Stapling system for use with wire staples and stamped staples

  • US 10,702,270 B2
  • Filed: 06/24/2016
  • Issued: 07/07/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/24/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical stapling system, comprising:

  • a shaft comprising a proximal end and a distal end;

    an end effector extending from said distal end of said shaft, wherein said end effector is movable between an open configuration and a closed configuration, and wherein said end effector comprises;

    a frame; and

    an anvil extending distally from said frame, wherein said anvil comprises a longitudinal row of forming pockets;

    a first staple cartridge assembly attachable to said end effector, comprising;

    a first cartridge body comprising a first longitudinal row of staple cavities;

    a plurality of first staples removably stored in said first longitudinal row of staple cavities, wherein each said first staple is comprised of a bent wire, and wherein each said first staple is aligned with a said forming pocket when said end effector is in said closed configuration; and

    a plurality of drivers configured to push said first staples out of said first longitudinal row of staple cavities; and

    a second staple cartridge assembly attachable to said end effector in lieu of said first staple cartridge assembly, wherein said second staple cartridge assembly, comprises;

    a second cartridge body comprising a second longitudinal row of staple cavities; and

    a plurality of second staples removably stored in said second longitudinal row of staple cavities, wherein each said second staple is stamped from a sheet of flat stock and comprises an integral driver comprising an integrally-stamped cam surface, and wherein each said second staple is aligned with a said forming pocket when said end effector is in said closed configuration.

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