Surgical staple cartridge with improved staple driver configurations

  • US 10,314,587 B2
  • Filed: 09/02/2015
  • Issued: 06/11/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/02/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical staple driver array for operable use with a surgical staple cartridge comprising an axially movable sled, wherein the axially movable sled comprises first and second camming members, and wherein said surgical staple driver array comprises:

  • a distal staple driver slidably supportable in the surgical staple cartridge and configured to operably support a single distal surgical staple thereon that is oriented in a distal direction;

    a plurality of intermediate staple drivers configured to be slidably supported in the surgical staple cartridge in series, wherein a distal most one of said intermediate staple drivers is adjacent to said distal staple driver, each of said intermediate staple drivers being configured to operably support a first surgical staple oriented in a first direction, a second surgical staple oriented in a second direction and a third surgical staple oriented in a third direction, wherein the first direction and the third direction are parallel to each other, wherein the second direction is transverse to the first direction and the third direction, wherein each said intermediate staple driver comprises a first camming surface extending transversely under a portion of the first surgical staple and being aligned for camming contact with said first camming member and a second camming surface extending transversely under a portion of the third surgical staple and being aligned for camming contact with the second camming member, and wherein each of said intermediate staple drivers is configured to hookingly engage corresponding portions of the surgical staple cartridge to slidably interlock each said intermediate staple driver to the surgical staple cartridge for slidable operable travel relative thereto in a direction that is transverse to an axis of the surgical staple cartridge; and

    a proximal staple driver slidably supported adjacent a proximal most one of said intermediate staple drivers, said proximal staple driver configured to operably support a proximal surgical staple oriented in a proximal direction.

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