SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE WITH A CURVED END EFFECTOR

  • US 20140008414A1
  • Filed: 08/30/2013
  • Published: 01/09/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/11/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An end effector for use with a surgical instrument, the end effector comprising:

  • a first jaw, comprising;

    a first lateral side comprising an outside radius of curvature; and

    a second lateral side comprising an inside radius of curvature;

    a second jaw, wherein one of said first jaw and said second jaw comprises a plurality of staple cavities arranged in a plurality of curved staple cavity rows, wherein said second jaw is moveable relative to said first jaw between an open orientation, a partially-closed orientation, and a closed orientation, and wherein said second jaw comprises;

    a first lateral side comprising an outside radius of curvature, wherein an outside partially-closed distance is defined between said first lateral sides when said second jaw is in said partially-closed orientation; and

    a second lateral side comprising an inside radius of curvature, wherein an inside partially-closed distance is defined between said second lateral sides when said second jaw is in said partially-closed orientation, and wherein said inside partially-closed distance is less than said outside partially-closed distance; and

    a cutting element structured to travel along a curved path between two curved staple cavity rows of said plurality of curved staple cavity rows.

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