Staple cartridge assembly comprising staple alignment features on a firing member

  • US 10,470,769 B2
  • Filed: 08/26/2015
  • Issued: 11/12/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/26/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical instrument, said staple cartridge assembly comprising:

  • a cartridge body, comprising;

    a proximal end;

    a distal end;

    a deck; and

    staple cavities defined in said deck;

    staples removably positioned in said staple cavities; and

    a firing member comprising a channel aligned with said staples, wherein said channel comprises a first lateral sidewall and a second lateral sidewall, and wherein said channel is configured to receive said staples between said first lateral sidewall and said second lateral sidewall, wherein said firing member is configured to push said staples out of said staple cavities, and wherein said firing member is configured to move toward said distal end during a staple firing stroke.

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