Staple cartridge comprising overdriven staples

  • US 10,675,024 B2
  • Filed: 06/24/2016
  • Issued: 06/09/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/24/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge assembly, comprising:

  • a cartridge body, comprising;

    a proximal end;

    a distal end;

    a deck configured to support the tissue of a patient; and

    a plurality of staple cavities defined in said deck;

    a plurality of metal staples removably stored in said staple cavities, wherein each said metal staple comprises;

    a crown comprising a tissue contacting surface;

    a first leg connected to said crown;

    a second leg connected to said crown; and

    a driver integrally formed with said crown; and

    a sled movable toward said distal end during a firing stroke, wherein said sled is configured to directly engage said drivers of said metal staples and move each said metal staple between an unfired position and a fired position during the firing stroke, wherein said first leg and said second leg are configured to concurrently deform toward said tissue contacting surface of said crown during the firing stroke, wherein said tissue contacting surfaces of said crowns are positioned above said deck when said metal staples are in said fired position, and wherein said drivers of said metal staples are positioned at least partially below said deck when said metal staples are in said fired position.

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