Surgical stapling instrument having a restraining member

  • US 9,737,302 B2
  • Filed: 03/08/2016
  • Issued: 08/22/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/28/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A stapling assembly, comprising:

  • a staple cartridge, comprising;

    a channel;

    a cartridge body positioned in said channel; and

    a plurality of staples removably stored in said cartridge body;

    a sled stored in an unfired position, wherein said sled is configured to slide under said staples and eject said staples from said cartridge body during a staple firing stroke;

    an anvil configured to deform said staples;

    a firing member configured to advance said sled through said staple firing stroke, wherein said firing member is configured to engage said anvil and said staple cartridge and hold said anvil and said staple cartridge relative to one another during said staple firing stroke; and

    a restraining member,wherein said stapling assembly is in an unlocked condition when said sled is in said unfired position, and wherein said restraining member does not stop said staple firing stroke when said stapling assembly is in said unlocked condition, andwherein said stapling assembly is in a locked out condition when said sled is not in said unfired position and said staple firing stroke is initiated, and wherein said restraining member stops said staple firing stroke when said stapling assembly is in said locked out condition.

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