Surgical stapling device having supports for a flexible drive mechanism

  • US 9,700,321 B2
  • Filed: 05/28/2014
  • Issued: 07/11/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/11/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A surgical stapler, comprising:

  • a staple cartridge, comprising;

    a curved deck configured to support tissue comprising;

    an inner radius of curvature;

    an outer radius of curvature;

    a first step; and

    a second step, wherein said first step is taller than said second step, and wherein said second step is positioned laterally and inwardly with respect to said first step;

    a first longitudinal row of staple cavities defined in said first step;

    a second longitudinal row of staple cavities defined in said second step; and

    staples removably stored in said first and second longitudinal rows of staple cavities;

    an anvil configured to deform said staples;

    a first camming member;

    a second camming member, wherein said first camming member and said second camming member are configured to control the relative position of said staple cartridge and said anvil;

    a cutting member having a cutting surface, wherein said cutting member is relatively movable with respect to said anvil and said staple cartridge;

    a driver operably engaged with said cutting member to move said cutting member relative to said anvil and said staple cartridge; and

    support means for supporting said driver when said driver moves said cutting member relative to said anvil and said staple cartridge.

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