Surgical stapling device with a curved end effector

  • US 8,540,128 B2
  • Filed: 01/11/2007
  • Issued: 09/24/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/11/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical stapler, comprising:

  • a handle portion;

    a shaft extending from said handle portion, said shaft including a proximal portion and a distal portion, wherein said distal portion defines an axis; and

    an end-effector extending from said distal portion, said end-effector comprising;

    a channel configured for receiving a staple cartridge, the staple cartridge configured to removably store staples therein;

    an anvil configured to deform said staples, wherein at least one of said anvil and the staple cartridge defines a slot; and

    a cutting member having a cutting surface, wherein said cutting member is relatively movable with respect to said anvil and the staple cartridge, wherein said slot is configured to receive at least a portion of said cutting member and define a path for said cutting member as it is moved relative to said anvil and the staple cartridge, wherein said path includes a linear portion, and a curved portion defined by at least one radius of curvature, and wherein said linear portion defines an axis that is not parallel to or collinear with said shaft axis.

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