Surgical stapling configurations for curved and circular stapling instruments

  • US 10,980,538 B2
  • Filed: 08/26/2015
  • Issued: 04/20/2021
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/26/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical staple cartridge for use with a circular stapler, said surgical staple cartridge comprising:

  • a cartridge body;

    a plurality of staple cavities defined in said cartridge body; and

    a plurality of staples removably stored within said staple cavities, said plurality of staples comprising;

    an inner row of staples comprising a quantity of first staples, wherein each said first staple comprises a first staple crown defining a first staple crown width;

    an intermediate row of staples positioned radially outward with respect to said inner row of staples, wherein said intermediate row of staples comprises a quantity of second staples, and wherein each said second staple comprises a second staple crown defining a second staple crown width; and

    an outer row of staples positioned radially outward with respect to said intermediate row of staples, wherein said outer row of staples comprises a quantity of third staples, wherein each said third staple comprises a third staple crown defining a third staple crown width, wherein one of said first staple crown width, said second staple crown width, and said third staple crown width is different than another of said first staple crown width, said second staple crown width, and said third staple crown width,wherein said inner row of staples defines first gaps between said first staples, wherein said intermediate row of staples defines second gaps between said second staples, wherein each said first gap defines a first distance, wherein at least one of said second gaps defines a second distance which is less than said first distance, and wherein each said third staple crown spans an entirety of more than one of said first gaps.

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