Surgical stapling devices having laterally movable anvils

  • US 9,750,501 B2
  • Filed: 05/24/2016
  • Issued: 09/05/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/11/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A stapling assembly for stapling tissue, said stapling assembly comprising:

  • a channel containing a staple cartridge, wherein said staple cartridge comprises staples removably stored therein;

    an anvil configured to deform said staples, wherein said anvil comprises;

    a proximal portion;

    a distal portion; and

    a middle portion intermediate said proximal portion and said distal portion, wherein said anvil is movable relative to said channel between a first position and a second position, wherein said anvil and said staple cartridge are configured to hold the tissue therebetween when said anvil is in said second position, and wherein said proximal portion and said distal portion of said anvil are closer to said staple cartridge than said middle portion when said anvil is in said second position; and

    a connection, wherein said connection is configured to permit said anvil to pivot toward said channel, and wherein said connection is configured to permit said anvil to tilt laterally relative to said channel about a longitudinal axis defined along a proximal portion of said staple cartridge.

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