Staple cartridge comprising staples including a lateral base

  • US 9,706,991 B2
  • Filed: 02/19/2014
  • Issued: 07/18/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/29/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A staple cartridge, comprising:

  • a cartridge body, comprising;

    a deck; and

    a plurality of staple cavities, wherein each said staple cavity comprises an opening in said deck; and

    a plurality of staples removably positioned within said staple cavities, wherein each said staple is movable between an unfired, unformed position and a fired, formed position, and wherein each said staple comprises;

    a base;

    a first leg extending from said base; and

    a second leg extending from said base, wherein said first leg and said second leg define a plane, wherein said base comprises a lateral portion which extends laterally with respect to said plane when said staple is in said unfired, unformed position.

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