Fastener cartridge comprising a releasable tissue thickness compensator

  • US 9,700,317 B2
  • Filed: 02/08/2013
  • Issued: 07/11/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge, comprising:

  • a cartridge body comprising a laterally sloped deck and staple cavities;

    staples at least partially positioned within said staple cavities;

    a layer attached to said deck, wherein said layer at least partially extends over said staple cavities, and wherein said layer is positioned adjacent to said laterally sloped deck;

    a clamping mechanism configured to releasably secure said layer to said cartridge body, said clamping mechanism comprising;

    a clamp portion; and

    a retention portion moveable between an engaged configuration wherein said retention portion is engaged with said layer and positioned above said deck and a disengaged configuration wherein said retention portion is disengaged from said layer and positioned lower than said deck; and

    a firing assembly movable through said cartridge body to eject said staples from said staple cavities during a firing stroke of said firing assembly, wherein said firing assembly is configured to engage said retention portion to transition said retention portion into said disengaged configuration during said firing stroke.

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