Surgical stapling device

  • US 9,724,091 B2
  • Filed: 08/29/2013
  • Issued: 08/08/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/11/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An end effector for use with a surgical instrument, the end effector comprising:

  • a linear portion;

    a first jaw;

    a second jaw moveable relative to said first jaw, wherein one of said first jaw and said second jaw comprises a plurality of staple cavities arranged in a plurality of curved staple cavity rows, and wherein said curved staple cavity rows curve in a first direction;

    a curved path extending between two curved staple cavity rows of said plurality of curved staple cavity rows, wherein said curved path curves in the first direction; and

    a drive assembly extending along at least a portion of said linear portion, wherein said drive assembly comprises a cutting element structured to travel along said curved path, wherein said cutting element comprises a distal pre-biased cutting edge structured to lead said cutting element in the first direction.

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