Staple cartridge including collapsible deck arrangement

  • US 9,687,237 B2
  • Filed: 06/08/2015
  • Issued: 06/27/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/23/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapling instrument, said staple cartridge assembly comprising:

  • a plurality of staples comprising at least a first row of staples and a second row of staples, and wherein each said staple comprises a base and at least two legs extending from said base;

    an implantable layer; and

    a movable cartridge portion, comprising;

    a deck surface;

    a plurality of apertures defined in said deck surface, wherein said first row of staples are removably stored within said apertures, and wherein relative movement is afforded between said movable cartridge portion and said staples upon an application of a firing actuation to said staple cartridge assembly; and

    a plurality of elevated staple guide portions extending higher than said deck surface.

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