Staple cartridges and arrangements of staples and staple cavities therein

  • US 10,568,625 B2
  • Filed: 12/21/2016
  • Issued: 02/25/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/21/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge, comprising:

  • a cartridge body comprising a longitudinal slot, wherein a plurality of staple cavities are defined in said cartridge body, and wherein said staple cavities are obliquely oriented relative to said longitudinal slot; and

    a plurality of staples positioned in said staple cavities;

    wherein said staple cavities in said cartridge body are arranged in a plurality of rows, and wherein said plurality of rows comprises;

    a first row positioned on a first side of said longitudinal slot, wherein all of said staple cavities in said first row are obliquely oriented in a proximal direction toward said longitudinal slot, and wherein said staple cavities in said first row are separated by a first longitudinal gap;

    a second row positioned on the first side of said longitudinal slot, wherein said staples positioned in said staple cavities in said first row are longitudinally spaced from said staples positioned in said staple cavities in said second row by a first distance; and

    a third row positioned on the first side of said longitudinal slot, wherein all of said staple cavities in said third row are obliquely oriented in a proximal direction toward said longitudinal slot, wherein said staple cavities in said third row are separated by a third longitudinal gap, wherein said third longitudinal gap is larger than said first longitudinal gap, wherein said staples positioned in said staple cavities in said third row are longitudinally spaced from said staples positioned in said staple cavities in said second row by a second distance, wherein said second distance is different than said first distance, wherein said first row is closer to said longitudinal slot than said third row, and wherein said third row does not laterally overlap said first row.

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