Surgical stapling instrument

  • US 10,765,424 B2
  • Filed: 06/26/2017
  • Issued: 09/08/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/13/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical stapler, comprising:

  • an anvil assembly, comprising;

    a tissue contacting surface;

    a first staple-forming pocket formed in said tissue contacting surface; and

    a second staple-forming pocket formed in said tissue contacting surface, wherein said first staple-forming pocket and said second staple-forming pocket each comprise;

    a longitudinal axis;

    a staple pocket centerline, wherein a said staple pocket centerline of a first staple-forming pocket is neither parallel to nor collinear with a said staple pocket centerline of said second staple-forming pocket;

    a first forming cup, comprising;

    a first inside portion;

    a first outside portion; and

    a first interior sidewall extending between said first outside portion and said first inside portion; and

    a second forming cup, comprising;

    a second inside portion;

    a second outside portion; and

    a second interior sidewall extending between said second outside portion and said second inside portion, wherein said first forming cup and said second forming cup are laterally offset from said longitudinal axis.

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