FASTENER CARTRIDGE ASSEMBLY COMPRISING A FIXED ANVIL AND DIFFERENT STAPLE HEIGHTS

  • US 20160000438A1
  • Filed: 09/09/2015
  • Published: 01/07/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/31/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An end effector for a surgical fastening instrument, said end effector comprising:

  • a frame;

    a first jaw, comprising;

    a cartridge body;

    a plurality of fastener cavities defined in said cartridge body;

    a longitudinal row of first fasteners removably stored in said cartridge body, wherein each said first fastener comprises;

    a first base; and

    a first pair of legs extending from said first base in non-parallel directions to one another, wherein a first unfired height is defined by said first base and said first pair of legs; and

    a longitudinal row of second fasteners removably stored in said cartridge body, wherein said row of second fasteners extends alongside said row of first fasteners, and wherein each said second fastener comprises;

    a second base; and

    a second pair of legs extending from said second base in non-parallel directions to one another, wherein a second unfired height is defined by said second base and said second pair of legs, and wherein said second unfired height is different than said first unfired height; and

    a second jaw extending fixedly from said frame, wherein said second jaw comprises an anvil configured to deform said first fasteners to a first fired height and said second fasteners to a second fired height, wherein said first fired height is different than said second fired height.

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