Staple cartridge comprising a staple driver arrangement

  • US 10,278,697 B2
  • Filed: 04/28/2016
  • Issued: 05/07/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/31/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A disposable end effector for use with a surgical stapling instrument including a shaft, said disposable end effector comprising:

  • a proximal end configured to be attached to the shaft of the surgical stapling instrument;

    a distal end;

    a first jaw;

    a second jaw rotatably pivotably coupled relative to said first jaw, wherein one of said first jaw and said second jaw is movable between an open position and a closed position relative to the other of said first jaw and said second jaw;

    a plurality of staple cavities;

    a plurality of staples, wherein said staples are removably positioned in said staple cavities; and

    a tissue cutting member movable toward said distal end, wherein said tissue cutting member comprises;

    a cutting edge;

    a first camming member configured to engage said first jaw;

    a second camming member configured to engage said second jaw, wherein said first camming member and said second camming member are configured to co-operatively set a tissue gap between said first jaw and said second jaw; and

    an affix extending from one of said first camming member and said second camming member, wherein said affix is configured to facilitate in setting the tissue gap between said first jaw and said second jaw, and wherein said affix is made of a resilient material.

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