Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism

  • US 10,912,575 B2
  • Filed: 04/28/2016
  • Issued: 02/09/2021
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/11/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A staple cartridge, comprising:

  • a first cavity configured to receive a first staple;

    a second cavity configured to receive a second staple;

    a third cavity configured to receive a third staple, wherein said first cavity, said second cavity, and said third cavity define a curved path;

    a sled relatively movable along a curved sled path that matches said curved path, wherein said sled comprises a curved configuration, wherein said sled comprises at least one ramp, wherein said ramp is configured to drive staple drivers that support said staples toward an anvil, and wherein said sled is configured to deploy said staples from said cavities when said sled is moved along said curved sled path; and

    a slot configured to receive at least a portion of a drive bar operably engaged with said sled, wherein said slot includes a curved portion and a straight portion tangential to said curved portion, wherein said curved portion is configured to support the drive bar as the drive bar moves said sled along said curved sled path, wherein the drive bar is configured to travel through both said straight and said curved portions of said slot, and wherein the drive bar is configured to motivate said sled to travel from an initial position within said curved portion.

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