Staple cartridge including a tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler

  • US 10,335,148 B2
  • Filed: 06/17/2015
  • Issued: 07/02/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge, comprising:

  • a support portion including a cartridge body, comprising;

    a plurality of staple cavities that define a staple field, wherein said staple field extends between said staple cavities;

    a deck; and

    a plurality of cartridge cleats; and

    a layer assembly, comprising;

    a first layer covering said staple cavities, wherein said first layer comprises a fibrous polymeric composition containing structural voids; and

    a second layer for releasably holding said first layer to said support portion;

    wherein said cartridge cleats are configured to interact with said layer assembly to limit movement of said layer assembly relative to said deck, and wherein said cartridge cleats are present in said staple field.

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