Implantable layer assemblies

  • US 10,426,481 B2
  • Filed: 09/25/2017
  • Issued: 10/01/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/24/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical instrument, wherein the staple cartridge assembly comprises:

  • a staple cartridge defining a longitudinal axis, the staple cartridge comprising;

    a cartridge body; and

    a plurality of staples stored in the cartridge body; and

    a compressible tissue thickness compensator, comprising;

    a deck-facing side;

    a tissue-facing side;

    a first portion; and

    a second portion, wherein the second portion comprises a curved depression on the tissue-facing side of the compressible tissue thickness compensator, wherein the curved depression partially extends through the second portion of the compressible tissue thickness compensator, and wherein the curved depression is transverse to the longitudinal axis defined by the staple cartridge.

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