

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