End effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument

  • US 8,763,875 B2
  • Filed: 03/06/2013
  • Issued: 07/01/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/29/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A disposable end effector for use with a surgical fastening instrument, said disposable end effector comprising:

  • a proximal end configured to be attached to a shaft of the surgical fastening instrument;

    a distal end;

    a first jaw;

    a second jaw rotatably coupled relative to said first jaw, wherein one of said first jaw and said second jaw is movable between an open position and a closed position relative to the other of said first jaw and said second jaw;

    a plurality of fastener cavities;

    a plurality of fasteners, wherein said fasteners are removably positioned in said fastener cavities; and

    a cutting member movable toward said distal end, wherein said cutting member comprises;

    a knife edge;

    a first portion configured to engage said first jaw, wherein said first portion is comprised of a first material;

    a second portion configured to engage said second jaw; and

    an insert engaged with said first portion configured to engage said first jaw, wherein said insert is comprised of an insert material which is different than said first material.

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