Continuous stapling instrument

  • US 8,789,739 B2
  • Filed: 09/06/2011
  • Issued: 07/29/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical stapling instrument, comprising:

  • a shaft;

    a firing member, wherein a firing motion can be transferred to said firing member to move said firing member along a firing path;

    a plurality of staple cartridges positioned within said shaft, wherein each said staple cartridge comprises;

    a cartridge body comprising a plurality of apertures; and

    a plurality of staples each comprising a staple leg positioned in a said aperture, wherein said staple legs are slidable within said apertures;

    a first jaw comprising a channel configured to receive a said staple cartridge;

    a second jaw comprising an anvil, wherein said staple legs are configured to contact said anvil;

    a cartridge driver configured to sequentially advance a said staple cartridge into said channel from a staging position; and

    a biasing member configured to sequentially advance a said staple cartridge into said staging position;

    wherein said plurality of staple cartridges comprises a distal staple cartridge, and wherein said cartridge driver is configured to directly engage said distal staple cartridge and advance said distal staple cartridge into said channel.

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