Fastener cartridge comprising non-uniform fasteners

  • US 10,299,792 B2
  • Filed: 06/30/2014
  • Issued: 05/28/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/16/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A staple cartridge for use with a surgical instrument, wherein said staple cartridge comprises:

  • a cartridge body, comprising;

    a proximal end;

    a distal end;

    a first longitudinal row of staple cavities; and

    a second longitudinal row of staple cavities;

    a firing member configured to move distally along a longitudinal axis during a firing stroke;

    a plurality of first staples, wherein each said first staple is positioned in said first longitudinal row of staple cavities, and wherein each said first staple comprises;

    a base;

    a first proximal leg extending from said base at a first proximal angle; and

    a first distal leg extending from said base at a first distal angle, wherein said first proximal angle is different than said first distal angle to accommodate tissue flow during the firing stroke, and wherein said first proximal angle and said first distal angle shift during the firing stroke; and

    a plurality of second staples, wherein each said second staple is positioned in said second longitudinal row of staple cavities.

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