Cartridge assemblies for surgical staplers

  • US 10,517,594 B2
  • Filed: 10/29/2014
  • Issued: 12/31/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/29/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An end effector for a surgical stapling instrument, the end effector comprising:

  • a staple cartridge, comprising;

    a cartridge body including a proximal end portion and a distal end portion;

    an elongate slot extending between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion;

    a tissue supporting portion, comprising;

    a first tissue supporting surface;

    a second tissue supporting surface, wherein the second tissue supporting surface is stepped up from the first tissue supporting surface; and

    a third tissue supporting surface, wherein the third tissue supporting surface is stepped up from the second tissue supporting surface;

    a plurality of first staple cavities arranged in a first row on a lateral side of the elongate slot, wherein the first row extends along the first tissue supporting surface;

    a plurality of second staple cavities arranged in a second row on the lateral side of the elongate slot, wherein the second row is closer to the elongate slot than the first row, and wherein the second row extends along the second tissue supporting surface;

    a plurality of third staple cavities arranged in a third row on the lateral side of the elongate slot, wherein the third row is closer to the elongate slot than the second row, and wherein the third row extends along the third tissue supporting surface;

    a set of staples, comprising;

    a first staple removably stored in the first row of staple cavities, wherein the first staple comprises a first unformed height;

    a second staple removably stored in the second row of staple cavities, wherein the second staple comprises a second unformed height smaller than the first unformed height; and

    a third staple removably stored in the third row of staple cavities, wherein the third staple comprises a third unformed height smaller than the second unformed height, wherein the set of staples are arranged in a first staggered arrangement, wherein the third staple is closer to the distal end portion than the second staple, and wherein the second staple is closer to the distal end portion than the first staple; and

    a staple pusher system movable to simultaneously deploy the set of staples, wherein the staple pusher system includes a plurality of pusher members, comprising;

    a first pusher member configured to lift the first staple;

    a second pusher member configured to lift the second staple; and

    a third pusher member configured to lift the third staple, wherein the plurality of pusher members are arranged in a second staggered arrangement corresponding to the first staggered arrangement, wherein the third pusher member is closer to the distal end portion than the second pusher member, wherein the second pusher member is closer to the distal end portion than the first pusher member, wherein the first pusher member is coupled to the second pusher member, and wherein the third pusher member is separated from the first pusher member and the second pusher member such that the third staple is fully-formed prior to the first staple and the second staple being fully-formed.

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