Tissue thickness compensator for a surgical stapler

  • US 8,657,176 B2
  • Filed: 04/29/2011
  • Issued: 02/25/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge, comprising:

  • an annular cartridge body, comprising;

    a deck; and

    a plurality of staple cavities defined within said deck, wherein each said staple cavity comprises an opening in said deck;

    a plurality of staples, wherein at least a portion of each said staple is removably stored within a said staple cavity, and wherein each said staple is movable between an unfired position and a fired position; and

    an annular compressible portion, wherein said compressible portion is configured to be captured within said staples and assume different compressed heights within different said staples, and wherein said compressible portion comprises;

    an annular support ring; and

    a plurality of tags extending from said annular support ring, wherein each said tag is positioned over a said staple cavity.

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