Staple cartridge for use with a surgical stapler

  • US 10,271,846 B2
  • Filed: 04/28/2016
  • Issued: 04/30/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/31/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler including an anvil, wherein the surgical stapler is transitionable between an open configuration and a closed configuration to capture tissue between the anvil and said staple cartridge assembly, said staple cartridge assembly comprising:

  • a cartridge body comprising a tissue-supporting deck, wherein said tissue-supporting deck comprises;

    a first deck surface; and

    a second deck surface, wherein said second deck surface is closer to the anvil than said first deck surface in the closed configuration;

    a plurality of staples deployable into tissue;

    a buttressing member removably attached to said tissue-supporting deck, wherein said buttressing member comprises at least two narrow portions removably attached to said tissue-supporting deck, and wherein said at least two narrow portions are utilized for attaching said buttressing member to said tissue-supporting deck; and

    a firing system comprising a firing member, wherein said firing member is movable relative to said cartridge body during a firing stroke to deploy said plurality of staples into the tissue, wherein said buttressing member is completely removed from said tissue-supporting deck as a result of said firing stroke, and wherein said firing system is movable during said firing stroke to engage and release said at least two narrow portions from said tissue-supporting deck.

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