Selectively orientable implantable fastener cartridge

  • US 8,393,514 B2
  • Filed: 09/30/2010
  • Issued: 03/12/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge, comprising:

  • a plurality of staples;

    an implantable cartridge body, wherein said implantable cartridge body is comprised of a compressible material, wherein said plurality of staples are positioned within said compressible material, and wherein said implantable cartridge body comprises;

    a first end, wherein said compressible material comprises a first thickness at said first end; and

    a second end, wherein said compressible material comprises a second thickness at said second end, and wherein said first thickness is different than said second thickness; and

    retention features configured to retain said implantable cartridge body in a staple cartridge channel in a first orientation in which said first end of said staple cartridge is positioned in a distal end of the staple cartridge channel and a second orientation in which said second end of said staple cartridge is positioned in the distal end of the staple cartridge channel.

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